Monday 18 April 2016

A Veil of Glass and Rain (A Touch of Cinnamon Book 1) - Petra March

Brina and Eagan meet for the first time when she's nine and he's fourteen. They like each other from the very beginning, though their bond isn't immediate, but it grows over the years. What links them is the fact that their parents are photographers and are extremely devoted to their work and to each other; so much so that both Brina and Eagan have to learn how to take care of themselves from a very young age. Despite their differences, age, gender, nationality - Brina is Italian and Eagan is American - they find comfort in their growing friendship.

Then Brina becomes a teenager, and her feelings for her friend start changing and deepening. New desires stir within her. As soon as Brina realizes how those feelings complicate her friendship with Eagan, she runs away from him.

A few years later, Brina is twenty and Eagan is twenty-five, they find one another once again. 

What did I think?

For some reason, I actually thought A Veil of Glass and Rain was a YA novel so I picked it up as a quick read one lazy weekend.  It does contain some scenes of a sexual nature, so it definitely doesn't fit into the YA genre, or at least not what I expect of the YA genre. Once I got past what I was expecting to read, I really got into the book and found Brina and Eagan to be very strong, deeply flawed, but likeable characters.

Never have two people been meant for each other more than Brina and Eagan.  When they first realise they have feelings for each other, unfortunately Brina is too young and she runs away to avoid being rejected by Eagan.  Would he have rejected her?  I think not, although we will never know.

Despite numerous relationships, the pair never forget each other and one day Eagan finds himself in Italy and reconnects with Brina.  I loved the way that Brina's insecurities were portrayed; almost an attempt to self-sabotage their relationship.  It takes Brina a long time to start to trust Eagan again and I wondered if she would ever fully give in and trust him with her whole being.

Eagan has suffered his own fair share of tragedy.  He lost his best friend, David, in such devastating circumstances so I could quite understand his unwillingness to be hurt again.  I had my fingers crossed for Brina and Eagan as I had come to care for them in the short time I had known them during this book.

A Veil of Glass and Rain is a true love story, a story of destiny and desire and how some things are just meant to be.

I received this e-book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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