January 4, 2012

The Veil by Diane Noble

Title:  The Veil
Author:  Diane Noble
Format: PB
Pages: 377
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: WaterBrook, 1998
ISBN-13:  978-1578560141
Series: Stand Alone

Favorite Quote:  "Justice has to be seen to, Hannah.  One way or another."

Synopsis (PBS):  A shroud of secrecy cloaks a new nineteenth-century sect known simply as the Saints. But that veil is about to be drawn away. Amidst the majestic beauty of 1857 Utah, the members of one secluded religious group claim to want nothing more than to practice their beliefs without persecution. Yet among them are many who engage in secret vows and brutal acts of atonement…all in the name of God.

But one young woman, Hannah McClary, dares to question the truth behind the shroud. Soon Hannah and the young man she loves–Lucas Knight, who has been trained from childhood to kill on behalf of the Church–find themselves fighting for their very lives.

As a group of unwary pioneer families marches into Utah toward a tragic confrontation with the Saints at a place called Mountain Meadows, Hannah and Lucas are thrust into the most difficult conflict of all–a battle for truth and justice–even as they are learning for the first time about unconditional love, acceptance, and forgiveness.…

Review:  I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did.  It's got a lot of religious references, but that's to be expected since it is about the Mormons.  It had so much historical information that I really didn't know and it was surprising and horrifying and almost too much to handle in places.  The killing of the pioneer families was terrible.  Thankfully, the book ended on an upbeat note.  It's a good book and it's well worth a read but beware, it's not an easy story in places.

Rating:  6.5 / 10

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