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To amateur harpist Marie Buchan, her Scotland vacation is a dream come true. But when she's drawn into a love triangle between the village curate and the local duke, she finds herself at the center of a controversy over a mysterious death and must decide . . . who's telling the truth? And whose side will she take? 464 pages, softcover from Faithwords.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 512
Vendor: FaithWords
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 044656771X
ISBN-13: 9780446567718
Series: Angel Harp

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Publisher's Description

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?

Author Bio

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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Phillips, with more than 50 novels with combined sales of four million, taps into his love for Scotland--where he lives part of the year--for his newest tale. Canadian harpist Marie Buchan, widowed at the age of 34, revives her dream of visiting Scotland. She discovers Port Scarnose on the coast, where she decides to stay for several weeks. Marie's music captures the attention first of young Gwendolyn, then red-haired curate Iain Barclay, and finally Alasdair Reidhaven, duke of Buchan. Mysterious ties bind these three, and then Marie, as she comes to love the people and history of Port Scarnose and Scotland itself. She vows to uncover the mystery that surrounds the town, but fears she may hurt the people she is becoming attached to. Several out-of-tune notes mar Phillips's tale: long coloratura from Marie on matters spiritual and personal; a leitmotif of hard-to-understand Scottish dialect; and adagio pacing throughout. While Marie's musical, spiritual, romantic, and emotional rebirth will draw readers, the tale is long and winding. (Jan.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

ChristianBookPreviews.com

The struggle to find God is a journey well-illustrated in Michael Phillips' romance novel, Angel Harp. Loneliness drives the main character, Marie Buchan, to travel to Scotland six years after her husband's death, and she finds solace in playing her harp on the hills. Her music reaches people in an unexpected way, and she becomes involved in a love triangle that becomes very complicated as the mysterious pasts of the townspeople are revealed. Both spiritual and relational growth take place in the town of Port Scarnose, Scotland, as strings are literally plucked and secrets are revealed, confronted, and forced into amending.

Marie first becomes attached to a mysterious girl named Gwendolyn, a musical prodigy, and to Iain Barclay, the local curate. Iain's unconventional doctrine challenges Marie to rethink her opinions about God. Though feelings begin to evolve between Marie and Iain, the introduction of the duke, Alasdair, creates a new dynamic of loyalty and friendship that forces Marie to re-evaluate where she should put her trust. Marie faces doubt and confusion as she learns more about Iain and Alasdair's past mutual love interest: a woman who died years ago.

Marie always saw herself as shy and quiet, but the people of Port Scarnose bring out a spirit of enthusiasm in her. She learns to love the seemingly simple personalities of the Scots, but is even more drawn to them once their secrets unfold. Her faith is also questioned as she realizes that even though she is not a “church person,” she may still have a longing within her to know God.

Angel Harp was an easy plot to follow and, for the most part, kept me engaged. I enjoyed the spiritual core of this book, but thought the first couple of chapters were fairly clichéd. However, I would recommend this book to women who like romance novels. – Tara Gnagy, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. Love to Read
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Book
    May 17, 2013
    Love to Read
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is good book and once I started it was hard to put down. Philips is sharing about a woman, who is walking through life after a tragedy, but not really living. In this book Philips uses her to show the power of forgiveness. Through forgiveness can come reconciliation. Bear with the Scottish accents it is worth finishing.
  2. Norma Jean Nunamaker
    Boardman, Or
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 25, 2012
    Norma Jean Nunamaker
    Boardman, Or
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Michael Phillips is one of my favorite writers and his books I have read are excellent. Angel Harp took some getting into but with most of his books you have to concentrate, they are not for quick reading. I enjoyed the story and the one following and found as usual Christ as the center.
  3. Gayle Kindle
    Houston, Texas 77062
    Age: Over 65
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    April 15, 2011
    Gayle Kindle
    Houston, Texas 77062
    Age: Over 65
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    This review was written for Angel Harp.
    I loved this book & the Scotland area even more awesome.

    Michael Phillips is an awesome author & I try to keep up on any new books he writes to read.
  4. William Garvin
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Story
    February 11, 2011
    William Garvin
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Typical Michael Phillips! Great story with deep spiritual insights. Makes one think about our own standing before God.
  5. CKendall
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Angel Harp by Michael Phillips
    January 21, 2011
    CKendall
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I could easily sum up my review of Angel Harp with one word: masterpiece! I'm not even sure where to start expressing my absolute love for this book.

    I guess the setting would be the most obvious place to start. My mother was half Scottish and she was always very proud of her heritage and she loved all things Scottish. She passed that love on to me, so any book that has anything to do with Scotland is fine with me. Michael Phillips divides his time between his home in California and his home in Scotland. The pages of Angel Harp are infused with his obvious love of this place. He makes Scotland sound like a magical place full of beauty and very friendly folks, which I'm sure it is. Every detail, every sound, every scent of the beautiful surroundings found their way into this book. Michael didn't miss a thing.

    I was also completely enchanted by the music in this book. I love music and I have never read a book in which the reader can almost hear the beautiful music. I love Marie's descriptions of her individual harps that make up her collection, the stories behind them and what they mean to her. The harp adds so much more peace and serenity to this story; you just get swept away by it.

    I also liked this book being told in the first person. Marie is a woman who has been grieving and this book would have felt incomplete without knowing the depths of her feelings and her struggles with a faith that has been gone a long time. Knowing and understanding her thoughts made this book a deeply personal book and one of the most relaxing books I have ever read.

    Now, if you are looking to rush through this book as fast as possible, you will be missing a lot. I found that this book is a slow read. By slow I don't mean boring. This book is anything but boring. I mean this is a book to absorb and savor. Take your time, relax and enjoy it. I am going to be adding Angel Harp to my very short list of all-time favorite books. There are just so many things to love about Angel Harp I could be here all day writing about. Just read it, you'll see what I mean.
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