Published in the UK today By Bloomsbury:
“Love is pouring out of him like flooding summer rains”
Dear friends, you are in for such a treat with this intoxicating story of eternal love, secrets and the angelic realm. The further you delve into the story, the more you will become engrossed. If you are anything like me, you will delay gratification by reading as slowly as humanly possible and maybe re-read parts to savour every moment. The great news is the pleasure does not end here as this is the first in the Avena series and believe me, once you reach the last page you will be so happy to know there is another book to look forward to. I am so pleased Marianne Curley chose to write another book after a long break and wish the author continued health and hope she writes many more books in the future. For now though I am looking forward to trawling through the treasure trove of books she has already written like “Old Magic”.
“Hidden” is the story of Ebony, an angel from Avena (heaven) stolen at birth and hidden by the dark angel from Skade (hell) on earth to be raised by a human family as their own. The story unfolds through the eyes of Ebony and Jordan as the narrative shifts from chapter to chapter giving us an intimate look at the inner world of each one. Sixteen year old Ebony increasingly begins to notice she is different from her peers and tries to confront her parents about this and why she is so over-protected. Her attempts at finding out the truth return very little until after the near-fatal incident involving Skinner and Jordan at an under eighteen school-dance.
Even though Ebony is not directly involved in this incident, the magnetic connection between her and Jordan, the boy stabbed on the night of the dance, grows as she watches him being carried on a stretcher into the ambulance accompanied by Skinner’s girlfriend. She feels an inexplicable need to protect him at that moment. This brief encounter between Ebony and Jordan unbeknownst to them sends out a powerful signal to the angelic realm, finally revealing her location and so begins their mission to take her back home. Angels are sent to Jordan’s death bed to strike a deal whereby he would assist them in their search for Ebony and persuade her to return home of her own free will. Jordan is chosen for this task because of his unique bond with Ebony which is a great imaginative link in the story.
In the meantime, Ebony finds out from her parents the truth about how a stranger compelled them to adopt Ebony as their own when she was just a baby. The stranger’s arrival conveniently coincided with the miscarriage of their own child. So for Ebony’s parents she was like their miracle baby. The stranger promised the baby would bring luck to the economically distressed valley of Cedar Oakes West but these riches were not without conditions. The child would have to be named Ebony, never see a doctor and must be raised as their own and blend in with everyone else. She is also never to leave the valley or at least not until her eighteenth birthday.
Ebony is immediately suspicious and with the aid of her friend Amber, sets off to make her own investigations about her origins and the mystery man without thought to the consequences. When disaster strikes and Ebony’s world starts to fall apart, she seeks refuge with her friend Amber’s family. Beautiful angel Nathaniel, meanwhile, takes Jordan to live with The Brothers of the Holy Cross Monastery where he is to train for the task that lies ahead for him. Can they persuade Ebony to accept their protection and return to Avena or will they be too late to stop the dark prince from making Ebony his Queen? And just where exactly does the heart-stopping Nathaniel fit into this angelic mission or does he have something to hide that will bring him into direct conflict with not only the dark prince but also with Jordan. This really is a story of three hearts, two worlds and one secret that could tear up heaven and earth. Can’t wait for the second book in the series!