Book Review: Whispers Beyond the Veil & What Should I Cook for Thanksgiving?
I hope everyone is having a great week and is gearing up for Thanksgiving! Where has this year gone?!?! Jeff and I had a great time last weekend in DC visiting friends and watching Michigan football, but now it’s time to start preparing for the holidays.
Jeff and I will be having some of his family over (to our very tiny NYC apartment) for Thanksgiving which means quick, easy, and anything that can be made ahead is our go to. Any suggestions for family favorites that don’t take hours in the oven?
Jeff and I will also be running the NYC 15K Turkey Trot on Saturday after Thanksgiving. We’ll have to run super fast as the University of Michigan vs. Ohio State game starts at noon and there’s no way we can miss a minute of that. I’ve been super bad with my training for the race with all the travel I’ve been doing but hopefully it goes okay and I’ll let you guys know how I feel after! I’m hoping to stick to an actual training plan for my next half marathon in March and I’ll be sure to share what I’m planning to do and how it went when I’m done. I really want to break 2 hours so I need to get to work!
On to books! Below I have a review for a new-to-me historical mystery series (there’s currently 2 books out) Whispers Beyond the Veil by Jessica Estevao.
Ruby and her father move from town to town with a traveling show. Her father sells fake medical marvels and Ruby reads tarot cards, with a little help from the voice she often hears in her head. When one of Ruby’s father’s carnival medical miracles goes awry, Ruby is forced to leave Canada and the only type of home she has ever known with the traveling show. To avoid the authorities, Ruby heads to Maine and to the hotel her estranged Aunt Honoria owns hoping she’ll stay safe.
When Ruby arrives, she finds that the hotel is being billed as all things psychic and that her aunt insists on the power of her inherited gift (are there more to the voice Ruby’s been hearing all her life?). Ruby soon begins to worry not only that her past will be discovered, but that the she may lose the family and home she’s longed for her whole life.
This book started out with a bang. A lot happens plot-wise in the first few chapters, and while the tempo of the story does slow down in some parts, the mystery actually escalates as the book goes on. I was hooked from the beginning of this story and was actively trying to solve the mystery as it unraveled (I got close but not quite right).
Throughout the story I went back and forth on whether I liked ruby, but by the end of the story I was firmly in the “like” camp. I really enjoyed Ruby’s Aunt Honoria–she was a tough, hard working, independent woman who wasn’t afraid to let people in or admit when she needed help. The other employees at the hotel were interesting, although several didn’t add much in way of plot for this first book. The inspector and his family added both friendship and drama to Ruby’s life in Maine and I’m excited to see what happens with them as the series progresses, especially given Ruby’s past. I also loved the two sisters who were guests! They added such a sweet and funny element to the story and I really hope they play an even bigger role in the next book.
I enjoyed the mystery throughout the story but actually found it wrapped up a little too quickly/easy. I would have liked the story to not end so abruptly. I also think Ruby got off pretty easy (don’t want to spoil it!) with her “suitor” so I’m wondering if that will come back more in the next books.
Rating 4/ 5 – at first book in a historical mystery series. I love the added aspect of Ruby being a psychic to change up the standard female heroine in historical mysteries. The cast of characters was great and I’m interested to see what happens to everyone as the series progresses. I’m excited to pick up the next book Whispers of Warning.