"beautifully developed relationship and personal growth of characters"

Elizabeth (Beth) Neill Kincaid is a 21st Century woman with a penchant for brass rubbings. Her husband, Kevin, is not happy about her hobby when she pursues it with a vengeance across southern England, leaving him stuck in the local pub for hours on end during their vacation. When Beth insists on doing one last rubbing of the brass image of a young woman who died in the 15th Century, he blusters and fumes and stomps off. She isn't happy about upsetting her husband, but this rubbing is simply calling to her to be done. The image is that of Olivia Elizabeth Avelyng, once the wife of William Avelyng, a local noble. But while she creates the rubbing, something odd happens. It is as if she is transported across time to become Olivia, called Elizabeth by those near and dear to her. Through this Beth sees what Elizabeth sees, knows what she knows. And feel what she feels; that night, back in the current day, Beth finds bruises, the marks of William's hand on her upper arm.

The earlier Elizabeth was caught in a terrible situation. Married to a man who valued his pride more than his wife, who wouldn't even share a marriage bed with her, she had fallen in love with another man, Charles. Pregnant with her lover's child, she tried to get William to release her to leave with Charles. All of this is revealed to Beth through visions of the past. When Beth discovers she herself is with child, her joy is tempered by the question of just how and why Elizabeth is communicating all this to her. What is Elizabeth's purpose? Sometimes she takes possession of Elizabeth and sometimes she appears as a presence, a ghost in Elizabeth's home. The ghost dislikes Kevin, who professing love for his wife, is domineering and unsupportive. But, while at first he scoffs at Beth's visions, he must take them seriously when the ghost turns her attention on him.

Fortunately, all of this is beautifully dealt with in the course of the book. In many ways, this story is like a time- travel in that we get solid glimpses into the past, the story of Elizabeth, Charles, and William. But most of the book takes place in the modern day, with Beth taking control of her life from her domineering husband, and Kevin learning that he doesn't need to possess his wife to love her. For this story alone this book is well worth reading. The writing is strong and the characterization very well done. Beth is a wonderful person and Kevin, while dislikable at first, grows on you. You can see why Beth would have married him in the first place. This time represents a turning point in their marriage and it is nice to see both of them grow beyond it.

All in all, FLIGHT OF ANGELS is a fine read and very hard to put down.

PNR Reviews Copyright April 2002
Reviewed by Janet Miller

Reviewed by Janet Miller
Posted May 11, 2002


Who is she? Whose child is she carrying? From the moment Beth Kincaid rubs the brass of long dead Olivia Avenlyng while she and her husband tour England, two worlds collide. Olivia freely inhabits Beth's body, and Beth is pulled back in time to relive the terror of Olivia's life, torn between love and duty.

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Flight of Angels
by Marilyn A. Gardiner

Wings e-Press
December 1, 2001
ISBN #159088020X
265 pages
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