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Parting the Veil + Giveaway!

Parting the Veil by Paulette Kennedy

Publication Date: November 1, 2021
Lake Union Publishing

Genre: Historical/Gothic/Romance

Some houses hold secrets that are meant to be kept forever…

Parting the Veil, a suspenseful gothic romance about a scandalous Gilded Age heiress who meets a charming British lord with a tragic past, only to discover dark family secrets hidden within his haunted manor, is coming to you from Lake Union Publishing this fall.

When Eliza Sullivan inherits an estate from a recently deceased aunt, she leaves behind a grievous and guilt-ridden past in New Orleans for rural England and a fresh start. Eliza arrives at her new home and finds herself falling for the mysterious lord of Havenwood, Malcolm Winfield. Despite the sinister rumors that surround him, Eliza is drawn to his melancholy charm and his crumbling, once-beautiful mansion. With enough love, she thinks, both man and manor could be repaired.

Not long into their marriage, Eliza fears that she should have listened to the locals. There’s something terribly wrong at Havenwood Manor: Forbidden rooms. Ghostly whispers in the shadows. Strangely guarded servants. And Malcolm’s threatening moods, as changeable as night and day.

As Eliza delves deeper into Malcolm’s troubling history, the dark secrets she unearths gain a frightening power. Has she married a man or a monster? For Eliza, uncovering the truth will either save her or destroy her.

If you enjoy the work of Kate Morton, Sarah Waters, and Susanna Kearsley, you’ll love following along with Eliza as she communes with restless spirits and uncovers the mysteries of Havenwood Manor, one gaslit room at a time.

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Praise

“A beautiful, crumbling mansion in the English countryside; a charming but enigmatic viscount; ghosts; rumors; and a labyrinth of dark secrets, lies, twists, and well-executed turns…As if that wasn’t enough, add rich atmosphere and an American-heiress heroine determined to settle her own future. Kennedy has crafted a delicious, romantic gothic mystery that will keep readers guessing even as they’re feverishly turning the final pages.” —Megan Chance, author of A Splendid Ruin

“I was riveted by Paulette Kennedy’s Parting the Veil, a dazzling debut that hearkens to the best of the classic gothic tradition but with a sensibility that will appeal to modern readers. Kennedy writes with compassion, attention to detail, and the confident prose of a seasoned writer. Deliciously eerie, passionate, and suspenseful, this book is an emotional roller coaster that kept me turning its pages long into the night.” —Jo Kaplan, author of It Will Just Be Us

“If you love a gothic tale full of twists and turns and things that go bump in the night, Paulette Kennedy’s Parting the Veil is a not-to-be-missed treat. This debut is the perfect book to curl up with on a stormy night, but don’t expect to put it down easily. And don’t forget the Earl Grey and biscuits.” —Barbara Davis, bestselling author of The Last of the Moon Girls

“An American heiress with a scandalous past meets a mysterious British lord in this swoon-worthy gothic thriller. Parting the Veil takes familiar plot elements—a ruined mansion, family secrets—and gives them a sexy, modern twist. This stunning debut from Paulette Kennedy kept me guessing until the very end!” —Elizabeth Blackwell, author of Red Mistress and On a Cold Dark Sea

“Parting the Veil is a gothic romance full of sly and sometimes shocking twists and turns, with the requisite crumbling manor house, loads of secrets, and long, haunting shadows of grief. Kennedy spares no mercy for a bucolic English village that teems with lies, forbidden desires, and murder.” —Kim Taylor Blakemore, author of After Alice Fell

“Atmospheric and cleverly plotted, Parting the Veil grabbed me from the first page and tightened its grip with each immersive chapter. Whenever I thought I knew how it would end, Kennedy’s haunting debut surprised me, while delivering gothic chills alongside each captivating twist. Clear your schedule to read in one sitting like I did.” —Elle Marr, Amazon Charts bestselling author of The Missing Sister and Lies We Bury

“Absolutely enthralling. This sultry, mysterious, and immersive tale had me in its grasp from page one.” —Laura McHugh, award-winning author of What’s Done in Darkness

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I try my best to stay away from improper grammar in my book reviews, but Y’all, desperate times call for desperate measures: I just can’t even with this novel. Read that with a “valley girl” twang or whatever expression suits you best, but I just. can’t. even.

First, let me tell you a story. I recently returned from a mother/daughter trip with my mama, and Parting the Veil was one of the first items that I packed. Close to 1:00 A.M. on our first night there, I reluctantly put down the magic that is Paulette Kennedy’s book and decided to head to bed. Unbeknownst to me, I’d forgotten a bobby pin on the bed covers earlier that evening. I lay down, turned off the light, and tried to talk myself out of being uncomfortable with how dark and quiet the room was. Then, when I covered up, I launched that bobby pin halfway across the room, where it landed with a thwack on the hardwood floor. I have never…ever…ducked my entire body under the covers so quickly in all of my years. I was just certain that Parting the Veil had come to life right before my eyes; that, my Friends, is excellent writing. (*ahem* we just won’t talk about how long it took me to fall asleep after that *ahem*)

This book is spellbinding. Absolutely brilliant. From the get-go, Paulette Kennedy transports you to the late 1800’s, and introduces you to Eliza and her sister. Her scene-building skills are exceptional, allowing the reader to surrender to the story. Eliza and Malcolm are deeply developed, each with their own personalities and beautiful flaws. The side-characters are equally as impressive and individual, and the plot runs along at a perfect pace. Most impressive is the mysterious, eerie storyline that snakes it’s way in and around the characters. Not enough to frighten you, but just enough to bewitch you. You need this glorious novel.

Bottom Line: What a marvelous adventure!

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About the Author

Writing historical fiction for the romantic-at-heart reader who craves page-turning twists and a touch of the supernatural, Paulette Kennedy infuses her stories with realistic detail to create a cinematic, immersive experience for the reader.

As a history lover, she can get lost for days in her research—learning everything she can about the places in her novels and what her characters might have experienced in the past.

Originally from the Missouri Ozarks, Paulette now lives with her family in a quiet suburb of Los Angeles. In her free time, she enjoys tending to her garden, knitting, and finding unique vintage treasures at thrift stores and flea markets.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, November 1
Excerpt at Novels Alive
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks

Tuesday, November 2
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Wednesday, November 3
Review at Novels Alive
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Thursday, November 4
Review at The Lit Bitch
Review at Momfluenster

Friday, November 5
Review at Wishful Endings
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Monday, November 8
Review at Reading the Past

Tuesday, November 9
Interview at Books and Benches
Review at Michelle the PA Loves to Read

Wednesday, November 10
Review at A Girl Reads Bookss

Thursday, November 11
Review at Rajiv’s Reviews

Friday, November 12
Review at Booking With Janelle

Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of Parting the Veil by Paulette Kennedy! Open to the US only.

The giveaway ends on November 12th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

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