Nobody’s Lady (Never Veil #2) by Amy McNulty
Publication Date: April 12, 2016
For the first time in a thousand years, the men in Noll’s village possess the freedom to love whom they will. In order to give each man the chance to fully explore his feelings, the lord of the village decrees all marriages null and void until both spouses declare their love for one another and their desire to wed again. What many women think will be a simple matter becomes a source of village-wide tension as most men decide to leave their families and responsibilities behind.
Rejected by the lord and ashamed of her part in the village’s history, Noll withdraws from her family and lives life as an independent woodcarver. This changes when her sister accuses her of hiding her former husband Jurij from her—and when Jurij eventually does ask to move in. Determined not to make the same mistakes, Noll decides to support her male friends through their new emotional experiences, but she’s soon caught up in a darker plot than she ever dared imagine possible from the men she thought she knew so well. And the lord for whom she still has feelings may be hiding the most frightening truth of them all.
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***My Personal Review***
In the second installment of the Never Veil series, Noll has changed. She is no longer the same person she was, she feels a lot of remorse over her sister Elfriedge and Jurij. It is clear she still loves Jurij and now that the men are all "divorced" and free to choose the REAL loves of their lives it changes things. Noll has been in love with her sisters chosen one and husband Jurij forever and she knows that Elfriede never has and never will love Jurij the way Noll can. I was so saddened in the first book because I wanted SO badly for things to be different and for Jurij to turn his back on all of the tenets of society and marry Noll. So I started this book with high expectations that perhaps it would now finally happen. I won't give away the plot but I truly love the characters - especially Noll, Elfriede and Jurij because they are so complex and you can see they have more feelings but are not allowed to show them due to the society they live in. The whole dystopian theme that the men will die if they reveal their face to their true love and the woman does not love them back is heartbreaking and it is also a type of theme I have never encountered before. In my opinion you can't help but love Noll because she does what she is supposed to do and tries so hard to overcome her feelings in this book. I would highly recommend this series for young adult, adult and dystopian readers as well as romance. Check out the Never Veil series today!
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:
In a village of masked men, magic compels each man to love only one woman and to follow the commands of his “goddess” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her if she pleases, but she will be alone forever. And a man must stay masked until his goddess returns his love—and if she can’t or won’t, he remains masked forever.
Seventeen-year-old Noll isn't in the mood to celebrate. Her childhood friends have paired off and her closest companion, Jurij, found his goddess in Noll’s own sister. Desperate to find a way to break this ancient spell, Noll instead discovers why no man has ever chosen her.
Thus begins a dangerous game between the choice of woman versus the magic of man. And the stakes are no less than freedom and happiness, life and death—and neither is willing to lose.
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