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Angel Harp: A Novel

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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 ...

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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?

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Marie Buchan, a 34-year-old widow and harpist, longs for change. It comes in the form of a trip to Scotland, where she is drawn into a love triangle involving childhood friends, one a church cleric and the other a duke. VERDICT Phillips (The Shepherd of the Hills) is a prolific author with over 100 titles to his name. That alone will constitute demand for his latest, though the writing is somewhat didactic. Recommend to those looking for evangelical fiction with elements of romance and mystery.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446567718
  • Publisher: FaithWords
  • Publication date: 1/26/2011
  • Pages: 440
  • Sales rank: 400,041
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

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    All roads leads you to the same path you just have to follow the directions

    Angel Dawn Marie was so many other things besides a 40 year-old widow, she was a gifted Harpist. Her fingers were magic on the Harps that she cherished and played believing that they gave her strength and the faith to go on. But did they give her that faith was there a journey she needed to take where she could fully know all the glories that God had bestowed upon her.

    Marie decided to fulfill a dream of moving outside the safety of her life in Canada and venture into the lush, green fields of Scotland. When her husband was alive they talked of visiting and now there was nothing but loneliness to keep her company so why not venture elsewhere and be alone. After some sightseeing and wandering about the countryside Marie all too soon Marie finds a small town where it was impossible to be alone because everyone knew her business.

    Just as quickly Marie becomes involved in their lives as well and discovers the history and music that has made Scotland strong and proud. Iain the pastor from the local church drew her to faith with his unconventional words of wisdom, the landlady showed her how to care for herself again by reliving the town's past, the elderly crofter who talks of his losses and still moves on, the Duke that lives in a castle and displays a humility Marie never thought possible from someone so noble and then there is Gwendolyn a young, fragile girl who showed her what unrequited love feels like. When Gwendolyn stumbled onto Marie she teaches the master Harpist what it means to play your instrument with an open heart and let all the joys and dreams that are possible through belief and faith enter your soul and set you truly free. All the people in this town needed Marie to help reconcile them in some small way in their life and they help Marie reconcile the loss of her husband, the questions about her faith and discover everything that life still had to offer. There were so many doubts, dreams unfulfilled and matters to be resolved but at some point Marie let the love of all the people in her life show her how to accept and understand that having a little faith will set you free. The unexpected bonus of finding love again never entered her mind but when you least expect a miracle that is when one appears. Never close your heart or your mind as you will miss out on something important being whispered in your ear.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2014

    Disappointed

    The idea of this book seemed interesting but be warned that it is filled with religion and preaching. I like books with some of this but, this was over the top. Because it was i had to score low. I had so much to skip over. If you like that type of writing, then you will be in heaven with this...no pun intented. Dor the rest of us....do not hit confirm.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    Great read about Scotland and new starts!

    As always, Michael Phillips writes enchanting stories and this is no exception. I love how he works history into his stories without trying to be too much of a teacher. It just fits. I enjoyed the way the story played out - the characters and the setting.

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  • Posted February 6, 2011

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    This is a terrific inspirational second chance at life saga

    Six years ago when she was thirty-four years old, her husband died. Since his death, harpist Marie "Angel" Buchan realizes she has been drifting and not living, but turning forty is a rude awakening.

    The Canadian decides to visit coastal Scotland on a vacation, but also takes her harp with her. She stops in Port Scarnose where she sits on a bench overlooking the sea and playing her harp. Enjoying her stay, she remains in the quaint village rather than travel to the other places on her itinerary. Marie feels alive for the first time since she became a widow. She makes friends with 12-year-old Gwendolyn; and when her three weeks are up she chose to stay to teach the eager tweener with talent to play the harp. Feeling magical, Marie has two men, Iain Barclay and Alasdair the Duke pursuing her, unaware this is not their first triangle. However, Marie feels like an angel who's come home; as everyone in Port Scarnose seems happier whenever the Canadian widow and her protégé play for them.

    This is a terrific inspirational second chance at life saga in which not just Marie but everyone she touches feels as if they are touched by an angel. Character driven (including the local vernacular; something I do not enjoy but enhances the sense of being in Scotland), readers will appreciate the Canadian's uplifting whimsical escapades; mindful of Brigadoon without the town vanishing.

    Harriet Klausner

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