I did not honestly know what to expect when I purchased this book. A story that includes the Mountain Meadow Massacre where a wagon train carrying 137 people were murdered by the LDS September 1857 in Utah as they were trying to pass through the State on the way to California. A tragic time in American history. I have been doing a bit of research as I go long reading; Diane did her research before she picked up the pen.
If you love history based writing, get this book you will not regret it and the price can't get any better, even at regular price!
I gave this book 5 stars, and if I could, I would give it even more! This lady, Diane Noble, really knows her history. She wrote a book that caught my interest, and held me captive to the very last page! I cannot recommend this book enough. I promise it will not dissapoint.
I was hooked from the first page and couldn't stop thinking about the book when I had to put it down. I had an empty page in my mental history book when it came to the Mountain Meadows Massacre. And Diane did an excellent, balanced account based on historical accounts. A story worth being told and a worthy tribute to the victims of that awful day. And also a stark reminder of the frailty of human nature when given over to its' sinful ways. Many lessons to be learned. An excellent read.
"The Veil" is a very well-written Christian historical novel with some romantic elements. The main characters are caught up in historic events during their childhood and into their young adult years which climax at the Mountain Meadow massacre in Utah in 1857. The description was vivid, bringing the world alive in my imagination without slowing the pacing. The historical detail was nice and added to the feel of the book. The tension was built nicely throughout the story. There was a strong religious element to this book (of both traditional Christianity and Mormonism). Since there were several short sermons and a number of discussions about what was taught, I suppose you could call sections of the story "preachy" though I never felt it was heavy-handed. The characters were all complex and interesting. Some Mormon characters behaved compassionately and others brutally just as some non-Mormon characters behaved compassionately and others brutally. This is not a "all Mormons are bad" book. However, I strongly suspect most Mormons wouldn't enjoy reading this book since several of the Mormon characters questioned Brigham Young's teachings on multiple marriages, blood atonement, and a few other things. It's clear, though, that the author carefully researched the events and stuck to historical information closely. For example, many quotes that were attributed to Brigham Young and other Mormon leaders in "The Veil" were taken from actual sermons and writings. A sex scene was implied (within a marriage). There was no bad language. I'd rate this novel as very good, clean reading. I would recommend it to anyone who's interested in this period of Mormon history or who likes wagon train stories. Genre Reviews (http://genrereviews.blogspot.com/)