Blog Tour Book Review – The Tissue Veil

#Blogtober DAY SIXTEEN


The Tissue Veil by Brenda Bannister


The Blurb

What if you discovered a hundred-year-old diary under your floorboards – and then found references in it to yourself? Or if you lived in 1901, yet kept seeing glimpses of a girl from modern times? And what if both of you had problems that only the other could really understand? Emily and Aysha live in the same Stepney house and an inexplicable link develops between them, fuelled by Aysha’s discovery of a journal and Emily’s sightings of a ‘future ghost’. Each takes courage from the other’s predicament – after all, what’s a hundred years between friends?

What I Thought

I will be honest, I thought I would enjoy this a lot more from the blurb. Unfortunately I found it a difficult one to get into and it took me some time to read because of this.

I was pleased to find that it did get better after a slow start. The parallels drawn between the two girls in different eras was well researched and very interestimg. I liked the fact that the author focused on similaritjes, and not just differences between the two.

I would recommend this book, if you can handle taking the time to get into it. It is definitely worth it in the end!

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The Author – Brenda Bannister

Brenda studied English at university and later qualified as a librarian, working in various educational settings from schools to higher education. Moving from London to Frome in Somerset in 2010 proved a catalyst for her own writing as she joined local fiction and script writing groups. She has had a number of short stories published, plus short plays produced in local pub theatre, but all the while was incubating a story based in the area of Tower Hamlets where she had worked for eighteen years. This germ of a story became ‘The Tissue Veil’.



Brenda is a founder member of Frome Writers’ Collective, an organisation which has grown from a handful of members to over a hundred in the past four years, and helped set up its innovative Silver Crow Book Brand. She is also the current organiser of the annual Frome Festival Short Story Competition. A lifelong reader, Brenda rarely follows genres, but enjoys modern literary fiction, historical fiction, classics and the occasional detective novel. The latest Bernard Cornwell might be a guilty pleasure, but she’ll be even more eager to get her hands on Hilary Mantel’s final instalment of Thomas Cromwell’s story.

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Thankyou to Rachel’s Random Resources for including me on this tour.  I received the book in return for my honest review

Check out the other reviews on the tour


12 Comments on “Blog Tour Book Review – The Tissue Veil

  1. love books like this across times. and i think this is the second such book i am seeing here on your blog 🙂 it reminds me of the book Wonderstruck .. might end up adding this to my TBR..


  2. This sounds creepy, I like a concept like this as the parallels are fun to read even though they are years apart. I’ll have to check it out


  3. I really like the idea of the two parallel time periods! I may need to check this out!


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