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
for the most part this is an enjoyable novel about two lovers reborn who knows how many times, destined for tragic ends until they are able to sort out all of their issues. I loved the opening chapters: cosmopolitan aristocrats lounging around the pool, touring historical sites with rolled eyes, making loaded comments to each other during a din ...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 But now Richard has become withdrawn, and Celia is constantly haunted by a vague dread.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
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.
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
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 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
I loved this book so much that my writing partner and I optioned the screenplay rights and have written a feature script that we are marketing to potential producers.
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I ran across a copy in a used bookstore this week and sat down on a couch to spend an afternoon re-reading it. Apparently 40 years later just before my 54th birthday (in March), this book doesn't have quite the same appeal to me as it did when I was in my very early teens. That's a pity.
The atmosphere and mood are stil ...more
Celia doesn't have much to her, 1968 version, but I was okay with that. The whole idea of reincarnation is that people will learn, over the next few lifetimes, the lessons they failed in the past, or perhaps atone for viciousness or evil.
This book is wh ...more
England finds itself in dangerous va ...more
The romance aspect of this novel was not enough in evidence for me to comment on it—we hadn’t even jumped back to the Tudor part yet. I mean, Celia and Richard’s relationship was shallow and fraught with tired, clichéd appeals to “destiny”. Despite the unfulfilling characterization, however, Green Darkness ...more
I've had this book in my TBR pile for more than a year. I had picked it up because I loved Katherine and I wanted to read more books by Seton. Also this book has a theme that fascinates me - reincarnation, karma, good and evil... - even if I'm not sure if I believe it or not. Maybe it was my feelings toward it that kept me from picking it up for so long but now I'm really happy that I did ...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
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
I hate to admit defeat when reading a book, especi ...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