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Each Angel Burns: A Novel by [Valentine, Kathleen]
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Somewhere in the heavenly ethers, Daphne DuMaurier, and the Bronte sisters, must be applauding Kathleen Valentine. She has written an epic, gothic, mystery/ love story that is a glowing tribute to their classic works, replete with chivalric romance, repressed sexuality, a deconsecrated abbey, haunted crypts, missing statues and bodies, and the abiding supernatural. They say a great book changes us, makes us question our way of thinking. When I finished the novel I realized that, after years of disbelieving, I've changed my mind. I DO believe in miracles. - KIANA DAVENPORT, Author Shark Dialogues

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The story itself was absorbing, but it was the good writing that had me so entranced. 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. Each Angel Burns is a perfect Boomer book about middle-aged individuals muddling through their lives and struggles as best they can...- Boomers and Books Blog

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  • File Size: 1017 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Parlez-Moi Press (December 15, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002YK45UK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #860,989 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Each Angel Burns is one of the most meaningful, compelling books I've read in a long time. Rather than skim over the inner lives of her middle-aged characters, Kathleen Valentine goes deeper and reveals the worries, fears, doubts, and joys of the realistic people in her story. The three main characters (Maggie the sculptor, Gabe the artist/artisan, and Pete the priest) all have a history of good and bad decisions, all of which are believable and completely logical within the story line. Their flaws make them who they are. The love scenes are poignant, focusing more on the characters' emotions than on who's doing what; and the mystery that threads its way through the tale adds another element. I wasn't quite certain that the person I'd identified as the murderer would be the one after all. That, along with my interest in the fate of the characters, kept me entertained to the end.
I recommend Each Angel Burns as an enjoyable book that will stay with readers long after they've turned the last page.
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I enjoyed this book over the course of two snowy days in Virginia. I had just visited Maine and Massachusetts where this novel is set, so I was ripe for the accents of these characters.

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.

Ann Martyn
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Kathleen Valentine drew me to Each Angel Burns after reading an excerpt between the two protagonists, Father Peter Abélard Black, and his former girlfriend, Magdalene Marceau. The piece was inspired and beautifully written. It left me wanting to know the history of these two and what happened after that meeting.

"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.
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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. That turned out to be both a blessing and a curse. Each Angel Burns had me from the very first page. Though it was wonderful to occupy the twenty three or so hours in the air in this way, I also found myself turning the reading light on when I should have been sleeping. Sleep is important when flying half-way around the world to a different hemisphere, an adjustment to one's internal clock and a radical difference in season and temperature. Sleep is the one important thing one can do to lessen the shock to the body. I knew this. But did I have the good sense to just shut my Kindle and rest? Nope.

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.
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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.com and read a review about it there which made me think I would enjoy the book, so I bought it. Because of the fact that I also write, I always hesitate to give five stars. I am afraid people will think I am shilling for a friend. We are not friends yet, but we both recognize each other on the boards I am sure. On the other hand, if I did not mention that I wrote and someone realized it, that would seem more likely that I was not being honest. So, because I am also a reader, I am going to do what is right. I am going to give this book a well deserved 5 star rating.

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.
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