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( Read E-pub ) ¿ Smouldering Fires Î Anya Seton, whose many novels won her world wide acclaim, wrote, for her last book, a fast paced novel that explores the subconscious mind of a young girl whose troubled dream life parallels that of another girl who lived overyears earlier A shy high school senior, Amy Delatour is a misfit in the well to do community in which she lives with her widowed mother and French Canadian grandfather Amy s passion is for the th century poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, whom she sees as a romantic and tragic figure Her immersion in the poet s life and writings is partly fueled by her grandfather s tales of his ancestors and of the injustice of le grand d rangement, when the French Acadians were expelled from their home in Nova Scotia inAmy has steeped herself in the lore of the period, and the efforts of a young English teacher to draw her out through hypnosis brings unexpected results What begins as an unauthorized attempt to free Amy from her frightening visions of the past ends with intimations of reincarnation or, at least, genetic memory Anya Seton s many fans will not be disappointed in this closely researched and deeply engrossing novel nor will readers new to her finely crafted historical fiction La secrétaire whose many novels won her world wide acclaim Bases d'optique géométrique : Des instruments ardents à la formation des images pour comprendre la vision et les couleurs de l'arc-en-ciel wrote The Square for her last book La Discipline positive dans la classe a fast paced novel that explores the subconscious mind of a young girl whose troubled dream life parallels that of another girl who lived overyears earlier A shy high school senior When Stars Came Down To Earth: Cosmology Of The Skidi Pawnee Indians Of North America Amy Delatour is a misfit in the well to do community in which she lives with her widowed mother and French Canadian grandfather Amy s passion is for the th century poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Jeremstar par Jérémy Gisclon, ma biographie officielle whom she sees as a romantic and tragic figure Her immersion in the poet s life and writings is partly fueled by her grandfather s tales of his ancestors and of the injustice of le grand d rangement Affaires de famille when the French Acadians were expelled from their home in Nova Scotia inAmy has steeped herself in the lore of the period Industrializing the Rockies: Growth, Competition, and Turmoil in the Coalfields of Colorado and Wyoming, 1868-1914 and the efforts of a young English teacher to draw her out through hypnosis brings unexpected results What begins as an unauthorized attempt to free Amy from her frightening visions of the past ends with intimations of reincarnation or Celle qui m'aime et autres nouvelles at least Ruby Ann's Down Home Trailer Park BBQin' Cookbook genetic memory Anya Seton s many fans will not be disappointed in this closely researched and deeply engrossing novel nor will readers new to her finely crafted historical fiction This book was actually better than I was expecting Story of a girl who lives a past life during her dreams and also manages to manifest some of what she dreams into her current life She is helped by one of her teachers, who puts her under hypnosis and a friend of his. Smouldering Fires is sometimes filed as Young Adult, but it bears little resemblance to contemporary YA fiction.The novel revolves around Amy Delatour s connection to her ancestor named Ange Marie Amy is a shy lonely girl who accidentally trains herself to dream true that is, she regularly relives Ange Marie s emotional attachment to her then lover Paul Delatour But Ange Marie s love for Paul is tied to an unpleasant end in a fiery inferno consequently Amy is plagued by pyrophobia Smouldering Fires is sometimes filed as Young Adult, but it bears little resemblance to contemporary YA fiction.The novel revolves around Amy Delatour s connection to her ancestor named Ange Marie Amy is a shy lonely girl who accidentally trains herself to dream true that is, she regularly relives Ange Marie s emotional attachment to her then lover Paul Delatour But Ange Marie s love for Paul is tied to an unpleasant end in a fiery inferno consequently Amy is plagued by pyrophobia obsession with Longfellow s poem Evangeline Amy s mother offers little help, as their uneasy parent daughter relationship deteriorates, Amy s teacher confessor of sorts Martin decides to try hypnosis Suddenly Amy begins speaking in French dialects, praying to saints, seeing past scenery imposed over the present, etc., so Martin his ex girlfriend Claire try to help Amy Ange Marie confront her fiery death free Amy from her visions.There s a mild sexual tension between Amy Martin, but it s not taken seriously by either one Martin is alarmed by their possible attraction quickly transfers his loneliness to Claire or were the fires between them already smouldering Likewise, did sharing memories with Ange Marie really change Amy so much, or was she always waiting for an excuse to becomeconfident assured Not brilliant, rather slow at times but I ve read much worse One of those books that are totally forgettable It just scraped a 3 because there s nothing wrong with the writing but it was a shallow plot with very little character development Disappointing. I am a big fan of Anya Seton Especially love The Winthrop Woman and Katherine This book however is almost a Harlequin romance And although Ms Seton seems to do an admirable job of research for her historical fiction, she really missed the mark in writing a contemporary novel Seton was in her early 70s when she wrote this and obviously very out of touch with modern life It is about a high school senior at Greenwich High School in 1973 I was a high school senior at GHS that year so feel qual I am a big fan of Anya Seton Especially love The Winthrop Woman and Katherine This book however is almost a Harlequin romance And although Ms Seton seems to do an admirable job of research for her historical fiction, she really missed the mark in writing a contemporary novel Seton was in her early 70s when she wrote this and obviously very out of touch with modern life It is about a high school senior at Greenwich High School in 1973 I was a high school senior at GHS that year so feel qualified to comment Let s start with the student teacher relationship which begins with a teacher offering a student a ride home and then inviting her into his apartment Although there is no sexual component to the relationship, still way out of line Amy, the high school senior, is finally asked on a date to a hockey game by one of the in crowd jocks Admitting that she isn t sure what to wear, she chooses a velvet dress with a lace collar I can not believe that anyone was that out of touch Claire, who lives in Manhattan and is in her mid 20s, is invited on a picnic She wears a blue pantsuit They pick up take out Chinese food and drink a bottle of sherry for a picnic at the beach Later Claire arrives at a friend s apartment to cook dinner and is described as wearing a green suit and using a dish towel for an apron I had a flash of The Dick Van Dyke Show Maybe if Clare had been in her 40s but not for a 20 something in 1973 Read Seton s other books but skip this one