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Green Darkness (Coronet Books) Paperback – 1 Apr 1988
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'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 she evokes around them.' Books and Bookmen
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A classical historical saga of the dangerous years of Tudor England and their perilous legacy to a modern young woman.See all Product description
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Like others here I bought it because of the very good reviews and because I loved 'Katherine' by the same author..
The beginning was very fanciful but slightly intriguing. and we know very early that a link with the past is going to be made.
Great pain was taken to draw the characters involved at the opening chapters and they are - I presume - supposed to correspond with characters in the following part of the story. The 'past' part which follows (if you follow me) is a rambling potted history of Tudor Britain with unrelated characters dotted about all over the place. Three of them bear some link with the people in the opening chapters - the rest is tedious, meaningless chaos which rambles on chapter after chapter. The stilted and irrelevant dialogue is in some strange hybrid version of English heavily interspersed with "Me mislikes""prithee sir " or some-such.garble.
On my kindle I have 20% to go. The only reason I am still reading is to establish that this rambling, opaque narrative will actually conclude the business it began in the first 3 chapters. I've started so I'll finish!! I can't believe I was charged £6.00 for this !!
Set in places I know in London and in Kent, it was written with help from the owners of Ightham Mote where some of the most important actions take place. Still enjoyable to read even though its present is set in the 1970's.
The story begins in present day (at time of writing) in the lives of Celia and Richard Marsdon, a couple wildly in love but having problems in their fledgling marriage. After an incident on a visit to nearby Ightham Mote manor house followed by her husband's bizarre behaviour, Celia falls terribly ill and unconscious, drifts back into a past life where she is Celia De Bohun in the time of the boy King Edward Tudor, in a family of staunch Catholics. We follow her life and those around her from her early teenage years, where she falls for Brother Stephen Marsdon, a Benedictine monk teaching her Latin and religion, to the tragic circumstances of her death years later, where Stephen, too, is still a part of her destiny and fate, tied together by an unbreakable thread.
It is only through the aid of another, taking the journey back with her at a little distance and there by her bedside in the present day, that Celia can have a chance to break the cycle of tragedy and hurt that has followed this pair of fated, desperate lovers through time.
An absorbing, brilliant book from start to finish. Wonderfully written and evocative, and cleverly linked past and present. If you like anything historical, you will surely love this.
Now I have it on my kindle I am sure I will read it again sometime. LOVE IT.
Back then, the topic of reincarnation wasn't so popular, and this is a fantastic way to become more familiar, plus also the message of "reaping what we sow" as we pass through our various lives is strong. Even for someone knowledgeable on the subject, the story itself is a gripping "read".
Be prepared to leave the mundane everyday jobs to pile up - as you're drawn into this fanastic story!
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