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(Novel, 123k words) - In the latter part of the 19th century the Monastery of St. Gabriel the Archangel was built on a cliff overlooking the ocean on a peninsula in Maine. From its earliest days there were rumors of strange activity there --- tunnels through the cliff were reported to give access for smugglers, a miracle-working nun was said to live there, and a group of d...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Parlez-Moi Press
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Jan
I can't believe I let this book languish on my TBR pile for over a year! It's absolutely wonderful, the characters, the dialogue, the setting, the art history, beautifully written, all of it. The only thing that bothered me was having to put it down repeatedly -- those interruptions were killers as you really wanted to see what was going to happen next.
Maureen Gill
Each Angel Burns is a masterpiece!

Kathleen Valentine is a gifted author in possession of a variety of talents. She knits gorgeous shawls by the seashore, shawls that are soft and sensual; she also loves to cook old fashioned comfort foods that nurture and heal. Valentine writes non-fiction books about knitting and cooking, and uses her talent for fiction to effortlessly cook up and then knit together remarkable stories about the passions of the flesh as well as the spirit. Each Angel Burns is Va...more
Erin
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. I had a hard time getting interested in the book; the first few chapters were rough reading, but after that the story became more interesting. However, this wasn't a book that I was rushing to pick up and read every night.

I liked the character development of Father Pete, Maggie and Gabe, but I was disappointed that the murder-mystery component of the book was so slim and underdeveloped. It almost seemed like that part of the story was added i...more
Naomi
This book was excellent. It was able to draw me in from page one, yet kept me enthralled and interested in the story throughout the book for multiple reasons. It was weird because I would call the book a noir/romance/mystery...very unusual book..it isn't your normal type of book to be "cookie cuttered" into a genre.

Final GR rating 4.5/5 Stars
Frana
Loved this book! I especially liked the setting in Maine. It made me want to visit there. The mystery and love story held my interest until the surprise ending. Loved the dog in this book!
Evi
I really enjoyed this book. Great mystery with a tender love story, long-lasting friendships and true faith.
Sandra Nachlinger
Each Angel Burns is one of the most meaningful, compelling books I've read in a long time. Rather than skim over the inner lives of her middle-aged characters, Kathleen Valentine goes deeper and reveals the worries, fears, doubts, and joys of the realistic people in her story. The three main characters (Maggie the sculptor, Gabe the artist/artisan, and Pete the priest) all have a history of good and bad decisions, all of which are believable and completely logical within the story line. Their fl...more
Ruth
Beautiful story with interesting well-developed characters, a strong plot line and vivid descriptions that made me want to visit the places the author describes. I disagree with the people who bought this because they thought it was just a mystery novel. It is, as the description says, a story of three friends facing a turning point in their lives. I especially loved Fr. Black who kept me wondering almost to the end - was a good guy or a very,very clever bad guy. I fell a little bit in love with...more
Jerome Parisse
The last few weeks have been crazy but I have now found the time to read Valentine's novel, Each Angel Burns. I usually don’t read books in the romance genre, with the exception of Twilight, which I still found hard to finish, so this was a bit of a novelty for me. I really enjoyed Each Angel Burns and read it very quickly. Valentine’s writing is beautiful. Her descriptions are evocative and make you feel you are there. In fact, after reading the book, I bet you will want to see the place for yo...more
Linda
Somewhat reminiscent of Sue Monk Kidd's The Mermaid Chair, Each Angel Burns is a story of relationships and turning points among a group of friends who have reached their fiftieth birthdays. The narrative revolves primarily around Maggie, a sculptor in a loveless marriage to a wealthy playboy, and the de-consecrated Maine monastery which she is converting as an art center. Just before her marriage, Maggie fell hard for Pete while they were studying in Paris, but she could not bring herself to lu...more
Julie
I won this book through the First Reads Giveaway.

I won Each Angel Burns on 07/11/2010 and received the book on 10/09/2010.

Thoughts on Each Angel Burns: I have mixed feelings about this book. I really enjoyed the base of the story - don't mistake what I say next as dislike for this book. But I have to be perfectly honest - I had absolutely no idea what was going on sometimes! The story jumps forwards and backwards so much and sometimes I didn't even know what character was involved in each scene...more
Amanda
Each Angel Burns is easily one of the best books I read in 2011. I was in all the way from the very first page. One of the things that impressed me the most about this novel, and Kathleen Valentine's writing in general, is the relatability of her characters. They aren't flawless and one dimensional people who can do no wrong. Her "villains" are not entirely evil by the same token, which is a nice change. Interwoven into the story of the three main characters and their struggles there is the myst...more
Carrie Cole
For the most part, I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was very well-written, and I found myself getting very attached to the characters.

My main complaint is the fact that the narrative jumped around in time quite a bit, so that I found myself having to go back several pages to figure out if the current scene was taking place in the past or in the present. I like reading about previous interactions between the characters, but sometimes a little more warning is necessary!

All-in-all, I was ha...more
Vicki
Overall, I thought this book had some you really good things going for it and a few things that detracted from it. I thought the premise was interesting, it was written quite well with great description and the characters were well developed. I maintained an interest throughout the whole story.

There were many instances in which flashbacks were unclear, the murder mystery was a bit under-developed and when it was solved, I almost forgot it was part of the story. I also felt that the very strong...more
Jen
I won this through Goodreads First Reads. I didn't know what to expect when I started reading and was pleasantly surprised. The story is told through a few main characters, and I found each one sympathetic. Their histories are revealed through various flashbacks. The flashbacks are numerous but executed rather well, so that they add a dream-like quality to the atmosphere. The descriptions are rich - I could smell the cookies in the oven or hear the waves crashing near the abbey. There's an eleme...more
Kelly
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway contest. Overall I thought the book was ok. The author really develops the main characters. She is also VERY descriptive, which is generally something that I can't stand, but in this case it didn't really bother me.
One of the reasons I was originally interested in the book was mystery/suspense plot. Although the book jacket makes it seem like a big part of the book, it seemed to hardly play a role at all. It really seemed to come out only in t...more
Sharon Tillotson
Feb 20, 2012 Sharon Tillotson rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mature readers, general
Recommended to Sharon by: Forums
Shelves: visionary, boomer-lit
A beautiful piece of literary fiction. The book had it all: Engrossing storyline with a bit of mystery; enchanting settings; well-developed, mature and real characters. And to top it all off, a charming love story. This is one book that I will remember for a long time. It would make a very compelling movie.

A more detailed review is available at the group blog, Boomers and Books


Uriah
My review is based on reading my first reads copy.

This was an interesting book. The story line is intruiging with elements of mystery. The plot does have a strong and unexpected twist. The main characters were well developed. Some of the "guy talk" in the book was a little much though. Overall a good book but not one I would choose to pick up and read again.
Val Wilkerson
Second book of Kathleen's I have read. This one is about a priest, a woman he once loved,
and one of his oldest male friends. The woman is an artist living in an old building that was
once a church. Her husband purchased this incredible old building and gave it to her.
anyway it was a good story.
Cindy
I loved this book. It was a "cozy read" meaning I snuggled up in a chair with a blanket and got involved in their lives, I loved the diversity of the people and the description of each . the convent was so interesting and I felt I was there.
Looking forward to the next.
Wendy T
I absolutely loved this book. This book grabbed me right from the start and kept my full attention right up to the end. A pager turner for sure!
Nancy
Sep 28, 2010 Nancy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Nancy by: Evi Pecht
Totally agree with Evi's review. It took a couple of chapters to get into the book, but after that I couldn't put it down.
Carol
Romantic and suspenseful-I enjoy everything that Kathleen Valentine writes.
Angela Murnin
Good story set in New England. I really like this author's writing ...
Caddy Rowland
Loving his book so far!
Sherri
loved this book...
Keryl Raist
I ended up reading Each Angel Burns by Kathleen Valentine because of the debate as to whether or not it was a "Catholic" novel. A while back it was reviewed on a Catholic fiction site and the reviewer didn't think it was much of a Catholic novel. This resulted in some discussion and controversy. Now, while it's true that I'm not wildly qualified to judge this, I'm not any sort of literary scholar, I do know basic Catholic theology and I like to read. So onto the To Be Read list it went. Months l...more
Gina
Goodreads Description- In the latter part of the 19th century the Monastery of St. Gabriel the Archangel was built on a cliff overlooking the ocean on a peninsula in Maine. From its earliest days there were rumors of strange activity there --- tunnels through the cliff were reported to give access for smugglers, a miracle-working nun was said to live there, and a group of drunken lumberjacks who stormed the convent to kidnap wives claimed to have been vanquished by a giant angel with a flaming s...more
Tara
overall the book was enjoyable. the first several chapters were tough...didn't really draw me in. I felt as though I didn't connect with the characters until about 1/3 of the way into the book. when I finally felt I was following the story, this book proved interesting and I couldn't put it down. the characters were well developed and the story weaves through time, allowing the reader to understand the history behind the relationships. an unexpected discovery near the end left me wanting to read...more
Lizette
I gave it 4 instead of 5 because it took me some time to really get into it, but if I could I would give it 4.5 because I could not put it down. This book is amazing and I love the family/friend/relationship dynamics they seem so real. I especially loved the ending, I thought I knew the way it was ending and had solved the big mystery but the author threw in a curve ball that I did not see coming. Really great read!!!
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Sisterhood of the...: Each Angel Burns by Kathleen Valentine 34 25 Apr 30, 2013 04:45AM  
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Kathleen Valentine is the author of the coming-of-age novel, "The Old Mermaid's Tale," and two novels of romantic suspense, "Depraved Heart" and "Each Angel Burns." She has also written several novelettes of psychological horror including the best sellers "The Crazy Old Lady in the Attic" and "Ghosts of a Beach Town in Winter." Her latest work is a novel in stories, "The Whiskey Bottle in the Wall...more
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