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Fallen (The Thorne Family Saga Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Angela Darling
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Book Description

When Marion Garver arrives at the Thorne mansion, her presence sets into motion a downward spiral of one of the most prominent families in Virginia.

While her dear father lay dying, Marion's mother informs her that their desperate situation calls for an even more desperate measure. Her mother tells her she must assume a fake last name and accept a governess position with the Thorne’s, a mysterious family whose patriarch, Gabriel, is known around town for his taste in fine tobacco and his ferocious temper. Everyone suspects Gabriel may be responsible for his young wife’s death years before. After delving further into the dark history of the family, Marion not only believes the suspicions but begins to unearth secrets of her own: why her mother made her assume a fake last name, what happened between her family and the Thorne’s years before, and even the true identity of Thorne’s eldest son, Loren.

Armed with these disturbing truths, Marion must decide where to turn. Should she stay with the Thorne’s and risk her own life in order to save her family? Or should she escape the twisting trap that binds her at the Thorne estate and return home, leaving behind the promise of a new love and guaranteeing her family’s destruction?

Her final decision is one that echoes with tragedy; a decision that will haunt them all forever.

Editorial Reviews


"Hauntingly beautiful." - Book Loving Mama

"Mrs. Darling has written a captivating book." - Book Loving Mama

"Fallen by Angela Darling has left me with dreams of mysterious families and dark secrets waiting to be discovered." - Book Loving Mama

"The writing is wonderful and imaginative." - E & K Family Book Review

"The book was an absolute pleasure to read. I could really not put this book down. I wanted to know how it would end. And it's resolved in me finishing reading this book in one afternoon." - Laced Little Muffin's Reading Corner

From the Author

Exclusive: A Q&A with Author Angela Darling

Question: What initially inspired you to write this story?

Angela Darling: Honestly, Fallen burgeoned out of two main points of fascination for me: an old fashioned duel and the intriguing dynamic of family.  I thought I'd put the two together, and before I knew it the novel was writing itself.  I was literally just along for the ride. 
Question: What authors or books have influenced your writing?

Angela Darling: I'm an avid lover of history, genealogy, and dramatic gothic fiction.  I devoured everything Poe wrote by the time I was 16.  Shirley Jackson is also another influence in my writing. One of my favorite authors right now is Kate Morton - she's really setting a new genre that has been lacking for a long time: Victorian drama.  And I love every bit of it!

Question: What research did you do while writing your book?

Angela Darling: My research always takes me the strangest places.  For instance, I never thought I would have to thoroughly research the way tobacco and cigars are processed and cured.  For my new novel, Dreams of Elysium, I find myself devouring every bit of information relating to old Hoodoo rituals.  Again... the books sometimes lead me these places and all I can do is follow.

Question: Is there any character you most identify with? Why?

Angela Darling: I can definitely relate to Marion's naiveté and the deep love of her family.  It's also difficult to look at Gabriel as anything other than a monumental villain but in my follow up novel, you get to know him on a deeper level and find out why and how he became the way he is.
Question: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Angela Darling: There is a lot of hidden symbolism in Fallen.  For starters, the title itself is reflective of the Fall of Man or the Fall from Grace. Dreams of Elysium uses a lot of allegory tones as well.  But the main thing I'd like my readers to take away is to put down the book satisfied they've had a good read and to have taken something away from it. 

Question: Have you always wanted to be an author?

Angela Darling: I always dreamed of having a huge office and every morning I sit down at my desk and do nothing but get lost in make believe worlds for hours on end.  And get paid for it!  At this time it's not yet an option for me.  And I'm frankly enjoying writing more as a hobby than a job.  But to answer the question, yes; I've always wanted to be an author.

Question: What's it like to have a book published for the first time?

Angela Darling: Surreal.  It's one thing to have your "baby" all to yourself. But to know that you've given everyone access to the annals of your own mind incarnate on paper: quite another. I'm sure with the second book I'll still tremble as much as I did when my first was released.  It's a vulnerable and yet exhilarating experience.

Question: What's next for you?

Angela Darling: I'm currently wrapping up the follow up book to Fallen.  It's a prequel entitled Dreams of Elysium.  After that, I'm going to get started on the third novel in the saga. Still mulling over a few titles but I have the general theme for that novel already mapped out in my head.  After that, I have a novella entitled The Ridge that I feel should be part of a compilation.  Perhaps I'll write a few short stories or another novella to accompany it.  The sky's the limit!

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  • Language: English
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly Beautiful March 11, 2011
Hauntingly beautiful. Twists and turns leading to an unexpected end. Fallen, by Angela Darling has left me with dreams of mysterious families and dark secrets waiting to be discovered.

When Marion Garver, just a young lady, embarks on a new journey in life as a governess to a family unknown to her, she soon realizes that her life will never return to how it once was. This beautiful story intertwines the lives of two very different Virginian families during the pre-Civil War era. Marion must learn how to dutifully attend to her student while quietly delving into the secrets that await her although doing so is risky for her and the lives of those around her.

Mrs. Darling has written a captivating book that kept my complete attention by giving very specific details of scenes and characters in the story. I could easily visualize the characters as she introduced them. She used quite a bit of modern language that I feel gave a fresh approach to reading about a different generation. She pulls us into another era with her modern phrases, replacing what could potentially be confusing terminology, putting us at ease while reading her story. I felt that some details were repeated throughout the story, but that did not distract from it, just added to the thoroughness that she takes in pulling you into the world of Marion Garver.

I recommend Fallen to anyone that loves a good mystery. Throw in some romance, characters with distinct personalities, secrets, and a passion for finding the truth and you have a book that you will not want to put down!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Encapsulating Hipnoticia October 13, 2011
"Fallen", by Angela Darling, was very well written; in the sense that once you found your place in the story, you were hypnotized by the events unfolding around you as you inched your way front and center of the plot. This was achieved I feel, by the verbiage that was used to take you back in time to be a fly on the wall of the Thorne Mansion. From the time that Marion first steps foot into the Thorne Mansion, you could tell the story was going to be good, sinister, and scandalous. The further you read on into the story, the more twists and turns unlock themselves to your imagination to see before you. Even further yet, the more you want to know: What's going to happen next? - Before you know it, you're left wanting more, with your mouth watering, like it would from the aroma of a sweet Georgia peach.
Angela did an excellent job giving each character a very distinct personality: from passionate love; to deep, dark depressive coldness that words have difficulty in describing.
Can I wait to read "Dreams of Elysium"? - Hardly.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Historically inacurate March 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Lots of twists & turns in the family dynamics. The novel takes place in the early 1800's in Virginia on a tobacco plantation. There is no mention of slavery or even farm hands to assist with the tobacco crop. As I grew about 30-40 miles south of Danville, VA & around tobacco farming, I caught the major faux pas in the novel. It's Christmas & the "tobacco crops swaying in the windy breeze." That shows the writer did not investigate what she was writing about. Tobacco is planted in April or May and harvesting it finished by September. The fields are empty in winter(i.e., Christmas time).
The novel ends with mulitiple tragedies and leaves the reader with lots of questions. Why didn't Graeme identify himself to his sister? Why did he desert his family?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read.... March 8, 2011
By Allen
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Really enjoyed this novel! The twists and turns kept you wondering what was to come. It is a fun easy read that can be done in a couple days. The author does a great job in making you feel like you are there watching what is going on with all the characters. Being able to read from differnt points of views allows the reader to have a well rounded picture.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very misleading January 19, 2013
By Angie S
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I love family sagas but this one should have been classified as a Christian novel. No suspense or drama just loads of bible references and everyone praying constantly. Felt like I was sitting through a Sunday School lesson!!!! Gave up on pg 20
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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enjoyed the story line very much, there is great depth built up into each character and I truly felt like I knew all of the players. Where there should be warmth, it was easily expressed as well as the contrasting coldness of the mansion. This book was full of mystery and problem solving which I happily ate up! I would certainly call it a page turner as I sat up until 2am just to finish it! The author has a certain flair for story telling, both in the tense moments of suspense and the passionate moments of lust as they unfold.

Fallen is complex, with multiple story lines from multiple points of view. I love that I was able to see the variety of perspectives as it helped me to relate to each character individually. With that being said, sometimes I felt like the story was choppy and could have used a bit more editing. At times without transition, you would move from Marion in her bedroom to Cade in the forest. It would take me a second of re reading to find out we were now onto a different scene from a different characters prospective. Also, this is a historical fiction novel based in the 1800's I presume, though the characters use modern phraseology in their speech. I sometimes forgot we were in another time frame all together until their was a candle lit or a carriage approaching.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book. The writing is wonderful and imaginative. The story line is complex, mysterious, scary at times, and unpredictable. There were several lose ends in the book, all of which I hope will be covered in the sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting with twists and turns, kept me guessing till the very end!
It took a minute for me to get invested in the characters, but once I felt connected to the main protagonist, I was captivated. I felt the story was built upon layer by layer. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Twinkles57
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Published 14 months ago by e.s. Reyes
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Series to read!!!
I absolutely loved this series. The turns were so blind to what was on the other side. Definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Heath Parrish
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the plot
Love reading family sagas. This book was easy reading with an exciting plot and I felt I really got to know the characters.
Published 19 months ago by SKIN AND BODY SENSE
1.0 out of 5 stars Melodramatic
I found this book to be melodramatic. The ever threatening atmosphere surrounding the book became boring. The plot itself was somewhat transparent.
Published on April 15, 2012 by kangadru
2.0 out of 5 stars Blood out of a stone
I've just finished reading this book, and felt compelled to write up a review straight away. Why? To warn people not to waste their time reading it. Read more
Published on March 24, 2012 by Mrs Aloysius
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery, Suspense, Intrigue
Once you get started reading Fallen, you don't want to stop. A page-turning tale of family secrets, leaves you excited for the next in the series!
Published on January 2, 2012 by Mistyfae
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!
This book is absolutely amazing! Angela starts out the book with sort of a foggy feel, you're actually there! Then the story captivates you and gets hard to put down! Read more
Published on November 30, 2011 by BM123
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and captivating
Once I began reading Fallen I could not put it down! Fallen captures your mind and takes you on an exciting journey full of mystery, suspense and scandals. Read more
Published on October 31, 2011 by Lish Rodriguez
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More About the Author

Angela Darling was born in Port Orchard, Washington in the summer of 1980. Her mother's nose was always in a book while she was growing up, and this piqued her interest in reading. Soon she became an avid reader like her mother, immersing herself in fictional lands and characters' lives. Then the day came, when she was about 11 or 12, that she wondered what it would be like to create characters of her own.

Her junior high school years were filled with as many creative writing classes as the school would allow her to take, joining every short story contest she could and placing one of the Top 3 spots in the class every time. During her teen years she began writing short horror stories for the mere pleasure of it. The short stories soon made way to her first full-length novel, "War," which she completed when she was just 18 years old. The novel revolved around a young girl coming of age during the advent of the Civil War.

Her taste for horror and suspense never left however and soon her novels evolved into historical gothic family sagas. Angela's novels and short stories have been compared to the likes of V.C. Andrews, James Patterson and even the great Shirley Jackson.

Angela now lives in the Seattle area with her husband, stepdaughter, and Yorkshire Terrier. She's an avid supporter of The Friends of the Seattle Public Library and is often found at the semi-annual sales with a suitcase and a ton of books in hand. Her favorite authors include Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Thoreau, and Kate Morton. Her other interests include Opera, theater, history, and genealogy. Angela's dream hobby is to become an antique book collector.

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