2016 I Heart Indie Contest Finalist: New Adult
Top 100 Must-Read International Romance -Book Riot
“Delicate and resilient. Like you.”
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.
(Recommended for ages 18+, due to sexual content and language).
Publisher's note: This is a fully re-edited and enriched with new and special contents version of the previously published novel, A Veil of Glass and Rain, by Petra F. Bagnardi (aka Petra March).
Praise for “A Veil of Glass and Rain”:
Indie Book of the Day Award Winner, October 2nd 2014
"A Veil of Glass and Rain is a beautifully written, emotionally evocative book that I definitely recommend. The author is, I believe, European, and most of the book takes place in Rome, and the novel had a very European flavor to it that I found refreshing and different from my usual read. It’s hard to describe exactly what I mean, but it reminded me of other French and Italian novels I’ve read—there was a relaxed sensuality to the writing, not only in the love scenes (though those were definitely sensual!) but in the descriptions of scenery, food, emotions, and more." (Stephanie Parent, author of "Precious Things")
“The writing tied everything together, it felt like reading poetry. It's definitely a style that I don't think I've ever read before.“ (Jackie's Book World)
“A Veil of Glass and Rain is such a poetic and heart wrenching story about two best friends who fall in love and who have had to overcome obstacles in order to get to where they are. It is written in such a poetic and vibrant way that I was immediately drawn into the story of Brina and Eagan. I absolutely loved that it took place mostly in Rome, Italy, one of my most favorite places in the world and one of the most beautiful cities I have ever had the privilege of visiting.“ (Turning Pages Blog)
“You will find yourself entranced with the wonderful words describing the many cities this story lives within. With each description your mind creates a visual that seems real enough to touch. You will feel the growing pains of each character. The hurt that will have your eyes fill with tears, the anger that will have your body tighten in defense, the self-loathing and self-doubt will tie your heart in knots while the intense feelings of love with melt all of your senses. “ (Debbie Kagan - Literati Literature Lovers/Literati Book Reviews )
“I really enjoyed this story and read it in one day as I could not put it down. It leaves you with a nice feeling and you keep thinking about it long after you’ve finished.” (Sharon's Book Nook)
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The first book in the series, A Veil of Glass and Rain, opens with the main characters Brina and Eagan meeting for the first time as children. Eagan is several years older than the very young Brina and she is outside playing in the rain. I could tell from the first page (seriously) that this was going to be a beautifully written story. The author really has a way of making the written English language look… pretty. The first bit of the book introduces the characters as young children and to a certain extent their families, gives you a glimpse of their parents and lets you know how they are being raised. It really sets a very good background of what causes their personalities to be as they are and their desperate need for a sense of family.
As the story progresses, Eagan and Brina age and with that they move around Europe, get educations, jobs and friends. The reader is introduced to many different cities, countries and characters. It mostly progresses forward, with the story being told primarily from Brina’s POV. There are some flash backs, but those are clearly marked as to how many years in the past it was, where it was and the age of the characters and they are in no way confusing.
I loved A Veil of Glass and Rain. It was very hard for me to read. I know that sounds like a complete contradiction, but both statements are 100% true. Many elements of this story are intimately personal to me and numerous times when reading it I was in tears (I hate crying when reading a book) and would have to put down my kindle and walk away. The main characters Brina and Eagan were very well developed, as were several of the secondary characters (the twins and Neal). The story had a steady flow to it. It was not a fast story, it took me some time to read as it was quite emotional. The grammar and editing was good. Some of the wording was different for me but I think its because possibly the author is not American (she speaks proper English while I speak “American” – lol).
A Veil of Glass and Rain is beautiful. Be ready for this emotional ride. Its not a book you can start and stop with ease. Once you get started, you will be invested. A definite 5***** WickedGoodStars!