The Third Angel by Alice Hoffman
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“Alice Hoffman is my favorite writer.”
–Jodi Picoult

Alice Hoffman is one of our most beloved writers. Here on Earth was an Oprah Book Club selection. Practical Magic and Aquamarine were both bestselling books and Hollywood movies. Her novels have received mention as notable books of the year by the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, and People magazine, and her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the New York Times, The Boston Globe Magazine, Kenyon Review, Redbook, Architectural Digest, Gourmet, and Self.

Now, in The Third Angel, Hoffman weaves a magical and stunningly original story that charts the lives of three women in love with the wrong men: Headstrong Madeleine Heller finds herself hopelessly attracted to her sister’s fiancé. Frieda Lewis, a doctor’s daughter and a runaway, becomes the muse of an ill-fated rock star. And beautiful Bryn Evans is set to marry an Englishman while secretly obsessed with her ex-husband. At the heart of the novel is Lucy Green, who blames herself for a tragic accident she witnessed at the age of twelve, and who spends four decades searching for the Third Angel–the angel on earth who will renew her faith.

Brilliantly evoking London’s King’s Road, Knightsbridge, and Kensington while moving effortlessly back in time, The Third Angel is a work of startling beauty about the unique, alchemical nature of love.

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About Alice Hoffman

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Alice Hoffman is the author of fifteen novels: Blue Diary (2001), The River King (2000), Local Girls (1999), Here On Earth (1997), Practical Magic (1995), Second Nature (1994), Turtle Moon (1992), Seventh Heaven (1990), At Risk (1988), Illumination Night (1987), Fortune's Daughter (1985), White Horses (1982), Angel Landing (1980), The Drowning Season (1979), and Property Of (1977). She is also the author of three children's books: Aquamarine (2001), Horsefly (2000), and Fireflies (1997). Born in New York City, and raised on Long Island, Hoffman graduated from Adelphi University and received an M.A. from Stanford University, where she was Mirrielees Fellow. She currently lives near Boston with her family and her dogs.
Published April 8, 2008 by Broadway Books. 290 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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Hoffman pulls “The Third Angel” together by adding traces of a family saga — young Lucy will become the mother of Allie and Maddy, as well as the source of a tale Allie recasts as a children’s book — and by setting much of the action in the Lion Park Hotel, a Knightsbridge hostelry that harbors a...

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Publishers Weekly

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In this elegant and stunning novel, veteran heartstring-puller Hoffman (Here on Earth ;

Dec 17 2007 | Read Full Review of The Third Angel: A Novel

Book Reporter

There was the kind that helped raise a person above her failings and there was the desperate sort that struck when someone least wanted or expected it.” THE THIRD ANGEL --- Alice Hoffman’s 20th novel for adults --- tells of three women in three different times, in the desperate sort of love that...

Jan 23 2011 | Read Full Review of The Third Angel: A Novel

The Independent

Here she moves away from home turf – backwoods Connecticut – with a three-part novel set in a Knightsbridge hotel.

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USA Today

There are no cliffhanger chapters, no crimes to solve, no red herrings to tease the reader.But novelist Alice Hoffman has crafted an intricately woven tale of doomed lovers and the angels who walk among them that is, to use a publishing blurb, un-put-downable.Fans of Hoffman, who also wrote Pract...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Alice Hoffman’s 20th novel (after Skylight Confessions, 3 of 5 Stars Mar/Apr 2007) is a heartrending tale of doomed love, tragedy, and redemption.

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Story Circle Book Reviews

"The doctor believed there were three angels," Alice Hoffman wrote in her 2008 novel The Third Angel, "The Angel of Life, who rode along with them most nights.

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The American Book Center Blog

Besides that it is a nice book to read about different women in different times.You Review is written by real people, like you.

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