Sunday, September 11, 2016

VEIL OF TIME by Claire McDougall


Publisher:     Gallery Books
Published:     March 11, 2014
ISBN:        B00DPM7YMC
Genre:       Fantasy, Time Travel
Format:     Ebook
Obtained via:  Publisher via Edelweiss
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina

ONE Heart

Her daughter dead from a seizure, her son off to school and divorced from her husband Maggie takes herself to the wilds of Scotland where years before she found solace and happiness.  Suffering from seizures herself she tries to keep her life steady.  But Maggie dreams, deep dreams that take her to another time and place.  Or are they dreams?

Suddenly Maggie finds herself living between two worlds—the present and ancient Scotland in a time when a woman having a seizure wasn’t a sign of illness but rather someone to be revered.  In that far gone time there is a child—one that reminds her of her daughter.  And a man…a man she could, perhaps love.

I’m a lifelong fan of time travels.  Books, movies, I can’t resist them.  When I saw Claire McDougall’s VEIL OF TIME and the blurb comparing it to OUTLANDER I had to get it.

Not even close. 

Maggie’s side of the story is told in the first person and not well done at all.  It reads more like someone’s diary with pretty much “I did this, I did that” narrative.  A lot of telling with no showing.  There is no sense of what she experiences coming out of one of her dreams, her physical reactions to seizures, nothing.  Fergus’s side of the story is told in third person.  Again, a lot of telling, but no showing.

Most telling of all is in the Q&A at the end of the book the author talks about how she heard Outlander was going to be made into a movie so she felt she needed to get going on her book so it would be out before then.  Maybe the rush to get her book out before Outlander went to film/video is the reason behind a really poorly written book.  But that’s no excuse.

I always think long and hard before giving a 1 or 2 rating – in this case, it’s definitely a buyer beware.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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