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Parting the Veil by Paulette Kennedy
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PARTING THE VEIL BY PAULETTE KENNEDY
Publication Date: November 1, 2021
Lake Union Publishing
Some houses hold secrets that are meant to be kept forever…
Parting the Veil, a suspenseful gothic romance about a scandalous Gilded Age heiress who meets a charming British lord with a tragic past, only to discover dark family secrets hidden within his haunted manor, is coming to you from Lake Union Publishing this fall.
When Eliza Sullivan inherits an estate from a recently deceased aunt, she leaves behind a grievous and guilt-ridden past in New Orleans for rural England and a fresh start. Eliza arrives at her new home and finds herself falling for the mysterious lord of Havenwood, Malcolm Winfield. Despite the sinister rumors that surround him, Eliza is drawn to his melancholy charm and his crumbling, once-beautiful mansion. With enough love, she thinks, both man and manor could be repaired.
Not long into their marriage, Eliza fears that she should have listened to the locals. There’s something terribly wrong at Havenwood Manor: Forbidden rooms. Ghostly whispers in the shadows. Strangely guarded servants. And Malcolm’s threatening moods, as changeable as night and day.
As Eliza delves deeper into Malcolm’s troubling history, the dark secrets she unearths gain a frightening power. Has she married a man or a monster? For Eliza, uncovering the truth will either save her or destroy her.
If you enjoy the work of Kate Morton, Sarah Waters, and Susanna Kearsley, you’ll love following along with Eliza as she communes with restless spirits and uncovers the mysteries of Havenwood Manor, one gaslit room at a time.
“A beautiful, crumbling mansion in the English countryside; a charming but enigmatic viscount; ghosts; rumors; and a labyrinth of dark secrets, lies, twists, and well-executed turns…As if that wasn’t enough, add rich atmosphere and an American-heiress heroine determined to settle her own future. Kennedy has crafted a delicious, romantic gothic mystery that will keep readers guessing even as they’re feverishly turning the final pages.” —Megan Chance, author of A Splendid Ruin
“I was riveted by Paulette Kennedy’s Parting the Veil, a dazzling debut that hearkens to the best of the classic gothic tradition but with a sensibility that will appeal to modern readers. Kennedy writes with compassion, attention to detail, and the confident prose of a seasoned writer. Deliciously eerie, passionate, and suspenseful, this book is an emotional roller coaster that kept me turning its pages long into the night.” —Jo Kaplan, author of It Will Just Be Us
“If you love a gothic tale full of twists and turns and things that go bump in the night, Paulette Kennedy’s Parting the Veil is a not-to-be-missed treat. This debut is the perfect book to curl up with on a stormy night, but don’t expect to put it down easily. And don’t forget the Earl Grey and biscuits.” —Barbara Davis, bestselling author of The Last of the Moon Girls
“An American heiress with a scandalous past meets a mysterious British lord in this swoon-worthy gothic thriller. Parting the Veil takes familiar plot elements—a ruined mansion, family secrets—and gives them a sexy, modern twist. This stunning debut from Paulette Kennedy kept me guessing until the very end!” —Elizabeth Blackwell, author of Red Mistress and On a Cold Dark Sea
“Parting the Veil is a gothic romance full of sly and sometimes shocking twists and turns, with the requisite crumbling manor house, loads of secrets, and long, haunting shadows of grief. Kennedy spares no mercy for a bucolic English village that teems with lies, forbidden desires, and murder.” —Kim Taylor Blakemore, author of After Alice Fell
“Atmospheric and cleverly plotted, Parting the Veil grabbed me from the first page and tightened its grip with each immersive chapter. Whenever I thought I knew how it would end, Kennedy’s haunting debut surprised me, while delivering gothic chills alongside each captivating twist. Clear your schedule to read in one sitting like I did.” —Elle Marr, Amazon Charts bestselling author of The Missing Sister and Lies We Bury
“Absolutely enthralling. This sultry, mysterious, and immersive tale had me in its grasp from page one.” —Laura McHugh, award-winning author of What’s Done in Darkness
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This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.
FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Parting The Veil
There are books and then there are books. This is one of those books that stays with you long after you read the last line.
Parting The Veil is an rewarding historical gothic. Paulette Kennedy’s lush prose and brilliant storyteller makes this book a favorite this year.
Full of plot twist and dark ominous historical details that keep you invested within in its eerie pages. We follow half-sisters who have recently arrived in Hampshire, England from New Orléans, Louisiana. Eliza Sullivan has inherited a manor house and sizable fortune from her great-aunt, Lady Theodora Sherbourne. Certain stipulations to the will include the fact that she must marry within a certain amount of time or she will forfeits her Aunts inheritance. Having avoided marriage in the past she now must look for the one thing she did not want …a husband.
The neighboring estate. Havenwood, owned by Malcolm Winfield is known for its dark family secrets. Located at the crossroads Sherborne house, Havenwood and it’s dark mysterious owner have already piqued Eliza’s interest.
The story starts off intentionally slow, in an ambiguous way as the author sets the perfect tone. Now this is the genius of Kennedy, who deliberately gives you each piece of the puzzle, chapter by chapter. The hauntingly sinister tale of comes together masterfully. Full of deception and romance, along with dramatic family dynamics, kept me on the edge of my seat. The malevolent Havenwood, is a character in its own right, where nothing is what it seems. You will find the characters well developed and fleshed out completely. I especially loved both of the sisters and their bond was well depicted. A riveting tale that you just have to read to know what feeling I’m getting at. It sucks you in and keeps you hungry for more. A slightly modernized dialogue will register with contemporary readers, which helps broaden the scope of the book, along with wonderful queer depiction!
I inhaled this book in one setting, staying up late at night to finish. Steeped with gothic nuances and ghost this was deliciously intense and chilling!
About the Author
Writing historical fiction for the romantic-at-heart reader who craves page-turning twists and a touch of the supernatural, Paulette Kennedy infuses her stories with realistic detail to create a cinematic, immersive experience for the reader.
As a history lover, she can get lost for days in her research—learning everything she can about the places in her novels and what her characters might have experienced in the past.
Originally from the Missouri Ozarks, Paulette now lives with her family in a quiet suburb of Los Angeles. In her free time, she enjoys tending to her garden, knitting, and finding unique vintage treasures at thrift stores and flea markets.
Blog Tour Schedule
Tuesday, November 2
Review at Pursuing Stacie
Monday, November 8
Review at Reading the Past
Wednesday, November 10
Review at A Girl Reads Bookss
Thursday, November 11
Review at Rajiv’s Reviews
Friday, November 12
Review at Booking With Janelle