She’s Christian, he’s Hindu – and they’re in love. What now?
When we meet Erica Tanner, she’s a simple, single gal living in Seattle, grieving the loss of her sister and brother-in-law who were missionaries in India. Halfway through the story, Erica transforms into a protective aunt to her sister’s son, enduring house arrest in India where her brother-in-law’s brother was holding her hostage. Or, was he protecting her? With Erica’s purpose in life drastically changed, she wrestles with what is best for her nephew – and herself.
First of all, let me say that the writing and imagery in this novel were top notch. I’ve never been to India in my life, but after reading this book, I feel like I could close my eyes and see the temples; smell the moist earth and spices; and walk the halls of Prince Ajari’s palace. Everything felt so real. And not just the atmosphere – the danger Erica was in felt real too. If she left the palace would she be murdered by those who opposed her sister and brother-in-law’s work? Erica was truly trapped with no way to get out.
The most frustrating thing about Erica and Prince Ajari’s story was the difference between their religions. In Christianity, we always talk about not being “unequally yoked.” The importance of sharing your life with someone who believes in the same God you do and knowing better than to get wrapped up with a non-believer. But most importantly, if someone comes into your life who isn’t, how do you deal with that? These themes play a big part in “Lights Of The Veil.” I felt so sorry for Erica because she really did love this man, but her circumstances seemed impossible. If there was one thing this novel did a good job in, it was portraying the pain that comes within such a relationship. Some of the arguments between those two were downright torture to read! At times, I just wanted the author to give them a happy ending sooner…but, the author did such a great job depicting the struggle that the story ended up with more depth the other way.
Conclusion: At first, I had mixed feelings about this book. It was beautifully written, but full of hard questions, dark secrets and painful emotions. It was a good read, but heart wrenching in places. Definitely a hard read in some categories! Yet, if you’re looking for a read that portrays the cultural and religious differences of India and Hinduism, then “Lights Of The Veil” by Patty Metzer would be a great book to look into!