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Angela Finley’s vacation in England goes from dream to disaster when she returns early from a bus tour of Cornwall and catches her boyfriend in bed with another woman. Furious, she jumps in her leased Land Rover and takes off, hoping to put as much distance between them as she can. A heavy fog rolls in, she pulls over to the wrong side of the road and is hit head-on. When Angela Finley’s vacation in England goes from dream to disaster when she returns early from a bus tour of Cornwall and catches her boyfriend in bed with another woman. Furious, she jumps in her leased Land Rover and takes off, hoping to put as much distance between them as she can. A heavy fog rolls in, she pulls over to the wrong side of the road and is hit head-on. When she regains consciousness, she’s convalescing in a stone mansion; her clothing’s been burned, her hair cut, and the owner of the manor accuses her of being a sorcerous. Time has rolled back to the year 1648 and this young, 21st century paramedic from Arizona has no idea how she’s going to get home. Nicholas Warren fears the young woman he finds injured and unconscious on his land could be a danger to them all. Her clothing is strange, the tips of her hair are blue, and she has the image of an angel tattooed on her skin. With England at civil war, his shipping empire at risk from Parliament, and his son, Christopher, imprisoned in Newgate for butchering three prostitutes, life is treacherous enough without this time-traveling houseguest.


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Angela Finley’s vacation in England goes from dream to disaster when she returns early from a bus tour of Cornwall and catches her boyfriend in bed with another woman. Furious, she jumps in her leased Land Rover and takes off, hoping to put as much distance between them as she can. A heavy fog rolls in, she pulls over to the wrong side of the road and is hit head-on. When Angela Finley’s vacation in England goes from dream to disaster when she returns early from a bus tour of Cornwall and catches her boyfriend in bed with another woman. Furious, she jumps in her leased Land Rover and takes off, hoping to put as much distance between them as she can. A heavy fog rolls in, she pulls over to the wrong side of the road and is hit head-on. When she regains consciousness, she’s convalescing in a stone mansion; her clothing’s been burned, her hair cut, and the owner of the manor accuses her of being a sorcerous. Time has rolled back to the year 1648 and this young, 21st century paramedic from Arizona has no idea how she’s going to get home. Nicholas Warren fears the young woman he finds injured and unconscious on his land could be a danger to them all. Her clothing is strange, the tips of her hair are blue, and she has the image of an angel tattooed on her skin. With England at civil war, his shipping empire at risk from Parliament, and his son, Christopher, imprisoned in Newgate for butchering three prostitutes, life is treacherous enough without this time-traveling houseguest.

30 review for The Tattooed Angel, a Time-travel: History, Intrigue, and a Little Bit of Fantasy (The Amulet Book 1)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I didn't like this book sorry but it was depressing and I couldn't like any of the characters either. I didn't like this book sorry but it was depressing and I couldn't like any of the characters either.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Leaving her boyfriend on his own for a few days while she takes a tour of Cornwall was Angela’s first mistake. The second was driving on the wrong side of the road in foggy England. Angela awakes in 17th century Cornwall, in the home of Nicholas Warren, where her purple-tipped hair and tattooed hip create a stir of controversy among the residents of Haverscroft Manor. Nicholas had his pewter plate full before finding the unconscious woman on his property: his son Christopher is in Newgate Prison Leaving her boyfriend on his own for a few days while she takes a tour of Cornwall was Angela’s first mistake. The second was driving on the wrong side of the road in foggy England. Angela awakes in 17th century Cornwall, in the home of Nicholas Warren, where her purple-tipped hair and tattooed hip create a stir of controversy among the residents of Haverscroft Manor. Nicholas had his pewter plate full before finding the unconscious woman on his property: his son Christopher is in Newgate Prison – where he’d like him to stay – and Oliver Cromwell is plotting to get his hands on Nicholas’ shipping empire. Now he has this young woman to contend with. One who is foul-mouthed, hot-headed, and carries on her person documents for which he can find no logical explanation. On top of all this, the woman he has loved for decades is now so aged she won’t live much longer. For lovers of historical time-travel, and fans of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, Diana Douglas’ The Tattooed Angel is the first in a series to span several centuries. In smooth, stripped-down prose less wordy than Gabaldon, Douglas creates vivid, believable characters and historical settings, and has written a love story that combines old-school romance elements with modern sensibilities. “History, intrigue, romance, and a little bit of fantasy” - with the promise of more to follow. The copy I received and reviewed was an uncorrected proof. 338 pages.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lorna Lee

    I do not normally gravitate to romance novels, but this one promised to be different from the typical romance "formula." Diana Douglas did not disappoint! In fact, I am anxious to find out what happens next in the lives of Angela and Nicholas. Ms. Douglas clearly knows what she is doing. She has done her research about England in the 1600s. All of her characters are complex, interesting, and true their voice--not a two-dimensional lad or lass in the book. She takes the reader on an adventure tha I do not normally gravitate to romance novels, but this one promised to be different from the typical romance "formula." Diana Douglas did not disappoint! In fact, I am anxious to find out what happens next in the lives of Angela and Nicholas. Ms. Douglas clearly knows what she is doing. She has done her research about England in the 1600s. All of her characters are complex, interesting, and true their voice--not a two-dimensional lad or lass in the book. She takes the reader on an adventure that rivals the best roller coaster I've ever been on. Time-travel, black magic, immortality, lessons in herbal medicines, evil villains, kind souls, political shenanigans, confused lovers...need I go on? Even though the plot of the book is outside the realm of what most people believe is possible, Ms. Douglas weaves a plausible tale full of details and dialogue that made this story work. In other words, she made the unbelievable believable. For that alone, I applaud this amazing author. This is not your typical romance novel. That is what I enjoyed about the novel and why I urge Diana Douglas to publish the next installment of Angela's and Nicholas's tale. I will be among the first to buy it!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Newsome

    Interesting Story It's always hard for me to choose a book to read that has no reviews, but I gave this one a go based on the description. And I'm very pleased with it. The characters are all very well written. Main characters and side characters. Nothing ever seemed forced, as the plot moves along nicely from beginning to end. I liked that Angela never really became accustomed to living in the past. More like she eventually accepted it, but still hated the changes. (Much better than stories where Interesting Story It's always hard for me to choose a book to read that has no reviews, but I gave this one a go based on the description. And I'm very pleased with it. The characters are all very well written. Main characters and side characters. Nothing ever seemed forced, as the plot moves along nicely from beginning to end. I liked that Angela never really became accustomed to living in the past. More like she eventually accepted it, but still hated the changes. (Much better than stories where they fit in within a weeks time) Nicholas' story was interesting. I wasn't expecting the things that happened with him, and how it would come about with Angela in the end of the story. Overall, I'm very happy that I read this book. I would recommend it to anyone who loves time travel, romance, a little paranormal, and just a good doggone read. *I'm not the best with writing reviews, but if it's a good story, I will give it my best. That's why I'm a reader and not a writer. :)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Liz Marshall

    Angela Finley, ambulance EMT, a completely modern American woman down to the blue-tipped ends of her hair and the angel tattoo on her hip, lands face-down in the mud of seventeenth-century rural England, with no explanation of how such a thing could happen. And wouldn't you know it, the guy who finds her is the hunky and rich landowner Nicholas Warren. As skeptical as Master Warren is about Angela's story, he has to believe her. After all, he has a pretty impossible story of his own to tell. " Angela Finley, ambulance EMT, a completely modern American woman down to the blue-tipped ends of her hair and the angel tattoo on her hip, lands face-down in the mud of seventeenth-century rural England, with no explanation of how such a thing could happen. And wouldn't you know it, the guy who finds her is the hunky and rich landowner Nicholas Warren. As skeptical as Master Warren is about Angela's story, he has to believe her. After all, he has a pretty impossible story of his own to tell. "Tatooed Angel" is a beautifully written romantic tale of time travel, unlikely love, treachery and betrayal, all set in the dangerous political time of Cromwell's Puritan vs Catholic England. Riveting, fast moving - this story has everything to make you wrap yourself in a blanket and not come out until you find out how it all ends.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shawnee

    My First Diana Douglas Adventure Instead of lions, tigers and bears, Ms. Douglas wrote a charming but dark romance with time travel, revenge & betrayal--oh my!! This story has it all and on top of it having a very cool story/plotline, there is even a new twist on immortality--She had me at the first chapter but it just got better into the book. I'm hooked and hope the rest are as good! My First Diana Douglas Adventure Instead of lions, tigers and bears, Ms. Douglas wrote a charming but dark romance with time travel, revenge & betrayal--oh my!! This story has it all and on top of it having a very cool story/plotline, there is even a new twist on immortality--She had me at the first chapter but it just got better into the book. I'm hooked and hope the rest are as good!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I enjoyed this book One of the best time traveler story's I have read yet. It left me wanting to know what their life is like into the 21 century. I would love to read other 📚 about their adventures I enjoyed this book One of the best time traveler story's I have read yet. It left me wanting to know what their life is like into the 21 century. I would love to read other 📚 about their adventures

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morrison

    Most enjoyable This was totally different from what i expected but found it most enjoyable and kept me reading till the end . I finished it in a day and would recommend it to escape from reality. I will certainly be following this author and look forward to the next book 😁

  9. 4 out of 5

    SammyB

    Great story I really enjoyed this book and was caught up by the characters, hope their story can continue in another book,

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gisela Hausmann

    Delightful, interesting and funny. Rarely have I enjoyed reading a time traveler story as much as this one. Angela, a nurse from Arizona is vacationing with her boyfriend in England. Returning to the hotel early, she finds him in bed with another woman. Furious, she drives off, has a car accident and is transferred into 1648. In Cornwall of 1648, Nicholas Warren, a rich estate owner, finds her and brings her to his home. At his estate lives also Ellen, a nurse/doctor by Medieval standards. Consi Delightful, interesting and funny. Rarely have I enjoyed reading a time traveler story as much as this one. Angela, a nurse from Arizona is vacationing with her boyfriend in England. Returning to the hotel early, she finds him in bed with another woman. Furious, she drives off, has a car accident and is transferred into 1648. In Cornwall of 1648, Nicholas Warren, a rich estate owner, finds her and brings her to his home. At his estate lives also Ellen, a nurse/doctor by Medieval standards. Considering the time period, Angela, with her blue hair tips and fancy tattoo, could be taken for a witch. Luckily, both, Nicholas and Ellen, are open-minded people, who want to learn from Angela. Ellen manages to save the badly hurt Angela. And, yes, Nicholas is attracted to her at first sight but he has more than one secret, which make him a complicated character. Will Ellen and Nicholas find together? What makes this novel outstanding is that besides demonstrating a solid knowledge of history, author Diana Douglas made it a fun book to read. When Nicholas complains that Angela is such a (modern) strong willed woman, who does not behave herself according to the standards of 17th century England, Angela comes right back, “… I apologize for any inconvenience I may have caused you,” she said. “Next time I decide to take a jaunt through the centuries, I’ll skip Haverscroft Manor and drop in on Attila the Hun or Ghengis Khan. I will be probably more welcome….” This author also makes it fun to read about historic customs, “… Comfortable? In addition to being in pain, she was cold, caffeine deprived and slightly nauseous from the warm cider and salted fish she had been served for breakfast….” And, when Nicholas sees Angela’s cellphone, “Mother of God!” he exclaimed. “I am not a man of religion, but that thing is possessed.” I thoroughly appreciated the cleverness, with which this author set up her plot. Angela is a visitor from the US, thus it makes sense that she carries many tourist brochures in her bag. When Nicholas Warren finds her, he also finds the brochures. And, opposite to many he is not illiterate! Nicholas is a supporter of King Charles I. From the brochures he learns that Oliver Cromwell will sign King Charles I's death warrant. What will he do with this knowledge? Add in that Nicholas is also a kind of time traveler and you see why this plot is a lot more interesting than many others. I was tickled with the many clever side plots, this author devised. For instance, after saving a man with the Heimlich maneuver at a country fair people think that Angela is a witch (remember, she is a nurse), which in those days is worse, than if she had not saved the man. Then, there is also Nick Warren’s son, who opposite to his father is the personification of evil. The author even finds a way to explain why Angela will not travel back to her time. Nicholas gets to question if she would have survived the bad accident in her time. Maybe, if she an opportunity to go back, she’d be a corpse in a ditch along highway A30? As turns it out, Angela will travel other times too. Diana Douglas found a great way to end her book, (no, I am not in the habit of spoiling). I’ll be reading the next one too. Gisela Hausmann, author & blogger

  11. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    I'm an avid time travel reader, but romance, eh...not so much. So, time travel romance – I figured it's kind of like broccoli ice cream; if I could eat around the bits of broccoli, it might satisfy my sweet tooth. But, I decided to take the plunge and read The Tattooed Angel by Diana Douglas. I read it in three nights, which should say something about how much I like it. Surprised? I should say. What is best about this book is that the characters jump off the page. Though there was one character i I'm an avid time travel reader, but romance, eh...not so much. So, time travel romance – I figured it's kind of like broccoli ice cream; if I could eat around the bits of broccoli, it might satisfy my sweet tooth. But, I decided to take the plunge and read The Tattooed Angel by Diana Douglas. I read it in three nights, which should say something about how much I like it. Surprised? I should say. What is best about this book is that the characters jump off the page. Though there was one character interacting with several characters from a completely different time, they mostly stayed true to themselves and their time (though I have to admit, I probably don't know too much about being a woman in the 21st century or know anything about being alive in the 17th century). It was interesting to see customs, culture, attitude, and some bad language (from the modern woman) clash. What made the book even better for me was that the romance didn't get in the way of the time travel aspect of the book. The Tattooed Angel handled the sex/romance/love angle of the story well for someone who is not a fan of the romance genre. But, romance fans, don't be drawn away from indulging in this book as it has plenty of romance elements. The only criticism I might have is that the transition to a less modern time ( foods, illness, smells, sounds, lack of light) could have been emphasized more, but that is the fan of time travel in me speaking out when I understand that this book blended time travel and romance. And you know what, it really did blend the two genres spectacularly. It's a great read, a great story, with great characters, and it is certainly poised for a few sequels, which I am looking forward to reading.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tiblu

    It just wasn't my thing,well done I guess but I didn't really enjoy it at all. Well I guess on the plot and the back stories but I didn't really like or enjoy it much at all.... Deep sigh if it weren't for how hard I could the author worked on this I'd have given it a 1 or a 2 star rating to express how much I enjoyed this book... I didn't like either of the two main lead I found Angela endlessly annoying and Nicholas closed off and distant ,the only person I liked was Ellen with her kindness and It just wasn't my thing,well done I guess but I didn't really enjoy it at all. Well I guess on the plot and the back stories but I didn't really like or enjoy it much at all.... Deep sigh if it weren't for how hard I could the author worked on this I'd have given it a 1 or a 2 star rating to express how much I enjoyed this book... I didn't like either of the two main lead I found Angela endlessly annoying and Nicholas closed off and distant ,the only person I liked was Ellen with her kindness and foresight and open mindedness but the way she left the story felt a little selfish and I felt like she somehow could have said a bit more to Angela about it... Nick and Angela felt Sooo blah together,I've honestly felt more love from a great goldfish I had once that I ever had from them. ( seriously he got all excited and jumped and splashed around every time he saw I entered to room ) which 100% more than I ever felt between the two of them.. Honestly they just seemed like possible friends who like to have sex with each other,no REAL emotional attachment to each other,even at the very end he was distant and still confused about his feelings and the I love you was ok but felt meaningless to me....it felt like two ppl who care about each other,seem to enjoy sex together and desperately need someone to cling to and trust with their huge secrets in a world that can and will be very dangerous for them both... Nothing more nothing less... Very imaginative but left me cold,just like them....

  13. 4 out of 5

    Deb McEwan

    Gripping from the first page Angela is transported from the 21st to the 17th century as a result of an accident. Luckily for her she is rescued by a rich and powerful man who has his own amazing secrets and a chequered past. This is the first book I’ve read by Diana Douglas. She outlines just the right amount of description to transport the reader without using tedious flowery language. The result is a fast-paced, entertaining story that‘s hard to put down. The characters are both believable and Gripping from the first page Angela is transported from the 21st to the 17th century as a result of an accident. Luckily for her she is rescued by a rich and powerful man who has his own amazing secrets and a chequered past. This is the first book I’ve read by Diana Douglas. She outlines just the right amount of description to transport the reader without using tedious flowery language. The result is a fast-paced, entertaining story that‘s hard to put down. The characters are both believable and likeable, but not without flaws. I found myself rooting for the good guys early on and hoping the baddie would get his comeuppance. You’ll have to read the book to see if he does! As soon as I finished this novel I longed for the next in the series. A great read and highly recommended for anyone who loves a well-written tale.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dena

    The story starts with an artificial opening scene and the protagonist's voice akwardly constructed. As the author takes the main character into the past, the story starts to unravel smoothly; however, when the author starts to develop her characters, it is hardly credible that they would behave in such a way. I find the author's voice inconsistent and unconvincing enough. I did not get past chapter five. I lost my patience when the female protagonist started to behave like a spoilt child and and The story starts with an artificial opening scene and the protagonist's voice akwardly constructed. As the author takes the main character into the past, the story starts to unravel smoothly; however, when the author starts to develop her characters, it is hardly credible that they would behave in such a way. I find the author's voice inconsistent and unconvincing enough. I did not get past chapter five. I lost my patience when the female protagonist started to behave like a spoilt child and and the male protagonist like her father. This kind of stubborn female x strong & protective male relationship works well in some stories but not here. The only thing I actually liked here was the choice of place - Cornwall.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cyril Patrick Feerick

    A beautiful blend of history and romance is given to us by author Diana L. Douglas in her book "The Tattooed Angel, a Time-travel". The story of Angela, who is transported into 17th century England, where she meets the endearing Nicholas. The author's mastery of description is what truly kept me reading. You can tell she did a lot of research to write it and I enjoyed reading about the history of that time period. After finishing this I had to call my sister and have her download it as she is an A beautiful blend of history and romance is given to us by author Diana L. Douglas in her book "The Tattooed Angel, a Time-travel". The story of Angela, who is transported into 17th century England, where she meets the endearing Nicholas. The author's mastery of description is what truly kept me reading. You can tell she did a lot of research to write it and I enjoyed reading about the history of that time period. After finishing this I had to call my sister and have her download it as she is an avid time travel romance reader. I am going to get the next book in the series too, I hope it is as good.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bettye McKee

    A lovely modern-to-medieval time travel romance Angela is visiting Cornwall with her boyfriend Gary in 2014. When she returns to their rooms, she finds him being serviced by a whore. She runs outside and drives away in her Land Rover. Not knowing where she is or where she is going, she runs into heavy fog, so she pulls to the side of the road. She doesn't even see the headlights of the car that crashes into her. When she awakens, it is 1648 and Oliver Cromwell is making life difficult for the Engl A lovely modern-to-medieval time travel romance Angela is visiting Cornwall with her boyfriend Gary in 2014. When she returns to their rooms, she finds him being serviced by a whore. She runs outside and drives away in her Land Rover. Not knowing where she is or where she is going, she runs into heavy fog, so she pulls to the side of the road. She doesn't even see the headlights of the car that crashes into her. When she awakens, it is 1648 and Oliver Cromwell is making life difficult for the English. My deduction of one star is for more than 30 errors.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kim Hennis Flynn

    Entertaining twist to time-travel romance.. This isn't your predictable time-travel romance, and it's a good read. Impressively entertaining. The heroine is a funny brash but loveable character. I would have liked to have seen a bit more on each character and some of the different paths that the story takes you on could have ventured into more depth. But it was an easy and enjoyable book. Entertaining twist to time-travel romance.. This isn't your predictable time-travel romance, and it's a good read. Impressively entertaining. The heroine is a funny brash but loveable character. I would have liked to have seen a bit more on each character and some of the different paths that the story takes you on could have ventured into more depth. But it was an easy and enjoyable book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    Great beginning to unusual time travel romance This book has much more plot and controversy than your average time travel romance, and I loved that about it. I'm very interested to see what else they face through history and how the heroine coming from the future will play in. Great beginning to unusual time travel romance This book has much more plot and controversy than your average time travel romance, and I loved that about it. I'm very interested to see what else they face through history and how the heroine coming from the future will play in.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Yashari Glenn

    Terrific storytelling A good storytelling book. Not much of a romance novel and I'm glad of that. Loved the plot twists and turns. I would recommend this book if you like a little fantasy with history. Terrific storytelling A good storytelling book. Not much of a romance novel and I'm glad of that. Loved the plot twists and turns. I would recommend this book if you like a little fantasy with history.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Karina

    Enjoyed This was my first time reading this author. I really enjoyed this book. The story line dragged a bit but once it got started it kept me very interested. Hoping I can find a second one out there.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    fantastic, would definitely recommend.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tiff's*Addictiontobooks

    I read the book in a 2 day period and I'm really looking forward to the next one in the series. I love time travel stories and this one was very different from any other. I loved the unique twist. I read the book in a 2 day period and I'm really looking forward to the next one in the series. I love time travel stories and this one was very different from any other. I loved the unique twist.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kristy Usnick

    Boring book Not worth the time I spent reading it. I even skipped part of the book hoping it would get better. I t didn't. Boring book Not worth the time I spent reading it. I even skipped part of the book hoping it would get better. I t didn't.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Brown

    Great book. What a page turner. I had to finish it as soon as I started. Better than the Twilight saga and better than Outlander. I would read the rest of the series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    Excellent book, highly recommend.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Monica

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cari

  28. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

  29. 4 out of 5

    Miss Abigail Jackson

  30. 4 out of 5

    Leah

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