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Love to Read
5 Stars Out Of 5
May 17, 2013
Love to Read
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.
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.
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.
What a lovely, lovely book...I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Widowed at 40, lonely, wondering what to do now after she had let years pass by since the death of her husband, "Angel" Dawn Marie decided to vacation in Scotland. Her car trip through the Highlands and towns was calming for her. She found the town of Port Scarnose to be magical, and instead of continuing to other places, she decided to remain there for the rest of her vacation. She chose Port Scarnose because of its quaintness and mainly because of a bench overlooking the sea where she first played her harp on Scottish soil...this is where the magic began for her.
All too soon, though, her three-week vacation was coming to a close. She had fallen in love with Scotland and its people, but she had to make a decision about extending her stay or heading back to Canada...what should she do? Should she stay or leave?
Her decision was definitely affected by circumstances and the people she met. Her dinner with Iain Barclay and her new-found friendship with 12-year-old Gwendolyn undeniably made the decision a little easier. She decided she "had" to stay for sweet Gwendolyn's sake....Gwendolyn loved to play the harp and had a natural talent. What she didn't know, though, was that her decision may have been more complicated than she realized because of a connection between Iain, Gwendolyn, and the Duke, who invited her to his castle to play the harp. The secrets of the relationships among these three interesting characters unravel as the story continues.
Marie's adventures continued with these characters and others, and she felt she was finding herself spiritually as well as becoming happy in the midst of the magic of Scotland's people and its landscape. To the extent that Scotland was making her blossom and was good for her, Marie was good for the town of Port Scarnose and its citizens. Everyone she came in contact with became a happier person and found things in themselves they didn't know existed.
If you enjoy Scottish history and listening/reading the written Gaelic brogue, you will fall in love with the book and definitely the characters. The characters were amazing and made you wish you could actually sit with them for the day and enjoy chatting and working along with them. Hearing the author mention different places in Scotland was also a treat knowing that I had been there as well.
The Gaelic brogue used by the town's people was the only, but minor drawback._it was a little difficult to read and understand, but you could get the gist of the exchange. Nonetheless, it did add an authentic touch to the characters during their conversations with Marie. The religious theme throughout the story will have you examining your own personal beliefs. 5/5