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The Angel of Blythe Hall: A Historical Novel Paperback – July 26, 2011
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Praise for the novels of Darci Hannah
“Absolutely fantastic! A beautifully written novel that draws you in from the first word and doesn’t let go until the last spellbinding page. I loved every minute of it. If you enjoy historical fiction with visceral historical detail, evocative gothic atmosphere, intriguing mystery, thrilling adventure, heart-tugging romance, and a mystical twist, you won’t want to miss this one.”—Monica McCarty, on The Angel of Blythe Hall
“The vibrant voice of Hannah’s heroine brings the lonely coast of Scotland very much to life.”—Lauren Willig, on The Exile of Sara Stevenson
About the Author
It isn't surprising that Darci Hannah's works, combining her unique interests and storytelling ability, don't fit neatly into any one genre. While being firmly rooted in history, they are unwinding journeys of adventure, romance, mystery and suspense that deftly bring the reader to the edge of belief and beyond. Hannah's stories are filled with palpable emotion, richly drawn characters, evocative settings, visceral historical detail and intriguing, unpredictable plots. They speak to the romantic--to the adventurous soul looking to be whisked from the twenty-first century and transported to Scotland of the past. Whether to a forlorn lighthouse teetering on the edge of Cape Wrath, or to the tumultuous Borders in the reign of James IV, Darci Hannah's inspired historical tales will continue to linger in the imagination long after the last page is turned.
Darci Hannah currently lives in Michigan with her husband and three teenaged sons.
Top Customer Reviews
Elven years later, Isabeau returns home to claim Blythe Hall; Julius is there to greet her though he acts mad claiming he seeks some otherworldly power. The King follows as he is attracted to Isabeau's friend Marion Boyd. Sir George Douglas wants Isabeau, but though attracted she has doubts as she dreams of a golden guardian angel. When an enemy army storms the gates of Blythe Hall, Isabeau prays her Gabriel proves real and not just her imagination.
This is an odd fascinating paranormal historical thriller in which the story line never quite decides between fifteenth century intrigue and an intriguing fantasy as the mystical elements tend to disrupt the flow of a well written Scottish border tale. Still fans who enjoy something different will want to read Isabeau seeks her muse.
The setting is Medieval.
The heroine is a stunning beauty - in fact all the characters seem to be stunningly gorgeous.
The heroine has herself was too good to be true: She has a stereotypical name (Isabeau), beautiful, brave, kind, etc.....
The mix of genre's: part historical, part Angel fantasy/paranormal, part romance was intriguing.
I was not sure where the author was headed with the story, and there were some surprising plot twists that kept the book interesting.
I detracted one star because I think the book would have been better without the mystical/paranormal element.
As I did read through to the end, I had planned to give it 2 points, thinking if I finished it, it must have had some merit. However, while I did have some interest in the characters, finishing it was related more to the reviews and an expectation there was better coming. This was not the case, thus the 1-point rating.
In construction, it is not an enjoyable read. Paragraphs run on forever. There are pages and pages of tedious exposition and description I skimmed through. In story, it is frequently silly. An amazing amount is squeezed in over a very short span of time. Characters manage to survive grievous wounds and before intervention of any kind, function most vigorously. While under siege and in dire straits, the heroine is more interested in conversing with her soon-to-be lover, whose arrow she disrupts, than dispatching the attacker who has promised rape and plunder. Characters who never appear provide "deus ex machina" support. Too much happens with pin-point timing, bringing characters from far-flung locations together in the nick of time. Major plot points develop around otherwise smart people doing stupid things. Fully comprehensible tunes sung in the dungeon are heard throughout the castle yet a fight to the death later is not; anyway, I would have thought design supported NOT hearing what went on in the dungeon.
That's plenty and I could go on, but on top of all this, I could not escape the belief one character seems to step almost whole from Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles. If this book sounds interesting to you, your time might be much better spent there.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very enjoyable book. Read it for my book club, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it and it generated a good discussion also. Some twists and turns were unexpected. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Margaret
didn't read for book club. did enjoy hearing Darci Hannah speak at our book club about the process of writing and getting it publishedPublished 20 months ago by Elaine woodworth
I'm surprised how often I laughed. I'm not talking about some smothered smirking chuckle either, but out right laughter. . . Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by BluePhoenix
I enjoyed "The Exile of Sara Stevenson" and as "The Angel of Blythe Hall" was on many of my reading lists, I was looking forward to the read. Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by Laraine
What seems at first to be a confusing mix of plots and subplots, becomes a tightly woven story of intrigue and powerful characters.Published on May 24, 2013 by KSM
This was good change of pace and I had to keep alert in remembering the characters and how they all fit together. Looking to see what happens next. Read morePublished on August 3, 2012 by NDavis
First off, I ask you, how does Tam get into Issie's chamber that first morning if the door was bolted from the inside? Read morePublished on July 27, 2012 by Arbee