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Publisher's Summary

A magical and stunningly original story that charts the lives of three women in love with the wrong men from the best-selling author of Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick, The Rules of Magic.

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 12, 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.

©2008 Alice Hoffman (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Alice Hoffman is my favorite writer." (Jodi Picoult)
"A reader is in good hands with Alice Hoffman, able to count on many pleasures. She is one of our quirkiest and most interesting novelists, and her skills increase with every new book." (Jane Smiley)
"Over the course of writing more than two dozen works of fiction, Hoffman has created her very own form, the heartbreak fairy tale. Her latest and one of her best is...exceptionally well-structured, beguiling, and affecting....Hoffman has transcended her own genre." ( Booklist)

“Headstrong women, reckless love affairs and a liberal dusting of the supernatural are the pleasurable trademarks of an Alice Hoffman novel...[The Third Angel] should bewitch old fans and new readers alike.” (People)  

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Stellar Novel by Hoffman Once Again

Excellent story. Or shall I say stories. This was one of her most complex novels, & it did not disappoint. She weaves her characters together in such a way that you feel almost personally invested. And Nancy Travis rivals Hugh Laurie in perfecting 'across the pond' accents--holy cow it's impressive. This is probably one of my favorites of Hoffman's to date.

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Thank you Alice Hoffman

I think I have read and listen to every Alice Hoffman book ... And each one brings forth so many emotions in its pages. I always hate it when they end. I wish I could write like Alice Hoffman… Better yet, I wish I could see like Alice Hoffman.

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love Alice Hoffman's books

three intertwining stories, well written and a lessons to be learned, good characters .......life takes us many places.

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I loved this book.

For some reason I was hesitant to listen to this book, but I loved it. Such a different story and so clever how it was presented by the author.

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Little Hard to follow at times

Actually, 3 intertwining stories. Same place but diff time periods. Sometimes, hard to keep the storyline straight. However, well written with lots of food for thought.

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Just ok

I love everything alice hoffman writes. It could be because i was listening to this sporadically, by I did not find the storyline very easy to follow. I do understand the deeper message here, or at least think I do, but as a story I did not enjoy it very much. it jumped around. I realize the structure was part of the message but found it hard to follow. it's still beautifully written.