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Green Darkness By Anya Seton Green Darkness This unforgettable story of undying love combines mysticism suspense mystery and romance into a web of good and evil that stretches from th century England to the present day Richard Marsdon marr

  • Title: Green Darkness
  • Author: Anya Seton
  • ISBN: 9781556525766
  • Page: 431
  • Format: Paperback
  • Green Darkness By Anya Seton 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woman named Celia, brings her to live at his English estate, and all seems to be going well But now Richard has become withdrawn, and Celia is constantlThis unforgettable story of undying love combines mysticism, suspense, mystery, and romance into a web of good and evil that stretches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woman named Celia, brings her to live at his English estate, and all seems to be going well But now Richard has become withdrawn, and Celia is constantly haunted by a vague dread When she suffers a breakdown and wavers between life and death, a wise doctor realizes that only by forcing Celia to relive her past can he enable her to escape her illness Celia travels back 400 years in time to her past life as a beautiful but doomed servant Through her eyes, we see the England of the Tudors, torn by religious strife, and experience all the pageantry, lustiness, and cruelty of the age As in other historical romance titles by this author, the past comes alive in this flamboyant classic novel.
    Green Darkness By Anya Seton

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    About "Anya Seton"

    1. Anya Seton

      Anya Seton January 23, 1904 although the year is often misstated to be 1906 or 1916 November 8, 1990 was the pen name of the American author of historical romances, Ann Seton.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 Thompson She is interred at Putnam Cemetery in Greenwich.Her historical novels were noted for how extensively she researched the historical facts, and some of them were best sellers citation needed Dragonwyck 1941 and Foxfire 1950 were both made into Hollywood films Two of her books are classics in their genre and continue in their popularity to the present Katherine, the story of Katherine Swynford, the mistress and eventual wife of John of Gaunt, and their children, who eventually became the basis for the Tudor and Stuart families of England, and Green Darkness, the story of a modern couple plagued by their past life incarnations Most of her novels have been recently republished, several with forewords by Philippa Gregory.Her novel Devil Water concerns James, the luckless Earl of Derwentwater and his involvement with the Jacobite rising of 1715 She also narrates the story of his brother Charles, beheaded after the 1745 rebellion, the last man to die for the cause The action of the novel moves back and forth between Northumberland, Tyneside, London and America.Anya Seton stated that the book developed out of her love for Northumberland Anya certainly visited her Snowdon cousins at Felton Billy Pigg, the celebrated Northumbrian piper played Derwentwater s Farewell especially for her The novel shows her typical thorough research of events and places, though the accents are a little wayward Anya Seton said that her greatest debt of all was to Miss Amy Flagg of Westoe Village in South Shields, her father s birthplace.

    400 thoughts on “Green Darkness”

    1. 1960s Great Britain back into mid 16th century England reincarnation undying loving characters reborn but carrying the same damn baggage all of thatr 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 dinner party [...]


    2. I read this book when it was new and omg I LOVED it It was complex and dark and romantic and my then 14 yr old self couldn t get enough.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.


    3. Rating 3 stars out of five, but only because I still love the memoryThe 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 suff [...]


    4. I must be the only man who has ever read this novel If you ve been having difficulty getting to sleep, Green Darkness can help I m surprised some pharmaceutical company hasn t named a hypnotic after it It s a long, dreary romance, rendered in prose that s the stylistic equivalent of dishwater, about a modern couple plagued by unresolved issues from a past life exasperating in all the wrong ways The story idea seemed interesting, and I slogged through it one summer when I was in junior high schoo [...]


    5. That s my absolute favourite by Anya Seton She combines present and past in this story of a crime in a medieval setting and how it s still affecting the present She explains political and social issues in an easy to understand way One of the books I keep re reading


    6. I was really looking forward to reading this book Maybe that s why I was so disappointed with it I truly liked the idea of the book reincarnation and karma two things I strongly believe in , which is the only thing that prevented me from rating it with one star 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 his marria [...]


    7. Try switching the genders in this story now it s a lonely male student developing a crush on a female teacher, who doesn t encourage the crush and tries to dissuade the student Student carries a torch for the teacher for years, despite rarely seeing each other except for a weird almost sexual encounter during the middle of a home invasion and being married and widowed Student sees teacher again, sexual advances ensue, teacher says No very clearly in several ways Student then gives the teacher a [...]


    8. My mom gave me this book to read as a teen It was amazing It is set in two time periods so is a modern and historical mixed into one You start with two people getting married in present day Then due to circumstances they end up discovering they knew each other before in 1500s England Obviously a very different time Their love affair in the past was rather complicated as it wasn t meant to be The story explores past lives and reincarnation which was fascinating The author clearly did her research [...]


    9. I found this book sitting all by itself on a table at a library book sale It was the last day of the sale and everything had been quite picked over except for this gem Needless to say I grabbed it right away.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 and [...]


    10. I read Green Darkness when it was first published, so I would have been a young teenager It was the beginning of my love of dual time stories, and the forbidden love between Celia, the fair maiden, and the monk struck a chord with me When I added it to GR, my nostalgic memory rated it 4 stars.If I was reading it now for the first time, I would be inclined to rate it 3 stars The political and religious repercussions of the reigns of Edward, Mary, and Elizabeth made much sense to me now and I enj [...]


    11. The storyline and narrative structure of Green Darkness are very different from other books I have read Green Darkness starts out in 1968 with a house party The hosts, Sir Richard and Lady Celia Marsdon are newlyweds but their relationship is anything but blissful, as Richard has turned cold towards his new wife in recent months Several strange events lead Celia to enter into a catatonic state One of the guests, an Indian doctor, realizes that Celia and Richard had known each other in a past lif [...]


    12. So I am an Anya Seton addict She is the most brilliant historical fiction writer ever According to me, she makes Phillipa Gregory look like a red headed step child That s a big deal.This novel is set in two times England in 1968 and the same places in England at the time of the Reformation Study of this period is kind of a hobby of mine, and Anya s research quenches my thirst for something personal Our protagonists, Richard Marsdon and his new bride, Celia, are the re incarnated souls of an anc [...]


    13. The Green Darkness by Anya Seton is one of my favourite novels I originally found my first copy of it in a laundry mat, I randomly picked it up for something to do while I was waiting and then I fell in love I sadly stole that book from the laundry mat so I could finish reading it In a twist of fate I have gotten and lost that book on three different occasions The book is set in two different time periods with a Tudor setting and a modern setting well kind of modern of 1968 It is a beautiful a [...]


    14. I ve had Green Darkness in my to be read pile for a long time now I don t know exactly what was making me so reluctant to begin it For one thing, the story takes place in two time periods the late 1960 s in an historic English manor home and in 1550 s Tudor England during the reigns of King Edward VI and Mary I I love stories about Tudor England, but this was my first one to also include the element of reincarnation While I personally don t believe in reincarnation, it does make for a fascinatin [...]


    15. I first read this in 1973 when I was 14 I plucked it off the shelves of my parents bookstore and quickly became absorbed and a little obsessed with it I read it over and over 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 still there [...]


    16. 3 and 1 2 stars for this one Meticulously researched, beautifully written and cleverly constructed, but the experience of reading it wasn t totally enjoyable because it s permeated with an almost suffocating atmosphere of sadness and impending doom You know right from the start that unspeakable things are going to happen to the characters, and the deepening tension in watching as those events inch inexorably closer forced me to actually stop and take breaks now and again because it was all getti [...]


    17. My mom always comments that you need to keep in mind not only the timeframe that a book is set within, but the timeframe it was written This advice could not be applicable than with this book here is the late 60s in all its glory reincarnation, rape as a romantic act and as part of accepted marital behavior , and mysticism I can see it being captivating to a young teenager and reminded me of some of the impactful Victoria Holts I read from that time but reading with 21st century adult eyes it w [...]


    18. I enjoyed the book, especially the middle part the majority of the story about the first Celia and Stephen the monk They had a truly sad ending, my heart especially broke for the fate of Stephen Maybe it is just me, but the last part of the book just didn t flow well for me, but I can t put my finger on why All in all an enjoyable read, but it definitely isn t Katherine, which all lovers of historical fiction should read that one deserves 10 stars at least.


    19. I love this book What a beautiful story It is a time traveling story that begins in 1968 then goes to Tudar times I love Tudar times It is a tale of past lives and how they come back to haunt you I highly reccomend it.


    20. A disappointing read from Anya Seton I have thoroughly enjoyed some of her books but find that her story telling ability is not consistent In this novel the characters don t come across as real people they are all over dramatized and rather foolish I felt no empathy with any of them Also the concept of reincarnation is a difficult one to handle and unfortunately this attempt was less than convincing.I hovered between 2 and 3 stars but gave it 3 because some of the historical detail of the Tudor [...]


    21. Katherine has long been one of my favorite historical novels, so I thought that it was past time to try one of her other books I happened upon a copy of Green Darkness in my local used book store and figured that it would do as well as any to start out with Sadly, I don t think it lives up to Katherine.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 lapses i [...]


    22. Celia of 1968 falls into a terminal coma that she is able to defeat only by re experiencing her past life on the periphery of the nobility in Tudor England Promoted by its dusk jacket as a historical romance driven by supernatural forces, Green Darkness is like 500 pages of history bookended with only token pages of romance and spirituality That isn t an indictment the portrait of life during the English Reformation is an easy read even though it skips the goings on of the lascivious King Henry [...]


    23. I think I would have liked this book if I would have had time to read it faster It was one of those books that called for devouring hours at a time Instead I was lucky if I could sneak in 30 40 pages in a half hour It was better than Devil Water but Katherine is still Seton s standard.


    24. greendarknessmovie 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 Check out our blog about the adaptation marketing process at greendarknessmovieHelp us bring this classic to the big screen


    25. I read this book when it first came out, when I was a young VERY young married woman who knew no one in her new town and haunted the local library I remember LOVING it And since it s been almost 40 years since I read it, the time is coming to read it again, and I wonder.will I still love it And what if I don t


    26. This wasn t as good as the other Seton novels I ve read Despite an interesting idea, the characters weren t very real to me, and I didn t care very much what happened to any of them Specifically, I thought the main character s husband was a huge jerk, even if he WAS wrestling with demons.


    27. Exceptional book but it did give me one of the worst nightmares of my life The date I read it is a guess.


    28. After a steady diet of mysteries and romantic suspense novels I thought I needed something totally different.I ve had this book in my TBR pile for than a year I had picked it up because I loved Katherine and I wanted to read 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.The book starts i [...]


    29. a vivid portrayal of Tudor England with all its drama, intrigue, and grisliness presented at the fore of the tumultuous story of passion doomed from the start, and reincarnated for redemption Ms Seton has quite expertly maneuvered the love hate relationship between the seemingly staid monk, Stephen, and the in so many ways as yet naive and seductively beautiful, young Celia amidst the raging political and religious conflict following the death of Henry VIII England finds itself in dangerous vaci [...]


    30. It s over 40 years since I first read this book and was prompted to re read it because of a visit to Igtham Mote in Kent, a crucial site in the story, and it is because of the story that I ve always wanted to go there It is a beautiful medieval moated house, blissful gardens and a stunning house now in the care of the National Trust.It has been a joy to re read the book The historical research is impeccable, the characters believable and real in many ways, although I found the historical and mai [...]


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