Item description for Conspiracy of Angels by Zinnia Hope...
You'll love to hate her, want to hug her, yell at her, and then root for her. Raised by a Bible-beating grandmother and a starstruck mother, naturally, Elizabeth has issues. Forced to leave town seven years ago by the local minister, Elizabeth has returned. With the help of some meddling angels and her overbearing grandmother, she finally finds her way back to her one true love. Sometimes, a bit of heavenly conspiracy is required to set things right. Based on true-life accounts, Conspiracy of Angels is a controversial tale of deception within Christianity where sex is a sin unless there's a gold band on the ring finger and people gossip while sequestering the skeletons in their own closets.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.51" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date May 30, 2007
Publisher Freya's Bower
ISBN 1934069531 ISBN13 9781934069530
Reviews - What do customers think about Conspiracy of Angels?
A former English/French teacher's viewpoint Jan 5, 2008
Zinnia Hope gives a refreshing story of love, hurt, and achievement with a little help from above. The story is fictional but has many aspects in the lives of the characters which are definitely realistic. Having lived and survived in a small town, I know that Zinnia has painted the judgmental actuality of one. Her character struggles, like many unwed mothers, yet she never ever gives up which shows her strength and ambition. Her inner struggle to keep her secret and face the consequences or keep all a secret is universal to most women. I highly suggest this read to anyone who feels as if life is overwhelming, and to all who wish to have an intriguing read which draws the reader into the book and "roots" for the underdog. Zinnia is a great new writer who is an inspiration to all. I look forward to reading her next book!
Divine yet devilish Oct 12, 2007
Conspiracy of Angels is a fresh novel that radiates from its heart, shining with enthusiasm and insight of perceptive new author Zinnia Hope. I greatly enjoyed C of A's upbeat ambience, and the drama kept me smiling and guessing all the way to the last page. Bravo!
Our protagonist, Elizabeth, a once tender hearted young woman who has been beaten up a bit on life's journey, has learned when to stand her ground and when to push ahead. Nevertheless, after she returns to her hometown with son Alex to help her grandmother open a restaurant, the opposition Elizabeth encounters from former adversaries seems insurmountable. Moreover, she meets resistance of her own making concerning her old boyfriend Daniel... or should I specify "mental" resistance of her own, as the mere sight of Daniel sets her mutinous heart to pulsing and her seditious passion to simmering.
Although you won't find any Montagues or Capulets, readers might enjoy the Shakespearean flavor of the skeletons that lurk in Elizabeth's and Daniel's family closets. Are Elizabeth and Daniel truly star-crossed lovers who will end up like Romeo and Juliet? Or will they discover and surmount these secrets that their families harbor?
Elizabeth's grandmother manages to maintain a tight lip regarding the past, but Daniel's father, George, is quite vocal in his disdain for Elizabeth and her dearly-departed mother. Methinks George doth protest too much. As if these obstacles weren't enough, Elizabeth must cope with Charlie Deeds, a despicable and dangerous drunk who was once chums with Elizabeth's mother. Charlie seems to think Elizabeth owes him something, and he doesn't mind using his superior physical strength--and a little physical abuse, if necessary--to collect.
You'll meet some captivating characters in Conspiracy of Angels, and a few will surprise you; not with TV turnarounds, but with real character growth and development. And while devilish romance finds its way into many of the pages of this feisty novel, a few angels hover in the background throughout to keep a divine balance.
C of A is subtle and clever; never over the top, yet never quite what you'd expect, either. The story is well crafted by a talented artist. Zinnia Hope doesn't tease, but certainly understands how to entice the reader to come along for an entertaining ride.
I thoroughly enjoyed the trip.
Conspiracy of Angels, a satisfying read that inspires hope in love Sep 16, 2007
Conspiracy of Angels
I've read Conspiracy of Angels by Zinnia Hope twice. It is one of the few books you'll read in your lifetime where the characters become so real you'll refer back to things they've said or how they would think of a situation.
The romance will make you jealous and long to have a love that devoted, yet it's not fake or flattery. The characters portray their flaws and are busy struggling with their own issues. Zinnia has "crafted" a story that is more real-life than fiction in many ways.
The first time I read it, I thought the first chapter or preamble was very different from the book and a bit difficult to get through, later I understood why she used that technique to set apart a previous part of the heroine's life. Once you get into the story, you won't want to put it down, even to use the bathroom.
There is mystery, puzzles to unravel, the sizzling hot promise of sex, if these two people ever get together, and a slight paranormal presence that provides the conspiracy here.
All I can say about the book is that it is excellent and that people who love red hot will love it, yet it's clean enough for a younger audience, or a Christian reader.
The surprises at the end will tickle you pink too! I can't reveal it all, but I will say "What are you waiting for??? BUY the BOOK!!!"
A different sort of inspirational story Jul 29, 2007
I'm a huge fan of Zinnia Hope's work -- have been ever since I first read her fiction in our writers group. But CONSPIRACY OF ANGELS is nothing like her usual steamy, sexy stories; indeed, ANGELS is much more profound, and in many ways, much more daring. She makes some strong accusations about Christians who use religion as both a weapon against others and a shield to protect them against judgment...and yet, at its core, ANGELS is truly an inspirational story about redemption, love, and second chances.
Conspiracy of Angels Jul 25, 2007
It is indeed a conspiracy of angels. Elizabeth has much to work out in her life. Old secrets, new beginnings. The thing is, her new beginnings involve her old secrets, and we follow her on her journey of trying to come to terms with everything unravelling, when she'd hoped to keep things locked inside. The plot thickens, other characters add suspicion and intrigue to the mix, and I ended up wishing the best for Elizabeth, despite past hurts. A thoroughly enjoyable book! :o)