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Within the Veil Audiobook

Within the Veil

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They never should have met. But they might be made for each other.

Feya Broon, a Scottish half Gypsy, knows what it is to go hungry. Trapped in the Edinburgh tenements with a father lost to his past and only the faded memory of her mother's faith, Feya is desperate to provide for her siblings. When an ill-conceived plan leads to thievery, she finds herself in the last place she'd ever want to be - captured by a palace guard. But there's something about this man that tears at every preconceived notion she's ever had about the haughty English.

Alasdair Cairncross never dreamed he'd be forced to transport a Gypsy woman halfway across the wilds of Scotland. The timing is disastrous, considering his fiancée's imminent arrival and his father's political goals. Not only that, but the fiery young woman threatens to lay bare secrets Alasdair would rather keep hidden. And yet the farther they travel together, the less concerned he finds himself with duty - both to the crown and to the plans his family has for him.

As their walls begin to crumble, Feya and Alasdair must fight to survive a decades-old feud, a Highland kidnapping, and the awakening of their own hearts.

©2016 Brandy Vallance (P)2017 Brandy Vallance

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    "Within the Veil...could have been better"

    First, I must say that Joanna Stephens magnificent performance brought this book to life for me. I literally saw myself where the characters were scene by scene. I would highly recommend her to be a voiceover for other books.

    Review of the book:
    I was able to receive a free audible pass to listen to the audiobook by the author which I am grateful to her. Brandy is a talented writer and I can tell she did her homework for the historical facts very well. But sadly, I must admit this book was a bit boring until chapter 4 where both characters finally interact. I read other reviews after I listened to the book and I agree that the characters fell in love too quickly for me. The villains in the book are sinister and I love that they have a backstory to them. I had to wait until the epilogue to find out what Alasdair's condition was but I loved why the author included this in her book...no spoilers here....you have to read or listen to the book to find out. Honestly, I hope there is a sequel to this book and a job well done to the writer.

    The cover is beautiful and I loved finally reading a gyspy Christian book.
    God bless!!!

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    Kindle Customer 10-08-17
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    "Within the Veil is a Gift!"

    This book is a wonderful read! It was filled with stunning imagery. I felt like I was living the story right along with the characters. Feya was a lovable heroine with a quiet strength and a certain desperation. You absolutely wanted to root for her. She is rightfully disillusioned by a life filled with too many hardships, such as her drunken father and the terrors of tenement life. Feya is stubborn and spunky and deeply committed to the well being of her family. That commitment starts her on a journey she couldn't have imagined, and it leads her to Alasdair's front door.

    Alasdair is a man with his own demons to fight. He holds himself to a high standard and struggles with his purpose. He is so easy to relate to as he battles between what he's been told and the truth and the expectations of a domineering parent. Abandonment issues threaten to rob him of joy and peace. His sense of duty contrasts with his heart's desire.

    This book was such a wonderful ride! I wasn't sure what to expect, but I surely wasn't disappointed. It had all of the right elements for a romance swirled with bits of subtle sexual tension. But Within the Veil delivers a depth many romances do not. It addresses prejudice among English and Scottish people. It tackles misconceptions. I found it educational, providing insights about a phenomenon known as synesthesia that I wasn't familiar with. It ties everything together with exceptional elements of redemption, faith, trust and restoration. The author sprinkled in suspense and adventure, so there is something here for everyone.

    The narration brought the story alive in an almost magical way. She shifted seamlessly from one dialect to another. I'm looking for other books that Joanna has narrated. I listen to several audiobooks per week, and she is one of my new favorites! Her voice and this story were a perfect match.

    Though I received a free code from the publisher for my honest review of this book, I loved it so much that I purchased a Kindle copy anyway! I can't wait to read it again. I read many, many books per year, and I rarely read a book again. I also set very high expectations for what I read. This book is one of the best I've ever read, and I congratulate the author on a beautiful job. Thank you. This book is a gift.

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    Sarah A. Bernick 09-30-17 Member Since 2015
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    "I feel like I have been on a long journey. "

    Praise the Lord for his work in the hearts the children of men. This book was an adventure. I feel like I went on a journey to a different time. I have made friends with the characters, they are so real. This book played my hearts strings. To God be the glory. I love this author, she is an amazing writer and I can't wait to see if she writes another book.

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    DL Kamstra Michigan 09-12-17
    DL Kamstra Michigan 09-12-17
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    "Stunning!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Within the Veil to be better than the print version?

    In some ways, I certainly would, simply because the audio offers the accents of Scotland where the voices in my head often don't speak that way. On the other hand, for me, I found the Scottish accent a bit hard to understand at times.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Within the Veil?

    I loved Alisdair's character and the way he saw and experienced color. He was a fascinating character and I really enjoyed the times when this attribute of his came out in the story.


    What does Joanna Stephens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think it was the authenticity of the voices. She did a wonderfully dramatic reading and each character had a distinct voice.


    Any additional comments?

    Since I read Brandy Vallance’s The Covered Deep awhile a couple of years ago, I have been anxiously awaiting her second novel. I’m pleased to say that Within the Veil was worth the wait and was everything I could have hoped for.

    Within the Veil has one of my favorite features in novels: Unique characters. From the main characters Feya and Alasdair to even the minor characters that only show up for a few chapters, they were all distinct and interesting. Feya and Alasdair both have ailments that they have to deal with and this was one of my favorite things—especially Alasdair’s seeing colors. Vallance does a wonderful job of capturing this along with some of the sentiments about it from the era.

    There honestly was so much to love about this book. There’s a wonderful coming to faith story for one of the characters. A passionate romance (while I wouldn’t say Vallance crossed any lines here, there may be some things that are a bit much from some readers) and an all around entertaining and unpredictable journey through Scotland.

    Since I had the pleasure of having the audio book to review, I will add that I really enjoyed the authenticity Joanna Stephens added to the story with a charming Scottish accent and various voices. It took a bit for me to acclimated to it but once I did, I had no problem understanding the story. And I would dare say even enjoyed it a bit more because of the way her voice helped these characters come a bit more alive. My one regret is that I wish I would have had the text of the story to easily reread portions of or to see names since so many of them in this book are unfamiliar to me. There were a few moments in the story I felt a bit lost in where I think if I could have gone back and reread I would not have felt like I missed something.

    All in all, this was a most excellent book and one that I would highly recommend.


    **I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

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    CDeesBooks USA 08-30-17
    CDeesBooks USA 08-30-17 Member Since 2015
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    What did you love best about Within the Veil?

    The storyline of this book is set against the rich history and backdrop of Scotland and the Gypsy culture. This made for a unique story and characters, unlike any I'd run across before. The love that grows between Feya and Alasdair is fraught with difficulties, but it was fun to see the stoic palace guard fall in love with his "half-gypsy" prisoner and she with him.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Alasdair and Feya are wonderfully intriguing characters who drew me in to their personalities, quirks, and challenges.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    After all the struggles the characters go through during the book, I loved the last chapter and epilogue where we get to see Feya and Alasdair and Feya's siblings relaxed and looking forward to a bright future. That brought a smile to my face.


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