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Kiss an Angel Kindle Edition

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Length: 384 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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Readers who have enjoyed Phillips's writing in the past (Heaven, Texas) will be disappointed by her latest contemporary. In dire straits as a result of her irresponsible lifestyle, Daisy Devreaux is given an ultimatum by her outraged father?jail or an arranged marriage to Alex Markov, a broodingly handsome Russian handpicked by her father to teach Daisy the error of her ways. It's a thin plot that's kept going by a superabundance of sex. In better outings, Phillips's razor sharp wit might keeps things afloat, but there is nothing funny in the mean-spirited and abusive hero.
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"Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one of the best writers of contemporary women's fiction in the twnntieth century!" -- -- Affair de Coeur

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1034 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0380782332
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (Oct. 13 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC12FU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #90,077 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As someone who suffered childhood trauma, I find this an exceptionally important book. It heals me. I've read it 5 times and I'm just beginning to understand it in a way I can articulate. It works like a fairy tale. Also it offers something like "magical realism" where what is bad is believable and the transformation to good is rather magical. Each of the characters has both strengths and weaknesses. Each has to learn how to become stronger in their areas of weakness, and use their strengths responsibly. They are tested and they go through trials. These are not realistically drawn characters--they are bigger than life and their transformations are improbable. I love them, as I would have as a child, including the animals who uphold the ethos of wildness and being true to our natures?a theme mirrored in the sexuality in this book. There is a little story within this book about Alex and Sheba that reminds me of "The Grand Inquisitor" in the Brother's Karamazov. The story stands on its own very well, but it also educates the reader for the rest of the book. The ideas in this story are a template that helps us understand other characters: different circumstances can cause similar traits; people can form strength in unhealthy ways especially in pride; and (mostly) people are not all good or all bad. All the characters attain redemption through doing things intrinsically difficult for them and thus becoming more whole. Note: Alex is not just being stubborn about love and children: he is dedicated to never allowing himself the chance to do evil by having a family without being able to love. He believes he cannot do it. He believes he is guided by a greater good when he makes things difficult for Daisy in order to discourage her love for him.Read more ›
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Ok, this is a weird review to write - you'll hear REALLY mixed messages! This was a really good story. I loved watching our heroine, Daisy. She was kind of goofy & shallow.... at least, that's the persona she put off at first. Although she kept her big heart & forgiving nature (a little toooo forgiving if you ask me!), she definitely learned that she was capable of alot more in life than anyone had previously taught her. I loved watching her find her feet.
On the other hand, I couldn't STAND the secondary characters in this book! It took me 200 pages to like the hero, Alex, even a little bit! In the end, all of them showed a little bit of development of human compassion, but it took them forrrrevvvvver! I don't know that I've ever read about a whole pack of people that are this self-centered, judgmental, & cruel!
Now...... like I said, this was a really good story! lol lol One thing that I can definitely say for SEP - she knows how to invoke feelings of all sorts. She's truly a good writer.
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I absolutely loved this book and am glad I didn't listen to the reviews that touted this as not up to SEP's usual. The hero and heroine are great together. Daisy is a great character with a great ability to be understanding and forgiving and who has sooooo much love to offer. Alex on the other hand, had a really miserable childhood and has removed his emotions to the point he feels incapable of having a loving relationship with anyone. Alex was of the opinion that Daisy was a spoiled rich girl with nothing to offer--but she soon proves him wrong and Alex has to see her for what she is.
The story is absolutely wonderful. I too wondered how I would relate to circus life being a major part of the story, but the story is so wonderfully written that it was part of what made it intresting. The secondary characters were well written and added the right mix to the story, including Tater and Sinjin.
If you like stories that leave you feeling good and that tug at your heart, then don't miss this book--if you love SEP it is a must read.
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I love it when I get so pulled into a book that I can't do anything but read it. _Kiss an Angel_ is an example of romance the way it was supposed to be written. If you havn't read anything by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, you simply must! Her writing is vivid, humorous and unique. Her characters come alive for you. I've only read one other book by SEP, but let me tell you, I'm hooked for life. _Kiss an Angel_ has one of the most unique story lines I've ever read in a romance novel. It takes place in a circus. This was new for me, but I totally loved it. Daisy, the main character, is one we can all relate to. SEP makes her startlingly real, and all of what she does as a character is so well written that it is easy to see her motives, Alex, Daisy's husband, is a complex one. He's got so many layers, you wouldn't believe it. Let me just tell you that he's not what he seems. When these two odd balls meet, sparks fly. Daisy was so cute because at the begining of the book, she is terrified of animals, but towards the end, she's got the whole menagerie of the circus eating out of her hand. This is just a metaphor for the change that goes on through her. SEP's writing is so vivid that you will feel like you're in the circus audience watching the show. Alex and Daisy's love is really precious. The humor that is infused in this book is amazing. I've gotten some strange looks for laughing out loud numoress times. So, let me sum up _Kiss and Angel_ for you... it is a fabulous book that any romance lover must have. SEP will blow you away, and I garuntee that you will be coming back for more.
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