Veiled at Midnight
by Christine Lindsay
Trade Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing
Released: October 2014
Source: Review copy from the author.
Book Description, Modified from Back Cover:
The 1947 Indian Independence and desire for Partition is causing riots across India. As the British Empire comes to an end, millions flee to the roads. Caught up in the turbulent wake is Captain Cam Fraser, his sister Miriam, and the beautiful Indian Dassah.
Cam has never been able to put Dassah from his mind, ever since the days when he played with the orphans at the mission as a boy. But a British officer and the aide to the last viceroy cannot marry a poor Indian woman, can he? Dassah may love Cam, but his actions break her heart and she runs away from him.
Miriam rails against the separation of the land of her birth, but is Lieutenant Colonel Jack Sunderland her soulmate or a distraction from what God has called her to do?
Veiled at Midnight is a historical suspense novel set in 1946 to 1947 in India. It's the third in a series. You don't have to read the previous books to follow this one, but this book revealed major events from book one and how the romance turned out in book two.
The historical details about the 1947 Partition of India were interesting and added suspense as the characters repeatedly found themselves caught up in the violence and rioting. The characters were interesting, and several changed and grew throughout the book. Cam started out a mess and not very likable. He's obsessed with Dassah and is willing to marry her, but he's also an alcoholic and unwilling to stand up to the pressures that they'll face as a "mixed" marriage.
Tikah is convinced that Cam hasn't legally married Dassah and convinces Dassah to run away from Cam. Unable to find his wife and feeling guilt for letting her down, Cam hits rock bottom. His family is there to help, and God gives him strength to face his alcoholism and become a man worthy of Dassah. It's just a matter of finding her in the midst of upheaval while his rival is trying to win her heart.
I liked that God was an active part of the story by giving people strength and comfort. There were no sex scenes or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this historical novel.
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