Boooring! It was a quick read, but that's because there was no depth. Nothing exciting or intriguing happens to anyone. It's just the doldrums of the daily life of a spinster living off a meager retirement in a rented room. Personally I think it may have been more fun to read of her life with her housemate before the housemate dies. Miss Garnet mentions that folks used to speculate that the two were lesbian. Well that would have been more interesting. I didn't finish it, but did peek to the back to see if it got more interesting, to perhaps convince me to stay with the book, but it didn't seem that way. There were new characters introduced, but there still seemed to be a shallowness that I just couldn't keep my eyelids open for.
Sorry, but I couldn't make it past page 75. Just didn't hold my attention.
I enjoyed this book. It is a a quick but stimulating read. It is not quite as good as the first one of Miss Vickers' novels I read, but definitely worth a read. It is also harder to find. None of the discount book chains seem to have any of her work where I live.
This is a story about a lonely retired school teacher who decides to spend 6 months in Venice Italy. The novel follows the teacher, Miss Garnet, from the time of Epiphany to the feast of Rapheal. The biblical story of angel Rapheal is woven into Miss Garnets day to day life in Venice. During this time she falls in love, experiences loss and eventually redemption.
Though this novel was a best seller in England, I feel that many Americans would find it boring. It appropriately has been referred to as a 'gentle' read. I would recommend MISS GARNET'S ANGEL to readers who have been to or hope to visit Venice and to those who love classic paintings and tours of old churches.
I liked this book a lot, but I was left with the feeling that perhaps I didn't get everything out of it that I could have. I don't have much of a religious background and I wonder if the story would have been fuller, more rich, to me if I had gotten some of the references, etc. Nevertheless, even on a surface level, I enjoyed the book. Makes me seriously want to visit Venice...