The Green Branch (Heaven Tree, #2)
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The Green Branch (Heaven Tree #2)

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(2nd book of The Heaven Tree trilogy)
Published (first published 1962)
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I hesitated momentarily between 4 and 5 stars for this second in the Heaven Tree trilogy, but then realised I was comparing it to the first volume which I would have liked to have been able to award 6 stars out of 5, rather than with the multitude of other published books.

As usual Edith Pargeter's historical details, her writing and her characterisations are brilliant and very thorough. A few passages here made me aware that the same period and many if the same events told from another perspecti...more
Set in the reign of Henry III, the Green Branch is a sequel to The Heaven Tree. The last book ended with gifted mason Harry Talvace being executed by Sir Ralf Isambard, while his family escaped over the border into Wales. Now Harry's son (also named Harry) has grown up under the protection of Prince Llewellyn and he has vowed vengeance. Harry attempts his revenge on Isambard, helped and hindered by Welsh border politics and the twisted character of Isambard himself.

The novel falls into roughly t...more
It's hard to write a good second book in a trilogy. The structure of this book lends credibility to Pargeter's comments that she wrote the first book, loved the characters and wanted to see what happened, and wrote the second part. But the second part was so long, it turned into two books.

The emotional plot climax is in the middle of this story and it's a doosey! The truly amazing thing about it is that the twist is a historical fact that Pargeter has fictionalized! These scenes, and how Pargete...more
An excellent trilogy this. The story continues with young Harry Talevace, who was whisked from danger by his mother and Madonna Bernadetta as a baby. But he has a score to settle with the man who put to death his father and he means to carry it out no matter what. Unfortunately Ralf Isambard is a formidable enemy. It is hard to see which way the story will go! Love, hate, hate, love which is it???
A fantastic read, by a great historical writer. It keeps you guessing the whole way.
If you enjoy his...more
Ursula Hull
See my comments on #3 in the trilogy.
Estou completamente rendida a esta trilogia. Há muito tempo que um livro não me tocava tão profundamente. É maravilhosa a forma, quase poética, com que a autora descreve pessoas, sentimentos, situações e uma época em que a palavra e a honra de um Homem o libertavam e o aprisionavam. Inesquecível!
Gigi  Berrett
This is the middle book of a trilogy. Really like her writing style. Kind of difficult, actually, but beautifully done and makes you think. A book to ponder and savor while reading. Good story too--I wanted to know what happened so I went right to the third book.
Carla Nayland
Sequel to The Heaven Tree, continuing the story of Harry Talvace, master mason, and his patron and enemy Ralf Isambard. Review:
A better book than the first, I think. (This is #2 of 3.)
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aka Peter Benedict, Jolyon Carr, Ellis Peters (later editions of her work are sometimes published under this pseudonym), and John Redfern

West Midlands Literary Heritage website biography

Novelist. Born September 1913 at Horsehay, Shropshire. Her father was a clerk at a local ironworks. Edith attended Dawley Church of England School and the Coalbrookdale High School for Girls. Through her mother, s...more
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