VEILS OF SILK
December 1992; reissued September 2002
Wrapping up the trilogy that began with Silk and Shadows and Silk and Secrets, Veils of Silk was a Rita finalist and bestseller when first released in December 1992. Veils is a grand adventure story set in a fascinating, exotic world. It’s also one of my most powerfully emotional romances with a hero who has barely survived hell and a brave, passionate heroine who hasn’t had an easy time herself.
Gaunt and wearing an eye patch, Army Major Ian Cameron returns to India after being freed from horrendous captivity in Central Asia. Thoughts of his beautiful fiancée helped him survive his imprisonment, but a lot can happen when a man has supposedly been dead for two years, and his return brings him face to face with how much he has lost.
An unexpected inheritance gives him the opportunity to return home to Scotland and begin a new life. First, though, he must fulfill the dying wish of the Russian officer who had shared his captivity by delivering the colonel’s journal to his niece, Larissa Alexandrovna Karelian.
The daughter of tempestuous Russian aristocrats, Laura Stephenson loved her quiet English stepfather and was happy to follow him to India as companion and hostess. His death leaves her adrift—until a handsome, haunted Scot appears to deliver her uncle’s journal.
Startled to find a grown woman rather than a little girl, Ian quickly realizes that Laura is uniquely qualified to be his wife in an unconventional marriage. She accepts his offer and together they begin the long journey home to Britain with a side trip to the mountains to retrieve the belongings her uncle left with a friendly maharajah. In the process, they are swept into an adventure that threatens the future of India, and brings them together with a love and passion that is more than either of them had dared dream of.
“Veils of Silk is terrific. Haunting. Wonderful characterization and a true sense that something is really at stake. First-rate work.”
--Susan Elizabeth Phillips, author of Breathing Room
“Like Laura and Ian, you will be drawn into a dangerous web of intrigue and desire. Ms. Putney has written not only a stunning romance, but a love story that explores her characters’ psychological makeup and how they change through love….A mesmerizing, exotic romance.”
“One of the most sensual stories I have read in quite a while….I couldn’t put the book down!”
--Affaire de Coeur