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Veils of Silk [Mass Market Paperback]

Mary Jo Putney
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Book; Reissue edition (Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451204557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451204554
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USAToday bestselling author, Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. Her entire romance writing career is an accidental byproduct of buying a computer for other purposes.

Her novels are known for psychological depth and intensity and include historical and contemporary romance, fantasy, and young adult fantasy. Winner of numerous writing awards, including two RITAs and two Romantic Times Career Achievement awards, she has five times had books listed among the Library Journal's top five romances of the year, and three times had books among the top ten romances of Booklist, the magazine of the American Library Association.

Her favorite reading is great stories, but in a pinch she'll settle for the backs of cereal boxes. She's delighted that e-publishing can now make available books that have been out of print.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Veiled hearts 16 April 2003
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A man with the soul burnt out by captivity, torments, his own dishonour, and a woman who, haunted by her dark memories, afraid of life.
"Veils of Silk" are the third part of the Silk Trilogy, telling a story of Ian Cameron whose miraculous salvation from the imprisonment in Bokhara is described in "Silk and Secrets". The majority of the story takes place in India, where Ian returns to settle some matters, after his rescue from Amir Nasrullah's fiendish hands. And in the darkest hours of his life he meets Laura Stephenson (formerly Larissa Aleksandrovna Karelian), who seems to be capable of bringing his soul back from the very abyss of grief and despair, and make him laugh again.
There is a great wisdom in a maxim "that love could heal", and once more it comes true. However, the circumstances and murky past of Ian and Laura do not make it easy.
Frankly saying, Mary Jo Putney is my favourite romance writer, and "Veils of Silk" are one of her best book, but which of them isn't really good?
I have started reading it and was immediately caught by the story as by a powerful vortex. That is a kind of book which you read like in fever, with trembling hands and impatient gaze, which catches all your attention and does not allow to be put aside, until you have read the last word.
Ms Putney always tells a story with a great power of imagination. She creates real, colourful and living world, and her characters are complex and convincing. Moreover, the historical and cultural details are described with accuracy, and the portrait of early nineteenth century India reminds M. M. Kaye's The Far Pavilions.
"Veils of Silk" tell the truth about human souls, hearts and the nature of love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars veil of Silk 2 Dec 2012
By Jeanie
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I received the book in good order and especially as it was during the immediate aftermath of Sandy. I haven't started this series yet but look forward to doing so very soon.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving love story with adventure! 6 Dec 2002
By "phillyfleur" - Published on Amazon.com
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This novel, the last of the "Silk" trilogy is a wonderful read. The main character, Ian Cameron,a British officer assigned to India, has been imprisoned and tortured in "The Black Well" in Arabia and recently freed by his sister and her husband. He returns to India a broken man, having lost his eye and his sexual function. To make matters worse, his fiancee has married another man. While in India, Ian learns from his brother that he has unexpectedly become the Baron Falkirk, and needs to return to Scotland. Still depressed, Ian remains in India to deliver a bible written by a Russian with whom he shared his imprisonment. The Russian was later executed, and Ian promised to give Pytor (the Russian) his bible to his niece, Laura (who is also in India). Ian finds Laura in her own private misery, having just lost her stepfather, and notices how she is averse to men being attracted to her. In a bold move, he tells her of his impotence and proposes a marriage of convenience without sexuality, but with fidelity. Laura agrees,although Ian is in the dark as to why she wants no part of sex.
What follows is their marriage, and journey through India to tie up loose ends. This novel has a lot of historical detail about India, the culture, and political problems along the Khyber Pass.
Laura and Ian find themselves in some Indian intrigue, as well as deciphering the coded secrets of the bible Pytor left behind. During this time, Ian finds his impotence was only temporary and now is in a bind. He is attracted to Laura but feels guilty about breaking his promise. Overall, the way they both come to terms with the sexuality issue is interesting and becomes romantic as they do fall in love.
One of MJP strongest suits is that she addresses issues atypical in the romance industry, such as depression and impotence. She is unafraid to push the boundaries of historical romance fiction. In my opinion, this puts her in class that is a cut above the usual.
Overall, this novel is very enjoyable. However, be prepared for lots of secondary Indian politics and intrigue.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Last of the trilogy: Ian finds love 6 May 2001
By Dr W. Richards - Published on Amazon.com
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Ian Cameron, the brother of Juliet and the British officer whom Ross and Juliet rescued from the Black Well in Silk and Secrets, has returned to India, barely recovered in body and not at all recovered in spirit from his ordeal. Rushing to find his fiancee and let her know that he's safe, he discovers that she's already married to a friend of his. Feeling betrayed and lost, he intends to resign from the army and return home - especially after he discovers that he is now Baron Falkirk - but first he has a promise to keep. He needs to find Lara Alexandrovna, the niece of Pyotr Andreyovich, the Russian officer who was his fellow prisoner and who died instead of Ian.
Lara, now calling herself Laura, has just watched her stepfather die when Ian finds her. She is alone in the world, and also, he notices, wary of physical contact with men. One legacy of the Black Well, however, is that it has made Ian impotent; so he offers her what he believes will be a safe, affectionate, but passionless marriage. Laura, who likes Ian and feels safe with him, accepts.
Of course, Ian's disability isn't permanent, so at a later stage they have to deal with the consequences, and Laura has to confront her memories and fears. Ian also has his demons, which haunt his nightmares and sometimes make him difficult to live with. Gradually, over a period of a few months and in the course of their journey across India, these two tortured souls heal each other.
But the romantic/emotional plot isn't all there is to this book, which is why I've rated it less than the five stars I normally give Putney. Again, she has a strong dramatic plot - and I generally prefer her books without them - but she's also chosen to locate the book in colonial India. That, for a start, would have put me off buying the book had it been written by anyone other than Putney; as it was, it was difficult for me to empathise with Ian's feelings as far as that part of the plot was concerned, since my sympathies were with those who would prefer to overthrow British rule!
At one stage I did find myself getting somewhat frustrated with the emotional plot, since it seemed as if any time Laura made a step forward Ian would regress a stage, and vice versa! However, in the end that aspect of the book was satisfying.
I did wonder about Ian's mother: after all, she's the woman who was pestering the British Consul in Constantinople for months on end in Silk and Secrets, trying to get someone to find out whether her son was alive or not; and it was she who sent Ross to find Ian. In neither Silk and Secrets nor this book did we see or hear about Ian's reunion with his mother! And what about the British government, which effectively left him to die?
In relation to the series, I was disappointed not to see more of the characters from earlier books in each successive one; all we get is a brief epilogue at the end of each, which isn't enough for characters we've grown fond of. Putney did better in her Fallen Angels series, allowing other characters to reappear in more substantial roles.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exotic locale, sultry romance, what more could you want? 9 Aug 2000
By Marcy L. Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
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Well, some things you might want are believable main characters, an interesting plot that grows out of the historical setting, a cast of supporting characters who each seem so finely drawn as to deserve a novel of their own, and smooth, fluent writing. If that's your wish list for a historical romance novel, this one delivers.
The most amazing thing about this novel is the main characters. Both are flawed individuals whose flaws first seem to fit together beautifully (so they embark on a marriage built around those "flaws"), but as the story unfolds, this fit disintegrates, leaving them with the challenge of addressing their individual demons and coming together, or blowing apart in a maelstrom of hurt and anger. The heroine alternately embraces and rejects her own struggle, in an entirely plausible way, and eventually takes ahold of herself and steps up to the challenge posed by her marriage. The hero, meanwhile, is fighting his own battles against the results of being traumatized (as a minor character in the earlier novel _Silk_and_Secrets_, which I also recommend). In the end, these characters come together as healed lovers, whose healing grew out of their courage.
And it's all believably set in 19th century India. The place and time are evoked beautifully, and the action of the plot is firmly grounded in history. In some ways, the plot is a little over-wrought, but then, so was British India at that time.
This book stands up to rereading wonderfully.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the triology!! 12 Jan 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is charged with emotions, adventures .....and of course romance. Personally, I feel that this book has ended beautifully. This book really give me a feeling of satisfaction. There's also a touch of humour in this book. Of all the Silk Trilogy , I find this book the best. I think it's because this book's far more eventful.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and touching story 11 Jan 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the best historical romances I have ever read. It intricately weaves the politics and history of 19th century India with a touching and beautiful love story. The characters of Laura and Ian were unforgettable. MJP is an incredible storyteller. She integrates history, politics, angst, and love into an incredibly enjoyable read.
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