Multnomah, Jan 2001, 11.99, 400 pp.
With the death of her sister Ellen, Erica Tanner believes she must honor her sibling and deceased brother-in-law by raising their four-year-old nephew Betul. She has never met her nephew, but before Erica and Betul can become acquainted, Sikh kidnappers abduct the two and take them to India.
Betul's Uncle Prince Sajah Ajari manages to rescue the duo. As Erica tries to learn why the Sikh fanatics apparently want her and her nephew dead, she and the Prince are attracted to one another. However, they differ on religious beliefs, especially those impacting on Betul. Erica wants to raise the child as a Christian in deference to her sister's final wishes while Sajah wants his nephew raised as a Hindu. As the twosome diametrically disagree, they must find a common ground to keep Betul even as they fall in love with one another
LIGHTS OF THE VEIL is a fast-paced inspirational relationship drama that contains an underlying theme that belief in God is critical to overcome impossible obstacles. Although author Patty Metzer's basic dogma is vital to the plot, the story line provides the audience with a fast-paced action thriller that showcases India while providing insight into the Sikh and Hindu people. The conflict and love between Sajah and Betul is timely in this modern world where inter-religious families are becoming the norm. Ms. Metzer invigorates her readers with an entertaining, deeply inspiring action tale.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner