Third Angel

Third Angel

by Alice Hoffman
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Overview

Third Angel by Alice Hoffman

A magical and stunningly original story that charts the lives of three women in love with the wrong men from bestselling author Alice Hoffman.

Headstrong Madeleine Heller finds herself hopelessly attracted to her sister’s fiancé. Frieda Lewis, a doctor’s daughter and a runaway, becomes the muse of an ill-fated rock star. And beautiful Bryn Evans is set to marry an Englishman while secretly obsessed with her ex-husband. At the heart of the novel is Lucy Green, who blames herself for a tragic accident she witnessed at the age of twelve, and who spends four decades searching for the Third Angel–the angel on earth who will renew her faith.

Brilliantly evoking London’s King’s Road, Knightsbridge, and Kensington while moving effortlessly back in time, The Third Angel is a work of startling beauty about the unique, alchemical nature of love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307409331
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 04/08/2008
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 4,487
File size: 596 KB

About the Author

Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty bestselling works of fiction, including Practical Magic, a major motion picture; Here on Earth, an Oprah Book Club selection; the highly praised historical novel The Dovekeepers; and, most recently, The Museum of Extraordinary Things. Her books for teens include Green Angel, Green Witch, Incantation, The Fortelling, and Aquamarine, also a major motion picture, starring Emma Roberts. Visit her online at alicehoffman.com.

Hometown:

Boston, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

March 16, 1952

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Education:

B.A., Adelphi University, 1973; M.A., Stanford University, 1974

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Third Angel 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 98 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alice Hoffman is amazing. My seventeen year old daughter and I have read all her books. The Third Angel links lives of people through a hotel in London. Her words are so important that my daughter writes down some of the books thoughts on love and life. She gave us yet another gift to share- we both treasured this book. Although my favorite will always be Turtle Moon. My daughter's is Green Angel.
Kaseraa More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing because you can read it over and over and always have a different perpective and notice something different. I love the style of this book because you can read the chapters completely out of order and still get the same overall appeal but in a completely different way. However, I will warn you that it might take a little to get started and it might be frustrating at first because it's a little hard to get into for the fact that you can read any chapter first and it will all make sense. The books characters aren't underdeveloped, but you'll see the need to jump from one person to another, to one timeline to another and so forth. It will all make sense and you'll be begging for more.
LCH47 More than 1 year ago
This is one of those mysterious hauntings that works backwards to solve the case of WHY. Wonderful puzzle pieces, complex, soulful characters, very believable, multi-faceted love,in the 1950's and 1960's time period, all to tantalize you and keep you reading till all hours of the night. ENJOY! WELL WORTH YOUR PURCHASE! Some others that took my very breath away...RAINWATER and EXPLOSION IN PARIS and BEAUTIFUL CREATURES...
WMUEnglishMajor More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It's a little hard to get into at first, but the simplistic writing style eventually got me engrossed in the story. My favorite section was the first part, "The Heron's Wife," but I felt that just as I was getting into it, the second section began and it started to get a little hard to keep track of all the characters and how everyone was connected. Maybe I liked the first part best because I have a sister and we're very close. The characters were well-developed, which makes it easier for the reader to understand their motivations. I liked that the book was not chronological, but I thought this technique was confusing. After I finished the book, I had to go back to the first section in order to understand the ending better. All in all though, this is a beautiful story about love and betrayal and I highly recommend it.
Postrain More than 1 year ago
Once again, I have read an Alice Hoffman book with great admiration for her writing and her style, but find the story much too depressing. I love to read and continually have a store of books waiting in the wings and particularly enjoy great writers. However, I look to books as an escape from reality, not a chance to wallow in the miseries of others. This series of short but related stories is one disaster after another.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was set up weird because it included three seperate stories and while reading it i wasn't sure how they connected to eachother, but when i finished it it all clicked together to make an amazing story. Its unique and thats what makes it so great. THe storyline and characters are captivating and i didn't want it to end. overall it was a great book!
Timberlake More than 1 year ago
This book has an unusual writing style which keeps you reading well after you should be asleep. The characters were well portrayed, both adults and children. Emotions were very descriptive as well as the background to the story. I will be looking to see what else this writer has written, as her refreshing twist of writing captured my imagination.
GinnyW More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed Alice Hoffman in the past but her books tended towards the depressing so I picked up this one hesitantly but fell in love with it. It's a wonderful story about the different ways people love one another. Her characters are complicated and humanly flawed. The story is so artfully written that it could be read backwards as well as forwards. I often pass along books to people when I am finished with them but this one is staying with me.
Bonilyn More than 1 year ago
Alice Hoffman does not disappoint here...she delivers a quirky slice of life. Her characters are real.....the pain and joy they experience are your own as you weave through her story....wonderful
TheCrowdedLeaf More than 1 year ago
I haven't read all of Alice Hoffman's books, but I can easily say that this one is my favorite so far. Three-part plot, interweaving characters, tense story line, realistic emotions and dialogue. A little bit mysterious and special. If you like Hoffman you will love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was incredibly moving and quite unforgettable. There were several times I could feel the pain and love right alongside the characters. I became so involved with the characters that I was sad to see the book end. This was this first book I read by Alice Hoffman, and the day I finished the book I went to the store and bought two more of her books. I can't wait to read them!
MarionMarchetto_author More than 1 year ago
This offering by Ms. Hoffman is a generational piece whose roots are in the 1950s. The backdrop for most of the story is the Lion Park hotel in London, a second-rate hotel that is haunted. Our first encounter with sisters Maddie and Allie uncovers a betrayal by the younger sister who lives a care-free existence based on the fact that she believes that she was an unloved child. Allie, the older sister, has pretty much done what was expected of her because she has always been the caretaker; first when her mother had cancer and later when her fiance suffers from the same disease. She realizes only too late that she truly loves her fiance and moves swiftly to makes things right only to lose him too. Freida, the fiance's mother, takes up the middle of the book. Her story is set in the 1960s and brought back for this reader 'the look' that was so popular then in London: overly made-up eyes, short mini-skirts, high boots, swingy music, free love, etc. Hoping to escape from the dreariness of a rural youth she makes her way to the Lion Park hotel where she works as a maid. Soon, though, she becomes the muse for a rock-star wanna-be who is hooked on drugs and has a very Paris Hilton-like girlfriend. In the end, Freida puts all of the very trendy and drug-filled life behind her and returns to her rural home where she marries the boyfriend who had gone on to college. She goes on to nursing school herself and lives a very fulfilling life in spite of the ghostly happenings that populated her time working at the Lion Park. The thread that sews it all together is Lucy Green. Lucy is the mother of the two young women we first met at the outset of the story. Inadvertently she is the one who caused the problems that have brought about the haunting of the Lion Park's seventh floor. Having witnessed the deaths of the people involved she withdraws to a secret place inside herself just as she did when her own mother passed away. It takes love in all its simple complexities to bring Lucy into her own once more. This book is a very easy read despite the complexities of the characters we meet. I read it in two sittings and would have accomplished it in one had I not fallen asleep at nearly two in the morning. I give this story four stars simply because I've enjoyed some of Ms. Hoffman's other offerings more. Note: you're bound to fall in love with Millie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is just a wonderful and lovely book filled with beloved people like everyday life. What sets it apart, however, is how the writer approaches each individual's struggle and brings them together in the end. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're an Alice Hoffman fan, this book will not disappoint you. Once again she is able to tell a story, bring her characters alive with feeling, and touch our souls. So simple, and yet so heartful, and mystical.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Satisfaction Guaranteed!! A beautifully written story. Definitely one of Alice's best. You will love the characters that are so real and vunerable. What a boring place my world would be if I could not read the amazing words of Alice Hoffman.
Anonymous 26 days ago
A tale of love, loss, passion, betrayal and ultimately redemption. Was sad to have to say good bye when it was over.
emz911 9 months ago
I can't believe how quickly I was able to finish the book. It's only been two or three days. Once I started, I didn't want to put it down, literally. Out of the three sections of the book, my favorite was the last part, where the author reveals the whole story of "Michael Macklin" who is the main story line throughout the story. I love the part where "Lucy cried, but no one was listening to her. She was invisible. She was watching a dream." The author describes how helpless she is in the situation. When Teddy Healy came and had the fight with Michael, the whole pace of the book starts to get faster and faster. Her descriptions are so captivating at that part, (I think it is the climax) my heart starts racing. Sadly, it still has a bad ending... "Michael had looked at her from the other side of the road. He had focused for one moment as though he was glad they saw each other and recognized each other. Then he stepped off the pavement like a man jumping off a bridge, as calm as a simmer with an ocean out below. Lucy had known he was going to do it the instant their eyes met. She'd known what he intended because she would have done the very same thing if she'd had his courage. Nothing was going to break his fall." When a car kills Bryn, Michael too chooses to end his life. Perhaps like Lucy say, they'll be in heaven together, and there, their love that was disapproved by of everyone would finally be concern eternal. The first two parts of the book, which are earlier in time, were a rumor that in the hotel room is Michael's ghost. But in the last chapter, it reveals that the one trapped inside the room was Teddy's soul that had broken from his body the moment he saw his beloved with someone else. That is really fascinating! Just like Chicago Tribune's book review, "This is a strong, visceral and deeply, darkly moving tale of love and heartbreak, tragedy and redemption..." I don't have a strong vocabulary, so all I can say is this book is stunning and I was moved!
nbaker1234 More than 1 year ago
I have mixed emotions about The Third Angel. It is actually three short stories that become threaded and connected at the end. It is basically a story of love and life. If we are honest, love (and life) can sometimes be unconventional - which is how I felt about the storylines. Sometimes we don't choose who we are going to fall in love with, life and circumstances have a way of bringing two hearts together. This story dabbles in disappointments, hidden secrets, the heartaches that come with guilt and regret and all wrapped nicely with a bit of spirituality. Three stories, one hotel, three loves, one angel. I'll not go into the premise of each story, you can read the stories synopsis and figure it out for yourself, but basically it deals with the theory that there are three types of angels. There is the Angel of Life, the Angel of Death and then there is the third angel -- the one who walks among us. The book was well written, rich in descriptive scenery, but for me I just felt something lacking. I can't put my finger on it -- perhaps it was because all of the stories seem to have a not-so-happy ending; they were full of people hurting and living in the past and pain. For me the most positive takeaway I received from the book was in the life of the doctor who met everything in life with an open mind and accepting attitude of "Well, what have we here?" Don't let my less than enthusiastic thoughts of the book discourage you from reading it -- perhaps it just didn't work for me.
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A little boring however it is a about the wonders in life so it a little interesting.
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JgleJne More than 1 year ago
This book was so heart warming at times and yet heart breaking at times. The relationship between the characters was so intriguing
Mari-Kate9 More than 1 year ago
interesting intertwining of stories-i loved it!