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Beneath a Golden Veil

A Novel
Narrated by: Carly Robins
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Summary

As elegant as the Sacramento residence she operates, Isabelle Labrie keeps her past concealed, like the treasure she hides under the Golden Hotel. It's 1853, the heyday of the California Gold Rush. Isabelle is full of hope, staking her claim on the city's refined clientele and her future on a sweetheart's promise to marry her when he returns from the gold fields. Then, unexpected guests - fugitive slaves seeking safe passage to the North - force her to confront her past and reconsider her path.

While Isabelle learns to trust God's provisions, a law student in Virginia must confront his father's cruelty and rescue a young slave from his family's tobacco plantation. As the two escape to freedom, and Isabelle risks everything to harbor runaway slaves, the past and present are set on an inevitable collision course - one that reveals hidden treasures of the heart.

©2016 Melanie Dobson. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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A Gentle story of Justice.

This was my 2nd book by this author, on a completely different subject but still very good writing and narration. Its a good story and I enjoy the way this writer brings all the strands together at the end....very satisfying! I also appreciate the GOOD language without the use of swearing and blasphemy to create a realistic character.....there were plenty of these without offensive language!

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  • Mommy Mel of CO
  • 01-12-16

Couldn't stop listening!

Would you listen to Beneath a Golden Veil again? Why?

I will listen to this story again and again. As always, Melanie Dobson delivers on character development. You find yourself easily in the story, watching these people as they struggle and win. You can't stand the bad guy. You love the heros.

Who was your favorite character and why?

How can you not love Isabelle? Her heart and tenacity grab you. But Aldon Payne is another favorite. A man struggling against the times and fighting for what is right.

Have you listened to any of Carly Robins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to other books performed by Carly Robins. She is pretty good. Not my favorite. She did well on this.

Who was the most memorable character of Beneath a Golden Veil and why?

Victor perhaps was the most memorable as a tyrant and a man with mental issues to be sure! Issac is a great kid. You just want to grab him up and have a wild chat. Each character seems to be with me still weeks later.

Any additional comments?

Though this is Melanie Dobson's first audio title, she is not a new author by any means. Her work is always willing to look at reality eye-to-eye and still find hope. Always entertaining, her characters become friends. This book is worth your time. I would also suggest the paper versions of Melanie Dobson's other books.

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  • paula wright
  • 20-04-19

What a great informative book

The story totally captures your interest. A great read without sex and profanity which is getting harder to find. I couldn’t stop listening to it the author makes the gold rush main setting so interesting. I learn so much interesting things from her books. Second one I have listened too. But won’t be the last

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  • Valarie B.
  • 21-10-19

Great book if you can deal with the performance

Screatchy and over extended performance. The reader’s voice and interpretation was over done and grate on my nerves. I have listed to over 1000 hours of audio books and this one was the absolute worst. I almost didn’t finish it. Characters’ voices blended an adults sounded like children and the referent message was lot in the screech.

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  • Debbie
  • 06-09-19

Gold, Secrets, Slaves, California 1853

This story of the Gold Rush in Sacramento prior to the Civil War (which began in 1861) is an interesting tale of lawlessness, greed and unrest. California had been admitted to the United States Union in 1850, about the same time that the Gold Rush started. But its laws regarding slave ownership was all over the place, and often misinterpreted by the officials. Freed slaves were allowed to live and work there, but slave owners could bring their slaves into California and were able to cross back and forth over state borders with their slaves without issue. And the courts often sided with the slave owners. Women also had few rights. So, knowing all of this, the story of Isabelle Labrie and the Golden Hotel which she ran becomes one of intrigue and danger. When a young law student from Virginia had a confrontation with his father over the ownership and treatment of slaves on the family plantation, and eventually showed up in Sacramento, deep secrets begin to emerge. This is a wonderful story of the battle between good and evil; how greed enters the hearts of men and women; and the hope that faith, determination and dependence upon the Lord can see us through. You will be up late listening as the threads of the story are revealed and untangled . . . and rejoice with the victory of love over hate and injustice.

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  • Heide
  • 04-01-20

Great story, horrible narration

I’m trying so hard to get through a good story however the shred king voice of the narrator keeps my mind irritated to where I’m not sure I can finish the story, too bad. Great author!

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  • Ed
  • 25-11-19

Beneath a Golden Veil

Very good book. I really enjoyed it, all the way through. I would highly recommend it.

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  • Sandy
  • 19-09-19

Great story!!

Wow! I enjoy audio books of this genre, i.e., 1850's. I zipped through this audio book; sometimes it was a little difficult to keep up with the characters, i.e., who was who but overall, it was a very interesting story which was hard to put down. If you like stories about the evils of slavery and the people working to abolish it, you will like this audiobook.

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  • irisheyes
  • 16-06-18

Wonderful Story!!!

Loved it, & kept my attention. Great story and history. I will lisren again sometime!

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  • kathy
  • 23-10-18

Just awful narration

Glad I purchased this at a bargain price! It was just so bad! The narrator just yelled throughout the book at random times to emphasize sentences. I listen to a ridiculous amount of books and know good narration when I hear it. Unfortunately for Melanie Dobson, the narrator ruined the writing for me. I really have no idea if she can write. I had to fast forward through the last chapters of the book and wasn't even interested enough to listen to the full epilogue. I wish authors were more careful about the narrators they choose to read their books!

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  • kindle unlimited user
  • 04-08-19

Beneath a golden veil

So very predictable. Nothing new here in my opinion. Didn't feel any connection AT ALL .

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