Jan 23, 2011

Angel Harp by Michael Phillips

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?


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. 

Category: FICTION
Publish Date: 1/26/2011
Price: $16.99/$18.99
ISBN: 9780446567718
Pages: 464
Size: 6" x 9"


The book synopsis for Angel Harp really captured my interest, that of a young widow traveling to Scotland to find fulfillment in her life. One early scene in the book really struck me as something I would love to do. Marie finally found the perfect location to play her harp, and she sat on the hilltop with the beautiful musical melody from her harp filling the vast expanses.  Doesn't it sound beautiful?

I struggled to get through several parts of this book, as the Scottish dialogue had me totally confused and frustrated and some of the conversations with local residents were very long and detailed.

For someone who is familiar with Scottish accents, I am sure they would get more out of this book than I did.  Overall, I enjoyed the book, but feel like I missed some parts that were likely important to the big picture.

In the hills of Scotland, Marie rekindled the faith of her childhood years, and she found love and fulfillment. This is a story that can inspire the reader to reach for better things, even when things seem impossible.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Angel Harp from Hachette Books in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. I like the combination of the local curate and the local duke!!! if ever you wanted a contrast this is it.