Ice Angel Hardcover – 30 Jun 2009
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
I found myself falling heavily for Isabella, the so-named Ice Angel of the story, but it's the other characters, especially Hal, which make the story what it is - a thoroughly enjoyable tale.
I'll admit that I'm new to Georgette Heyer's books, but this stands up with one of my first fave authors - Jane Austen, and one might just think that a tea party with Jane, Georgette and Elizabeth...well - no-one should feel out of place!
Sometimes these tales are considered a light read - not a bit of it - the layers are well done and the character interaction - primary and secondary leads, are brilliantly done.
That just leaves The Paradise Will of the books I need to read of Miss Hanbury's. Suffice to say, she is a wonderful writer, really makes you feel the London style and Regency feel of the period...as well as creating a deftly told tale. I kind of wish I had read this story before A Bright Particular Star...and if you haven't read that one, I suggest you do. Now!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a book with a great plot, original and intriguing. The characters were firmly portrayed and the story credible. Read morePublished on 15 Feb. 2014 by Katy Walters
The author needs to read 'The Tennant of Wildfell Hall' to see how something like this COULD have been written. Read morePublished on 8 July 2013 by Mrs Jenny Warren
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 morePublished on 19 Jan. 2013 by C. Gore
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 morePublished on 30 Dec. 2012 by MRS
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 endPublished on 24 Dec. 2012 by dougmurg
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 morePublished on 22 Dec. 2012 by Treeman22tyger
Nice gentle love story set in a byegone era.I enjoyed it and would reccomend it to anyone who likes romantic tales.Published on 4 Dec. 2012 by dot
I found the book gripping and well written. I would look out for this author. The plot was gripping and full of surprises.Published on 2 Dec. 2012 by hazieB