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Green Darkness Paperback – October 1, 2013
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"A 16th-century English love story entrenched in mysticism, enchantment, and suspense." --"True Romance"
"Anya Seton has a knack of vividly painting the glory, cruelty, passion, and prejudice of long-ago days." --"Hartford Courant"
"Seton's use of language, the crisp descriptions, the depth of emotions shown subtly growing to an almost unbearable pinnacle." --Barbara Samuel, a.k.a. Ruth Wind
From the Back Cover
The theme of this book is reincarnation, an attempt to show the interplay the law of cause and effect, good and evil, among certain individual souls in two periods of English history.
Green Darkness is the story of a great love, a love in which mysticism, suspense, and mystery form a web of good and evil forces that stretches from Tudor England to the England of the twentieth century.
The marriage of the Englishman Richard Marsdon and his young American wife, Celia, slowly turns tragic as Richard withdraws into himself and Celia suffers a debilitating emotional breakdown. A wise mystic realizes that Celia can escape her past only by reliving it. She journeys back four hundred years to her former life as the servant girl Celia de Bohun during the reign of Edward VI and to her doomed love affair with the chaplain Stephen Marsdon. Although Celia and Stephen can t escape the horrifying consequences of their love, fate (and time) offer them another chance for redemption.
Anya Seton (1904 1990) was the author of many best-selling historical novels, including Katherine, The Winthrop Woman, Avalon, Dragonwyck, Devil Water, and Foxfire. She lived in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Top customer reviews
Anya creates such wonderful characters, in whom you become involved. I read "Katherine" in the 1970's and have been doing British medieval research including trips to England as a result.
I found the development of some of the characters to be uninsightful, they were pretty black and white, very little nuance. Perhaps the way books were written at the time, but I did enjoy reading this again.
My only complaint is that there are numerous painful typos in the text, such as a couple known as The Allens are referred to as The Aliens (and as far as I know there were no aliens thought of in the 16th century). Or there will be a random word in a sentence that clearly does not belong. Its really annoying to someone like me who reads for pleasure but expects the text to be perfect, as it should be.