Glorious Angel

Glorious Angel

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by Johanna Lindsey
     
 

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She was the beautiful daughter of a dirt-poor Alabama farmer. But Angela Sherrington had a dream: to love dashing Bradford Maitland, the handsome heir to magnificent Golden Oaks.

In the satin boudoir of a Yankee bordello, Angela's prayers are answered in the loving arms of the man she lived for. But scandal, cruelty and a shocking family secret threaten to

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She was the beautiful daughter of a dirt-poor Alabama farmer. But Angela Sherrington had a dream: to love dashing Bradford Maitland, the handsome heir to magnificent Golden Oaks.

In the satin boudoir of a Yankee bordello, Angela's prayers are answered in the loving arms of the man she lived for. But scandal, cruelty and a shocking family secret threaten to tear apart two passionate hearts newly joined, imperilling a bold and forbidden romance too overpowering to deny.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This 1982 historical romance set in the Old South follows the maxim of be careful what you wish for. After dreaming of Bradford Maitland for years, protagonist Angela Sherrington learns that once she has him, he may not be such a great catch after all. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380792023
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Series:
Southern Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
539,369
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(d)

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Angela Sherrington tossed another tog on the hearth.
"Damn myself, anyhow!" she cursed as she glared at the sparks shooting out onto the floor.


If only she hadn't been so foolish as to waste matches! Now she was forced to keep the fire burning all day and all night. Since the matches had run out last week, the shack Angela called home had been hell to live in.


Angela cast another glowering look at the fire and then she walked out onto the narrow porch in front of the little one-room shack. She was hoping for a breeze, but it was at least eighty degrees. She cursed herself again. In this sorry year of 1862, matches were scarce. The war had made every necessity scarce, and she would just have to be more careful.


The Sherrington farm, if it could be considered a farm at all, was less than a quarter mile from the Mobile River, and about a half day's ride from Mobile, Alabama's largest city. The fields surrounding the farm were newly bare, as was the harvest shed, with its rotting walls and leaky roof.
The house had once been whitewashed, but now it was necessary to strain to see the few patches of remaining paint. Two wicker chairs in deplorable condition and a wooden crate that sufficed for a table were on the porch.
Reluctantly, Angela went back inside the house and began kneading dough at the kitchen table. The heat was wearing her down, what with the fire blazing behind her and the sun pouring in through the windows in front of her. But equally wearing was the worry over her father. He had gone to Mobile yesterday to sell the last of their corn crop. He should have returned yesterday afternoon, but for the fourth time in her life, Angela hadspent the night by herself. It was a sad fact that all four times had happened since the war.
With a heavy sigh, Angela gazed out the cracked window to the red field. The field should have been plowed that morning to make it ready for the new crop of peas and lima beans. She would have begun the task herself if they owned more than one mule. But they didn't, and her father had old Sarah hitched to the wagon. Damn his old leather hide, where was he?


Angela had been up since well before dawn. That was the time she liked to clean house, the only time of day in summer when it was cool enough. Her home wasn't much, but nobody could say it wasn't clean.
Angela wiped at the sweat on her face. She tried to stop worrying, but she just couldn't. The other three times he had stayed away all night had been when he was too drunk to make it back to his wagon. She hoped he was only drunk, and that he hadn't gotten into a fight.


Angela could take care of herself. She wasn't worried about that. Even when her father was home, he was often drunk and lying in bed. She hated it, but there was nothing she could do to stop his drinking. William Sherrington was a drunk.
Of necessity, she had learned how to hunt game. Otherwise she might have starved waiting for him to come out
of his stupors. She could kill a moving rabbit in only one shot.


Yes, she could take care of herself, but that didn't stop her from being uneasy whenever her father was away.
Awhile later the sound of an approaching wagon made Angela's spirits rise. It was about time! And now that her anxiety was over, her anger surfaced. Her father would get an earful this time.


But it was not old Sarah who came loping around the tall cedars. Two gray mares were pulling a dusty, mudsplattered carriage. And the last person she wanted to sex was driving that carriage.

Meet the Author

One of the world's most successful authors of historical romance, every one of Johanna Lindsey's previous novels has been a national bestseller, and several of her titles have reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Ms. Lindsey lives in New England with her family.

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Glorious Angel 3.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a huge fan of Johanna Lindsey's books for a few years now and I have them all. This book though i'd have to say is her worst. There is no chemistry at all between Brad and Angela. The only person in this novel I liked was Hank and I was hoping something would happen between him and Angela. Overall the book was bland with unmemorable characters. Any of JL's other books are better than this one!
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One of her best work love this book
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a flop, the love scenes were great but the overall story was a flop - both the hero and heroine were very childish/immature. It seemed like Ms. Lindsey was rushing this book, and the romance was such a turn off. I love Johanna Lindsey but this was one of my least favorite.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very light read for me, especially one that's of Johanna Lindsey's work. The plot is quite simple; The twists are mostly predictable; The conflicts are a bit too easy; The characters are a bit unpolished; but I considered the fact that this is one of Ms. Lindsey's earlier works that is why I wasn't totally turned off. I also don't think this book merits lower than 3 stars because i was able to finish this book in less than 5 hours. I guess, u can say that overall, it is an easy and a light read. Yes, there is no topsy-turvy or overwhelming heart effects here yet I can't say it's boring either... I've read lots of Ms. Lindsey's recent works and she is definitely much improved today as a writer/story teller. So, if you are a first time Lindsey reader then I suggest you start with her latter works.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read alot of Johanna's books and I'm hooked on them. However, I did not care for this one - it didn't have the spark and chemistry of the others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD! IT WAS THE FIRST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ OF HERS AND I LOVED IT....IT WAS LIKE I WAS FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE CHARACTERS.... SHE IS A VERY POWERFUL WRITER AND I WILL ENJOY READING HER OTHER BOOKS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book was ok. I've read almost all of her books and this one was "kinda different" being more south (US), theres also a little bit of interesting history in it. Its not one of my favorites, but it wasnt bad at all. I didnt love the characters, I thought Bradford was just a little too "crazy" when he got mad. I love JL and understand that she cannot make all the heros be the same prince on a white horse fairy tale. She gives variety and I like that. The book definitely kept me curious!!