The Wedding Veil

The Wedding Veil

Kristy Woodson Harvey wrote a historical fiction book! { Uplit Reads & Gallery Books }

Genre: Historical Fiction
Time: 1914 & Present Day
Format: 📖
Pub Date: 3.29.2022
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆.5


“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.”


“My entire life, that veil had been a symbol of happiness, but I realized that, for me, its significance wasn’t even really about marriage. It was the connection that touching it, wearing it, seeing it, made me feel to Babs and mom, to my great-grandmother, and Aunt Alice.”

I loved exploring family relationships in the Peachtree Bluff series, so I was worried I would miss that familiar style of writing from Kristy. But, as it turns out, she incorporated that same theme into her newest novel, The Wedding Veil. I love so many things about Kristy’s writing, but one of my favorites is that for each character she creates, I can find a bit of myself in them.

My husband and I went on our mini-honeymoon to Asheville and spent a lot of time at the Biltmore, which made this novel so much fun to read as it took me right back there and taught me a lot about the Vanderbilt family that I wasn’t familiar with.

But, overall, my favorite aspect of this story was Julia’s relationship with her grandmother, Babs. I loved the character’s banter and honesty with one another, and it made me miss my grandmother something fierce. I was so glad to see Julia’s character grow throughout the book, and I think Babs helped guide her granddaughter but not push her before she was ready.

👩‍👧 Exploration of relationships
🏰 Biltmore setting
🥰 Loveable characters
✌🏼Dual timeline

On an entirely personal note, Kristy added my name in the acknowledgments section of this book, and I can’t tell you what an honor it is. I will forever be a fan of yours and am so excited for you and what your future holds as an author. I will make it to one of your tour stops one day, and we can celebrate. 😘😘


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