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3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  191 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
Widowed at 34, amateur harpist Marie "Angel" Buchan realizes at 40 that her life and dreams are slowly slipping away. A summer in Scotland turns out to offer far more than she ever imagined! Not only does the music of her harp capture the fancy of the small coastal village she visits, she is unexpectedly drawn into a love triangle involving the local curate and the local d ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published January 26th 2011 by FaithWords (first published January 1st 2011)
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Feb 26, 2011 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: christian, scotland
f I could have rated this book above five stars, I would have done so. I have not been so deeply touched by a book in many years. Since I have a great desire to see Scotland, I find myself reading many books about that country. Michael Phillips has been one of my favorite authors since I read his Stonewycke series, set in turn of the century (1800-1900) Scotland back in the late 1980’s.
This is a story of a woman, Marie, who is widowed, and has always loved Celtic music, and loves the harp. She h
Nora St Laurent
Jul 08, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it it was amazing
: I devoured the Shenandoah Sisters series Michael Philips wrote, so I was anxious to receive a review copy of Angel Harp. I couldn’t wait to see the adventure Michael Phillips would take me on next. I love how this author develops his characters and lets the reader know them inside and out. I also enjoy how Michael, who has a second home in Scotland, was able to show the reader this country with fresh eyes. I was amazed at how he captured the innocence of experiencing this country for the first ...more
Sep 18, 2014 Ruth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
No complaints regarding Phillips's style. If anything, he's grown as a writer over the past ten or fifteen years (however long it's been since I last read his books). But honestly, I think I would have liked it better if he had written two separate books: a novel to tell a dynamic story and separate non-fiction book for the philosophical agenda that he's so obviously trying to communicate. This is my longtime complain about Christian fic in general, and it seemed especially potent in Angel Harp. ...more
Jun 08, 2014 Jill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
I picked this book only because I had already picked up the sequel to it. I had NO idea what the book was about, but decided to try it anyway. I am trying to read some new, to me, authors. I really loved the book. The Scots brogue was a little hard to read, but once I would say it to myself a time or two I found it coming easier. Marie is a widow who plays the harp, she actually has a collection of them and they all have names. She feels she needs an adventure so decides to take a vacation in Sc ...more
May 02, 2015 Kw rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A nice story, if a bit long.
I found the author's characterization of "church people" as nosy, gossipy, critical, shallow, hypocritical, and snobbish to be very off-putting. I don't know what church or churches he may have been exposed to, but the church people I know are loving, eager to learn, spiritual, kind, supportive, curious, sacrificial, peaceful, discreet, and seeking to know the Lord better and serve Him wholly. I'm sorry Mr. Phillips hasn't had a church like this.
His theology seems to
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
What a lovely, lovely book...I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Widowed at 40, lonely, wondering what to do now after she had let years pass by since the death of her husband, "Angel" Dawn Marie decided to vacation in Scotland. Her car trip through the Highlands and towns was calming for her. She found the town of Port Scarnose to be magical, and instead of continuing to other places, she decided to remain there for the rest of her vacation. She chose Port Scarnose because of its quaintness and mainly bec
Feb 22, 2011 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won this as a First Reads book today, 1/10/11. Received the book 1/31/11.

I went back and forth on this book. It was a good book in a lot of ways, but I struggled with it as well. This might be 3.5 stars for me.

I was pleased that it was a very clean book, but the fact that the first 5 chapters were narrative with no dialog and only the character's feelings really should have been a clue for me about the rest of the book. Every time the author would get the plot going, it would come to a grindin
Feb 23, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author: Michael Phillips
Publisher: Faithwords
January 2011
ISBN: 978-0-446-56771-8
Genre: Inspirational/contemporary

Marie Buchan’s husband died when she was in her early thirties. Widowed at such a young age was hard, and Marie pulled herself into a shell rather than to allow herself to get involved with another man. Now, Marie is forty, and she realizes that life is passing her by. It was too late for some dreams—after all, she wouldn’t grow old with her husband by her side, but s
Jan 21, 2011 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that this is one of the most unique books I have ever read! I cannot even begin to delve into the imagery and the dialect that Phillips infuses into every single page of this book. The kicker for me however was the building emotional complexity of this story!

Marie is a woman that everyone can relate to regardless of your background. She is real and because you are privy to her thoughts, she holds nothing back from you as you journey with her through this part of her life.

Jan 21, 2011 Carly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-favorites
I could easily sum up my review of Angel Harp with one word: masterpiece! I’m not even sure where to start expressing my absolute love for this book.

I guess the setting would be the most obvious place to start. My mother was half Scottish and she was always very proud of her heritage and she loved all things Scottish. She passed that love on to me, so any book that has anything to do with Scotland is fine with me. Michael Phillips divides his time between his home in California and his home in
Oct 29, 2013 Lynn's rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A modern day fairytale wrapped up in twists and turns of mystery, romance and small town secrets in Scotland! Michael Phillips takes his vast knowledge of Scotland's history and culture and paints a beautiful picture of where an adventure can take you when you let God lead your life.

Marie Buchan is widow who feels she has let her dreams die because her life (she teaches how to play harp) doesn't feel full. One day she remembers how her deceased husband loved Scotland and decides to take a trip t
Mary Gramlich
Feb 07, 2011 Mary Gramlich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ANGEL HARP written by Michael Phillips
01/11 – FaithWords - Hardcover, 440 pages

All roads lead you to the same path you just have to follow the directions

Angel Dawn Marie was so many other things besides a 40 year-old widow, she was a gifted Harpist. Her fingers were magic on the Harps that she cherished and played believing that they gave her strength and the faith to go on. But did they give her that faith was there a journey she needed to take where she could fully know all the glories that Go
May 11, 2011 Tiffany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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What am amazing book. The premise of the book is emotional as Marie is a widow at a young age. When she decides to move on, before life passes her by, she heads to Scotland in pursuit of living a dream shared with her husband. She visits small villages along the way and is drawn unexpectedly into a love triangle. This brings her back to the controversy of life and death, which she struggled with after losing her husband, and leaves he
Feb 19, 2011 Julie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Codie Gates, Shannon Stults
Recommended to Julie by: CFBA
If Michael Phillips always writes like this, please sign me up for more! Obviously, this is the first book by him that I've read. I almost put it down, as it has a slow start. I'm so glad that I gave it a chance. It's a mesmerizing masterpiece!

Marie is a 40 year old widow out to change her life. She leaves her homeland of Alberta, Canada and sets out for Port Scarnose, Scotland with a few of her possessions, most notably, her harp. She finds a beautiful spot near the ocean and plays her harp wh
Apr 13, 2011 Hattie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have taken a trip to Scotland, Port Scarnose, Scotland. I enjoyed the companionship of Marie Buchan a harpist. Marie Buchan is the main character who travels from Canada to Scotland. Her main goal is to put the pieces back together in her life. With difficulty she has been striving to regather her wits after the loss of her husband. They were married for six years. While in Scotland Marie meets Gwendolyn, a sick little girl, Gwendolyn's aunt, Curate Iain and the long ago friend, the Duke of Bu
Apr 15, 2014 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Widowed at 34, amateur harpist Marie "Angel" Buchan realizes at 40 that her life and dreams are slowly slipping away. A summer in Scotland turns out to offer far more than she ever imagined! Not only does the music of her harp capture the fancy of the small coastal village she visits, she is unexpectedly drawn into a love triangle involving the local curate and the local duke.

The boyhood friends have been estranged as adults because of their mutual love of another woman (now dead) some years bef
Feb 10, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was truly incredible. Not your typical piece of Fiction at all. This was one of the most unique books that I have ever read.

This was my first book to read of Michael Phillips and his writing amazed me. He has such a skill for writing in a manner that makes his characters so raw and real. His characters carry so much depth and he writes in a way that allows you to get to know his characters hearts and minds on the deepest and most complex level possible.

This story was told from the pe
Mar 26, 2011 Cecelia rated it liked it
Overall, this book was a wonderful read and I think you should give the story a chance! It's probably the longest book I've read so far in
2011. Canadian harpist Marie is widowed and suffering from depression. She recalls how she used to daydream with her deceased husband about visiting Scotland. She takes a summer off from teaching harp lessons to visit Scotland. When she arrives in a small town in Scotland, she finds a place she wants to stay for awhile. She rents a cottage and takes long walks
Angela Breidenbach
I really enjoyed Marie Buchan's journey to rediscover herself in Scotland. I found myself looking up and making oat cakes and dreaming of playing the harp again. To me, that means this book really touched me. I did find I skipped quickly through some pages that felt a little slower, but the story itself was wonderful. I think a good book is one that creates some kind of change in our lives. I absolutely loved on page 59 where Marie's character describes a problem in our society. "I was never tau ...more
Mar 08, 2011 Liz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Won this on a goodreads first reads giveaway. As I said when I first started reading this I was having trouble with all the preaching. I did enjoy the story line about a woman who is an amateur harp player, whose husband had died 6 years earlier, who decides she needs to finally get on with her life and pursue some of her dreams. She travels to Scotland and becomes entwined in relationships with a minister, a duke and a young girl. I liked the scottish dialect and the portrayal of the characters ...more
Aug 19, 2014 T rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was perhaps longer than it needed to be, but I found it thought provoking. I see it as a romance, but the book has much more to it than a woman going to Scotland and falling in love. There is much history given in the book for those who do not know a great deal about Scotland.
Good story with enlightening spiritual truths. The setting was where I traveled while in Scotland a few years ago. This brought back fond memories of a special time and place.
Sep 09, 2014 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Slow start. Picked up mid-way. Irish brogue hard to read when author used it.
Aug 14, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, first-reads
I won this a free copy of this book on First Reads. To be honest, I usually read fantasy novels and teen romance, so when I got this book it was definitely something new for me! But I'm happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it! The main character is realistic and lovable, and even though I'm only a 19-year old in the middle of college, there were still quirks and things about the characters I could heavily relate to, making this book that much more enjoyable for me. This is a beautiful, well wr ...more
Lin Stepp
May 31, 2011 Lin Stepp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a new author find for me .... and the book was incredible. Loved the main characters, the wonderful setting in Scotland, the struggle of Marie Buchan to find her way ... and the lives, mysteries, and love triangle she gets involved. Her love and feel for music will touch you ... as will the major and minor characters in the book. As a plus ... Phillips gives insightful life philosophies and thoughtful spiritual understandings. ... One of those books you almost want to read again and tak ...more
Alicia Ruggieri
Jul 06, 2014 Alicia Ruggieri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come. :-)
May 30, 2012 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never read a Michael Phillips book but I know he is a sensative Christian author, I enjoyed this tale of a 40 year old widow, after a six year marriage who goes to Scotland. Apparently Michael Phillips lives part of each year in Scotland so it is probably a good representation. I like the angel Harp theme and found the ending to be a surprise so the romance kept my interest. I think I will use it as a discussion book, so I will be interested in other peoples opinions.
Apr 10, 2011 mom2wah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once the sstory got going (after about 100 pages) it was a very cute romance. The language (irish) that they put in there made parts a slower read. Cute story. Ending is great.
Widowed lady and her deseased husbands dream was to go to scoatland and some of those other coiuntries. A few years after he dies she takes the trip they wanted to take. She takes her suitcases and her harp. Her trip changes her life forever. Form happiness to heart ache. Good book. SLow start!
Judy Knight
Apr 09, 2013 Judy Knight rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The setting is Canada and Scotland. The main character has experienced a faith crisis. Each chapter begins with a Scottish poem or song. The Scots in the book are quite interesting; the landscape is rough and beautiful. If this is a true portrait of Scotland; sign me up for a visit. Although the plot itself is unlikely, all the details of the area, the people, and the religious views intrigued me. This was a very enjoyable book!
Oct 14, 2013 Peggy rated it it was amazing
Walk don't run to your local bookstore or kindle and get this book. I love the authenticity of Michael Phillips books. His research is par to none; his story lines pull you in and his use of the just the right 'spiritual' food makes you want to draw closer to God. If you haven't ready any of his books, Angel Harp is a great place to start. If you like historical fiction - go to his Secret of the Rose
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Michael Phillips has been writing in the Christian marketplace for 30 years. All told, he has written, co-written, and edited some 110 books. Phillips and his wife live in the U.S., and make their second home in Scotland.
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