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Veils of Silk

(Silk Trilogy #3)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,178 ratings  ·  75 reviews
After years of captivity in western Asia, a courageous army major finds hope for the future in a bold woman who dares to accept his marriage proposal, shed her Victorian propriety-and unleash a sensual nature that will set him on fire.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 3rd 2002 by Signet (first published 1992)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This is an excellent book. For those of us who love exotic settings check this one out. It takes place in India in 1841. The hero has lost an eye and spends part of the book impotent. It's so cool to have a hero who is far from perfect but just scrumptious. I really loved Ian and I think I might be adding him to my list of scarred/imperfect hero favorites. The heroine is also admirable. She's of Russian birth but raised as an Englishwoman and has issues with passion because of her wild and crazy ...more
Krista (Miura Haruma-san, I will always miss you)
This book annoyed the heck out of me.
I can't say I hated Laura, but she was a self-pitying, overdramatic idiot. The entire story got bogged down by her drama queen acts and wah wah poor me declarations.

The plot itself was rather ridiculous, though admittedly unique and entertaining. However, I really wished Ian could have done better than Laura. She was just so pathetic.

What really bugged me was how Ian had been trapped in a hole underground for two years with no sunlight and very little food
Kelly L
Jul 20, 2009 rated it liked it
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I was very excited when I found out this is a book with impotent Hero. I love smut as much as the next gal, but after reading couple of pnr romances, I couldn't be bothered with too much sexy time.

The beginning was very promising. I even began thinking "wow, this might be a keeper". Sadly, as I read on, my appreciation degraded.
I had problem with Putney's writing as I felt it was very over the top with Tremendous, Breathtaking, Inexhaustible Adjectives. Seriously, she couldn't write one adject
Dec 18, 2010 rated it liked it
I really am not sure why I didn't like this book as well as the other books in the Silk trilogy. I think that I didn't engage with it - or maybe I just had a bad day! It certainly wasn't awful- it had plenty of MJP's typical adventure led plots with lively leads. There were tigers and fevers and balls and Rajput princes, mysticism, cave-ins etc. It never felt like the leads were really in danger though and I wasn't on the edge of my seat as I was in the previous silk book.

As for the basics- the
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved Laura and Ian together. Both of them had some serious issues to work through in order to be together, but through it all they were also a very loving couple.

This book is set in India for those who like historicals set elesewhere. I always end up looking things up in a Mary Jo Putney book, which is a good thing.

This book can be read as a stand alone, but it takes place directly after Silk and Secrets, which was another amazing story.
Jan 19, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance-novels, dnf
Sigh. Putney's writing is strong and the romance is full of oomph, but however willing I was to engage with this Romancelandia version of colonialism - in which our hero and heroine are totally nice people, y'all, and most of the other white soldiers and colonial officials are just kind of vaguely there, and there wasn't any prejudice against mixed-race children (which, BTW, I am skeptical about: while I can readily believe that racial prejudice got worse over the years, I have difficulty swallo ...more
Christy Stewart
There is no possible way for a book in this genre not to be predictable so the quality of the book depends on how interesting the conflict is...this book had nearly none.

Putney does flip an old cliche in this one but in it she lost everything that made it interesting.
Oct 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Too much dialogue and I got bored and started skimming and almost didn't finish it. I didn't connect with the characters at all. ...more
3.5 Stars

I thought a long while how to rate this book because it had so many of the elements I respect in a historical romance. The writing flowed nicely, locations and settings were detailed and well researched. And India herself, a character of her own. I also though the emotional development was well paced and realistic, and the characters mature. Laura and Ian are a wonderful couple, each with a painful past and residual trauma. Without summarizing the entire book, they find strength in each
I've enjoyed most of Putney's books, and the Silk trilogy is no exception. Having lived in that part of the world as a child, I am always partial to books set in the Indian Subcontinent, so this already had some points racked up before the story began. Characters who actually knew the region and spoke the languages added quite a few more points. Laura's initial attitude towards physical intimacy had me gnashing my teeth a bit, and this made her seem annoyingly immature, but she did have a number ...more
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a full-structured book, where adventure, history and love mix together. Usually historical romances are love stories seasoned with some vague historical setting; this is something very different. Certainly I couldn't say that this is the best MJP I have read, because in my opinion nothing can compare with the Fallen angels. The plot is carefully written, Laura and Ian are real characters with real issues to deal with, nonetheless sometimes the reading is somehow slowed down. Maybe the st ...more
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
These series was just so brilliant, I am almost willing to 5-star rate them. The novels were so well researched, it is obvious and clear how important was precision to the author. Down to every occurence, location and language - it transports back to the time on par with Bernard Cromwell's Sharpe or a similar novel. The two character exhibited two different types of "darkness" and overcame issues that were so nuanced and beautifully described... ultimate page turner and must for historical novel ...more
Jane Irish Nelson
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
Wonderful! Two unusual characters find each other, and help each other heal their wounds of the soul. Ian has recently been rescued from captivity, and wants nothing more than to reunite with his fiancee in India. But nothing quite goes as expected. But when he meets Laura, the niece of a fellow prisoner, she is nothing like what he expected. But together they experience adventures and face down their demons. Wonderful characters in a fascinating setting make this book hard to put down. Recommen ...more
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was good, but first two in the series were better

I liked it, just felt that our poor hero, Ian, needed a break after the previous book. Poor guy has been through enough, having survived two years of torture, but Ms. Putney had to send him on one last adventure. I was exhausted for him. Laura, heroine, is independent but was super confused about relationships, in general. Didn't really buy the confusion though, because the heroine was smart and close to her father figure. That kinda thing usua
Ann Nunnally
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great adventure

I enjoyed all three books...they could stand alone, but it was interesting the way they intertwined. I always enjoy books with strong women. It's hard to imagine how very restrictive life was for women in that time area. I also enjoy a man comfortable enough in himself not to feel threatened by a strong woman. My husband being one of these men even though he is more everyday than a rich wildly handsome man.
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it
As yet, I haven't read the earlier books in the Trilogy, so based on this book, am interested in reading the earlier stories, and hope they are similarly engrossing. However, as I am not that much of a believer in the mystical, some parts of this story didn't call out to me as strongly as I would have liked, given the uniqueness of the background of Laura and Ian. ...more
Dee Jay Blaylock
The story of Ian and Laura was fascinating. Both with so many dark secrets in such a fascinating time.
This is the third book in the Silk Trilogy and I would suggest reading the other two first to become familiar with the characters and definitely book 2 to understand all that Ian is trying to overcome.
Laura, Lara, is a perfect match for him and the derringer do of the two of them is perfect.
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
An absolutely fascinating read albeit a slow one if you want to ingest the aroma of India. A poignant love story between Russian/English Lara and Scottish Ian. Putney did a wonderful job. Loved the romance and as always, the inclusion of an Epilogue while it stymies the imagination about alternative endings does provide a window in the 'ever after'. ...more
Liz Kuchel
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It never ceases to amaze me as to the variety of Mary Jo Putney’s plots, and how well they have been researched. Another one of her delightful novels. Such well fleshed out characters. Clever story lines that leave themselves open to many scenarios and always a satisfying conclusion. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romance.
Carol Ames
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have learned a lot about India from reading this and completely enjoyed the characters. The development was wonderful and even though this was a romance it also had suspense and drama.
joyce ryder
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book was readable and enjoyable the characters within developed well.The story was intriguing and different with the persons gelling to a happy conclusion.The series was money well spent😊
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the books of Mary Jo Putney very much, “The Bride Trilogy” on top. Besides, her novel “The Bargain” is one of my favorites.
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nothing perfect about the main characters, but they are perfect for each other. Read as they face their secrets and fears together while trying to overcome them together.
Lydia Main
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fit end to trilogy

Exciting, good characters suspense, mystery, love, fighting every thing you could want to have in a book. I will read more from this autho.
Diane Morrell
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good read by Putney. I enjoyed these characters and the plot. looking forward to reading another tale by this author.
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: dnf
First half was pretty good and interesting. The other half was dragging.. Took me months to finish it. Overall a very nice story.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story in this series. One of the better ones.
Apr 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last of the Silk Trilogy, I read the first 2 when I was a teenager and now finally I have read the last installment of this series. I loved the first two books, especially Mikhail and Sara's story (the first one). Ross and Juliet's story was a little more difficult to swallow but I was still fascinated by their journey to redemption. This book, unfortunately, pales in comparison to its 2 predecessors.

What I love about Mary Jo Putney is still all there. I love that she has her characters enga
Elis Madison
Ian was imprisoned in a lightless pit for two years—when he wasn't being tortured. He's escaped, but he's not all better. He's blind in one eye, and can't sleep because of the horrible nightmares, can't bring himself to eat much. And worse than all that, he's pretty sure the torture left him less than a man. At first, he thinks if he can just get back to his beautiful fiance, everything will be fine. But after he vanished and was declared dead by a government that couldn't be bothered to write a ...more
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She writes young adult fiction as M.J. Putney.

Mary Jo Putney was born on 1946 in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. After earning degrees in English Literature and Industrial Design at Syracuse University, she did various forms of design work in California and England before inertia took over in Baltimore, Maryland, where she has lived very com

Other books in the series

Silk Trilogy (3 books)
  • Silk and Shadows (Silk Trilogy, #1)
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