The Third Angel

by Alice Hoffman

3 of 5 stars 3 ratings • 1 review • 4 shelved
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The Third Angel

by Alice Hoffman

3 of 5 stars 3 ratings • 1 review • 4 shelved
This haunting, poignant and addictive story travels effortlessly across three generations and through time. Unravelling the years from the present to the 1950s, "The Third Angel" is a compelling novel, set mainly in London, about girls and women who make the wrong choices and have to live with the sometimes unbearable consequences."The Third Angel" opens in London in the present day, when an envious sibling comes to her sister's wedding. Their mother's illness cast a shadow over their childhood, and both Madeline and Allie are still searching for something missing in their lives. Back in the Swinging Sixties, the bridegroom's conventional English mother, Frieda, behaves in a wholly unconventional way, and the ghosts of that era still haunt all their lives and a Knightsbridge hotel. Even before that, the seeds of tragedy are sown in the Fifties, when twelve-year-old Lucy first visits London and the same hotel. Precocious, impatient, wise beyond her years, Lucy becomes a go-between for two star-crossed lovers and then holds herself agonisingly responsible for what happens...
  • ISBN10 0307409333
  • ISBN13 9780307409331
  • Publish Date 8 April 2008 (first published 1 January 2008)
  • Publish Status Active
  • Publish Country US
  • Imprint Shaye Areheart Books
  • Format eBook
  • Pages 166
  • Language English

Reviews

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ladygrey 2 of 5 stars
When I finished reading this book I certainly didn't love it. The initial characters are so unpleasant it was hard to get through the first section. And, while it improved in the second and third sections I still didn't find anything I truly enjoyed.

Until I discussed it with my book club. Then I recognize and appreciate what a great job [a:Alice Hoffman|3502|Alice Hoffman|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1269713710p2/3502.jpg] has done constructing the story; I like the themes she presents and the way she presents them very much. The threads of where these characters lives intersect are also interesting. Though I didn't find anything that made this book spectacular I liked what it had to say and the way she said it much more than the story itself.