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She lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts, America's oldest seaport.
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I recommend Each Angel Burns as an enjoyable book that will stay with readers long after they've turned the last page.
The book revealed a lot to me about Catholic spirituality. It is the first book I've read with a specifically Catholic ethos. Issues of faith, enacting one's values, the meaning of virginity, sacrificial love, friendship, loyalty are all given scope here. When these characters move from their inner commitments, their manifestation is love rather than deprivation. I lived along with each character (and there are many), and gradually understood their actions. Tender love making is a joy to experience and to read. That too is part of this novel. Ms. Valentine's atmospheric novel raises many ideas and I think they will keep perking inside me for a good while.
Valentine has the ability to convey the spectrum of love and passion, from gentle ripples to sweeping tides, tossing up on the shore of memory our own deepest feelings. Her characters are full-blown adults whose graying hair does not signify a dulling of openness but instead a mature capacity to embrace the richness and complexity of romance in the third trimester of life.
Valentine has a gift for capturing the nuances of men falling in love and questioning their long-held values. The men in her story are each unique -- from the dutiful Gabe to his irreverent father, Mick, and from the brutish Sinclair, to the handsome, elusive priest, Peter. Each man fascinates in his own singular way.
The back-story behind the romance is a taunting mystery with dark secrets, betrayal, infidelity and murder. Steeped in gothic Catholic ambience that includes a crumbling crypt, an ancient convent and a statue of the Archangel Gabriel that holds the answer to a mystery, "Each Angel Burns" is a love story that propels the reader to a satisfying (and surprising) finale.
I am a big fan of Valentine. Her latest book is my favorite -- so far, at least.
But before we get into that, let's talk about it as just a novel.
As a novel it is elegant and graceful, with characters I enjoyed and a writing style that mirrored the gentle souls of the main characters.
The story line is... meandering... and honestly I could have handled a few less detours from the main plot. None of them are terrible or badly written, but one in particular made me want to yell, "No, Valentine...the main plot, stick to the main plot!" I truly enjoyed these characters and wanted to spend time with them, but by the time we were reaching the climax of the story, the fine eddies of extra storyline were getting on my nerves.
Almost all of the main action takes place in flashbacks. And once again, they aren't badly written, but they do add a distance from the events, and I would have liked the immediacy of going through most of the main plot points first hand. One of the flashbacks I completely understand, and fully see it's value. But most of the rest of them followed the pattern of the main story moving ahead a day or two, then one of the characters would remember the night before. In that sort of case, there wasn't much need for the flashback.
It's a little rough on the proofreading front.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have read a few of Kathleen Valentine books and I'm never disapointed with her work. I love how she weaves a good story and keeps you guessing about her characters.Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
I found this book to be filled with a lesson in faith! Having no doubt that Kathleen would bring the story full circle! Read morePublished on September 16, 2013 by Vanessa Gregory
This is one of my exceedingly rare five star books.
What makes a perfect book? I know. There is a multitude of answers, and none of them, taken alone, could possibly... Read more
I've read several of Kathleen Valentine's books because I enjoy the characters, her descriptive narrative setting the scenes and most of all how she eventually connects it all... Read morePublished on March 17, 2013 by marta's art
Goodreads Description- In the latter part of the 19th century the Monastery of St. Gabriel the Archangel was built on a cliff overlooking the ocean on a peninsula in Maine. Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by Regina Niesen
I found the premise of the book intriguing. I love that she used older characters; I wasn't as sure about the heaping pile of religion that came with this book. Read morePublished on September 16, 2012 by Lauren
Interesting characters, great settings, and many twists and turns, and eventually a satisfying conclusion is what this book has to offer. I would highly recommend it. Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by Pueblo Lady
First off, I will say up front that I am also an author so that no one thinks I am hiding that fact. I heard about this book on kindleboards. Read morePublished on June 16, 2012 by Love Me Some Fiction
I was pretty sure from what I'd seen about this book on various reader threads that I was going to enjoy it, so I saved it to begin reading on a flight from Canada to Australia. Read morePublished on February 17, 2012 by Sharon Tillotson
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