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Glorious Angel [Mass Market Paperback]

Johanna Lindsey
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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Feb. 1 1982 Avon Books
The sensuous daughter of a dirt-poor Alabama farmer, Angela Sherrington dreams the impossible: loving the dashing heir to the magnificent Golden Oaks, Bradford Maitland...and having him love her in return. Now, in the satin boudoir of a Yankee bordello, her wish is coming true.

At long last in the arms of the proud, powerful man she has always desired, Angela finally knows what rapture means. But scandal and a shocking family secret threaten to destroy their miraculous, forbidden romance -- unless two newly joined hearts can remain strong and true to a once-in-a-lifetime passion too powerful to deny.

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With more than 54 million copies of her books in print and translated into twelve languages, Johanna Lindsey is one of the world's most popular authors of historical romance. Every one of her previous thirty-six novels has been a national bestseller, with several reaching the #1 spot on the New York Times list. Ms. Lindsey lives in Hawaii with her family.

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2.0 out of 5 stars No plot, shallow characters June 21 2004
By Dakota
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've been rereading all the JLs (so far, I've finished 18 in a month), and "Glorious Angel" is just as I remembered it 10 years ago: unappealing, passionless, and actually quite tedious. It is one of JL's first books, and it is obviously a pedestrian effort. The "love" dialogue is beyond cheesy and the love scenes are tepid. Worse, it has a meandering plot that starts with Angela's crush on Bradford as a child (why she likes him, I'll never know), then moves on to a rags-to-riches story with Angela losing all of her Southern white trash talk (which was actually quite charming), to a forced separation based on a rumor of incest that really never seemed to upset Angela other than to make her run away from Bradford. The best part about this book is that it sets up Hank Chavez's story in "Heart of Thunder," which is a million times better. In fact, only a single year separates the publication of "Glorious Angel" and "Heart of Thunder," but somehow JL's writing style, sense of character, and dialogue improve tremendously during that short time period. Which makes me suspect that "Glorious Angel" was written long, long before its publication date and published without the benefit of editing, rewriting, etc. That's too bad. "Glorious Angel" could have been much better had JL spent some more time playing up the passion and personalities between Angela and Bradford and less time on fluff like matchmaking in Texas and the pointless assassination attempts on Bradford's life (as an example of how silly this book is, Bradford is tied to a chair in a burning house and his fear of death gives him He-Man strength to break through the ropes, no knife or anything, to escape. Wow!). Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars It falls flat May 13 2002
By Dana
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is not the worst JL I have ever read but it is definitely not the best either. While I wasn't tempted to throw it away like I was with "A Pirate's Love", it didn't catch me either. Usually I read her books in two or maximum three days - depending on the w/end. This one I finished in more than a week.
The characters are very simplistic and flat: she is the beautiful poor girl which has struggled with difficulties in childhood and now suddenly finds herself wealthy; he is the good-looking young man with no other care in the world either than the jealousy he feels because of her. What you see in them at first glance is all there is to them. There is no character development and also there are no reasons they fall in love with each other except that she had a childhood crash on him and he finds her very beautiful.
The conflict is very twisted and confusing, with illogical ups and downs. There are also a lot of side characters which crowd the picture. One I found especially annoying was Billy Anderson, a young man who is obsessed with the heroine and wants to have her at any means, and so follows her around more or less for ten or more years. This I found very unbelievable and quite stupid.
Also, the love scenes are cold; Ms. Lindsey can write love scenes which make you shiver and tingle, but none of those are in this book.
So, nothing remarkable or special about this book. Just plain.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Long time love comes true Nov. 17 2000
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Poor farmer's daughter Angela Sherrington has been in love with Bradford Maitland since she was 11 years old. After Angela's father dies, Bradford's father Jacob takes Angela beneath his wing as a favor to her long gone mother who was also his dear friend. Years later while attending school, Angela runs into Bradford and their love grows. Now, Bradford's ex-fiancee' is trying to come between them by dredging up a long lost family secret. Is their love strong enough to overcome such treachery?
Angela is both strong and vulnerable at once; a character you cheer and sympathize with easily. She is perhaps a bit too trusting and somewhat naive at times. Bradford is a likable hero with one major flaw.. jealousy. He often forgets how many years Angela has been in love with him and is too jealous over any attention Angela gets from any man. Only by learning to trust her love for him, can they overcome the obstacles set before them. A good read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre July 11 2002
By Abbys
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First, read Amazon synopsis for book summary...
This is a very light read for me, especially one that's of Johanna Lindsey's work. The plot is quite simple; The twists are mostly predictable; The conflicts are a bit too easy; The characters are a bit unpolished; but I considered the fact that this is one of Ms. Lindsey's earlier works that is why I wasn't totally turned off. I also don't think this book merits lower than 3 stars because i was able to finish this book in less than 5 hours. I guess, u can say that overall, it is an easy and a light read. Yes, there is no topsy-turvy or overwhelming heart effects here yet I can't say it's boring either... I've read lots of Ms. Lindsey's recent works and she is definitely much improved today as a writer/story teller. So, if you are a first time Lindsey reader then I suggest you start with her latter works.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her best... Feb. 25 2003
By Lealing
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Angela Sherrington is the daughter of a poor farmer in Alabama who has had a crush on Bradford Maitland since she was eleven, when he rode past her on his black stallion and splashed her with mud. He tossed her a coin, for the ruined dress and she keeps this coin hung around her neck as a reminder. Some 9 or 10 years later she spots Bradford about to walk into a building in Masachusettes and follows him, not knowing that she has just walked into a bordelo.
I really liked the first half of the book but knew I would be disappointed with the second half after Angela runs away. She's just too much of a flirt for my liking. Kissing strangers left right and centre. Not one of JLs best books. Try the Western series, much better!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not so great
My advise: bypass this book and read it's sequal "Heart of Thunder."
Published on June 17 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so Glorious Angel
I have read many of Johanna Lindey's books, and I particularly like the Malory series. But I found Glorious Angel to be a bit overdone. Read more
Published on Aug. 9 2002 by P. Rudnicki
1.0 out of 5 stars depressing
It's been a while since I've read this book. I remember it was depressing and definately not a re-read. Read more
Published on July 7 2002 by Donna Card
1.0 out of 5 stars lack luster
I have read and re-read most of Johanna's work and I never trade in her books simply because I have to read it a couple hundred times before I can safely say I can lend it out. Read more
Published on May 23 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Been there..done that
Beware! This is a book that has been re-published. I read it back in the late 80's maybe early 90's. Still a good read, better than what she puts out now. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
Expected a lot more after the gowing review. Very poorly written or editted compared to her other novels. Read more
Published on Dec 29 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Opinion
I'm not one who likes to go into great detail on what the story is about, because you will see that on other reviews. Read more
Published on May 20 2001 by Lenington
5.0 out of 5 stars It was good!
I loved Bradford as well, and who wouldn't. It was nice to read something with lots of action and adventure, but romance as well. Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2000
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