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Damaged Angel = The Broken Wing by Mary…

Damaged Angel = The Broken Wing (1966)

by Mary Burchell

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This is the second installment of Burchell's Warrender Saga. Oscar and Anthea feature prominently in this story, which is good because the main characters are not great, especially the hero. Quentin Otway is a festival producer who is working with Warrender to bring a new music festival to Newcastle. Tessa Morley is Quentin's faithful, lame (Burchell's term) secretary who is of course in love with him. Tessa is a talented opera singer but cannot have a stage career because of her disability. Her twin sister, Tania, is less talented but more beautiful (with no limp). Tania engineers a role in the festival and catches the eye of Quentin, much to Tessa's dismay.

Burchell is wonderful when writing about music, as always. This book felt more didactic (the omniscient narrator is strong and opinionated) and the romance was unconvincing. Quentin is a jerk most of the time, and Tessa is not always a doormat, so there are some sharp, even nasty, exchanges between them. On the other hand, Peroni is around and she is always good value. Conditionally recommended. ( )
  Sunita_p | Aug 14, 2016 |
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WAS SHE ALWAYS TO BE OVERSHADOWED. Although blessed with the voice of an angel. Tessa was exceedingly shy. Her outgoing twin sister, the beautiful bewitching Tania, seemed forever to be in the limelight. And now it looked as it Tania would ever rob Tessa of the man she loved -- the temperamental Quentin Otway. Only one person seemed capable of rectifying the situation -- the famous Oscar Warrender!
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