Green Darkness

Green Darkness

by Anya Seton
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Green Darkness by Anya Seton

“The theme of this book is reincarnation, an attempt to show the interplay—the law of cause and effect, good and evil, among certain individual souls in two periods of English history.” Green Darkness is the story of a great love, in which mysticism, suspense, and mystery form a web of good and evil forces that stretches from Tudor England to the England of the twentieth century.
The marriage of the Englishman Richard Marsdon and his young American wife Celia slowly turns tragic as Richard withdraws into himself and Celia suffers a debilitating emotional breakdown. A wise mystic realizes that Celia can escape her past only by reliving it. She journeys back four hundred years to her former life as the servant girl Celia de Bohun during the reign of Edward VI - and her doomed love affair with the chaplain Stephen Marsdon.  Although Celia and Stephen can’t escape the horrifying consequences of their love, fate (and time) offer them another chance for redemption.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547523972
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 01/23/1973
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 627
Sales rank: 76,636
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

ANYA SETON (1904–1990) was the author of many best-selling historical novels, including Katherine, Avalon, Dragonwyck, Devil Water, and Foxfire. She lived in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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Green Darkness 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
AnneM217 More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books ever. I have read it several times, and couldn't wait until it came out for the nook. I am very unhappy with the nook edition. There are so many typo/misspellings. I have over 100 nook books and never have encountered such sloppy editing. If this were the first ebook I ever bought from B&N, I would probably never buy another one. You need to clean up this edition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good blend of present and Tudor times. Would be even better except for the numerous typos!!!!
samNY More than 1 year ago
This story haunted me when I first read it, and have been waiting impatiently for it to be digitalized for the Nook. I agree with one reviewer who said it is one of Seton's greatest works. It will stay with you. I can't wait to read it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My copy of this book has a forward of it being beautifully written. It definitely has it's spell-binding moments. Also has moments where the writing is tedious to read. All in all don't miss the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I too read Green Darkness as a teenager many years ago and loved it. I don't think the parts set in 1968 are 'dated' any more than the parts set in the distant past-the past is the past. Celia and Richard's love story may feel disconnected because we come into the story as their whirlwind romance is entering a crisis caused by 'partial remembrance' of their past lives together. Seton has created very real characters and one of the wickedest villainesses ever on paper. I personally have no belief in reincarnation but this book still made me wonder.
Antaresana More than 1 year ago
This is by far one of the most exceptional books involving reincarnation that I have ever read. I have read it 5 or 6 times over the years since its first publication and everytime the book reveals more and more exact details of the process of visiting the Akashic Records in order to revisit a previous time in order to understand why certain things have happened this time round.I cannot understand why this book has not been made into a film as it would be so timely and people would relate to it and really live it.
Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
I first read this book in my teens, and have periodically reread it since then. Although some of the story set in 1968 now feels dated, at the time it was published it was then contemporary. To me it makes for a much more interesting type of read. Celia doesn't have much to her, 1968 version, but I was okay with that. The whole idea of reincarnation is that people will learn, over the next few lifetimes, the lessons they failed in the past, or perhaps atone for viciousness or evil. This book is where I fell in love with Tudor England; the intrigue, the danger, the confusion of those like elderly Lady Ursula, apt to be arrested for saying the reflexive phrase "By Our Lady" she'd used all her life. I could smell the fresh rushes, share the excitement of a pretty new dress, feel the repulsion of Celia at Leonard Dacre's crude advances, and her longing for Stephen, both a pure and impure love. I truly felt like I was transported back in time along with Celia Marsdon. I both wanted to stay there AND get the hell out of Dodge before Dudley's people, or Mary's, locked me up or worse.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this last night at 3 AM. The story behind this book is so beautiful, I can't stop thinking about it! It's amazing how well she intertwined history with fiction. And the fact that it's based on real people..I want to go to England now and see all of these places. I still can't get my head out of the story long enough to concentrate on the real world. Highly recomended!
Anonymous 9 months ago
Well researched for the Tudor period. Brought to life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it! Whoop!!
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I read this book many years ago and was captivated by it then. I lost my copy and had looked for another now and then but did not remember the author's name. I stumbled across this while looking for somthing else and I've enjoyed being captivated by this story oce again. I enjoyed every page.
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Gothic romantic fiction at it's finest! Anya Seton draws you in and keeps you captive. You could not leave if you wanted to.
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I read this book many years ago and enjoyed the story. Unfortunately this eBook is very poorly edited. There are many errors in it and I would not recommend it for that reason.
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S_Lamont_York More than 1 year ago
Don't waste your time buying the nook book version. It is riddled with irritating spelling and syntax errors. Not only that, but it ends abruptly on page 547, in the middle of a sentence! I didn't even get the whole book! I have no idea how it ends... Very frustrating...
GracieMae More than 1 year ago
I read this book nearly 30 years ago. I have read it several times since. It is still the best historical novel I have read! You will love how the story weaves in and out with realistic characters, romance and the deep rich history! You will not be able to put it down. Read and enjoy!
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avidreader93 More than 1 year ago
Green Darkness is certainly not the first piece of Tudor-era historical fiction I've read. However, it is without a doubt the best I've come across. This book was breathtaking in so many ways: the romanticism, the rich history, the convincing, realistic characters... Seton has truly tapped in the vein of human emotion through her writing. This is the third book I've read of Anya Seton's, the other two being Katherine and Avalon. Katherine remains my favorite; but Green Darkness, in its own way, is equally as good. You simply MUST read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spoiler alert! Avalon happens to be my favorite Anya Seton work, but Green Darkness comes in second! Both books are better than her famed Katherine (a mon avis anyways). Seton's ability and belief that love can pass the test of time (centuries in this case) is visible through Celia and priest Stephen's final reunion in the bodies of Richard and Celia Marsdon centuries after they first encountered eachother.
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