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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd (30 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0709087845
  • ISBN-13: 978-0709087847
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,434,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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 Miss Hanbury's other works.

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!
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