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Green Darkness [Kindle Edition]

Seton Anya
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In 1552 Celia de Bohun falls hopelssly in love with Stephen, the resident priest in the Catholic household of Sir Anthony Browne. Against his will, Stephen returns her love, and the pair become the victims of their savage times. Centuries later, their tragedy threatens the life and happiness of another Celia, the young, rich and unhappy wife of Richard Marsden and lady of the Sussex manor called Medfield Place. She can only be saved by piercing the green darkness of the past and revealing its mysterious truth.

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Her most intriguing and ambitious novel . . . an exciting and suspenseful story (Liverpool Post)

Perhaps the greatest gifts Anya Seton brings to her historical novels are the zest of her narrative, the life she breathes into the most insignificant characters and the atmosphere of the era she evokes around them. (Books and Bookmen)

To read Seton is to enter into another time with such conviction that it seems as real as the present (Philippa Gregory)

Seductive, atmospheric, intriguing, GREEN DARKNESS is one of those classic novels you come back to time and again. (Kate Mosse)

'Wonderful historical novels' (Alison Weir)

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Tudor England brought to life in all its glory and bloodthirstiness, from the bestselling author of KATHERINE.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 837 KB
  • Print Length: 580 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0340921099
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (6 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,313 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A TALE OF STAR-CROSSED LOVERS... 21 Mar. 2008
I first read this book some thirty odd years ago and really enjoyed it. It was also my first introduction to the author, who is a master storyteller and wonderful writer of historical fiction. Seeing this book on my shelf, I decided to read it again. Time has certainly not diminished the capacity of this well-written book to entertain the reader.

This is a tale of star-crossed lovers and reincarnation. It is a story of passion and love that transcends time and is really two stories. One takes place in the twentieth century and the other in sixteenth century Tudor England. Combining history, romance, and suspense, it will keep the reader turning the pages.

When, after a whirlwind courtship, titled Englishman, Richard Marsdon, marries Celia Taylor, a young American heiress, it seems to be a fairytale romance. It had simply been love at first sight. While living in his ancestral home with Celia, however, Richard seems to change, withdrawing from Celia emotionally. Celia finds the change almost incomprehensible, but she, too, is having her own issues with her strange sense of deja vu. All things came to a head when they throw a house party, and something happens that causes Celia to hover between life and death.

As luck would have it, present at the time is a medical doctor and master of mysticism, Dr. Akananda. He senses that Celia must relive her past in order to understand and survive her present. The book then segues into sixteenth century Tudor England, where Celia was a young and beautiful woman, working as a servant in a nobleman's home. It explores her life and the passion that was to dominate her, body and soul.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Green Darkness 27 Feb. 2003
This is my all-time favourite book.
It is a compelling tale which beautifully links past and present with the ideas of reincarnation and unending love. It is based on archeological evidence and historical mysteries, and born in the atmosphere of ancient castles, monasteries and manor houses.
A truly original story that can be read over and over again, but can't ever be forgotton.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars complete escapism & well written, too 11 Dec. 2004
I first read Anya Seaton when I was 12 or 13 (about 30 years ago!) and was completely hooked. Miss Seaton's prose was good enough so that you were never brought back to earth with a jolt because of a cliché or an awkward phrase. Her characterisation was excellent and thoroughly believable. Of her many books of historical fiction, I would recommend both Katharine and Green Darkness as her best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I do believe in reincarnation or transmigration of souls, and love good historical novels, so I was happy to come across a copy of this. It begins in 1968, in England, where Celia Marsdon is greatly troubles by angst that cannot be understood, and her husband Richard is becoming extremely abusive. Celia's mother has a friend, a Hindu doctor, Akananda, with a deep understanding of the laws of karma and past lives, who helps her get release from the troubles of a past life.
We are then taken to England of the Tudor period beginning in the reign of the sickly Edward VI and through Bloody Mary to the canny Queen Elizabeth I.
Celia de Bohun is a innocent but coquettish young beauty who unknowingly becomes caught up in the intrigues of the court and church. she is married off in a loveless marriage and is passionately drawn to the young priest Stephen who is torn between his love of Celia and his vows to the church. The saga ends in tragedy through the machinations of two jealous and malicious villains, but the journey to the past enables the 20th century Celia to find resolution in her current life.
A very fleshy passionate, vivid and well written work.
A Gothic cross between parapsychology and historic romance.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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When I first read this book I did not finish it as it was a bit spooky when I was 18 years old. Recently I re-read it at the ripe old age of 46 and it still made my spine tingle with that ESP sensation of deja-vu! It is based on a true story after the discovery of bones during the renovation of Igtham Motte, which had been bought by an American. The Brown family did exist and the people named in the novel were uncannily like some people of my accquaintance. We are all supposed to have lived past lives but this book was extremely close to the bone!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sexy, supernatural and Romance-its got it all 26 Jun. 1999
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I first read this book when I first started secondary school and 10 years on it has lost none of its appeal, the charcters in the book are dicribed so well that they almost breathe, as with her other books the times and places are not always fictional so it makes for a good history lesson as well as enjoyable reading! I would throghly recommend this book for almost anyone of any age who enjoys the somewhat supernatural elements of the unexplainable as well as a good old fashioned 'love through the ages' story. An absolutely brilliant read.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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Set mainly in the emotive, verdant countryside of Kent and Surrey in south-east England, this is a rich and intertwining piece of historical fiction.
The story is wrapped around the real life, ninteenth century discovery of the skeleton of a young girl who had been walled up in the country house of Ightam Mote in Kent.
The main asset of this book is the middle, and longest section, set during the reigns of Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I. Here, we follow the fortunes of a benedictine monk, and the young and beautiful Celia Bohun, who are drawn irresistably towards their fateful end. In this section of the book the action is gripping, and is wound around real historical events and people, that give the book an added zest and poignancy. Furthermore, the characterisation is profound, and bestows on the protagonists the three dimensional life that should be the aim of all fiction.
One is slightly disappointed by the nemisis of the main characters towards the end, in the unfolding of the inspiration for the book. Without giving too much away, it is dealt with in a somewhat perfunctory manner, not with all the horror and tragedy that one would expect from the tense buildup. Celia's way of meeting her end, in particular, seems weak coming from a girl who has hitherto showed such spirit and defiance.
Unfortuantely, the historical section is sandwiched between two modern periods, where another set of corresponding characters are dealing with the chaos thrown up by the tragedy in their former lives. It is this section of the book that detracts from the whole, and is less convincing. Strangely, the characterisation is thin, and the modern day aristocrats seem weak, stilted and unconvincing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
I love this book. I first read it many moons ago, as a teenager, and found the 'time travel' element very engaging. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Sarah Whiddett
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it the first time I read it
I loved it the first time I read it,Anya Seton makes the period come alive and made me want to read more about medieval England. Read more
Published 18 days ago by gloria guillou (mrs)
5.0 out of 5 stars It was gripping when I read it 20+ years ago ...
It was gripping when I read it 20+ years ago & it has proved to be just as compelling now.
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I first read this when it was published in 1972, so had a vague recollection of the story when re-reading recently. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nicci B.
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book.
I have owned 2 copies of this in paperback. 1 lost, 1 now so worn, I daren't read it any more. Over the years I have read this book at least 4 - 5 times before, always with years... Read more
Published 2 months ago by hoochypooch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a good story, well told. First read many years ago and still as good
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Fantastic! Read it.
Published 6 months ago by Charlotte Street
5.0 out of 5 stars found it on Amazon ~ one of my favourite books.
Read it many years ago, found it on Amazon ~ one of my favourite books.
Published 6 months ago by Erykah
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Read it long time ago and enjoyed it. Ightam Mote and Cowdray are near my home. Lent it to a friend who never returned it! Read more
Published 6 months ago by A. S. Boryer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best read.
A bit of a ramble. Skipped a lot of the book. Not the best read.
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