When Paige Stewart left America to house-sit in England, her only thoughts were to get away from her controlling mother and to have fun. Little did she know that her working holiday would find her hearing eerie voices, experiencing alarming dreams and bleeding from old scars. Although Paige's differences confuse and disgust her, she opens up to the shopkeeper of a strange metaphysical store in town, where she finds much more than tarot cards and crystals. Soon, Paige is stalked like prized game. Relentlessly pursued, her holiday takes a turn for the eerie and dangerous. Her only saving grace may be a modern-day English knight who sweeps her off her feet and recognizes the true virtues the American teen unknowingly possesses.
I really loved this book and could not put it down! This is the story of an American girl named Paige who visits England the summer she graduates from high school to house sit. She thinks it will be a summer to have fun and get away from her mother. For the most part, it does not turn out that way. While there mysterious things begin to happen to her such as having visions, seeing ghosts and bleeding from old scars. She enters a shop in the town owned by Nathaniel Brightwater where she learns about things such as readings and crystals. At the time she enters the shop, she has no idea she will end up being the target of evil, that the people she meets in the shop will be there to help her fight it, or that there is a special connection between Nathaniel and her. While preparing to fight this evil, she discovers things about her birth, past and about special abilities.
I loved all of the characters in this book especially Paige and Nathaniel. Paige is a strong girl who handles all she is dealt with courage. She is down to earth and you cannot help but like her. From the beginning of the book you wonder about Nathaniel- is he good or bad; what is his role in things. This book has romance in it, a lot of adventure and the writing style makes it a fast, great read. I cannot wait to read the sequel, Latent Legacy, when it comes out.
Reviewed by Virginia Tesi Carey for YA Book Addict
You can read an excerpt HERE
About the Author:
Jan Fischer-Wade is an attorney and artist from the Lincoln, Nebraska vicinity. Her latest endeavor is a young adult novel titled Veiled Virtues that was released February 10th by MuseItUp Publishing. Jan is an alumni of Beatrice High School in Nebraska and received her Bachelor’s of Science, cum laude, from Ball State University. She also attended the University of Nebraska College of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctorate with distinction in 1999. During law school, Jan was the winner of the Nebraska Law Review Writing Competition and was the Research Editor of that publication from 1998 to 1999. Although she is a full time in-house counsel for an insurance company, her passion for writing, music and art play an important role in her life. Jan is married and has two children. She is currently hard at work on the sequel to Veiled Virtues, entitled Latent Legacy. As if she’s not busy enough, Jan also owns and runs KidStock Consignment, a seasonal consignment sale in Beatrice, Nebraska.