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Once an Angel

Once an Angel
Author: Teresa Medeiros
ISBN 13: 9780553294095
ISBN 10: 553294091
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Bantam
Publication Date: 1993-03-01
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 432
List Price: $7.50

The author of Heather and Velvet weaves a captivating historical tale full of exciting plot twists, sweeping from the wilds of an exotic paradise to the prim elegance of Victorian England. "From humor to adventure, poignancy to passion, tenderness to sensuality, Teresa Medeiros writes rare love stories to cherish".--Romantic Times.

Publishers Weekly

Orphaned at 11 in 1865 when her father dies on an island off New Zealand where he has gone to search for gold, Emily Claire Scarborough is, at 18, bent on revenge. She has survived the last seven years at the Foxworth Seminary for Young Ladies in London, learning to fend for herself without benefit of a steady allowance from her absentee guardian. Bitterness and longing mingle in Em's heart, and sustain her until she is summarily sent packing by the school's surly mistress to New Zealand, in search of the man responsible for her miserable existence all those years. Washing up on the beach like so much driftwood, Em soon finds that serendipity has dumped her practically into the lap of her errant guardian, a dark, swarthy Robinson Crusoe-type who has spurned London society. What ensues is an idyllic interlude in a beautiful, untamed paradise, shattered when both heroine and hero are rudely awakened by the arrival of reality and the outside world. Though laced with evocative descriptions of the exotic wilderness, this romance ultimately sours, beleaguered with a plot whose logic is as farflung as New Zealand is from London. Medeiros wrote Heather and Velvet. (Apr.)