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“The Tissue Veil” Review

Hello Friends!

Today I bring you another review. Another unique book with a take on time slip that may intrigue a lot of people.

The Tissue Veil” is the curious title of the book I bring to the blog this afternoon. Written by Brenda Bannister, and it’s historical and contemporary, because of how the book is written, but I will leave that to the review.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Brenda for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.



the-tissue-veil-cover-from-googleWhat if you discovered a hundred-year-old diary under your floorboards – and then found references in it to yourself? Or if you lived in 1901, yet kept seeing glimpses of a girl from modern times? And what if both of you had problems that only the other could really understand? Emily and Aysha live in the same Stepney house and an inexplicable link develops between them, fuelled by Aysha’s discovery of a journal and Emily’s sightings of a ‘future ghost’. Each takes courage from the other’s predicament – after all, what’s a hundred years between friends?

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Hive

Author Bio

The Tissue Veil Brenda Bannister.jpgBrenda studied English at university and later qualified as a librarian, working in various educational settings from schools to higher education. Moving from London to Frome in Somerset in 2010 proved a catalyst for her own writing as she joined local fiction and script writing groups. She has had a number of short stories published, plus short plays produced in local pub theatre, but all the while was incubating a story based in the area of Tower Hamlets where she had worked for eighteen years.  This germ of a story became ‘The Tissue Veil’.

Brenda is a founder member of Frome Writers’ Collective, an organisation which has grown from a handful of members to over a hundred in the past four years, and helped set up its innovative Silver Crow Book Brand. She is also the current organiser of the annual Frome Festival Short Story Competition. A lifelong reader, Brenda rarely follows genres, but enjoys modern literary fiction, historical fiction, classics and the occasional detective novel. The latest Bernard Cornwell might be a guilty pleasure, but she’ll be even more eager to get her hands on Hilary Mantel’s final instalment of Thomas Cromwell’s story.

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My Review

p1060892This book was another one of those books that was different to me. It had a good concept that was brilliantly delivered by the author’s writing style. It was engaging and it got me hooked, and I wanted to know more about the characters and it made me wish for their happiness with each page I read and more information I got about them.

Following two POVs and two distinct voices, we get to read about two different timelines and cultures, as we follow the lives of two teenage girls whose stories get intertwined thanks to a diary. Emily and Aysha… Emily’s historical time and Aysha’s contemporary world. They both share not only the house (although in different timelines) but also struggles.

p1060910There is a sense of companionship and empathy as I was reading the book. They both were trying to define who they were and they both had family problems. Besides, the energy they had and the hope for a better future, a better life, it’s something we all can relate to.

The creative ways to give the readers information, or let them figure it out by themselves, combined with the interactions between characters and the feeling of reality it gave were some of the other reasons why I liked the book, besides the characters personalities and strength.

Overall, I loved that I could learn about two different timelines. That was what really sold me at first, then there was the writing style and the connection I felt with the characters. In the end I can only say that I enjoyed it and that I hope I can read more of Brenda Bannister’s books and see what else she comes up with.

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