Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Beneath a Golden Veil by Melanie Dobson

Melanie Dobson has a new Historical, Romantic Fiction book out called Beneath a Golden Veil.  This story takes you back in time to a place when slaves where nothing more than property and sentenced to a life of hardship. It tells a story of bravery during a time where the color of your skin meant you were nothing. Read below about a story where people tried to fight against this injustice and make things free for all Americans.

From the Back Cover:
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.

My Thoughts:
 Truthfully, I had a hard time at the beginning keeping all the different people straight in my mind.  There are two different stories going on at the beginning of the book and I had to keep looking back to previously read material to remember who was who.  The story does eventually merg all the characters together, but it was a rough start for me as a reader. The history concerning California and slavery I found quite interesting, and I liked how the story included harboring runaway slaves and fighting for their freedom. Overall, this story was just okay for me and not one I would say is a must read.

***I received this e-book from the author through NetGalley.  I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

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