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As elegant as the Sacramento residence she operates, Isabelle Labrie keeps her past concealed, like the treasure she hides under the Golden Hotel. It's 1853, the heyday of the California Gold Rush. Isabelle is full of hope, staking her claim on the city's refined clientele and her future on a sweetheart's promise to marry her when he returns from the gold fields. Then, unexpected guests - fugitive slaves seeking safe passage to the North - force her to confront her past and reconsider her path.

While Isabelle learns to trust God's provisions, a law student in Virginia must confront his father's cruelty and rescue a young slave from his family's tobacco plantation. As the two escape to freedom, and Isabelle risks everything to harbor runaway slaves, the past and present are set on an inevitable collision course - one that reveals hidden treasures of the heart.

©2016 Melanie Dobson. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Couldn't stop listening!

Would you listen to Beneath a Golden Veil again? Why?

I will listen to this story again and again. As always, Melanie Dobson delivers on character development. You find yourself easily in the story, watching these people as they struggle and win. You can't stand the bad guy. You love the heros.

Who was your favorite character and why?

How can you not love Isabelle? Her heart and tenacity grab you. But Aldon Payne is another favorite. A man struggling against the times and fighting for what is right.

Have you listened to any of Carly Robins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to other books performed by Carly Robins. She is pretty good. Not my favorite. She did well on this.

Who was the most memorable character of Beneath a Golden Veil and why?

Victor perhaps was the most memorable as a tyrant and a man with mental issues to be sure! Issac is a great kid. You just want to grab him up and have a wild chat. Each character seems to be with me still weeks later.

Any additional comments?

Though this is Melanie Dobson's first audio title, she is not a new author by any means. Her work is always willing to look at reality eye-to-eye and still find hope. Always entertaining, her characters become friends. This book is worth your time. I would also suggest the paper versions of Melanie Dobson's other books.

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  • kathy
  • Richardson, TX, United States
  • 10-23-18

Just awful narration

Glad I purchased this at a bargain price! It was just so bad! The narrator just yelled throughout the book at random times to emphasize sentences. I listen to a ridiculous amount of books and know good narration when I hear it. Unfortunately for Melanie Dobson, the narrator ruined the writing for me. I really have no idea if she can write. I had to fast forward through the last chapters of the book and wasn't even interested enough to listen to the full epilogue. I wish authors were more careful about the narrators they choose to read their books!

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Wonderful Story!!!

Loved it, & kept my attention. Great story and history. I will lisren again sometime!

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  • HARRIETBELLE
  • 09-25-18

A Gentle story of Justice.

This was my 2nd book by this author, on a completely different subject but still very good writing and narration. Its a good story and I enjoy the way this writer brings all the strands together at the end....very satisfying! I also appreciate the GOOD language without the use of swearing and blasphemy to create a realistic character.....there were plenty of these without offensive language!