Review: Veiled Mist – Eleanor T. Beaty
Hanna has lived her entire life as a spoiled little princess. Whatever she wants, she gets, no questions asked. Her sixteenth birthday is right around the corner and she’s looking forward to that day with gusto. She has plans to make her birthday the best it can be, an occasion no one will ever forget.
Within the blink of an eye, her life takes a sordid turn. Her hair and clothes are changing and she’s seeing things that aren’t quite there. The unexpected occurrences are questionable and Hanna soon wonders if she’s losing her mind. She’s sure there’s a suitable explanation for what’s going on, but it’s one she hasn’t quite discovered yet.
When her favorite doll is broken, she takes it to a new doll shop to get it repaired. In doing so, her life is further turned upside-down. The old woman assures her that the doll can be mended, but there’s a price that must be met in order for her to make the doll as good as new. With no other choice but to concede to the woman’s demands, Hanna agrees, never once imagining that her world will be knocked further askew.
Eager, yet apprehensive to learn about her family’s history, Hanna dives head in to the task the woman has given her. Never once does she think about the consequences of her actions. Time is growing short and there’s a lot she needs to know and learn. Unfortunately, she’s not quite willing to dive into the secrets of her past. Never-the-less, she knows she’ll need to make the effort in fulfilling the woman’s wishes if she’s to set all wrongs to right, before her life and that of her bloodline are forfeit.
The storyline for this book is delightfully original. Chock full of intrigue and the paranormal, we dive head first into the life and times of dearest Hanna. She’s like any other little girl who’s been given her hearts desire – spoiled, holier-than-thou, and always eager to get her way.
I found the gypsy aspect of the story very endearing. I think Eleanor used that to her advantage. It was like Hanna’s lineage was a character in itself that blossomed and bloomed the more I turned the page. Hanna’s turning into a completely different person by the time the book ended was heart-warming. I enjoyed every minute of the story and think you will, too.
On the Caribbean island of Maurray, spoiled-rotten, fifteen-year-old Hanna wakes up to a nightmare. She is not the daughter of an aristocrat, but the orphan of a Gypsy. She is the descendant to a mystical Gypsy tribe. Their magic is strong and has lasted six hundred years.
Ornella, the tribe’s guardian, arrives at the island with her mutt, Count Dracula, to guide Hanna. Hanna is told she must embrace her heritage or die at the ripe age of seventeen. But Hanna does the unthinkable, she chooses death. She hates Gypsies and would rather die.
What she doesn’t know is that her death will destroy the entire tribe. What she also doesn’t know is how persuasive Ornella can be. The nightmare begins.
About The Author:
Eleanor T. Beaty is Brazilian born and raised, of American parents. She lives in Sao Paulo with her third husband and children.
She studied at the American school in Brazil, in boarding schools in Switzerland, and the US. She has a BA in English Literature from FIU.
She published a YA trilogy in Brazil and another YA novel in Turkey in 2001, now in its fifth edition. Her passion is history and spiritualism.
Besides Veiled Mist, she has another YA novel, Fallen Ruler, being released soon.
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