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Beneath a Golden Veil, by Melanie Dobson
As elegant as the Sacramento hotel she operates, Isabelle Labrie embraces the 1850s California gold rush by staking her claim on the city's refined clientele. But unexpected guests fugitive slaves seeking safe passage north force her to reconsider her path. Will she discover that the promise of freedom is far more precious than gold?
Number of Pages: 344
Vendor: Waterfall Press
|Publication Date: 2016|
As elegant as the Sacramento residence she operates, Isabelle Labrie keeps her past concealed, like the treasure she hides under the Golden Hotel. It’s 1853, the heyday of the California Gold Rush. Isabelle is full of hope, staking her claim on the city’s refined clientele and her future on a sweetheart’s promise to marry her when he returns from the gold fields. Then, unexpected guests—fugitive slaves seeking safe passage to the North—force her to confront her past and reconsider her path.
While Isabelle learns to trust God’s provisions, a law student in Virginia must confront his father’s cruelty and rescue a young slave from his family’s tobacco plantation. As the two escape to freedom, and Isabelle risks everything to harbor runaway slaves, the past and present are set on an inevitable collision course—one that reveals hidden treasures of the heart.
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A Very Engaging Story!January 13, 2017Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Each of us has a natural right-from God- to defend his person, his liberty and his property."
The elegant Isabelle Labrie has experienced life on both sides of liberty, maintaining her comfortable lifestyle as a co-owner of the esteemed Golden Hotel, situated in the midst of Sacramento, California during the height of the infamous Gold Rush; her past but a distant memory, but a constant fear; her future hopeful, but infinitely precarious. Isabelle covertly uses her good fortune to aid those who are less fortunate, especially those desperately fighting against the nearly impenetrable chains of slavery.
Alden Payne is an aspiring Harvard law student, until his cruel father crosses the line of civility and commits a heinous act. Fleeing the East Coast with a young Negro boy, Alden fights his way to California, where the state slavery laws are progressive but murky, and where Alden has been promised gainful employment. When Alden's path happens to cross that of the lovely Isabelle Labrie; his life, her life and the life of the young boy Alden is trying to free, enter into a battle for freedom that none of them ever imagined could have existed.
Liberty; a sacred ideal for those who don't have it, and especially precious for those who fear that it may simply be a mirage that will one day disappear. "Beneath a Golden Veil" gifts its readers with glimpses of the legacy that brave Americans fought for; earning "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" for all men and women, regardless of their heritage or skin color, for truly "where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty".
Melissa5 Stars Out Of 5A captivating storyJanuary 3, 2017MelissaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wow. I had not read a book by Melanie Dobson yet and I have to say I have found a new favorite author.
I dont even know where to begin with this book. My daughter asked me about it and I honestly didnt even know what to tell her because there are so many layers that can be confusing but when youre reading it makes perfect sense.
This story takes you places that arent comfortable to go to or think about but it is a truth in our history.
Melanie did a great job of revealing information slowly and my eyes opening to what was happening and how lives were intertwining.
Isabelle is a wonderful heroine and Alden is a great hero. Both of them are trying to escape their pasts and make their own way.
This was a book I carved time out to read because I had to see what happened next, there truly was never a dull moment. If you are intrigued by our countrys past with slavery I have no doubt you will love this book.
A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own.
Karen RWAGender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A moving drama set in 1850's America!November 18, 2016Karen RWAGender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A moving story set against the turmoil of pre-Civil War America! Starting with a prologue in 1844 Virginia, the story jumps nine years ahead, with several characters whose lives intersect in the gold country of California. From the wild streets of San Francisco and Sacramento, up to the Sierra foothills, the colorful backdrop of the boom towns created by the rush of hopeful miners, is a perfect setting for this gritty story.
"Having heard all of this...you can never again say that you did not know."--William Wilberforce.
The author explores the topic of slavery in the 1850's from a lot of different angles, showing the conflict and consequences of the lack of protection given to anyone of African descent. Poor Isabelle has led such a hard life, yet her faith and the love given to her by her family help her keep her head up, and remember who she really is: a daughter of the living God. Overcoming shame from abuse is still sadly a relevant topic for many today. Alden is a good study in conflicted interests, trying to honor his slave-owning father, yet holding to his convictions that it's wrong. His kindness towards little Isaac, even to the point of putting his life on the line, is a real picture of Christ's love and grace towards all of us. There are some interesting contrasts in the many relationships between men and women too, showing how destructive some people can be in the name of love (selfish or lustful "love"), versus how sacrificial and healing a selfless, respect-filled relationship can be. The author does a good job of balancing the hard reality with a hopefulness.
Recommend for anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction that tackles difficult topics, with a little faith and hope attached. 4.5 stars
(An ebook was provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.)
Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Beneath a Golden VeilNovember 11, 2016Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Beneath a Golden Veil is a wonderful read by Melanie Dobson. She is one of my favorite authors and this book was definitely no disappointment. I loved this story and highly recommend it.
joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5JESUS went behind the VeilOctober 30, 2016joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is an honest accounting of the underground railroad, but it is also a love story, and also it is the story of redemption. GOD is such a lover of souls and HE sure Blessed the souls in this book. You have Victor, he is the absolute villain in the book and I really mean villain - I don't think I have read such a villain in a while. Alden was the main character. Alden met Isaac who was nine and Isaac changed his life. They made their way to California which was a free slave state - and yet - was it truly a free slave state? on the journey they met Isabella - and Alden fell head over heals - but there is something about Isabella you need to know - something incredible - here it is ...........nah - you have to get the book and read it to find out - and will you be shock - and I am truly honest about that. This book moved me to tears and joy and heart felt happiness. I felt Blessed knowing the characters. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.