Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Marlo Schalesky's Veil of Fire ~ Reviewed

Veil of Fire (Paperback)
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: RiverOak (April 20, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1589190777
ISBN-13: 978-1589190771
"(Nashville, TENN.) Hinckley, Minnesota is going up in flames and a mysterious "being" sets up camp at the edge of town in Marlo Schalesky's May 2007 release, VEIL OF FIRE. Coping with the loss of loved ones and belongings is hard enough, but Hinckley citizens are also encountering a monster. Or is it a ghost? Something didn't burn up in the fire and Hinckley folks aren't quite sure if that's a good thing or bad."
I didn’t realize until I’d reached the end of this captivating novel that it was based on a real historical event—one of the worst fires in history. A blaze that destroyed six towns including Hinckley and killed 418 people in four hours in Minnesota of 1894.

In Veil of Fire, residents of Hinckley struggle with grief over their losses and wavering faith in the God who allowed such disaster, while trying to put their lives and their town back together.

Meanwhile, rumors spread that a ghost, or maybe a monster, is lurking in the surrounding hills. Things have gone missing—a cart, a pie, some beans—and a veiled figure in black has been spotted in the shadows. People are angry and afraid.

The author pulls you in, first by making you care about her very believable characters—a widower left alone with his baby girl, a mother with many regrets and the man who loves her despite her short-comings, a villain we despise yet understand. Then she keeps you reading, leaving you with one cliffhanger after another. I read this book quickly, always having to know what happened next, and in the end I was satisfied.

Veil of Fire is about finding the truth. It’s about being real, and giving and receiving undeserved love and forgiveness. This book will be enjoyed by fans of historical, romantic, and suspense fiction.

Review By Janet Rubin

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