The Veil

The Veil 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 Utah the members of one secluded religio

  • Title: The Veil
  • Author: Diane Noble
  • ISBN: 9780307458070
  • Page: 246
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 than to practice their beliefs without persecution Yet among them are many who engage in secret vows and brutal acts of atonement all inA 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 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.

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    1. "The Veil" is a very well-written Christian historical novel with some romantic elements. The main characters are caught up in historic events during their childhood and into their young adult years which climax at the Mountain Meadow massacre in Utah in 1857. The description was vivid, bringing the world alive in my imagination without slowing the pacing. The historical detail was nice and added to the feel of the book. The tension was built nicely throughout the story. There was a strong relig [...]

    2. This book about a real life tragedy is well done. It took awhile for me to get interested in the wagon train because I was so heavily invested in Hannah's story. So sad to know that this really happened. The author did a good job portraying God's grace.

    3. This was one of my first forays into Christian women's lit and it wasn't too bad in that respect. There was some romance but absolutely no sex. In fact, I was probably more surprised that all sex was glossed over. There was more sex in Breaking Dawn!! Even the violence was extremely mild.This was a very interesting story about the early days of Mormonism as the LDS had been kicked out of Nauvoo, IL and had settled in Utah. The story highlights some of the more unusual aspects of the LDS faith, s [...]

    4. Wow! What a page-turner! I could hardly stop reading, though at times it was very painful to read. Wow! What a story! Noble captures the reality of the trek west by the Saints, who simply want a place to live and practice their religion in freedom. This group has secrets--vows, blood atonement carried out in the name of God. Because questioning beliefs and practices is not acceptable, Hannah McClary, a young woman who dares to ask questions, encounters all sorts of difficulties. And then when sh [...]

    5. I was completely enthralled with this book. A coworker had read it for her book group and mentioned it to me. I was immediately interested so she lent it to me. The characters were well written and you felt like you got to know them on such a personal level. I could feel their struggles despite the fact that it is from such a different time and I have never experienced those types of struggles. I was struck hard by the ending, as the fates of certain characters completely threw me for a loop, bu [...]

    6. This novel is built around the massacre at Mountain Meadows by the Mormons in 1857, against a wagon train from Arkansas. Really sad, and some pretty gruesome details, but has a redeeming ending, showing that God was still very active in the lives of all who were there. The author had a note that the Mountain Meadows event was historical, but that there were divided opinions about the real reasons for the attacksNoble did research to try and develop a novel that was based on historical fact.

    7. The Mormon history aspects of this book were interesting, but I found it to be very overwrought at times, and written somewhat like a romance novel. There is a lot of religion in it, and I don't mean information about the various religions of the people involved in the story. I mean God talks directly to the people in the story, which was pretty cheesy. I much preferred The 19th Wife as a historical novel set during this era. I

    8. Soooooo disturbing, but soooo good! Those 19th century Mormons were a CA-RAZY bunch. Literally insane. The entire time I was reading this book, I knew that a horrible tragedy would be its climax, but I just couldn't believe that it would actually happenen it did. I found it utterly horrible, but entirely satisfying as a story. I wish it WAS just a story. To think that this ghastly, unjust act of violence and hate against the innocent really happened kept me up at night.

    9. This is the third book of the early Mormans that I have read by Diane Noble. I then went to the web to look up the real story of the Mountain Meadow Masacre, and found the book fictionalizes but still stays pretty true to the actual story. If you like American history you may well enjoy this book as I did. I liked the characters and enjoyed the way Ms Noble builds her story.

    10. The history of the Mountain Meadows Massacre was intriguing, but some parts were hard to take in large doses. I found myself so troubled by the fact that murder was ok in the name of your religion. I loved the way God's hand of protection was woven in with the characters. This book was wonderful, but sad to know that humans could commit such atrocities. A must read.

    11. This was a great book to start the new year off with. I have read many of Diane Noble other books and they have all been wonderful. In this novel about a group of settlers moving from Arkansas to California run into all kind of mishaps and trouble , but outcome although not what I expected was great. I love the way all of the character intertwine and I especially hated the villain John Steele.

    12. Having recently finished reading Leaving the Saints by Martha Beck, I was interested in reading more about the Latter Day Saints, and remembered this book was somewhere among my To Be Reads. It is a fictionalized account of a true event, the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Though in places it reads like a romance novel, the story line was quite interesting.

    13. I loved the historical components of the book, but it took a long time to really get into the storyline and events of the massacre. The last 1/3 of the book was great. But it was slow and a bit tedious until then.

    14. What a great book. It was about an event in history that I did not know about so of course I had to read up on it a little more(I find this happens a lot). I had a hard time putting this one down.

    15. Historical Fiction about the Mountain Meadow Massacre in Utah territory. Very well researched from what I can tell.

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