The Angel of Blythe Hall
In the year 1492, young Scottish noblewoman Isabeau Blythe is at last returning to her ancestral home on the Borders. Now heir to Blythe Hall, Isabeau is determined to leave behind her family’s extraordinary past. Their peculiar relations with the fantastical creatures commonly known as angels was the ruin of both her father and her brother. Isabeau is confident she can assume control of Blythe Hall and its people, stave off marriage until the moment it suits her, and bring the turbulent clans of the Borders under control. Yet fate thwarts her even as she enters the imposing gates of Blythe Hall. Incensed upon learning that Sir George Douglas, the knight seeking to be the next Lord Blythe, has been tracking her movements, Isabeau is further disturbed at the appearance of her magnificently beguiling brother. Worse, Julius reveals he’s on the hunt for an angel. Isabeau begins to experience wild visions of a strange man whom her heart inexplicably longs for. With Sir George’s army outside her gates, she summons help from the illusive man of her visions: Gabriel, who holds the secret of Blythe Hall.
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What reviewers and readers are saying about The Angel of Blythe Hall:
Throughout its history Scotland has been ravaged by wars, plots, and treachery. Throw a little love and myth in and you have THE ANGEL OF BLYTHE HALL. Magnificent from start to finish, this book was filled with all the intrigue and mystery that makes a legend a legend. From page one author Darci Hannah captivated my interest and took me to a place that I have only ever dreamed of, Scotland in the time of King James. This book was not simply a historical it was filled with the mythical legends and people from an era that we can never conceive of. The writing style was amazing.
Hannah once again blends historical detail and personages into a romantic tale tinged with mysticism. Written in both first and third person, the plot twines around the concept of the eternal struggle between good and evil, loyalty and love, faith and treachery. Capturing the atmosphere of the Borders and the ideals of a young King James, along with the concept of angles in our world, Hannah ensnares readers’ attention much like Katherine Kingsley.—Romantic Times
Are you looking for historical fiction wrapped in a tight bundle with believable, entrancing fantasy? If so, THE ANGEL OF BLYTHE HALL is your book. Hannah’s sharp, detailed and energetic tale of a woman returning home to be married and begin a family, only to find herself set on a treacherous course of uncovering her family’s, is a well-crafted novel.
What truly stands out is the integration of paranormal, fantastical events into a traditional historical fiction book. This reviewer never dabbles in paranormal stories, but found that its inclusion in THE ANGEL OF BLYTHE HALL was not only enjoyable, but was what brought the book well outside the bounds of being anything ordinary. The novel is a great story from an extremely creative mind.—Romance Junkies Reviews
What a plot!! A lot to live up to- but in the hands of so talented a writer as Darci Hannah, the characters and locations are exquisitely rendered, drawing the reader in from page one. Lady Isabeau Blythe is the anchor of the book, and a wonderful at that, but the level of detail as to the Scottish border country, as well as the main plot and various sub-plots make The Angel of Blythe Hall a most superb read.
This is the second book of Darci’s book that I have read. I LOVED her first book, The Exile of Sarah Stevenson. It’s amazing how she can make you feel like you can see what is going on in her story; how you can see the landscape and people, and the scenery. GREAT book!
I need to have more novels from this author…..I love her style of writing, soooo much better than a dime paperback with wimpy ladies and oh so manly heroes…..come on where is the next book?????
A bit of Scottish history, fantasy, mystery, intriguing characters, wonderfully complicated relationships, angels, and a love story – what more could you ask for in a novel? Having thoroughly enjoyed her previous novel, The Exile of Sara Stevenson, I was pleased that this second novel was as an enjoyable read.
This book keeps you on your toes and keeps you confused until the appropriate time. It is one of those books I think I am going to have to read again just to fully understand all the pieces in this puzzle. It’s different but really good.
I liked this book. It deals with the idea that descendants of fallen angels live among us and retain special powers.
A simply beautiful tale! I fell in love with the lord of Blythe Hall. This is a definite buy and reread. Classic and wonderful.
The Exile of Sara Stevenson
In 1814, Sara Stevenson, the well-bred but high-spirited daughter of celebrated Scottish lighthouse designer Robert Stevenson, falls in love with a common sailor, Thomas Crichton. On the day of their clandestine elopement, Thomas mysteriously disappears, leaving Sara heartbroken, secretly pregnant, and at the mercy of her overbearing family. Refusing to relinquish her hopes that Thomas will someday return to her, Sara is banished to an eerie lighthouse on lonely and remote Cape Wrath. There she meets William Campbell, the reclusive yet dashing light-keeper who incites her ire–and interest. Soon Sara begins to accept her life on the cape and her growing attraction to William–until a mystifying package from an Oxford antiquarian arrives, giving intriguing clues to Thomas’s whereabouts. Through her correspondence with the antiquarian, Sara slowly uncovers the story of her beloved’s fate. But what she doesn’t immediately grasp is that these letters travel an even greater distance than she could have imagined–as the boundaries between time and space unravel to forge an incredible connection between a woman and a man many years apart.
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What reviewers and readers are saying about The Exile of Sara Stevenson:
This is both a beautiful love story and an interesting and exciting adventure story. This page-turner is one of the best this reviewer (who especially relishes this genre) has ever read. To author Darci Hannah, all I can say is “What were you waiting for” and “please give us more!” –Rosalie West, Portland Book Review
“A strangely beautiful story of eternal love and new love and of connections and separations with a gothic turn, this is a book that will have you thinking long after it’s done.”
“This is a stunning debut: a haunting, extraordinary tale told by a born storyteller who combines humor, heartbreak, and real suspense.”
—Bernard Cornwell, New York Times bestselling author of Agincourt
“A haunting tale of timeless love.The vibrant voice of Hannah’s heroine brings the lonely coast of Scotland very much to life, complete with the taste of oatcakes and the tang of smuggled claret.A surprising, rich, and rewarding novel.”
—Lauren Willig, author of The Orchid Affair
“A charming and heartbreaking account of love and loss.”
“An extremely original piece of storytelling with a thoroughly unique heroine.”
—Deanna Raybourn, bestselling author of Dark Road to Darjeeling
“Darci Hannah’s debut novel has something for everyone: romance, mystery, humor, historical detail, a feisty protagonist in Sara, and a stunning Scottish setting.”
—Anne Easter Smith, author of Queen by Right
“The Exile of Sara Stevenson is an intriguing read, telling a tale of a great romance that survives death–and time.”
“Like the gales that sweep over the desolate north coast of Scotland, the Exile of Sara Stevenson gathers force and delivers an atmospheric tale of love, passion, and loyalty.Like the lighthouse lamp at the symbolic center of the novel, details of the story that at first seem inconsequential or mysterious gather into one great beam of light, illuminating a conclusion that shows the power of love to transcend death and even time itself.”
—Laurel Corona, author of The Four Seasons: A Novel of Vivaldi’s Venice