No Angel

No Angel

Book - 2014
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Set against the tumultuous backdrop of London and New York in the First World War. Celia Lytton is the beautiful and strong-willed daughter of wealthy aristocrats and she is used to getting her way. She moves through life making difficult and often dangerous decisions that affect herself and others -- her husband, Oliver, and their children; the destitute Sylvia Miller, whose life is transformed by Celia's intrusion; as well as Oliver's daunting elder sister, who is not all she appears to be; and Sebastian Brooke, for whom Celia makes the most dangerous decision of all.
Publisher: London, England : Headline Review, c2014
Branch Call Number: FICTION VIN
Characteristics: 724 p. ; 20 cm

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martha_w Mar 12, 2015

This is one of those books I'm giving an extremely high rating while making sure to note that it is kind of absurd. This is very Downton Abbey-esque in that it is, despite its classy British pedigree, at its heart a soap opera. There are love affairs, deaths, scandals, secrets, illegitimate children, and more, all set against the backdrop of 1900s/1910s/1920s England. It's a sprawling family saga and there are a lot of characters, but they're all interesting and well-drawn, and once you really get into the heart of the book it's almost impossible to put down. This isn't highbrow literary fiction; there are lots of absurd plot points like two main characters just BARELY escaping being on the Titanic, and yet if you're just looking for a fun read, this is a great bet. I lost many hours of sleep reading late into the night, and would recommend it to fans of Downton Abbey and other early 20th century period pieces. Extra props for having a complex, not always likable female character as its lead. So enjoyable.

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scorpio21
Oct 05, 2012

A friend lent me this novel. The first in a three book series. On first seeing the size of this book I didn't think I'd bother. I'm glad I did. It was really enjoyable. I'm now looking forward to the second "Something Dangerous"

irishbrennie Sep 05, 2012

impossible to put down. The characters are very engaging and real for the Edwardian period. I was sad when the book ended but glad when I found there was a sequel. Fast read, its like talking with friends.

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