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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.
"The brief synopsis tells us that the Monastery of St. Gabriel the Archangel was built on a cliff overlooking the ocean on a peninsula in Maine. From its earliest days, there were rumors of strange activity there via the tunnels through the cliff. Pete is happy as a priest teaching at Boston College, but now Maggie has returned. She is leaving her husband and has purchased an old, abandoned convent in Maine that she plans to convert to a sculpture studio. On Pete's recommendation, Gabe takes the job of helping Maggie to restore the convent. But, as winter closes in, the mysteries begin again."
Each Angel Burns is a story intricately woven around a group of friends, and the progression of their lives over 30 years. The characters are recognizable; they'll seem like your friends. It's a page-turner. The ending is a shocker and the mystery agilely woven.
Still, upon arrival in Ozz, the book got me through the next hours of getting back on kilter and was just perfect to read in the sunshine on a chaise with my feet up. The lack of sleep also gave me an excuse to get out of a few Christmas chores - and still more time reading as I `rested'.
The story itself was absorbing, but it was the good writing that had me so entranced. I am partial to `literary fiction', and this book fit the bill. Dialogue was superb, descriptions skillful and lovely. The characters were colorful and interesting, ranging from an artist to a carpenter to a priest; the types of folks one would love to have in their circle of friends. And then there was Zeke, one of the most adorable and endearing dogs it has ever been my pleasure to meet.
I enjoyed the mature way in which the characters developed.Read more ›
This book is not the type of book that wrings emotions out of you or keeps you on the edge of your chair. What the book does do is keep you interested and involved. The whole storyline was well thought out and intriguing. Every single character was so well developed that I felt I knew each of them personally. The writing was solid, some of the best I have had the pleasure of reading. I could feel myself at the table with Gabe and Maggie with the girls; at the Arm Pit with the guys.
And speaking of the Arm Pit, what great description of the ambiance of a small town bar and the banter between male friends. I have so "been there" dozens of times throughout my life. These men are known by all of us and the author did a great job of creating fully fleshed out characters of both sexes.
The sex was also interesting for me. It was not graphic (I don't mind graphic sex), nor was it your usual cozy type of romantic interlude (which I don't care for). It was healing and mature, warm and thoughful. Thoroughly enjoyable.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This a great book about two love stories that are intertwined in a very interesting way. Throw in a good mystery and you have a very good read. A good beach book.Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
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 on April 11, 2014 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
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