WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:
A must read!
I rarely write reviews, but this book is a must read, in my opinion. She writes in such detail, you feel like you're actually there. There were a few times I had to remind myself, this is fiction, when my heart started racing because I FELT what the character was feeling! This author is that good! I find it hard to believe this is her first book. I'm anxiously awaiting her next!
A Literary Achievement
“Through the Venere of Time” is a beautifully nuanced literary work where parallels between past and present exist and content forges a significant story line. Well-conceived and presented, sharp in the development of characters and their roles, the book is a sustained and satisfying read. From the rhythmic cadence of certain passages to psychic phenomena, visions, multiple worlds, modern and ancient motifs, a reader is transported to an amazing tableau that is further enriched by notable themes, such as fear and strength versus weakness. Superb!
Love love love the way this author writes
I truly love love love the way this author writes—the story flows on its mission of magic with just the right amount of detail and description. This one’s a very relatable, immersive, quick-paced page turner. I look forward to more from this fine author. Brava!
A captivating and imaginative Irish time-travel romance novel
One of the things I loved most about this book is the way the author weaves together the past and present, with dual timelines set in 1559 Ulster, Ireland, and 2009 Washington D.C. The characters are richly developed, and I found myself getting lost in the world Vera Bell has created. Neave and Aedan's love story is both passionate and tragic, and the way their past lives collide with their present ones is thought-provoking and intense. If you're a fan of Diana Gabaldon and Susanna Kearsley, you won't want to miss this thrilling debut by Vera Bell.
A must read!
Wow I am so happy I came across Book 1 of this compelling novel! Vera Bell’s writing style is just out of this world. Her ability to allow readers to feel the fear, the pain, and heartache of her characters is unreal. Her ability to transform her readers to each era of time through time travel effortlessly is phenomenal. “Through The Veneer of Time” was a fascinating page turner for me! Can’t wait to read more from Bell.
An Eerily Engrossing Time Travel Romance
The heart-wrenching struggle between fulfilling an ancient vow and safeguarding the present is portrayed with an evocative intensity, making this a chilling and truly must-read experience. Without a doubt, "Through the Veneer of Time" comes highly recommended for those seeking a gripping and immersive reading adventure.
A Captivating Journey of Love, Revenge, and Unforgettable Suspense
This is an extraordinary novel that flawlessly blends romance, revenge, and suspense, creating an enthralling reading experience that will stay with you long after you turn the final page. From the very beginning, Bell's captivating storytelling draws you into a world where past lives intertwine with the present, leaving you spellbound. The characters in this book are skillfully crafted, each with their own complexities and motivations.
"This thriller was absolutely on fire!!! This is such an amazing book! I could not put this page turner down. Absolutely perfect!"
Couldn't put it down!
I absolutely loved this book! And I don't say this lightly. I've been known to drop a book like a hot cake when it no longer holds my interest. This story, however, drew me in from the first page and kept me spellbound to the end. The turns and twists of the two parallel lives kept me on the edge of my seat for most of the book. I can't wait for the second book in this series to come out!
Vera has put together a beautiful piece that captures you from start to finish. It is a journey through past life full of suspense and romance that will have you on the edge of your seat. You will love the characters and endear yourself to them. I do want to let others know there is a trigger warning surrounding rape. I will say that for me it was not overpowering. I had life get in the way a bit and way late getting to this fantastic story so don’t delay! You’ll not regret. Looking forward to the next book. I’m a fan.
"Loved it! I have always loved time travel stories but with this book the author's have put their spin on it all. The character's were interesting and the storyline was unique. A must read."
Totally consumed by this book!
"While the book isn't a psychological thriller, it manages to keep you on the edge of your seat with a gripping storyline that you won't be able to resist. As you turn the pages, you'll feel both anticipation and regret, not wanting the story to end. Fortunately, it's the first book in a trilogy, and I'm eagerly anticipating the release of the next two installments."
A MUST READ!
"In this book you get :
This book was such an extraordinary read. The right about of thriller, suspense and romance. The connections between the characters are magnificent. If you haven’t read this book already, I suggest that you head over and snag this book and plop it right on your tbr for your next read. You will not be disappointed. I will be waiting for the next book to come around by this author because Vera does NOT disappoint with her writing."
"I absolutely loved this book! The story drew me in from the first page and kept me spellbound till the end. The turns and twists of the two parallel lives kept me on the edge of my seat for most of the book. I can't wait for the second book in this series to come out!"
"Awesome story. Deja vu. Such an interesting plot. Siena is an artist and receives a commission for a large medieval mural. Like a writer, she has a block. Her husband, an FBI agent has a serial killer they have called The Ghost. It is demanding so much of his time. Is he able to protect the love of his life?"
The synopsis for this book had all of the hooks for me. Past lives, Ireland, love story, and an FBI murder mystery. Once I got into this book I couldn’t put it down! I’m so happy it’s part of a trilogy because that means there will be more to read! As I was reading this I realized this author has used elements from several of my favourite authors and tv shows. Susanna Kearsley has past life stories that have been my favourite books for decades. The love story Vera Bell writes reminds me at times of Diana Gabaldon’s love story of a strong warrior/leader and an independent and intelligent woman. I also watch quite a few FBI/police dramas and having something like this tie into the book was very entertaining. But the best part is that this book totally stands on its own and I just loved it!”
“A fascinating revenge story in the fight for justice, this was a historical time traveling adventure that had me hooked from start to finish. The characters were well fleshed out, the setting was unique and immersive and the story was very well executed as a whole.”
WHAT BETA READERS SAID:
“OK, I'm hooked. I'm invested. I'm all in. Please send me the next three chapters, I have to know what's going to happen next.”
“The first page immediately pulled me in. A woman wronged, multiple lifetimes, a good revenge story. Hook, line, and sinker.”
“Your writing is beautiful and made me want to read more!”
“SO GOOD! I SO wish I could travel back in time!”
“OHMYLAWD!!! I'm feeling queasy as I write this. There is so, so much which is going to go wrong for poor Siena/Neave. I just want to tell her to run, but that wouldn't make a good book, would it?”
“I can’t get enough. I need this on Netflix or HBO, stat! 🔥 💯😱"
“Perfect cliffhanger here. Turn the page, turn it now!”
“History and foreshadowing in one fell swoop. Excellent.”
“I love how you show the family dynamics in Neave’s family. You don't say much about her mum at all, still, the one sentence implies so much about her role as matriarch and their relationship. The same with her father and sisters.”
“Perfectly unreliable narrator. Girl’s mind has a way of its own.”
“The tone of the writing is wonderful. It just feels so polished both in dialogue and description and the characters' voices really shine through.”
“You are building so much tension in the first few pages, it leaves me hungry for more and I can't wait to see how the story unfolds.”
“I love the fact that you're taking the time to build a very vivid world with vivid characters.”
“I just wrapped up reading your three chapters, so good! Honestly, you write historical so well.”
“OMG – shivers in the character, shivers in the reader.”
“Great job on the chapters you sent, I really do enjoy reading your book!”
“Overall, your building of tension and inclusion of foreshadowing is excellent. I want to know, but I don't want to know - if you know what I mean 😱"
“Wow - those chapters are really pulling me in.”
“Loved It! Beautiful and relatable. You made me want to read more!”
“Ooooh, I love this conflict!”
“Sexy. He knows how to treat a woman.”
“Beautiful figurative language.”
“What a great cliff-hanger to leave your reader begging for more!”
“Your depictions of settings and characters are simply delightful.”
“Such a small scene, but it’s great how you built in the kind of diversity you would expect to find in the world of art and museums.”
“Oh heck! Now we’re cooking with gas!”
“Beautiful description – love those little history lessons.”
“Think first – act later. But that’s just not Neave, is it? I worry for her.”
“This whole section has a very eerie feel to it. Love the conflict that is slowly spiraling.”
“Oh, he’s breaking the rules from the go. You’re giving me anxiety.”
“This sentence is magic!”
“This is super cool, love this bit of historical info!!!!”
“Love these brief moments of foreshadowing. Make my skin crawl.”
“Your chapter breaks are really good – can’t stop, must turn page…”
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