20 November 2014

Diana's Review of Veiled At Midnight By Christine Lindsay


~5 stars~*****

Book Description :
The British empire draws to an end…
but the turmoil has only just begun.

The Partition of India has sent millions to the roads, instigated riots as uncontrolled as wildfire…and caught up in its wake Captain Cam Fraser, his sister Miriam, and the beautiful Indian Dassah. Cam has never been able to put Dassah from his mind, ever since they played together at the mission as children. But a British officer and the aide to the last viceroy cannot marry a poor Indian woman, can he? For a while, Dassah believes that Cam loves her. But as the impossibility of a future with him becomes clear, what choice does she have but to run? He may hold her heart—but she cannot let him break it again. Miriam rails against the separation of the land of her birth, and as British forces prepare to leave India, she struggles. She finds purpose in teaching, in helping...but is Lieutenant Colonel Jack Sunderland her soul mate or a distraction from what God has called her to do?

My thoughts ~
Once again Christine Lindsay sweeps the reader away on an exotic, riveting journey to faraway India -- a land of exquisite, mystical beauty, but one of extreme political and religious unrest as well. Ms. Lindsay's amazing descriptive imagery of this resplendent, beautiful country will awaken the readers' senses to the sights, smells, and allure of India...but her impeccable historical research describes the flip side of the coin as well. The atrocities and prejudices suffered by the Indian people under the guise of religion was heartbreaking, and I learned a lot about this horrendous era of India's history that I wasn't aware of. Add a seemingly futile, but breathtaking romance that transcends all racial barriers, and you have a powerful novel sure to be an award winner---that is nigh unto impossible to put down! I highly recommend reading all three novels in The Twilight of the British Raj, as this will go down as one of my "favorite ever" series of all times!
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 This book may be purchased through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and BAM.

GIVEAWAY: A paperback or e-book copy to one blessed commenter! International -- ebook only.

40 comments:

  1. Sounds like a meaty story; one I would love!

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    1. The whole series starting with Shadowed in Silk, Captured by Moonlight, and this one are amazing, ANNE! Although this can be read easily as a stand alone -- the first two are too awesome to miss out on!

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    2. Ditto to what Diana said, Anne! Waaaay too good to miss out on!! ;)

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  2. Thanks for sharing this terrific review DIANA!! :-)

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  3. Sounds interesting, I would love the chance to read it!!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway and God Bless you!!!
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    1. You're welcome, SARAH! Good luck in the draw and God bless!

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  4. Beautiful, compelling words in that review, Diana - thank you!!

    As with you, I know little about this era of India's history. One of the reasons I love historical fiction: gives me an opportunity to learn more about history while enjoying the other elements of the novel.

    I haven't read any of Christine's books and will be adding this series to my TBR list - this novel appears to be very popular, none of the paperbacks in stock at Amazon right now. And of course I want the paperback, so I can gaze at Roseanna's beautiful cover!! The fact that this is one of your all-time fave series speaks very highly of it!!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, BONNIE, and for sharing. You must start out with Shadowed in Silk and read all three! You will not be sorry! And if you love romantic tension...Christine is a pro at that as well! lol

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    2. Bonnie, I have to agree with Diana, if you can, I highly recommend starting with Book 1 Shadowed in Silk. It's true that all 3 books can stand alone, but if you read them as a series it just gives you a fuller picture that is like a continuous dream. Shadowed in Silk also sets the stage. As it was my debut novel I must confess it has more Indian words in it than the following two. I used less after that book. Even though I provide a glossary for the Indian words, I suggest not looking at it. You should be able to figure out what the words means by simply reading the sentence. Aside from that, I'm still happy with Shadowed in Silk and the other 2. Each one is very special to me.

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    3. Shadowed in Silk was the very first book I read when I got my first Kindle. So it will always hold a special place in my memory and my heart. And ooh, BONNIE, Captured by Moonlight (Book Two) -- set on a plantation in India with tigers roaring in the lush jungle beyond and a nurse as the heroine! Gotta read this series! lol

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    4. OK - you sold me, LOL!! All 3 on my TBR list now - although, I confess it didn't take much coercing after the beautiful reviews from you and Noela and the gorgeous covers and the stories behind them!! Thanks, Christine, Diana and Noela!!

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    5. Thank YOU, BONNIE! We triple ganged up on you! LOL You're such a sweetheart AND a good sport!

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  5. Thank you Diana---I sure do love you and Noela for the amazing encouragement you give me as a writer. I'm so thrilled and honored with your words, but I thank God for the precious friendship that was generated through this review blog. A beautiful blend of like-mindedness. Hugs to all.

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    1. We love you, too, CHRISTINE. We appreciate the many hours of pleasure you have given us with your exciting novels. We realize the hard work and long hours it took for you to write this fabulous series. And for that we are grateful. May God continue to bless the work of your hands. Hugs!

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  6. Diana thank you for your wonderful review! An exotic, riveting journey count me in! I've not read this series. Thanks for showing me what I've been missing. :)

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    1. CARYL, thank you! I hope you get the chance to read the first two as well...lotsa forbidden secrets! :)

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  7. I've read the first two books in this series, and loved them. Christine makes me feel like I'm in India, and see the beauty there, not just the slums that are shown on TV. Would love to review this book.

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    1. Oh, I love your comment, MAUREEN! I wish everyone would read this wonderful series and enjoy the beauty of India thru Christine's eyes. Thank you!

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  8. Beautiful review, Diana! My brother-in-law is from India. I remember, as a child, reading about the extreme prejudice most British had toward the Indian people. This sounds like a beautiful story!

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    1. Thank you, CARRIE! It really is a beautiful novel! And during the British Raj, the Indian children and the English played and lived side by side. When the English got ready to pull out of India, that's when a lot of trouble started between the Hindus and the Muslims. Really heartrending what went on.

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  9. Very pretty cover. Interesting story..

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    1. Very intriguing story, DEANNA! I agree...Roseanna White did such a fabulous job on this cover!

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  10. Absolutely beautiful summary of this incredible story DIANA, well done!! :) Thank you CHRISTINE also for your treasured friendship, as well as the gift of your inspired stories!!

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    1. Thx so much, NOELA! I'm so looking forward to seeing what Christine has in store for us in the future! She'll have to work hard to top this series, however! Lol

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  11. Thank you everyone for your very kind remarks. As a British immigrant to Canada I grew up on British novels. So books set in Colonial India were as common for Brits as Colonial America and the Civil War are to Americans. I still count on the great blockbuster MM Kaye books as my favorites. When I began to write I wanted to write books like MM Kaye but from a Christian viewpoint.

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    1. I had never looked at it that way before, CHRISTINE, but I can see why books set in India would be common to Brits after reading this series. I learned so much from reading them---thank you. I don't know who MM Kaye is, but if you write like her she must be an amazing author!

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  12. Thank you for your thoughts. Beautiful cover.

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    1. You're welcome, MARY! I agree -- gorgeous! Dropping your name in the hat. ;)

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  13. I loved the first two books and am looking forward to this one! martha(at)lclink(dot)com

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    1. Weren't they tHe BoMb, MARTHA! And this one ties everything together very nicely -- although it takes awhile to get there! lol

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  14. I'd love to share what I've got planned for the future Diana. Currenly I'm writing my non-fiction book on Adoption Reunion, but after that I plan to write another fiction series but this one will be set in Ireland and in the US. It will be in the same style as my British Raj books, hopefully show some of the Irish history and how Irish lives in the US are touched by things from the past. Also, lots of Big Love Stories, and heartache. I write more of what I call love stories, versus romance. A slight difference, but one I like. Hugs.

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    1. CHRISTINE, how did you know how much I love Irish settings? lol I'm so looking forward to this series! And that's another reason I love your books so much -- they are different and unpredictable. Lots of unexpected twists and turns and TRUE love stories. Hugs!

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  15. Evocative cover and title. Who could resist this! Thanks, Diana.

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    1. I sure couldn't, JANET! :) Lots of luck in the drawing!

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    1. Oh it is, my dear BECKY! Keep your fingers crossed! ;)

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  17. This comment is for Sue Williams, who is homebound and loves any Christian books. She had trouble leaving a comment. :)

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  18. Sounds like an amazing read!

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    1. Absolutely amazing, MARION! Love your Ms. Claus pic. Too cute! :)

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