Flashback Friday Long Black Veil by Jeanette Battista Review by Marie

Published February 13, 2013
Pages: 278
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction


A girl, a boy, and a family curse…

Devon can’t wait to put her podunk mountain town behind her once and for all when she graduates high school. But even though she’s the class valedictorian, the likelihood of her being able to afford college on her own is slim. As she begins the research on scholarships that might help with tuition, a new distraction arises in the form of the town’s golden boy, the cute and popular Brock Cutler who works in the town Records room. Devon knows that mountain and town folk don’t mix, but she’s drawn to him anyway.

But as her friendship with Brock deepens, Devon realizes that there are consequences when mountain folk and town folk mingle: she’s humiliated at a party by the most popular girl in school, almost assaulted by the school quarterback, and rumors about her begin to spread throughout the school. The ghost of a woman wrapped in a black veil starts haunting her steps. As these unpleasant incidents become more frequent, Devon’s grandmother warns her to stay away from Brock so she doesn’t end up like her mother.

As she digs deeper into her family’s past, Devon uncovers secrets that may be better left buried. Why is she suddenly seeing strange visions of a woman in a veil mourning over a hundred year old grave? How is this veiled woman related to the tragic events in Devon’s mother’s life? And why is Devon’s grandmother warning her away from Brock? As Devon searches for answers and the specter’s appearances become more frequent, everything Devon has ever known in her life begins to change.

Can she unravel her family’s curse before it claims her too?

Disclaimer: This review was originally posted on Lunar Haven


I want to say Thank you to the amazing Jeanette Battista for allowing me to review Long Black Veil for her! I was super excited when I first found out about the book and the cover is simply amazing! That is probably my number one Pet Peeve when it comes to books, the cover, because of the presentation and that is the first thing the person sees, if you have a great cover the person is more likely to pick up the book and want to read the synopsis, now that doesn’t mean that I don’t pick up the books with the less attractive covers, but really the cover does help a lot.

Now let me just say, this book caught my attention with the cover but it kept my attention with the blurb, as soon as I got the book and began reading I knew I was not going to be disappointed at all, I had previously read two other works done by Jeanette and have loved her style of writing since then. The characters that she created for this story were believable and had me caught in the pages right beside them the whole way through. The relationship that blooms within the pages is one that you can find yourself rooting for. There were so many times where I gasped and would get so caught up in the book that I found myself forgetting about other stuff I had to get done around the house.

This is a book that you will enjoy and won’t be disappointed. The end had me smiling but at the same time disappointed that it even had an end, I do hope that this one becomes a series.



Jeanette Battista graduated with an English degree with a concentration in medieval literature which explains her possibly unhealthy fixation on edged weapons and cathedral architecture. She spent a summer in England and Scotland studying the historical King Arthur, which did nothing to curb her obsession. To satisfy her adrenaline cravings—since sword fighting is not widely accepted in these modern times—she rode a motorcycle at ridiculously high speeds, got some tattoos, and took kickboxing and boxing classes. She gave up the bike when her daughter came along, although she still gets pummeled at the gym on a regular basis.

When she’s not writing or working, Jeanette spends time with family, hikes, reads, makes decadent brownies, buys killer boots, and plays Pocket Frogs. She wishes there were more hours in the day so she could actually do more of these things. She lives with her daughter and their ancient, ill-tempered cat in North Carolina.

Twitter: ‪@Battista_j


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