18 November 2014

Noela Nancarrow reviews Veiled at Midnight by Christine Lindsay


Veiled at Midnight

Veiled at Midnight (Book #3 Twilight of the British Raj)
by Christine Lindsay
WhiteFire Publishing (October 7, 2014)

Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
5 Stars *****

Unveiling trouble in love and land.. 

‘Veiled at Midnight’ is a sweeping story of love and heartache, freedom and captivity, and friendship and hostility - set within the beautiful yet contrasting land of India. History unfolds before your very eyes in one of the most significant periods of India’s past… when during the year 1947, India not only gained their independence from British rule, but also fell into deadly chaos as the Muslims fought the Hindu’s and Sikh’s in their bid to create the nation of Pakistan. During this tumultuous year of unpredictability as the country is torn apart, will it be possible for love to survive… Or will it too, be ripped asunder?

British Captain Cameron “Cam” Fraser’s last reunion with the breathtakingly beautiful Dassah was ten years ago and resulted in a not-too-chaste kiss before he fled from her life and an impossible situation. He’d known this delightful girl from his childhood, but the fact remained that he was a British Officer and she, an Indian woman, both effectively divided by class and culture. How is it then when they connect again after a terrible train derailment in Calcutta, that feelings he didn't know he had, surfaced with such an intensity and pull? But is Cam able to be everything for Dassah when he has a mistress in the form of a bottle? Or will their mutual childhood friend Zakir, who is also carrying a torch for ‘Dassah, end up being that man? Oh, what a journey they go on to reach their final destination!

So eloquent and descriptive is author Christine Lindsay’s prose, that kaleidoscopic scenes with the flavors and scents of India fill your mind’s eye, forming images as on a living canvas. The research is impeccable and thorough, reaching every page, and granting the reader not only a step back in time, but an absolute immersion into the oft little known yet fascinating history of India. Emotionally, this extraordinary tale touched me deeply and caused my eyes to leak rivers! Discovering the brutal atrocities that transpired within India during this period was quite shocking, but counter-balancing the harsh reality was the enduring hope of the richly-crafted characters, their growing faith in God, and the depths of love between them that was stunningly heart-warming and inspiring.

The author deftly tackles the substantial and sombre issues of racism and alcoholism with tremendous spiritual insight and sensitivity throughout this impressive novel. ‘Veiled at Midnight’ also carries the eternal message that our parent’s failures don’t have to define us, because when we give ourselves fully over to Christ, He is able to make us a new creation. Thank you Christine for this truly memorable story, and series!

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39 comments:

  1. This is such a beautiful review of an amazing book, NOELA! This whole series was one of the best I have ever read. I hope everyone will give it a chance -- they won't be sorry!

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    1. I couldn't agree more DIANA!! This series just swept me off my feet and made me a huge fan of Christine's! Thank you Diana. :)

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  2. **Emotionally, this extraordinary tale touched me deeply and caused my eyes to leak rivers**
    To hear a review state that - All I can say is Wow, what a story, I'd love to read it..

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    1. Awesome DEANNA thank you, and yes it really is a deeply moving story... As is this whole series actually! Many blessings, and I really hope you get to read it soon! :-)

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  3. As always, thank you so much for the wonderfully written review! I have never read any of this series, but now that you have piqued my interest, I most definitely will!!!
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    1. That's so good to hear CHRISTINA because this series (as Diana also stated above) is truly one of the best series I've read! Many blessings and thank you for your kind words. All the best!!

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  4. Noela, thanks for the wonderful review of Veiled at Midnight. It sounds like an amazing story. I can't wait to read it. :)

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    1. That it is CARYL and I do hope you get to read this incredible story, and series, soon! God bless you, and thanks! :-)

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  5. WOW - Noela!! Such a beautiful review - thank you!!

    Reads like an epic novel full of tradition, culture, war, social issues and history, as well as romance, emotion, inspiration and dysfunction - love emotional novels full of spiritual growth!! Parts of your review remind me of the movie "The Last Samurai", which I loved. I haven't read any of Christine's novels and can't wait to read "Veiled at Midnight"!!

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    1. P.S. Forgot to mention what a stunning cover "Veiled at Midnight" has - love it!! Speaks of tradition and culture!!

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    2. Thanks BONNIE! :-) You know Bonnie, I just loved that about Christine's books... they are so full of historical Indian history and culture it's truly such a fascinating educational experience... while you're being entertained and blessed!! I would definitely recommend this series to you Bonnie!

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    3. I loved The Last Samurai, Bonnie, and I watched it with my mom when she came to visit. So you reminded me of a very special time spent with my mom when she was alive.

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  6. Lovely review of the book.
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    1. DANIE, thank you so much, and I truly wish you all the best with your entry!! This is an amazing book as is the whole series! God bless you!

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  7. Thank you for a great review. The book sounds wonderful!

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    1. Thanks and I hope you get to enjoy it soon MELANIE! It really is a stunning series!! Blessings!

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  8. Am impressed! that was an excellent intriguing review... Greetings from Kenya. I will buy a copy.

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    1. That's wonderful, thanks OWEN!! :-) Greetings & blessings to you from America and Australia!

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  9. WOW !!!! I am so sorry I missed the first few days of this wonderful week at OWG. Thank you all for such kind remarks about Veiled at Midnight. I guess I write this kind of novel because I'm a big fan of books set in exotic times and places such as The Last Samarai (which I haven't read yet but will). I love a book that has it all---adventure, action, suspense, danger, love, passion, and with a strong spiritual message. I love to escape for a few days in a big thick novel, so again, that's what I try to write.

    And I agree, isn't that a gorgeous cover. Roseanna White of WhiteFire Publishing designed it.

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    1. Love those kinds of books too CHRISTINE... which is perhaps why I enjoy yours so much! ;) I hope you liked the review, and I agree... the cover is absolutely gorgeous!!

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  10. This sounds like another great read by Christine Lindsay. I look forward to that.

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    1. Definitely is WENDY! :-) Enjoy it when you get to read it and thanks so much for coming by!!

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  11. What an amazing review. Veiled at Midnight definitely sounds like an incredible read.
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    1. It truly is a wonderful read and an absolutely incredible series! Thank you MARION and thanks so much for coming by to read about Veiled at Midnight! Blessings!

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  12. There is so much history and wisdom to be gained from the Twilight of the British Raj series...and it is also a wonderful escape into another world!

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    1. Oh so true SARA!! I loved reading about some history that I really knew nothing about until I read Christine's beautiful series. God bless!

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  13. Noela, I received Christine's e-mail newsletter today. It revealed some info on new releases, promos and giveaways. I was referred to her website (her name) on which she has an interesting story re: the covers of two of her books in which her daughters are the models. The story behind it is amazing as is the fact that one of the daughters was given up for adoption at birth and reunited with Christine 32 years later. She is releasing a book about the experience Jan. 2015.

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    1. Wow, Bonnie, I am so delighted that you got my newsletter. Yes, what a journey of relinquishing my first child to adoption and our reunion many years later. That whole story is what got me writing in the first place. God is so good, we just have to keep shouting that to the rooftops. He is so worthy of our praise. Thank you for sharing that information with the others.

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    2. Yes I did know all this Bonnie, but I'm glad you brought it to the attention of everyone else. Amen Christine, He is so worthy of our praise... and we need to let that be known!

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  14. Great review Noela!! This sounds like a wonderful story, thanks for sharing! Thanks Christine for writing it!! :-)

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    1. Yes, MANY thanks to Christine for all the work and dedication she put into writing this book, and the series! Thanks TERESA for your kind words. Hugs, Sissy!!

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  15. Cover alone makes one want to read it!

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  16. You're welcome, Christine and Noela!!

    I found the background of the covers of the first 2 books in this series interesting - learning additional tidbits on the background of books/series and their authors always helps enhance my reading enjoyment of the books and I thought it might interest other readers also.

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  17. This does sound fabulous thank you.

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  18. I'm interested in the journey the embark on :) That is the prettiest cover...
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    1. A very memorable journey DEANNA!! :-) Blessings to you!

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  19. Congratulations, Christine. This sounds awesome, would love to win.

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