Christian and Arabella by Angela De Souza

Love stronger than anything imaginable.

A love that was doomed from the start. They were from two different worlds. Christian would do anything to win Arabella's heart but most of his attempts were intercepted by some nasty men and by life itself.
Arabella seemed on a downward spiral and life for her was filled with one heart ache after another. Christian never lost hope and never stopped loving her to the point that it would cost him everything.
If ever there was a tale of true romance and the power of one man's love, this is it.

Cover photo by my lovely daughter, Lorah,

  • Classification: Universal
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  • First submitted April 23, 2012
  • Last updated April 23, 2012
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  • evermoore's avatar
    evermoore wrote 2 years, 7 months ago
    Angela....Your gift is amazing. Christian is the perfect name for Jesus....the opening chapter brought 'footsteps' to mind. His footprints being the only ones as he carried Arabella during her brokenness. All of her life...all of her wrong choices, behaviors, addictions...didn't matter to Him at all. He loved her. He watched over her. He waited for her to simply love Him back. She finally acknowledges His love and tells Him she's unworthy of such love...but He not only begs to differ, ...
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    Blancherose wrote 2 years, 10 months ago

    This is a great start. Your writing is easy to read and visual, as I can see color and expression well described. The story line is interesting and I can see why you have so many books on your shelf. You are a natural at this type of writing and I look forward to reading more. High stars!


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  • Abby Vandiver's avatar
    Abby Vandiver wrote 2 years, 10 months ago
    Well, is he shy or a stalker! Christian seems quite smitten. There are a few grammatical mistakes. I think that reading it out loud will help. "An wounded woman" s/b "A wounded woman." And "crossed street" (singular) doesn't match with "traffic lights" (plural) unless the one street had more than one traffic light. Either street should be plural or lights should be singular. You have "Accident and Emergency" twice in one sentence and they are close together. Try changing one. ...
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  • Geddy25's avatar
    Geddy25 wrote 3 years ago
    I've just read the first two chapters of this inriguing story and found myself lost in it. You gained my interest from the very start and I love the way you slowly built up the relationship between Christian and Arabella. You can always tell how involved you are with a story you're reading when you're hoping certain things will happen or not, and I found myself in this position. You really have done a great job on your text in ...
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    Elizabeth Kathleen [Retired] wrote 3 years ago

    Bless your heart, Angela, you have done a wonderful job in representing the kind of love that Jesus exhibited for us. A love that keeps on giving and doesn't ask for anything in return. How many times have we, as Arabella, fallen into mistakes that only the love of God has pulled us out. I appreciate you writing this.
    God bless you!!
    Elizabeth Kathleen
    "If Children are Cheaper by the Dozen, Can I Get a Discount on Six?"

  • Lenny Banks's avatar
    Lenny Banks wrote 3 years, 1 month ago
    Hi Angela, I read chapter 5. This is an amazing window into the life of an unfortunate girl and I think it is an excellent idea. All too often people gamble or make assumptions and you have written about the the consequences very well. It read fine and the characters were believeable and well designed. Not my normal cup of tea, it was interestesting to read what you have written, most young ladies never talk about things like this, well ...
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  • David Olawoyin's avatar
    David Olawoyin wrote 3 years, 2 months ago
    Many have written for different reasons and in diverse ways, but what comes through here is your passion for the written word and the desire to impact lives with the same. You tell your story in a simple and original way and let it do the job. To you, it seems to be a ministry more than anything else, and I discern a dedication and persistence. For this reason, I will not assess your work by traditional parameters. Nevertheless, I ...
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    Melissa Koehler [Retired] wrote 3 years, 2 months ago
    So sorry it's taken me so long to do my part of our read swap. I've read the first chapter and I really did like it. It''s got an intense, mysterious beginning and then a cute flashback. Your descriptions are vivid and easy to imagine. Your pitches are clear and intriguing. You have found the perfect balance to give enough away without giving away too little or too much. The only crit I can really offer you is that I ...
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  • Debbie R's avatar
    Debbie R wrote 3 years, 2 months ago
    You asked me to pick a chapter I didn't read before so have gone for chapter 10 First of all a few things I picked up on First paragraph 'as he ran towards he ..., shout (ed) at him to stop ' 'trying to snap out of his gaze, but unable to control it one bit' This sounds clumbsy - perhaps 'struggling to lower his gaze, but unable to do so' '... and to win your heart, to me' You ...
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    kingsdaughter Author wrote 3 years, 2 months ago

    I have finished each chapter now, please can you read one of the chapters that you have not already read and give me your feedback - I would be very grateful and will systematically begin to return all reads the week after next.

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    Maria Constantine [Retired] wrote 3 years, 3 months ago
    I have read all the chapters posted as I was particularly drawn into Arabella's life. The writer describes Christian and Arabella's initial meeting from both points of views in the first two chapters which I find effective. Their initial romance is described so beautifully and explores such innocence that it is a sharp contrast to the relationship Arabella later has with Judd. The pain, humiliation and confusion Arabella suffers at the loss of her innocence is described vividly and the ...
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  • Debbie R's avatar
    Debbie R wrote 3 years, 3 months ago
    Angela This is obviously going to be a good old love story. The reader is pulled right into the story with Christian finding Arabella close to death. The pace is good and Arabella and Christian's characters come across well. Sometimes I find your writing is a little formal if that makes sense. It does tend to stop the flow in some parts. A couple of typos is chap 1 'Christian was still in shocked by ...' Also 'Christian was at ...
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    mistybrooke wrote 3 years, 3 months ago

    added to watchlist- I love your profile! thank you for the support for "Christian Single Female"! May God continue to Bless you!

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    DoninMich wrote 3 years, 3 months ago
    Angela, I found your story intriquing. At the hospital sceen I thought of having them find out they are ghosts. That's why the people were ignoring them. But, you took another road, which is also fine. I do think you spent too much time in the past. Jumping back in time and then doing it again in the first two chapters is a bit hard to handle for both the writer and the reader. It's better to stick with one ...
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  • Cara Gold's avatar
    Cara Gold wrote 3 years, 3 months ago
    {Christian and Arabella} – Angela De Souza This book begins powerfully! I think it is a hard thing to pull off a death at the beginning of a book well, because we are yet to know the characters, and so it can be hard to sympathise with them and connect. But you do this well, and the sharp depiction of Arabella’s injuries, as well as Christian’s plea ‘Please don’t let her die…’ is heart-wrenching. Small suggestion here – perhaps split ...
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  • My Boy's Daddy's avatar
    My Boy's Daddy wrote 3 years, 3 months ago

    Happy to put this on my shelf. It comes highly recommended by my wife Faith Rose.

  • Scott Toney's avatar
    Scott Toney wrote 3 years, 3 months ago

    Wow, such a powerful read! Starred highly!!!

    Have a great day!

    - Scott, The Ark of Humanity, Eden Legacy and Lazarus, Man

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    j.l. wood-miller [Retired] wrote 3 years, 3 months ago
    Christian & Arabella (1st 4 chapters) is a charming and honest evocation of the trials of life experienced by a young woman and consequently touches upon issues like rel'ships, sexuality and making one's way--sort of 'Pilgrim's Progress' for the contemporary woman. The writing is clear. The succession of events in the 1st 4 chapters creates the necessary tension. There are a few vague moments: 'Her heart filled with mixed emotions', 'beautiful flowers', but these are very few. An entertaining and ...
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  • L_MC's avatar
    L_MC wrote 3 years, 3 months ago
    Hi Angela, I noticed the tags you placed on the story and thought it sounded like an interesting mix of romance and difficult issues, especially the mention of rape and drugs. With that in mind, when Judd started bringing her the juice at the party I half-expected it to contain a date-rape drug. You have some intriguing ideas and opening with the hopeless situation in which Christian finds Arabella sets an emotional and dramatic tone. It's in sharp contrast to ...
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  • Isoje David's avatar
    Isoje David wrote 3 years, 3 months ago

    A splendid story, i have back and rated six stars

    Isoje David
    Animals in Paradise