Parting the Veil is an intoxicating, sensuous mystery unlike anything I’ve read before. Author Paulette Kennedy delivers the classic gothic elements—a crumbling mansion, family secrets, ghostly whispers, shocking twists and turns, and a tragically handsome enigmatic viscount. But best of all, Kennedy gives us our heroine, the incomparable Eliza Sullivan.
Eliza is no shrinking violet. It’s 1899, and she’s a modern American woman, not at all interested in marriage or societal norms. Looking to escape the guilt and grief of great loss, she sails to England, determined to start over in the house she’s inherited. Unfortunately, within days of arriving, she learns that in order to lay claim to the estate, she must marry an Englishman within three months. The idea is utterly repugnant to Eliza—that she should have to trade her freedom for what is rightfully hers.
But then she falls for Malcolm Winfield, lord of disgraced Havenwood Manor. Malcolm is devoted yet mercurial, and he harbors secrets of his own. When Eliza realizes she’s in great peril, she does what any modern woman would—she takes matters into her own hands. And that’s what I love most about this book—Eliza fights fiercely for what she loves. In doing so, she conquers the guilt that has plagued her since losing her loved ones, and she’s finally able to truly start anew.
—Jodi Warshaw, Editor