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Ice Angel [Hardcover]

Elizabeth Hanbury
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Book Description

30 Jun 2009
When mysterious young widow Lady Isabella Vane arrives in London, she is quickly christened the 'Ice Angel' because of her reserved manner and ethereal beauty. While society wonders at the reasons for Lady Vane's demeanour and the secrets that lurk in her past, the Earl of Bramwell continues in his devil may-care approach to life. Hal has no desire for serious relationships with women since his own bitter disappointment several years earlier. However, once their paths cross, Hal's interest is sparked and he becomes obsessed with discovering what lies beneath the ravishing Isabella's icy exterior. But can Isabella ever overcome her past to find love? 'Rich period detail and a witty and charming writing style combine in a deliciously romantic and emotionally satisfying story' - Nicola Cornick.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd (30 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0709087845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0709087847
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,602,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Elizabeth Hanbury writes historical romance with swoonworthy heroes, sparkling heroines and a dash of wit and humour. She lives in a village in the heart of England and writes whenever she can sneak away to her desk. Elizabeth is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and the Historical Novel Society.

She writes for people like her, who just need a little escape from the stresses of daily life.

Visit her web-site at www.elizabethhanbury.com for more information.

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Rich period detail and a witty and charming writing style combine in a deliciously romantic and emotionally satisfying story. --Nicola Cornick

About the Author

Always an avid reader, Elizabeth Hanbury discovered the novels of Georgette Heyer in her teens and was captivated by the Regency period. She began writing historical romance in her spare time and her debut novel, The Paradise Will, was published by Robert Hale in April 2008. She was a finalist for the 2008 Joan Hessayon Award, and is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and the Historical Novel Society. Elizabeth lives in Staffordshire with her husband and two children. To find out more, visit Elizabeth's website at www.elizabethhanbury.com

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read 26 Jun 2009
By Monica
Format:Hardcover
Ice Angel is Elizabeth Hanbury's second Regency romance and is every bit as seductive as her first. The scene is set lavishly, whether it's a ball or the squalor of London's back streets; the author has a fine eye for period detail without its ever seeming overdone. Isabella is a heroine will identify with: vulnerable and nursing a terrible secret, but feisty, loyal and passionate. Hal is just my sort of hero: dashing and handsome, but underneath the fashionable devil-may-care exterior he's the Regency version of a `new man' - caring and thoughtful, and very good with children and animals! The plot is well-worked, so that each new twist and drama follows at a perfect pace, and there is never a dull moment. The main surprises, although I suspected they were coming in some form managed to do just that - to surprise me. There are two secondary romances worked in, both of which are warm and believable and which the reader will care about in their own right, and the main love scenes between Isabella and Hal are to die for: sweet and erotic and moving all at the same time. A wonderful read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathing new life into the Regency romance 17 Jun 2009
By Bryher
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Ice Angel is a gorgeous read!

Once again, Elizabeth Hanbury has found a new angle on the Regency setting. Isabella, the heroine is touchingly vulnerable, and her terrible secret all too plausible. Hal, the hero, manages to be both virile and tender, as he seeks the truth behind her icy demeanour. Although I knew they had to be together, I couldn't stop turning the pages to find out what obstacles would be thrown in their way.

The sub-plot characters are original and endearing too, and it takes considerable skill to keep three love stories going at once, so elegantly intertwined.

As well as Isabella's mysterious secret, there is a pivotal drama that shows the darker side to Regency London, just around the corner and yet a world away from the pleasurable life of the 'haut ton', the hidden 'rookeries', which the novel brings to (rather horrifying) life.

Anyhow, I just loved 'Ice Angel', can't wait to read it again - it is warm and witty, light and just a little dark, and beautifully written.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The icily beautiful Lady Isabella arrives in Town and soon captures the interest of Hal, Earl of Bramwell. Both have had difficulties in their past. Isabella can love Hal (and who wouldn't, I completely fell for him myself) but finds it hard to trust him. Their romance is gradually allowed to blossom with the help and hindrance of a juicy array of well-rounded characters, a believable young boy, a roguish dog and a parrot. In less skilled hands, Isabella could have appeared unsympathetic but Ms Hanbury hints at what horrors her heroine has had to endure. When the full story is revealed, it becomes clear why Isabella is as she is.

I always learn something about the Regency period when I read Elizabeth Hanbury and did so again with Ice Angel. This time it was about the flash houses of London. The writing wears its research lightly however, and is never gratuitous.

Another skilfully crafted and completely satisfying read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful romantic read 4 Aug 2009
Format:Hardcover
Regency romance at it's best. This is a lovely story with a to die for hero, and a strong heroine. The chemistry between the two is spot on and the plot and sub characters are just brilliant. You won't be disappointed.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant and enchanting read. 24 Sep 2009
Format:Hardcover
Rarely does one find a book that has been published in this day and age with that Regency feel which one longs for. I found it in Jude Morgan, and I believe I have found it in Elizabeth Hanbury.

The author has successfully woven a wonderful story around characters who seem so real. One immediately feels sympathetic towards them because of the difficulties they experienced in their past. My weakness is a large family with many brothers, and Hal, the hero, comes from such a family, which endeared him to me. He had all the characteristics one desires in a dashing hero, while Isabella is the vulnerable heroine but with a great strength of character.

It was a pleasant read overall. I was truly engrossed and finished the book in two sittings.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read for all regency lovers... 12 Jun 2010
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Heroine Isbella Vane has gone through some trying stuff, and comes out of it the other side a little emotionally worse for wear. She goes to London and gets the nickname 'ice angel' because of "her beauty and reserve". She brings with her a cute little boy, Dominic, and his collection of animals.
Enter Hal, the Earl of Bramwell, typical regency chap, except, you can't help but like him A LOT, especially when you learn that a woman he was engaged to 8 years ago ran off with a richer man (it can happen to the best of them right?) Isabella and Hal get closer, bit of an emotional game of cat and mouse, and things become even more complicated when this ex-fiance comes back on the scene and gets out her cat claws. She's really unhappy in her marriage now, which serves her right, really, because she is really horrid!
Finally things get sorted and it's a happy ending for all, and a really sweet subplot with Hals's sister and her guy, Freddie.
Only things that get to me is what Hal says to Isabella when they first meet, funny, I suppose, but not at all beliveable which is a shame, as is the end of the book that gives a chapter on what happens after the wedding day, which is pretty obvious, and I dislike having obvious stuff spelled out for me, and I'm the kind of girl who likes the bedroom door to close and that be it.
Apart from that, it was really enjoyable and you do end up caring for the characters and what happens to them and thats a definate sign of a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth Hanbury does it again!
Ice Angel by Elizabeth Hanbury is the first of the Cavanagh Family series, but it was A Bright Particular Star that re-introduced me to regency romances, and this is as strong as... Read more
Published 5 months ago by John Hennessy
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this
This was a book with a great plot, original and intriguing. The characters were firmly portrayed and the story credible. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Katy Walters
1.0 out of 5 stars not for me
The author needs to read 'The Tennant of Wildfell Hall' to see how something like this COULD have been written. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mrs Jenny Warren
3.0 out of 5 stars Its ok
As a Heyer fan I found this ok, some nice touches of realism among the romantic fantasy. The sex scene is unnecessary for me. Read more
Published 20 months ago by C. Gore
5.0 out of 5 stars A light tale
I found this easy reading. A 'histlit' book if there is such a thing. It reminded me greatly of the Georgette Heyer books that I read years ago but I think that I prefer Heyer on... Read more
Published 21 months ago by MRS
2.0 out of 5 stars Ice Angel
Predictable but readable. Characters were too good to be true except that I found the heroine rather tiresome. Better than Mills and Boon, I suppose. I did read it to the end
Published 21 months ago by dougmurg
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing Change
Lovely engaging characters, refreshing to read the proper English way of speaking. Was sad that the story ended - although all ends were neatly tied up, I still wanted to know more... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Treeman22tyger
4.0 out of 5 stars ICE ANGEL
Nice gentle love story set in a byegone era.I enjoyed it and would reccomend it to anyone who likes romantic tales.
Published 22 months ago by dot
4.0 out of 5 stars Ice Angel
I found the book gripping and well written. I would look out for this author. The plot was gripping and full of surprises.
Published 22 months ago by hazieB
5.0 out of 5 stars Ice Angel
A well written Regency love story. Characters well defined in this charming period novel in the true Georgette Heyer style.
Published 22 months ago by Rainbow Showers
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