The Wedding Veil by Kristy Woodson Harvey
I'm a huge fan of Kristy Woodson Harvey. After reading four of her books and loving each and every one of them, I am already looking forward to reading her backlist books.
I listened to The Wedding Veil’s audiobook and it was a beautiful story that spans over decades written in multiple POVs and dual timelines, which was written superbly in typical Harvey style and a wonderful blend of historical and contemporary women’s fiction.
I loved being teleported back in time to a time where the economy was booming and flapper girls were the norm. Although I personally never heard of the Biltmore/Vanderbilt legacy, I loved that Harvey used historical figures and happenings within the story. The author also clarifies what was fact and fiction within the story if readers are ever wondering.
I didn’t see the ending coming where the mystery of the veil is revealed and the story kept me hooked throughout the entire time.
The character development for Julia whose origins are her being comfortable with what she knows, to taking risks and going outside of her comfort zone where she discovers that there’s so much more to life by becoming more independent. Also, I love stories with family dynamics and drama and it plays a big role.
Additionally, narrators, Shannon McManus, Janet Metzger, Rebekkah Ross and Megan Tusing were all amazing and having the different narrators really helped differentiate all the characters.
The Wedding Veil releases today!
Thank you Uplit Reads and Gallery Books for the advanced reader's copy and gifted copy. And thank you Simon & Schuster Audio for the advanced listener's copy. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Four women. One family heirloom. A secret connection that will change their lives—and history as they know it.
Present Day: Julia Baxter’s wedding veil, bequeathed to her great-grandmother by a mysterious woman on a train in the 1930s, has passed through generations of her family as a symbol of a happy marriage. But on the morning of her wedding day, something tells her that even the veil’s good luck isn’t enough to make her marriage last forever. Overwhelmed and panicked, she escapes to the Virgin Islands to clear her head. Meanwhile, her grandmother Babs is also feeling shaken. Still grieving the death of her beloved husband, she decides to move out of the house they once shared and into a retirement community. Though she hopes it’s a new beginning, she does not expect to run into an old flame, dredging up the same complicated emotions she felt a lifetime ago.
1914: Socialite Edith Vanderbilt is struggling to manage the luxurious Biltmore Estate after the untimely death of her cherished husband. With 250 rooms to oversee and an entire village dependent on her family to stay afloat, Edith is determined to uphold the Vanderbilt legacy—and prepare her free-spirited daughter Cornelia to inherit it—in spite of her family’s deteriorating financial situation. But Cornelia has dreams of her own. Asheville, North Carolina has always been her safe haven away from the prying eyes of the press, but as she explores more of the rapidly changing world around her, she’s torn between upholding tradition and pursuing the exciting future that lies beyond Biltmore’s gilded gates.
In the vein of Therese Anne Fowler’s A Well-Behaved Woman and Jennifer Robson’s The Gown, The Wedding Veil brings to vivid life a group of remarkable women forging their own paths—and explores the mystery of a national heirloom lost to time.