Fallen Angel (Fallen Angels) Paperback – 2 Nov 2009
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About the Author
A thirteenth generation Yankee, Mary Jo Putney has published 33 books so far and has topped the National Bestseller Lists including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Mary Jo's novels are mainly set in the UK and are famous for their psychological depth and unusual subject matter.
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In addition to the sexual chemistry bubbling away in the book there's also a genuinely touching love story and a fascinating insight into the history of mining. The author has obviously done a great deal of research, using several true life events to pad out the novel, and it pays off. I picked up "Fallen Angel" lethargically, expecting little from it - and couldn't put it down. Highly recommended!
This is a romantic historical tale, but one in which the female lead, Claire, was educated and sassy, and stood up for her beliefs and took on board the challenge of the male lead, Nicholas, who by virtue of his birthright (despite his mother being a gypsy, his father was the son of the local gentry) was deemed to be of higher class than her. I liked how the jaded, world-weary Nicholas issued a challenge to schoolmarm Claire, telling her that he would listen to her pleas for help for their village and villagers, and look to accomodate them if she agreed to be his mistress - in name only, as far as the two of them would be aware, but a true mistress in the eyes of society and their peers - believing that others' opinions would deter her, only to find it backfiring when feisty Claire accepts.
What follows is a tender love story with the Christian Claire, who genuinely embraces the values of her religion, believing in doing what is right at all times, even if it means self-sacrifice, gently rebuking and steering the arrogant lord to being a better person and one who actually comes to realise that he is not as cynical as to be beyond redemption.
Whilst the book was a tad slow-paced for me, meaning that I will not be rushing out to purchase the next 6 books in the Fallen Angels series, I will look out for the author at my local library - which will benefit from the donation of this book. After all, in this book we are introduced to several of Nicholas's fellow rakes, each of whom I understand gets his tale (I was interested enough to find out more about the tales in the series), and each of whom came across as sufficiently interesting, and sufficiently arrogant to merit their come-uppance at the hands of more feisty female leads!
This was my first book from this author and I loved it. It was a brilliant story and once I started I couldnt put it down. I really liked the characters of Clare and Nicholas, as well as the secondary character, the group the "Fallen Angels". Both Clare and Nicholas was flawed but thats what makes them such interesting characters. I guessed a little of what had gone on with Nicholas's first wife so was quite pleased with myself on that front.
I look forward to reading the other books that are based on the rest of the group "Fallen Angels" and hope that those books are just as good as this one.
They say he seduced his grandfather's young bride, driving the man to apoplexy, before killing his own wife, but what else can you expect from the Gypsy Earl? Thanks to his mixed parentage, Nicholas Davies is used to being an outcast subject of rumour, but after four years of roaming the world he's finally returned to Wales.
But not to stay. No, thanks to dark memories, Nicholas plans to sell up and get out. And nobody is going to stop him.
Until local schoolmistress, Clare Morgan, invades his home on a tide of charitable fury. She has no time for the earl's demons, not when the lives of the villagers are at stake. She'll do anything to secure Nicholas' word that he will help. So when he makes a scandalous proposal to ensure his co-operation, he's the one left surprised by her agreement. Even if it is out of pride, more than duty.
Yet as a good Methodist preacher's daughter, Clare should know that pride goes before a fall... straight into love.
MJP is a giant in her genre, and this classic opener to her FALLEN ANGELS series amply demonstrates why. With the romantically rainy setting deep in the heart of Wales, mixing with the light-hearted gypsy way-of-life colliding with the glittering glamour of Regency London, the setting alone is wonderful.
As a hero, Nicholas is flirtatious, witty and playful, mostly to disguise his past hurts and betrayals. Yet he's also smart enough to value Clare's company - even if she is outspoken and too clever by half. With the two of them trapped by the opinions of others, they make a good team, with penguins, teasing and a lot of billiards along the way.
Romantic, sensual and witty, this tale is filled with Welsh warmth and music.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is Book 1 of the Fallen Angels series. I found the story more complex than some historical romances. Read morePublished on 3 Nov. 2012 by questril
A Welsh Methodist minister's daughter changes her life when she appeals for help to Nicholas Davies, a half-Gypsy earl...
They called him the Demon Earl. Read more
Fallen Angel is the first in a series and a really pleasant surprise, I was not expecting to enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Read morePublished on 12 Sept. 2010 by Amazon Customer
Whilst I understand the constant need for something 'new' in the genre of 'romance' - partciarlty where novels are concerned, I found the plot for this going just a little too far... Read morePublished on 26 Feb. 2010 by FAMOUS NAME
This is the first book by Mary Jo Putney to be published in the UK, although she has published 33 in America. Read morePublished on 3 Jan. 2010 by A. K. Davis
It has been years since Nicholas Davies the half gypsy Earl of Aberdare last stepped foot at his country estate, driven out by a scandal that rocked his life and the lives of many... Read morePublished on 20 Dec. 2009 by josie82
Clare Morgan is the schoolmistress at a village school in the Welsh valleys. The people are poor and many of them work down the local coal mine which is on land belonging to... Read morePublished on 9 Dec. 2009 by Damaskcat
Great characters - very sympathetic and believable. Despite what the blurb says, there are only a few chapters that are set in Regency England - most of the book is set in South... Read morePublished on 8 Dec. 2009 by shpadoinkle