Brandy Vallance knocked my socks of with her debut novel The Covered Deep. Since that time, I’ve been following her on social media in eager anticipation of a sophomore novel. Within the Veil is here and (let me tell you!) it was soooo worth the wait. One of my favorite aspects of this story was how Brandy’s characters grapple not only with one another but also with their faith. By not shying away from the more difficult topics of discrimination, poverty, and sexual purity this historical novel has relevant applications for us today.
Readers are introduced to Feya as she’s slogging though life in the tenements of Edinburgh. Ever since her mother’s passing, her father has existed in a continual state of inebriation. With the absence of both parents, she’s forced to shoulder most of the responsibility for the care of three younger siblings. In a desperate effort to feed her family she makes a series of choices that are neither wise nor moral, though birthed out of a sacrificial love for the bairns. In time, the consequences of her actions led to a crisis of faith that both challenge and inspire me.
Alasdair Cairncross and Feya Broon would have had enough conflict just being cast into their roles as cop and robber, but Vallance doesn’t stop there! In virtually every way she’s made these two appear to be complete opposites. However, a secret from the Cairncross past could prove to be a bridge between their worlds. With more twists than a soft serve cone, you’ll want to devour this book over the summer!
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A personal encounter with Romani gypsies during a recent mission trip provided me with a unique perspective into Feya’s story and endeared me to her character almost instantly. While Brandy Vallnace has set Feya’s story in 1885, prejudice towards gypsies still exist today.