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The characters are very likeable. Brina, an Italian girl, student and musician. She feels lonely in this world. Her parents travel constantly for their jobs and her best friend Eagan, whom she is also in love with, lives overseas. Brina pines for him throughout the book and feels her life is incomplete without him. Eagan, however is American, an Architect and moves to Rome to be with Brina. He is also in love with Brina, which she is unaware of, and has been for years. Their relationship is adorable. The bond from their first meeting was instant and it’s clear that they care for each other deeply.
My only criticism of this book is that I found it a little repetitive in some areas and I did find a few spelling errors, but they do not take anything away from the overall story.
I really enjoyed this story and read it in one day as I could not put it down. It leaves you with a nice feeling and you keep thinking about it long after you’ve finished.
A Veil of Glass and Rain is a beautifully written, emotionally evocative book that I definitely recommend. The author is, I believe, European, and most of the book takes place in Rome, and the novel had a very European flavor to it that I found refreshing and different from my usual read. It's hard to describe exactly what I mean, but it reminded me of other French and Italian novels I've read--there was a relaxed sensuality to the writing, not only in the love scenes (though those were definitely sensual!) but in the descriptions of scenery, food, emotions, and more. It also reminded me a bit of some of my favorite Italians films, like Stealing Beauty. The author definitely writes with a filmmaker's eye.
So on to the plot...A Veil of Glass and Rain is the refreshingly simple story of two childhood friends who've always been meant for each other, but who've been separated by circumstance and by their own emotional baggage over the years, and now reconnect as adults. The story flashes back and forth between the present and memories of important moments in Brina and Eagen's pasts. Since most of the story is told in Brina's POV, she was the character we really got to know the most, and I thought the author was very brave to create a female lead who can be extremely emotional fragile. It can be taboo to craft a "weak" female character, but by the end of the book, Brina doesn't seem weak--she seems like a sensitive soul who is in touch with and finally taking ownership of her own emotions.
Although I already alluded to this above, I have to say that I loved the poetic nature of the writing, with vivid sensory descriptions that just washed over me. I particularly liked the way the author worked music into the book, and the way certain smells became associated with characters and used as motifs. In fact, I think this book is worth reading for the writing style alone!
Overall, A Veil of Glass and Rain, is an emotional, sad but also sweet and hopeful story that's well worth reading. I look forward to more from this author.
Petra writes such beautiful prose that just for that I would give her 5 stars. Really beautiful!
A Veil of Glass and Rain is about two best friends who are lost in the friendship side of it and can't figure out how to move past it. Both wanting more but not knowing how to get there and as they say timing is everything. Brina's character is very passionate she does everything deeply including loving Eagan even though he is unaware of her true feelings for sometime. Brina's character was hard at times to relate to, she is so NEEDY with all capitals yes, and she knows it. If she didn't have Eagan close then she was a shell of herself more than she all ready was. Brina felt like a person that goes through life in a depressed state 90% of the time, and the only time she sort of came out of it was with Eagan. She never seemed to be happy just being Brina and that was just sad I thought. Eagan is pretty cool he is about life and living it to the fullest. Because he has known Brina for so long he does love her and he is use to taking care of her, it is almost a need for him to be her rock. In this way they work well together. There are also wonderful secondary characters in the story that I loved the twins Ivan and Alessio were great. The story at times feels a little disjointed, and the ending a little rushed. I do have to say though that I did read it in a day so it did keep my attention, and it is a different read from the normal strong girl with issues gets the hunky guy, (one more and)and the love scenes are beautifully written and hot.
I do look forward to reading more by this author.
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A Veil of Glass and Rain an emotional journey between two friends that eventually become lovers.Read more
Rating : 3 Stars
This book is mainly told via Brina’s POV, although there were a few chapters written via Eagan’s POV.Read more
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