Friday, January 21, 2011

Angel Harp by Michael Phillips

I am smack dab in the middle of Angel Harp as I write this and I am thoroughly absorbed in a wonderful journey of epiphanies and revelations.

Phillips' style is a bit reminiscent of Daphne DuMuarier's Rebecca, not a bad thing at all, written flawlessly in the first person. The reader is drawn into the life of Marie Buchan, a widow who realizes that her life is passing by and she's in a rut, a somewhat pleasant rut, but a rut none-the-less.  She decides to take a trip to Scotland where she and her dead husband had always wanted to travel, but never did.

Michael Phillips weaves a story replete with mystery and history. Cliffs and castles. Music and theology. Tea and scones.

If you have any prior love of or fascination with Scotland and long for a brilliant yarn -the story kind- although there are some sheep that act as minor characters, please do yourself a favor and get this book.

Oh, please excuse me, I really must be getting back... I have a date with a duke, or is it the curate?  Maybe I'll just play my harp by the cliff overlooking the sea... Danger? What danger???

Read on for more information about Angel Harp!

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Angel Harp
FaithWords (January 26, 2011)
Michael Phillips


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.  


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?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Angel Harp, go HERE


Jennifer Shirk said...

Sounds like a great book!! Thanks!

Cheryl Klarich said...

Hi Jennifer!
I LOVED this book. It was balm for my soul and spoke to that yearning that I have to touch the sky and soak up the sun and salty sea air.

Debra E. Marvin said...

well, you sold me, Cheryl. And I have a friend who just took up the harp. I guess I better get this one, eh?

Cheryl Klarich said...

Awww.... Deb!!! HI!!
You will love this book, the setting. Let's do a field trip to bonnie Scotland!