Book Review – Parting the Veil by Paulette Kennedy

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A gripping, Gothic, historical romance

What I loved.  Kennedy’s penmanship is exquisite.  The pose flows with ease, the pace is perfect, characters dynamic and the plot… well rather gripping!  OK, I have to say that there isn’t a plot under the sun that hasn’t already been penned by master storytellers.  All that remains are a variation of times, settings, names and personalities.  So, what makes one story stand out above others?  For me, its descriptions that allow you to ‘see’ what’s going on, and characters that are memorable.  Parting the Veil excels on both these points.  I was hooked, from beginning to end.  I ended up taking a holiday (the benefits of being self-employed!) and hardly moved from the sofa until I’d turned the last page.  I was pulled into Eliza’s strong personality – and foolish decision-making!  I sighed over the romantic relationship with Malcolm.  Think Barbara Cartland for that dark, dashing, but poverty-stricken lord.  But make it more modern; as this is not a sweet romance, this is passionate and feisty.  Love making is referred to but not described in detail, which I greatly appreciated.  It is too easy, I think, to think a book, film or TV series will get more viewings if you immediately throw in a ‘scene’ – does my head in! Havenwood Manor is portrayed beautifully, and the whole book is extremely atmospheric.  It’s an insta-love for Eliza and Malcolm, but their histories are both laden with secrets and sadness that threaten their chance of happiness.  To top it off, the house is haunted, and Eliza must figure out if they are reaching out to help or harm her.  The ending had my heart pounding!  A really great story. 

What I didn’t like.  There were a few things that irritated me about this book, especially the language, I guess being British myself means I know without a shadow of a doubt that ‘darling’ in this book was inappropriately used, and that a male member of the aristocracy would never call a working man ‘mate.’  ‘Mate’ is very lower class terminology. This emphasizes my belief that you should really take care when you are writing about a place you hardly know, research just doesn’t always cut it.  There were also a few (really not many) swear words, which I thought were unnecessary.  When you’ve written a great story (and I did really enjoy this story) then there is no need to embellish it with offensive words.  Lastly, really this story had enough in it to keep you interested.  I didn’t feel the mention of same-sex attractions did anything to enhance the story at all; it felt like it had just been dropped in so the book would be in mode.  I’d still give it 5 stars!

$4.99 US or £3.29 UK ~ or Free to read on Kindle Unlimited.  242 ratings, with an average of 4.3 on .com

Review warning: Before you rush off and buy any book that someone reviews you should read the free sample chapters provided on Amazon, this way you can decide for yourself if this book is your cup of tea or not.  Happy reading everyone!

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