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"Fantastic dark story!"

Sabrina Ayers never really fit in. The people in the small town she lives in have long memories. The townies, or rich society girls, always called her names behind her back and made fun of her. Her father is her best friend they go to all kinds of places, like museums, together. And her mother is so beautiful, small and blond. Unfortunately, Sabrina takes after her dad with his olive skin and dark straight hair. Quite often at night, Sabrina can hear her parents fighting. One day, Sabrina has enough of the teasing and finally asks her mother why the other girls always call her impure. And that's when Sabrina learns why her mother's family, the Devours, are looked down upon by the rest of the town.

It turns out Sabrina's great-great-great-grandmother inadvertently married and conceived a child with her stepbrother. When their parents discovered the marriage, they were forced to annul it and this brought about the family's ruin. They became poor and no longer had any place in society. They were now shunned.

So Sabrina grows up and she learns to ignore the townies and becomes a bit of a bookworm, she also becomes quite beautiful. It's not until she's in high school she finally makes some friends. For her sixteenth birthday, her mother is planning a big party. It turns out to be on a Sunday. While the family is in church, Sabrina notices a man coming in late and instantly becomes smitten with him. When she finds out the man isn't only a townie, but one of the richest men in her small town, she despairs knowing the two of them will never become a couple. This handsome man, Richard Tate, shows up at her birthday party, which her grandmother and mother manage to ruin by fighting.

Then miracle of miracles, Richard asks Sabrina out and the two of them begin seeing each other. Right now, Richard is interning at the local hospital and wants to set up his own practice. It turns out Richard is lonely, just like Sabrina. His childhood wasn't the best, his father made no bones about only wanting a heir and never spent time with him. When his mother committed suicide, Richard was put into expensive boarding schools and shuffled between relatives for holidays. Sabrina can sense a darker side to Richard.

One night, Richard takes her to the Tate Mansion. His mother left this place to him and he plans on restoring it to its former glory. Sabrina has a sense of foreboding about the house and doesn't even want to go inside it. When Richard asks her to restore the house after she graduates from high school, she reluctantly agrees and the fun begins as weird things begin happening.

Is the house haunted? Will Richard ever propose to her? What of the further secrets Sabrina senses?

EVEN ANGELS FALL is not a light read, this is more like an old gothic, right down to the gloomy mansion. This story is filled with twists and turns and almost as many secrets as the Tate Mansion has rooms. And through it all, we deal with one courageous young woman growing up and dealing with her own feelings of inadequacy and sexuality. The settings are all very realistic, as I read this story, I could almost hear the tinkling of the chandelier. The characters are all believable. And the things poor Sabrina ends up enduring, are too hauntingly real. I have to admit, the ending makes this story. If you're looking for a light, easy read, don't pick up this book. But if you're looking for a story with more twists and turns than a maze, one that will keep you turning pages to discover what secrets will be revealed next and that will put a good scare into you, this is definitely the story for you.

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted July 14, 2004

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted November 23, 2006

SUMMARY

A young woman named Sabrina Ayers meets the dashing, handsome Richard Tate and is intorduced to his grieving estate--the eerie Tate Mansion. She finds herself drawn into a world of frightening deceptions, forbidden obsessions, and dark family secrets--in a haunted house as mysterious as its master... Will Sabrina unlock the mystery of the mansion in time to save herself?

 

Even Angels Fall
(Devour Family Saga: Book 1)
by Sherry Mauro

PublishAmerica, Inc.
August 1, 2003
Available: August 1, 2003
ISBN #159129973X
EAN #9781591299738
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