Monday, December 1, 2014

Book Review: Veiled at Midnight by Christine Lindsay

Veiled at Midnight (Twilight of the British Raj Book 3)
By Christine Lindsay
Publisher: Whitefire Publishing
Published: Oct. 7, 2014

Amazon Synopsis:

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?

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My Thoughts:

Veiled in Midnight is the final book in the Twilight of the British Raj Series. Captured by Moonlight(book 2) has previously been reviewed on this blog. If you wish to see that review, follow this link.

Although you could read this novel as a stand-alone book, I would suggest that it would be better to read the entire series from the beginning as there are themes that stretch from one book to the other throughout the series. Each book introduces new characters and leaves others behind, but there are some that move from one book to the other bringing continuity from one book to the other.

Picking up Veiled in Midnight is like getting together with an old friend that you haven’t seen in a while because time has moved forward, yet many of the characters are the same as the previous book. We know their history and their characteristics and we already have attitudes towards them. If you haven’t read the previous books before, the author gives you enough information to get a taste for the character before heading into the meat of the story.

There are two themes running through this story. The first is inter-racial marriage. This would have been highly uncommon and socially devastating during the era of the story. That’s what makes the storyline so plausible. Because while uncommon, it did occasionally happen. The other theme is addiction, which is still socially relevant today.

The author has the ability to write beautifully descriptive language. Here is an example of one of my favourite, “Her knee-length cocktail dress molded to her figure in diaphanous stuff like cobwebs made from starlight.”

You’ll find the story well-researched with the actual characters from the times like Lord Louis Mountbatten and his wife Edwina, Jawaharlal Nehru, Isobella McNair, founder of Kinnaird College for Women. There is a historical note at the end of the book discussing some of the historical information contained within the book.

I loved the continued development of the characters in this book. It was interesting to watch them grow and learn and change in behaviour and habits, proving that God can change people.

The plot and the themes were well blended bringing a unified whole to the book. The pacing of the book was excellent. The romance in the book was clean romance and there was no profanity at all.

Veiled at Midnight was a delightful book to read and fully worth a rating of 5 stars out of 5. Readers of Christian Historical Romance should love it.

Thank you to the author for providing a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Irish-born Christine Lindsay writes multi-award-winning inspirational historical novels. Her great-grandfather and grandfather both worked as riveters on the Titanic. Several more of her ancestors served in the British Cavalry in India, seeding Christine’s long-time fascination with Colonial India, and became the stimulus for her series Twilight of the British Raj. In her novels, SHADOWED IN SILK and CAPTURED BY MOONLIGHT, Christine delights in weaving the endless theme of God’s redemptive love throughout stories of danger, suspense, adventure, and romance. 

The Pacific coast of Canada, about 200 miles north of Seattle, is Christine’s home. Like a lot of authors, Christine’s chief editor is her cat. 

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