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 But now Richard has become withdrawn, and Celia is constantly haunted by a vague dread.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 Rating: 3 stars out of five, but only because I still love the memory The 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. 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.
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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 But now Richard has become withdrawn, and Celia is constantly haunted by a vague dread.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 Rating: 3 stars out of five, but only because I still love the memory The 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. 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 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. My Review: My sister used to have a book store.
She, our mother, and I all spent the summer of , damn near 40 years ago now, reading this book. We did a sort of group read on the book, and oh my heck how we liked it!
I was a teenager then. Mama was just getting the Jeebus infection that ate her sense of humor, compassion, and decency We all resonated with the travails of the characters, trying to work out their manifold interconnections and karmic debts.
For that, a whole star in grateful memory. Rereading this at fifty-two was probably a mistake. The writing is very much what one would expect of an historical novelist whose career began in the s. She was renowned in the day for her meticulous research, and yet says in her Preface p. There would be calumnious mutterings and sulphrous aspersions cast on the character and the ability of such an author.
As if it matters in a work of fiction. The humid Gothic atmosphere of lust and love denied, the surrendered to, then disastrously brought to a close, was a little hard on my older self. I like romantic stories just fine, but the moralizing you can keep. And there is a deal of moralizing!
Whee dawggie! The gay characters are ugly Seton was raised a Theosophist So not so much on the attitude. I get it, and in those days I absorbed it because it was the way my family thought, but how I wish I could go back to and smack this book out of my young hands!
Along with Stranger in a Strange Land, its misogyny and homophobia leached right into my brain and lodged there. But the fact that the lady wrote this, her next-to-last book, when she was nearing seventy and had only just been divorced from her husband of nigh on forty years, and was beginning her long decline into ill health, makes Green Darkness a poignant re-read for me.
Her life was unraveling, and mine was too what little there was of it at that point ; I think both my mother and my sister felt the same way.
I suspect some resonance of that bound all of us to this book and spoke to each of us about its unhappy people in unhappy lives. There is, in the best romantic tradition, a happy ending. But I for one have never believed it.
Plot summary[ edit ] In the s, young Celia Marsdon is a rich American heiress who, upon her marriage to English aristocrat Richard Marsdon, goes to live at an ancestral manor in Sussex , England. Shortly afterward, strange things begin to occur — Richard begins acting out of character, and Celia starts to have strange fits and visions. The troubles of the present time can only be solved by revisiting a tragedy from the past. The book then moves back in time to the reign of Edward VI , as lovely young Celia de Bohun and her guardian aunt take up residence with the noble Catholic family of Anthony Browne as "poor relations. She is headstrong and impulsive; innocent but coquettish; and can easily attract male attention.
Historical Fiction Back cover copy The theme of this book is reincarnation, an attempt to show the interplay the law of cause and effect, good and evil, among certain individual souls in two periods of English history. Green Darkness is the story of a great love, a love in which mysticism, suspense, and mystery form a web of good and evil forces that stretches from Tudor England to the England of the twentieth century. The marriage of the Englishman Richard Marsdon and his young American wife, Celia, slowly turns tragic as Richard withdraws into himself and Celia suffers a debilitating emotional breakdown. A wise mystic realizes that Celia can escape her past only by reliving it. She journeys back four hundred years to her former life as the servant girl Celia de Bohun during the reign of Edward VI and to her doomed love affair with the chaplain Stephen Marsdon. Although Celia and Stephen can t escape the horrifying consequences of their love, fate and time offer them another chance for redemption. She lived in Greenwich, Connecticut.
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