Discussion: Tattered Books

As much as we all love our books, do any of you keep your old and worn books still around? I know I have one that I love qith all my heart and that I refuse to part with. The spine is worn and ripping, pages have come loose and are actually falling out.


This book belonged to my Nana (grandma) and she handed it down to me. She passed away two years ago from health complications at 65. This book carries a ton of sentimental value for me as well as being an amazing historical romance book.

Before having this book, I had never read romance novels in my life. I had always believed they were cheesy and corny novels written about sex and lust and it never appealed to me.

After reading “Green Darkness” by Anya Seton (published 1972), I recanted my beliefs about romance and came to love all forms of literature.

Synopsis: 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. 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 But now Richard has become withdrawn, and Celia is constantly haunted by a vague dread.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 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 400 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.

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