Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Book Review - "Veil of Secrets"

"Veil of Secrets," a novel written by Shannon Etheridge and Kathryn Mackel, is an intriguing story that really pulls the reader into the midst of politics and also into the midst of relationships.  For all appearances sake, Melanie and Will are the perfect couple, but that is as far as it goes - appearances.  Melanie is struggling with her past and that is keeping her from the relationship that she desires and needs with her husband and is a barrier to him.  Will either wants to improve the marriage or end it with divorce.  Melanie sees her daughter going down the same path she took and wants to help her not to make the same mistakes.  This book is a read that will have you experiencing a whole array of emotions and really give you a different perspective into campaigns and yet also push you to do a soul searching yourself.  This is not necessarily a typical light summery read, but it is a good change of pace.

Book Description from the publisher:

Can a mother face the secrets of her past in order to protect her daughter from the same mistakes?

Melanie and Will Connors seem like the perfect couple, but their marriage only looks good on the outside, having withered inside from a lack of intimacy.

The barriers Melanie faces to intimacy are hidden in her past—a misguided tryst with a trusted friend of her father's, a pattern of promiscuity as a teen, empty relationships in early adulthood. The only way Melanie sees to save herself from herself is to turn off her desires—even in her marriage.

Will insists they either work on the marriage—or work on the divorce. Their attempt at restoration occurs in the midst of a New Hampshire presidential primary that is rocked by violent protests and razor-sharp character assassinations. For the first time, their marriage begins to feel like a safe place.

As Melanie tries to sort through her own past, she sees her 16-year-old daughter's head turned by a charismatic older man on Will's campaign team. Can Melanie sift through her own rubble and find the voice to help guide her daughter—and possibly find the joy that God intended for her marriage?

*Thanks to the Booklook Bloggers Program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a  honest review.*

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