Christabel is part ghost story and
part a traditional tale of good and evil. It is a story told over
time, going back and forth from the days of colonial America to
the modern business and financial district of New York City. It
is also the love story of Christabel and Dina; a love that has lasted
Just as the story of Christabel is told
partly in the present, and partly in the past, so do the voices
telling the story change. First from a first person narrative, and
then to the third person. Through it all, we see the characters
of Christabel, Dina, and the evil designer, Leo Goranson. Christabel
and Dina first meet when New York City is still a colony, recently
taken from the Dutch by the English. Christabel is a colonial girl,
born in what is now Long Island. Dina is a member of the Manhattan
tribe, who once controlled the area. Christabel and Dina, then called
Rahdonee, meet and fall in love. Their happiness is interrupted
by Reverend Gorony, the village pastor.
Now the reader moves in time to New York
City where Dina Rowland, investment broker, is trying to line up
capital for Leo Goranson, best known for his designs and for his
fabulous model, Christabel. As Dina and Christabel meet the same
sparks fly that were there hundreds of years ago. This time, however,
it is Leo who is trying to keep them apart. How the fight between
good and evil plays is the exciting climax to the intriguing novel.
Christabel is the perfect read for
a dark night, a cozy armchair and a warm fire in the fireplace.
It will definitely draw the reader in and keep the pages turning
until the last page.
(regarding first edition of Christabel, 1998)