GIRL BEHIND THE VEIL BY JALPA WILLIBY
PUBLISHER: Jalpa Williby
SERIES: Invisible Veil Series, Book 1
RELEASED: October 12, 2017
GENRE: Multicultural, Romance, Military
His assignment is simple.
Buy the girl and get out.
Going undercover to catch the bad guys is nothing unusual for the American soldier, Kaden Reid.
But this time, it isn’t the bad guys he is after.
This time, he has to save the mysterious, gray-eyed girl behind the veil.
While visiting her father in Pakistan, Salena is suddenly kidnapped.
Three weeks in captivity.
Three weeks of torture.
Lifetime of invisible scars.
When the paths of two strangers from opposite worlds collide, their lives are irrevocably altered. Can they overcome not only the society’s barriers, but also their own inner turmoil? Can their hearts find the courage to fight for the forbidden dream?
Never the one to back away from a challenge, Jalpa Williby pushed herself to excel. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois, Williby went on to earn Masters in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University. Her passion for helping her patients led her to a specialty in neuroscience, focusing on children and adults with neurological impairments. Throughout her life, Williby’s love for books has never faded. She creates an unforgettable world with unique characters in her stories. Williby uses her writing to not only provide an “escape” for her readers, but hopefully, inspire them as well. Soon after publishing her first set of books, she has quickly become a bestselling and multi-award winning author with three gold medals and one bronze medal from Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards. Williby can be found writing, reading, enjoying nature, traveling, or simply being silly with her family and beloved pets.
“Please help me forget everything,” she whispered in Urdu. I sighed, shaking my head. I spoke in English because there was no way I would be able to to translate how I was feeling in Urdu. “This is wrong, Azmia. Damn, what an ass I can be. You don’t deserve this. No, not like this. Those bastards…I have no idea what they did to you. But you’re special. Remember that. You deserve to be treated right. One day, somebody’s going to come along…the right guy, and he’ll help you forget. I promise you.” I reached for the blanket and draped it over her. I couldn’t concentrate with her angelic body inviting me–begging me. “What I just did to you was wrong. I’m so sorry.”
Human trafficking is a major national and world issue and it is only growing. It is hard to read about and what the victims go through is unimaginable. Williby breaks the issue wide open in this first installment when a nineteen-year-old girl goes overseas to Pakistan to see her father. The trauma and strength portrayed will leave readers wanting more from this series.
Salena Hamas lives in New York, but her father travels around the world. Her father, a well-known political figure in Pakistan, has kept his daughter’s identify a secret out of protection because his enemies would surely hurt her to get to him. When Salena travels to Pakistan to see her father, it is only coincidence that she becomes the next human trafficking victim. Not knowing her identity, she is afraid to say anything for fear that they would either hurt her father or make her even more of a target. Thinking that her world is over when a man comes to purchase her, she soon finds out that he is an American soldier, sent by her father, to find her and get her out. Nothing is ever as easy it seems, but once they do get out and get back to the safety of an American Base, Salena thinks that she will never see him again. This man has taken up a permanent residence in her heart. Ten years later, there he is in the flesh and she has been torturing herself for years, seeing his face every time she closed her eyes. Does he still feel the same way about her? After sharing one night of near bliss under a night sky in Pakistan, was he just wanting to be the hero or did he actually fall for her in that moment?
Williby has a mesmerizing tale of two people from the same country, but two totally different cultures and backgrounds. Despite the differences, both Kaden and Salena have been through a lot of hardships and trauma to last for lifetimes. What they’ve seen and experienced makes their connection stronger, but at the same time–it becomes a very lonely and long road to recovery. The character development and pace in this story is astounding and the book is well-written. Knowing Williby to write the stories that challenge readers, she certainly does not disappoint with this newest novel. Since this is the first installment in the Invisible Veil series, readers are able to jump right in. If you are a fan of military and multicultural romances, you may want to pick this up.
A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by the author and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating for Girl Behind the Veil by Jalpa Williby.