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Twice upon a Time

(The Black Angel Book #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Librarian's Note: This is an alternate cover edition for ASIN: B0160IPO1K.

Once upon a time, I was Morgann, a 9th century Irish calligrapher-monk.
Deirdre was my assignment, my forbidden love, a witch with whom I wrote a coveted book.
Unfortunately, our story didn't get a chance to become a fairy tale, it turned out as a famous urban legend referred as The Black Angel Book. 
Kindle Edition, 349 pages
Published October 31st 2015 by Amazon Digital Services
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Hope Irving
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: na-pnr, romance
A coveted book of spells. Wandering souls. Star-crossed lovers. A rational girl. An anti-Prince Charming. Soulmates... All the ingredients for an unorthodox fairytale.

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This book was a refreshingly unique and captivating paranormal romance. Once upon a time, Deirdre (a sorceress/witch) required a calligrapher/scribe monk's assistance with writing a book of life and medicine which eventually became known as the "Black Angel Book." Morgann (the monk) falls in love with Deirdre, but their love is forbidden on many levels. The book attracts the attention of evil individuals believing that it contains the secret to immortality and the lovers are pulled apart--- but ...more
Romazing Reader
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mysteriously Unique! A debut fantasy paranormal NA romance that's full of delightful characters and an interesting storyline based upon the art of calligraphy writing and an unfinished magical book. So unusual and creative! I liked how the story slowly builds the suspense and kept me guessing!
A long time curse cast upon forbidden lovers has been lurking and wandering, making Morgann search for Deirdre for many centuries, but now present day fate has brought the two lovers souls together to fini
Erin Dunn
Oops I forgot to post my review here earlier. :x Here's the link to it on my blog.
J. Kahele
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
I have read many paranormal books, but never one quite like this.
Morgann is a monk, who has been assigned to help Deirdre write a book of medicine.
Right from the start he is drawn to her, he knows she is the one for him. But he has made a solemn oath to abstinence and the teachings of God, he should resist her. But he can’t. He loves her.
In the eight century, breaking your vow of celibacy was unheard of, not to mention carrying on with a woman who people deemed as a witch, so unfortunately, th
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sent-by-author
I was sent an Ecopy by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Rose is staying in Provincetown, MA with her American family leaving France behind to try and get over a terrible breakup. A breakup that has led her to harming herself just to be sure that she can still feel even if that feeling is pain. While on P-Town Rose enlists in Calligraphy classes it is there where she falls for one of her teachers. Morgann's soul has been jumping from body to body since Deidre was killed and she cast a
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this again after a couple of months to write a full review, so here goes.

First and foremost, I was crossing my fingers that this story wont leave me hangin. And thankfully it wont. I have recently been notified of a second book coming up. So amen to that!

Anyway, back to the review. I'll go for the likes first. It is very informative. By that meaning the characters were well presented, background and all. Personally, most YA I've read drag on and on about the story without p
Hannah Smith
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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ARC received in exchange for an honest review

Twice Upon A Time is truly a story of second chances, the second chance at the fairytale, the once upon a time. The novel features both romance and fantasy elements therefore touching upon a dystopian world.
Hope Irving isn't afraid to touch upon serious content within her novel such as self harm and death and her ability to write her characters as flawed and emotionall
A book that is realised on my favourite day of the year has to be a good start.
This book was creative and original.
I love when a book teaches me something... A random fact I probably should have already know especially supposing I was born in the 80's....
The Brat pack made up of the cast members from 1980's films such as breakfast club and St. Elmo's fire. Quite a lot of really good actors are part of this group. (I don't do spoilers therefore I will not be relating this fact to the book).
I re
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
First, I would like to thank the author for gifting me this book through netgalley. I enjoyed this book very much. The characters are well developed and written. The storyline is well done. I loved Virgil and would like to know even more about him. Rose grew as a character throughout the story, but I felt she didn't listen. I cannot wait to read more from Hope Irving.
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
A solid 3.5 story for me. I absolutely love PNR. This gave the added bonus of two lovers souls wandering through time, being reincarnated over and over until they find each other again. The twist here is that the hero's soul maintains the knowledge of their endless love and the fact that he is trying to find 'the one', and the heroine doesn't remember anything. Virgil and Rose are Morgann, the Monk and Deidre the Healer from centuries past. Will Virgil be able to convince Rose of their love or w ...more
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not a book I would normally read, but so glad I did. This book was great. It kept me wanting to finish reading it. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Nada Sobhi
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it

Twice Upon a Time by Hope Irving is the first instalment in the Black Angel Book series. It is the story of the witch Deidre, who, being in love with the calligrapher monk Morgann, casts a spell to reunite their souls in the future. However, while Morgann's hosts remember everything, Deidre's do not.

We later learn that the tale of Deidre and Morgann is believed to be legend, especially amongst calligraphers.

The opening chapter though informative is narrated in a casual manner, not from a once-up
Leslie Williams
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the 8th century, an Irish monk/calligrapher named Morgann did the forbidden act of falling in love and going against his pledge of celibacy. But he didn’t just fall in love with any one. He fell in love with a witch. Deirdre, the witch in question, fell in love with Morgann too, and together they worked on a book of spells that was coveted by the very people who tried to kill them. But before their demise, Deirdre placed a curse on them that would allow their souls to travel across time, occu ...more
April Wood
Once upon a time, centuries ago, a monk named Morgann and a witch named Deidre crafted the Black Angel Book — a book so powerful, others would kill for it. Before they died, Deidre cast a spell to ensure they would find one another once again… in another lifetime.

Twice upon a time, their souls are in the bodies of Virgil, a calligrapher, and Rose, who on summer vacation, takes his calligraphy class. Rose is depressed from a break-up and ready for a summer fling.

Virgil is well aware of who he is
Itsy Bitsy Book Bits
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hope Irving writes in the most unique way that it leaves you hanging from word to word, chapter to chapter. Twice Upon A Time is a very remarkable novel that not only blends past and present together but adds in a little something extra for the readers to enjoy. When I first started reading Twice Upon A Time, I thought that maybe it was set in the present and would be more of a historical novel rather than one that is set in the past and present and can transition from one to the other without g ...more
Justine Elvira
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy Cow, what did I just read?

^^^ This was my first thought when I finished Twice Upon a Time, the debut novel by author Hope Irving. I have to admit, paranormal romance is not something I normally read. I was hesitant to start this at first and it took me a small amount of time to get into the story because it is so different than what I normally read. The writing is so detailed and brilliant, and I quickly became familiarized with terminology that's used in paranormal romances.

Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars!

“I am a soul that gained awareness of its existence; a wandering soul inhabiting various bodies throughout their mortal life.A soul longing to be reunited with its soulmate.”

“I am no longer Morgann. She is no longer Deidre. I love her. She’s my life. I am going to find her. She’ll be mine, once again.”

I am a big, big paranormal romance fan, so when I read the synopsis for this book, I just knew I had to check it out. And let me tell you, Twice Upon a Time is a really gre
Kim O'Daniel
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Okay so how to put into words how this book made me feel.
I guess that is a little “WTF just happened?” kind of ending.
This is not a happily eve after kind of book. But man was it
weird too, in an interesting kind of way. This book is about
a book and a urban ledged. It dose have you puzzled as you
read. It is more like what world have happened in real life if
a witch had cast this spell. It would not be as simple as telling
her who she was to Virgil.

Vigil has had to live reincarnated over and
Melissa Mendoza

4.5 mystifying stars!!! Hooked from page one!! I couldn’t put it down!

This book will take you on a unique and powerful journey!! I don’t usually read paranormal books, but something about the blurb caught me and I had to read it!! I loved the whole idea of the book about souls that need to reconnect and/or be together. It really hit me in the heart!! The love that Deirdre and Morgann had for each was compelling and so beautifully written. I mean you could feel the torment dripping from the pages
Reviews from the Heart (Kimberly Anne)
This is the first book in an incredible paranormal series that is far different than most that I’ve come across and I was pleasantly surprised by this one! This is a tale that spans across centuries and involves two lovers who have traveled across lifetimes in order to find each other again and I loved this! Deirdre is a powerful witch that gets together with the scribe Morgann to transcribe her spells into a book when the ones who paid them to do this end up taking their lives. Deirdre was able ...more
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
This debut novel from Hope Irving has characters from the 8th Century, as well as contemporary ones. There are a few flashbacks from Morgann, but mainly it is done as Virgil thinking, or occasionally writing, about things.

There is a lot happening in this book, and yet paradoxically, nothing much seems to happen either. Rose is an unhappy character when we first meet as she has broken up with her first long-term boyfriend/relationship and has taken to cutting herself. Virgil is described as a sex
Michelle Stefani
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first paranormal romance I have ever read and I really enjoyed it because anything can happen in the paranormal. The plot twists were never what I expected and I found myself unable to put the book down. At the end of each chapter I had to turn the page to see what would happen next.
The romance between two main characters is intriguing because they are so overwhelmed by each other that they can't express themselves. The author describes their innermost thoughts. I found hoping they w
Sherry Wilkinson
I don't typically read paranormal stuff but I do like romance and it takes place on Cape Cod with references to my home town of Provincetown. I asked the author for an ARC in trade for an honest review. The first chapter was a lot of info- the story rolled out nicely after that. By the end I was totally hooked. I couldn't put it down. I neglected both sleep and a shower. I'm in love with multiple characters and my mind can't stop imagining what's next for them. I think this could be a great seri ...more
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Different. Paranormal, but it didn't 'feel' paranormal!
This book is so unique for a paranormal read. I could relate to the characters. I could picture them being one of my friends or at least, someone that I know. I loved this book!! It was real, with characters that have flaws. Recommended to anyone who enjoys a second-chance romance, within an original story.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you like witches and the sort...this book is for you! Not a book I’d usually buy myself as an everyday read. But...I’d definitely read more books by this author!! Well worth the time and money to get and read this book!
Bobbi Elmore
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first paranormal book I've read. While I've come to the conclusion that I'm not a huge fan of the genre, this book itself was done well. The character development was good, the story development was good. Deirdre and Morgann had quite the chemistry. There were parts that were hard for me to read because of things going on in my personal life, but relating to a book is something that makes it a good book. There were some "holy cow" moments and some "awww" moments. All in all, the book ...more
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was very different from anything I've read. It's paranormal, but almost with a mythological twist to it. I especially loved the character development with Rose. She went from this "woe is me" girl to a "heck yes I'm amazing" take charge woman. I've found a new paranormal author, and cannot wait to read what she has in store for her readers!
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Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Only complaint Virgil dude you go slower than a snail when it came to Rose. Seriously I have grandmas who are no longer with us that go faster in doing things than you did with Rose. It’s noble and sweet but you snooze you lose buddy.

this is a interesting twist on fairy tales. We have Virgil who is inhabited by the soul of Morgann. Morgann was a monk who fell in love with the witch whose soul is in Rose. She and Morgann wrote the Book of the Dead and this was coveted by many people. So we have t
Miss Bee
Twice Upon a Star has a lot of potential. A forbidden love between a monk and a witch, then throw in the urban legend and that book called Black Angel Book. Who would say no to this Urban Fantasy?

There’s this one novella that captured my eyes a few months ago, a story (time travel/immortality) between a Knight and a modern woman. It was really good and I was sad that it was too short. So whenever I come across a book that it quite similar to it, I take a chance and one-click it. Reading the blu
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Hope Irving is the proud mother of a lovely and witty young lady, and the lucky wife of a loving and supportive husband. She's a debut indie author who's lived in Paris, France, most of her life and also in the US, where she graduated with an MBA.
She loves Nutella and Camembert cheese (not together), carrot cake and cinnamon Altoids.
Her favorite fictional characters are Eric Northman (Sookie Stac

Other books in the series

The Black Angel Book (4 books)
  • Deadly Ever After (The Black Angel Book Series #2)
  • Once Upon A Dream (The Black Angel Book Series, #3)
  • Madly Ever After
“Somehow my soul remembers it all, hers doesn't.” 4 likes
“Gifted Deirdre cast the spell that enabled our souls to eventually be reunited. She couldn't bear for us to be apart, and neither could I.” 1 likes
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