Saturday, January 22, 2011

"Angel Harp" Book Review

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Angel Harp
FaithWords (January 26, 2011)
Michael Phillips


I love Michael Phillips. I love much of his writing. I didn't love this particular book. It took me quite awhile to get into it and about 1/3 of the way through I wasn't sure that I had met all the main characters yet. Overall I enjoyed the book, but it took me over a week to read - I usually read a book every day or two. I just got bogged down in it. I liked reading about Scotland and Marie's trip there, but the idea that she could just put her life at home on hold for about 6 months and just go play her harp was a little out there too. Not that it couldn't be done, but my brain had trouble comprehending that. The themes of forgiveness ans reconciliation were wonderful and well done. I think this is one of the few times I can say that I thought the book was just too long.


Michael Phillips has been writing in the Christian marketplace for 30 years. All told, he has written, co-written, and edited some 110 books. Phillips and his wife live in the U.S., and make their second home in Scotland.


Widowed at 34, amateur harpist Marie "Angel" Buchan realizes at 40 that her life and dreams are slowly slipping away. A summer in Scotland turns out to offer far more than she ever imagined! Not only does the music of her harp capture the fancy of the small coastal village she visits, she is unexpectedly drawn into a love triangle involving the local curate and the local duke.

The boyhood friends have been estranged as adults because of their mutual love of another woman (now dead) some years before. History seems destined to repeat itself, with Marie in the thick of it. Her involvement in the lives of the two men, as well as in the community, leads to a range of exciting relationships and lands Marie in the center of the mystery of a long-unsolved local murder. Eventually she must make her decision: with whom will she cast the lot of her future?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Angel Harp, go HERE

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