This story of troubled love takes place simultaneously during two periods of time: today and 400 years ago. We meet Richard and Celia Marsdon, an attractive young couple, whose family traces its lineage back to medieval England. Richard's growing depression creates a crisis in Celia, and she falls desperately ill. Lying unconscious and near death, Celia's spirit journeys b...more
The Publisher Says: This unforgettable story of undying love combines mysticism, suspense, mystery, and romance into a web of good and evil that stretches from 16th-century England to the present day. Richard Marsdon marries a young American woman named Celia, brings her to live at his English estate, and all seems to be going well. But now Richard has become withdrawn, and Celia is constantly haunted by a vague dread. When she...more
Thank goodness for the Mt. TBR Challenge which prompted me to read those books which have been on my shelves the longest. This being one.
The novel is divided into three parts and begins during what feels like the 1970's. Celia and Richard Marsdon are a wealthy young couple recently married...more
The characters were not real, I didn't felt as though I knew very much about how they were feeling and that some things were ridiculously elaborate (Julian is from Italy- we get it! I think that is mentioned at least 300 times. Yet h...more
Someone commented that it's "dated". It wasn't then but it's a reason I've never tried to re-read it. I want to keep the feeling of how wonderful it was to younger less world-weary me.
Don’t get me wrong, it was a good read, but there was a lot of repetition—much of it unnecessary. I got tired of reading “The Hindu” and “The Italian.” Fine, I get it the man was from Italy and then Hindu, move on.
I did enjoy the historical bits. The abuse, brutality, persecution, and tota...more
Partly, it's the narrative structure that didn't work for me. Green Darkness starts in the 1960's, with recently married Richard and Celia Marsdon. When Celia starts having visions and then laps...more
"Green Darkness" tells the story of Celia, a young peasant girl living in rural England during the 16th Century. Through her eyes, the reader experiences wars, religious reformation, romance, and feudal life. Her forbidden relationship with a Benedictine Monk is dr...more
The reincarnation part is almost a side thing - there's only a few pages at the beginning and end dealing with mode...more
I was stunned to dis...more
If you dig historical fictions, this is a good read. I read this book as a first addition and was ecstatic when it was re-released. Yes it's set in the 60's, yes it takes forever to get going, yes it's VERY wordy with historical dates and events, but the way it's t...more
Usually, when I read time travel books, I enjoy the plot thread of the past lives better then the modern ones. In the case of GD, I actually liked the modern storyline better, and felt more sympathy with the characters in the present. Nonetheless, GR is still a beautifully written novel, and I enjoyed the m...more
Back Cover Blurb:
Celia de Bohun fell in love in 1552. But Stephen was a priest. When he returned her love, the young sweethearts became the victims of their savage times....
Centuries later, their tragedy threatens the life and happiness of another Celia, the young, rich and unhappy wife of Richard Marsdon and lady of the Sussex manor calle...more
Anya Seton, yet again, brought me back in time, this time during the period of the reformation. Seton writes as if she lived through it and because of that you, as reader, feel the same. As a catholic, I can almost feel the the fear felt by them during Edward VI's reign and the jubilance felt when Mary I initially took over.
I usually enjoy the romance inc...more
The book is set in two different time periods with a Tudor setting and a more modern setting (well kind of more modern) of 1968. It is...more
Ann Seton was born in New York, New York, and died in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. She was the daughter of English-born naturalist and pioneer of the Boy Scouts of America, Ernest Thompson Seton and Grace Gallatin Seton....more