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The Green Veil (Empire In Pines Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Naomi Musch
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Book Description

Colette has loved Manason since childhood. But as a woman in a land where lumber barons rule private empires, her vow is to his enemy.

Lumberman's daughter, Collete Palmer has always loved timber cruiser Manason Kade -- even though he only remembers her as a child. Leaving Michigan to settle with her family in the Wisconsin wilderness and separated from him by miles and years, compassion and a broken heart compel her to marry another.

Manason longs to plant roots of his own in Wisconsin Territory. But when his new Kade Forest Works challenges the illegal log harvesting of a rival company, Colette's husband will stop at nothing to ruin him. Logging enterprises collide as the territory nears statehood. Then one day Manason and Colete meet again. Now, she will have to choose between her first love and her commitment to her marriage vows, while her faith and an empire in pine hang in the balance.

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About the Author

Naomi Dawn Musch loves stories rich in American history. Her first novel, The Casket Girl, was published in 2006. Like several of the characters in her stories, she and husband Jeff enjoy epic adventures around their home in the Wisconsin woods along with their five young adults. Besides her fiction writing, Naomi is an editor for the Port Yonder Press, staff writer for the monthly Christian newspaper Living Stones News, and a feature contributor to Home School Enrichment magazine. She mentors young writers through tutorials at A Novel Writing Site, and has been publishing the online newsletter Apples of Gold News for home educators for sixteen years.

Product Details

  • File Size: 726 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing (December 30, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HO5IC0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,001,192 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Vivid setting, epic saga July 4, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The Green Veil is an epic saga of people living and loving in the rugged forests of 18th century Wisconsin. With multiple points of view, It weaves throughout the lives of many different characters and takes place of the course of a decade or more.

The author crafted a rich setting filled it with a diverse cast of characters. The one constant in this novel is Colette. This is her story, and when we glimpse her future in the prologue, we know her life is going to be painful- we just don't know which path she travels to get there. The twist and turns her story takes before she hits rock bottom kept me guessing throughout the book.

While this book is about relationships, it is not your typical romance. The man who ultimately turns out to Colette's hero is separated from her for about 90% of the story. That was a little tough to take for a romance nut like myself.

However, if you like long, rich, historical books with a romance thread running through but not driving the story (think Gone with the Wind, only not so long), this is the perfect book for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Page-Turner Full of Twists and Spins April 2, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Empire in Pine Book One: The Green Veil by Naomi Musch is forty chapters of a layered Christian Fiction novel published January 1, 2011, by Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc. and all I can say to begin with is--what a book! I absolutely loved it.
Colette Palmer and Manason Kade grew up together as childhood friends in Michigan, and Colette always hoped he'd be the one. He's her first true love, but when her family relocates to Wisconsin they lose track of one another. She waits years in hopes he'll became a lumber cruiser in Wisconsin, so they'll be reunited. Year after year unravels, and she has to build a new life. She meets Joseph, and he gives her a yellow dog she names Dandy, a beautiful, fancy blue shawl, and proposes, but she holds him at arm's length and says he's her best friend.

She finds herself proposed to by two different men and finally says yes to the second proposal out of compassion. When this man makes a difficult husband and tells her she can't keep her dog, she turns to Joseph for help. Her first love reappears, and she's faced with a difficult decision when he offers refuge. Will she honor her marriage vows? Her heart is torn. Problems surmount and obstacles larger than the woods of Wisconsin rear their ugly heads.

This Christian Fiction novel is layered with rich details realistic to life, and the author provides rich description of beautiful wood scenes, but in a way that enrich the story without detracting from it. I find the plot original, the theme worthy, and I didn't want to put this novel down until I found out what happened to Colette and Manason in the end. Boggs, a lumberman hired by Collette's husband, is a mean man who'll stop at nothing to get what he wants, and Collette has a face-off with him as well. I loved the part the dog played in it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it from the get-go April 26, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Green Veil is one of those books where you have absolutely no idea how the book is going to end, but you MUST know. Naomi did a fantastic job of keeping things moving and twisting and keeping ME wondering. On top of that, the setting is as fresh as newly cut pine (pun intended). The author set me right down in the middle of the big, wilds woods of 1800s Wisconsin and I didn't want to read.
If you're a fan of historical romance with an emphasis on historical, you'll love The Green Veil as much as I did.
The prologue was so intriguing that if none of the other reasons had existed for me to love the book, I would have kept reading just to find out how poor Collette got herself in such a predicament--not to mention how she was going to get herself out. A good writer knows just how to hook a reader, and Naomi did it with her prologue. Well done, Naomi! I'll be buying anything else you write.
Highly recommended.
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The Green Veil satisfied my Wisconsin home historical, romantic suspense and thrill-seeking reader needs all in one beautifully written novel. Her characters were so captivating right from the opening scene, which is a preview from the middle of the story, that I couldn't stop reading. Thank goodness I was reading on my computer and could turn pages faster, although I have a blister on my thumb.

Musch's historical fiction is straight from early Wisconsin settlement times, with all the grit, romance, hardship and lore of the Great North Woods. Lumber barons took land and timber by right, by force and by theft. Colette "Lettie" Palmer is a young girl when her father follows Harris Eastman from Michigan to Wisconsin Territory in 1841.

When the Palmers and the Harrises settle in Grand Rapids, Colette becomes a companion to young Mrs. Harris, helping at her home and impressing Mr. Harris with her quick grasp of business. Colette has left behind dear friends in Michigan, including her childhood love, Manason Kade. Colette makes a new friend as soon as she and her family move in. Joe Gilbert will never be more than a dear friend to Colette, not that he doesn't wish more. A few years later, Colette's father suffers a terrible accident which causes him and Colette's mother to move to Milwaukee for medical care, leaving Colette with the Eastmans. Meantime, Manason follows his dream to the lumbering trade in Wisconsin and discovers underhanded practices in the timbering industry. When Mrs. Harris eventually carries a pregnancy almost to term, it's not hard to figure out what's going to happen. Through a series of miscommunication and missed connections, Colette makes life choices out of pity and the goodness of her heart, while never forgetting her longing for Manason.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spell Binding
spell binding. Naomi Musch leaves you waiting for the next series. I read this in two sittings, just couldn't put it down.
Published 18 months ago by chloe manz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Historical Fiction
I love reading historical Christian fiction, especially about areas where I have lived. Knowing the author makes it a special read. Looking forward to the continuing saga!
Published 21 months ago by EZ
4.0 out of 5 stars The Green Veil
The best thing about The Green Veil was its main character, Colette Palmer. The book opens in 1848 and Colette is miserable as her wealthy husband, a lumber baron of the Wisconsin... Read more
Published on April 22, 2013 by Vivian LeMay
5.0 out of 5 stars Empire In Pine Book One, The Green Veil
Naomi Musch's book The Green Veil has been a blessing for me. There are several christian authors that I have enjoyed reading their books, but having read all they had... Read more
Published on July 11, 2012 by Jacque Hazel
5.0 out of 5 stars A story to think on long after reading
This book had me pondering and thinking about it long after I read the last page and put it down. It's the kind of book that makes you want to go back and reread parts. Read more
Published on May 30, 2012 by TKrauss
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational/Historical/Romance
Here's a book that took me by surprise--a very pleasant surprise. To be completely honest, after reading the prologue and then the first chapter or so, I felt confused as I tried... Read more
Published on March 24, 2011 by Joann Carter
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More About the Author

Naomi loves stories rich in American history, but writes in several other genres as well. Naomi's aim is to surprise and entertain readers while telling stories about imperfect people who are finding hope and faith to overcome their struggles, whether the setting is past, contemporary, or even fantastic.

She and husband Jeff have five adult children, and enjoy epic adventures with them around their home in the Wisconsin woods. She invites readers to say hello and find out more about her stories, passions, and other writing venues at or look her up on Facebook (Naomi Musch - Author) and Twitter (NMusch).


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