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(Novel - 123k words. Love Story, Suspense, Literary - Paperback or eBook) In the 19th century the Monastery of St. Gabriel the Archangel was built on a cliff overlooking the ocean in Maine. From early on there were rumors of strange activity there - tunnels through the cliff used by smugglers, a nun who worked miracles, and drunken lumberjacks stormed the convent to kidnap wives were vanquished ay a giant angel with a flaming spear. A century later, when the last nuns were gone, the convent was closed. That's when it was discovered that the convent's treasure, a marble statue of the Archangel Gabriel by Italian sculptor Giovanni Dupr, was missing.

In Ripley Mills, MA the "wild bunch", a former high school football team, gather weekly for dinner and beer. Thirty years have changed them. Charlie's boss is young, pretty, and intimidating. Whitey's wife has cancer, Bull's wife just found out about his affair with an exotic dancer, and Vinnie can't get a date. Gabe's daughters have grown up and his wife is making life miserable. Peter doesn't have those problems, he's a Jesuit priest. But they still get together every week to drink, eat, and listen to one anothers' problems.

Then Father Peter makes a startling revelation, he had once been in love with a girl he met in Paris. He planned to leave the seminary to marry her but she rejected him to marry an older, wealthy man. Pete is happy as a priest teaching at Boston College but now Maggie has returned. She is leaving her husband and has purchased an old, abandoned convent in Maine that she plans to convert to a sculpture studio.

On Pete's recommendation Gabe takes the job of helping Maggie to restore the convent. But, as winter closes in, the mysteries begin again. Stories are circulating about bodies of young women washing up on the shore. Maggie's husband refuses to answer her calls. Gabe's cantankerous father, Mick, tells him the truth about his mother who had once longed to be a nun in that convent. Ethan Darling, the local sheriff, is snooping around. Zeke, Gabe's dog, discovers a secret passage in the crypt under the chapel. And Father Peter realizes that Maggie is falling in love with his oldest friend.

Each Angel Burns is the story of three people at crossroads in their lives. It is a story of enduring friendship, of faith, of great evil and greater love --- and of how they culminate in a miracle.

Mysteries & Thrillers
December 9
Kathleen Valentine
Smashwords, Inc.

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