This book had me pondering and thinking about it long after I read the last page and put it down. It’s the kind of book that makes you want to go back and reread parts. Now that is a great book in my estimation, and The Green Veil by Naomi Musch, is just that. It is the first in a series of historical romances set in mid-nineteenth century Wisconsin. I don’t claim to be a history buff, but I am definitely going to seek out the other two books in the ‘Empire in Pine’ Series.
The book follows the life of a young lumberman’s daughter named Colette Palmer as her family move into the Wisconsin territory. She must leave her best friends behind, among them a special boy she calls Nase. We watch Colette grow and mature, finding new friends and purpose in her new home and even contemplating courtship and marriage. All the while, though, she still secretly clings to her first love. Then disaster strikes and she must make a choice.
The book takes place over the span of at least eleven or twelve years; the story line is complex and involves many intriguing characters. I can’t go into much more detail without spoiling it, but let me assure you it is well worth each and every page. It also seemed very well researched, but was never dry. I highly recommend this book to all readers who like historical romance – and even to those that aren’t sure they like it. They just might become fans.