Friday, January 21, 2011

CFBA: Angel Harp by Michael Phillips

Song Stuck on the Brain: Your Love by Brandon Heath

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing:

Angel Harp
FaithWords (January 26, 2011)


Michael Phillips


Michael Phillips has long been one of my favorite authors. I think it's because when you read one of his novels you take a journey. It's not just a good tale, it's an exploration of culture and land and people. Angel Harp is a good example of this. Scotland itself becomes a main character, impressing itself on Marie. Molding and shaping her with it's spirit and rawness that speaks so clearly of God's presence.

Angel Harp isn't a book to zip through quickly, it's meant to be enjoyed and savored like a good cup of tea. (Although I prefer coffee...Ack, my Scottish ancestors just rolled over in their graves.) Marie Buchan's journey is admirable and eye opening, as is the stories of the many new friends she makes. I really enjoyed the journey.


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 before. History seems destined to repeat itself, with Marie in the thick of it. Her involvement in the lives of the two men, as well as in the community, leads to a range of exciting relationships and lands Marie in the center of the mystery of a long-unsolved local murder. Eventually she must make her decision: with whom will she cast the lot of her future?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Angel Harp, go HERE


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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