December 3, 2016

Review: A Veil of Vines by Tillie Cole

To most people, princes, princesses, counts and dukes are found only in the pages of the most famous of fairytales. Crowns, priceless jewels and gilded thrones belong only in childhood dreams.
But for some, these frivolous fancies are truth.
For some, they are real life.
On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, people have always treated me as someone special. All because of my ancestral name and legacy. All because of a connection I share to our home country’s most important family of all.
I am Caresa Acardi, the Duchessa di Parma. A blue blood of Italy. I was born to marry well. And now the marriage date is set.
I am to marry into House Savona. The family that would have been the royals had Italy not abolished the monarchy in 1946. But to the aristocrats of my home, the abolition means nothing at all.
The Savonas still hold power where it counts most.
In our tight-knit world of money, status and masked balls, they are everything and more.
And I am soon to become one of them.
I am soon to become Prince Zeno Savona’s wife…
… or at least I was, until I met Achille.
And everything changed.

Review by April

ARC provided for an honest review 

3.5 'He was a drug I could not forego' Stars

... I lusted for the hit of his taste, the high from the heat of his body.'

Tillie Cole certainly knows how to pen a tangled web of emotions and one heck of a plot into each book she writes, combined with unique, one of a kind intricate story-lines, you know that you are in for a treat. Regardless if you love the book or not, you cannot deny Cole's stellar writing ability. A Veil of Vines takes us in a new direction with her storytelling. It most definitely a rollercoaster ride through the aristocrat elite lineage of Italian history and heirarchy. A powerful story of loss, heart ache and finding your one true love. Your magnet. Your split-half.

'What challenges us, what should break is, can in the end be our greatest blessing. Because our failures make us great. Our most basic of human adversities can inspire within us an almost superhuman strength. Our weaknesses are simply untested wings waiting to be flown.'

While I enjoyed the basis of A Veil of Vines, it did fall flat in areas for me. At times it felt Achille and Caresa were rushed together, just like her move from NYC to Italy felt rushed. Other times the pacing was a bit too slow for my liking and I lost interest, unable to fully connect with the characters. I love falling under the spell of a story, becoming so consumed and enthralled, that I eat, breathe and sleep the book. Again, with AVoV that all encompassing feeling of connection with the book wasn't there. What it boils down to is; ya can't love em all. It kept me intrigued enough to keep reading. There are some juicy lies, familial deceit and justice for all involved! I must say I reaaally enjoyed the last 25% of the book, when everything was picking up pace and coming to a head and #ThatEndingThough! Perfection!

'Because sometimes, just sometimes, the sun and the moon align, bringing two people to the same place at the same time. Sometimes destiny guides them to exactly where they are meant to be. And their hearts fall in a tandem beat and their souls merge as one.'

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