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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 Original edition (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312384823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312384821
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #839,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Roberts returns to Heart Lake, Wash., for a second beguiling visit (after Spring in Bloom). Chocolatier Jamie Moore, her bakery-owner aunt Sarah and quilt store owner Emma Swanson take on a community project, Have a Heart, to encourage good deeds in Heart Lake, but the friends find paying-it-forward isn't as easy as it would seem. Cop Josh Armstrong, a handsome widower with two cute daughters, keeps rescuing Jamie, who fights her attraction to him because of her first marriage to an abusive cop. Emma, who's struggling to keep her store open and is also hungry for love, adopts a stray cat. Married Sarah fights off a lecherous neighbor and gives free (but messy) baking lessons to girls. Roberts's world of good deeds can verge on Thomas Kinkade overkill, though her relentless cheer will doubtless warm more than a few hearts. (Oct.)
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"Roberts' book of small-town life is as sweet as ginger cookies and as homey as raisin pie (recipes included). Readers will laugh and cry with the women lovingly portrayed in this heartwarming story that explores the joys of friendship and the power of good deeds."
--RT Book Reviews
 
"... will doubtless warm more than a few hearts."
--Publishers Weekly
 
"Angel Lane is a feel-good book that shouldn't be missed and is a perfect read for the upcoming Christmas holiday season."
--Romancing the Book

More About the Author

Sheila Roberts lives on a small lake in the Pacific Northwest and has three children and one long-suffering husband. Her books have been printed in a many different languages, and her novel "On Strike for Christmas" was made into a movie for the Lifetime Channel. When she's not playing with girlfriends or on the tennis court Sheila can be found writing about those things dear to women's hearts:family, friends, and chocolate.

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Fun holiday read!
Ronna
They start the movement "keep the heart in Heart Lake" with the hopes that good deeds would be paid forward by those who had received the gesture.
Romancing the Book
Roberts writes a very inspiring tale of how the actions of three individuals can influence an entire town.
Jennifer Lawrence

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Lawrence on October 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
Heart Lake is a small, quiet lake-side town. It seems to be experiencing a bit of growing-pains, however. Citizens are no longer courteous to one another and it's beginning to loose its Mayberry feeling.

The three main characters (Jaime, Sarah, and Emma) are local shop owners and close friends. They decide to come up with a way to bring the "heart" back into Heart Lake. Each of them decides to do one good deed a day in the hopes that their actions influence those of others, a sort of pay-it-forward campaign.

In the midst of this campaign, each of the main characters are experiencing their own personal drama.

Jaime, Sarah's niece, works at the town's chocolate store. She moved to Heart Lake to get away from an abusive marriage. She's in no rush to get into another relationship. However, when she crosses the path of Jake Armstrong, a widower raising two young girls, her world is upended. She's proud of her independence and doesn't want to get hurt again. But Jake is hard to resist.

Sarah is experiencing serious grandchild withdrawl after her daughter's family moves away. She's been a part of their lives since they were born and their absence is noticable. Her good deed is to provide cooking classes to a handful of the young girls in town. Her efforts seem to be in vain when one of her students takes advantage of her kindness.

Emma feels like a failure when her beloved quilt shop fails to take off. She has a handful of customers, including one who always seems to forget her checkbook, and Emma has allowed her to create a pretty hefty tab. Will hard work ever pay off?

Have you ever picked up a book, start reading it, instantly falling in love with the characters? That's what happened when I started reading Angel Lane.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Yacovitch on October 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
Emma, Sarah and Jamie are shop owners in the idyllic community of Heart Lake, Washington. Sarah owns a bakery, Jamie owns a chocolate candy store and Emma owns a struggling quilt shop and each woman brings her unique talent to their friendship.

Their friendship began one Wednesday in September when Emma wanders into Jamie's chocolate shop as Jamie and her Aunt Sarah were ending their day with a dose of chocolate. This impromptu get together had quickly became a weekly tradition. On one particular Wednesday, the group was discussing how Heart Lake was growing and losing its small town feel and how it is time to "keep the heart in Heart Lake." They unite to start a campaign of "pay it forward" with random act of kindness towards the citizens of Heart Lake and in turn their town would be a much friendlier place.

Each of the women are battling problems of their own; Sarah is lonely for her granddaughters and she gives back by teach a group of girls how to bake, Emma whose busines is failing takes in a stray cat and Jamie is nursing a broken heart from an abusive husband brings candy to the post office as a thank you. Regardless the ladies make a difference in the life of a family new to Heart Lake; Josh Armstrong, his father and two daughters plus their own friendship.

This novel is such a feel good story of friendship and love that it would make a great holiday gift for your BFF and to spark up your holiday spirit. ( )
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
In Heart Lake, Washington, quilt store owner Emma Swanson, bakery shopkeeper Sarah Goodwin and her niece Chocolate Bar owner Jamie Moore decide to do something nice for their small town. They organize the "keep the heart in Heart Lake" campaign asking residents to do something nice for someone else every day.

The three women plan to be role models, but not one expected the consequences of kindness. Emma's Quilt Corner store may close; Sarah is lonely even as she gives free baking lessons and has met Sam; and Jamie has to face her fears of commitment since she met a widower single father of two, Josh the cop.

This is a fun Pacific Northwest small town tale that looks profoundly into a community and as deeply into friendship. The three amigas may have issues that make it difficult to be angels, but they each try anyway. With a warm fuzzy holiday feel, fans who appreciate an inspiring tale will know it does take a committed caring community to bring the heart to everyone.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deb on November 25, 2011
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I really like Sheila Roberts writing style. I have read a lot of books written by her. I love reading Christmas stories during the holiday season and this book was a welcome addition. I dont think you will be disappointed if you decide to purchase this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By squiresj on March 21, 2010
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When I won this book, I was delighted. The blogs and comments I had read made one want to read it. Take the movie "It's a Wonderful life" and compare it to this book. Three women own difference types of shops and their lives impact each other - not only as friends but also in the community. Living in a small town myself I could well relate to the Keep the Heart in Heart Lake move. Rural Communities tend to look out for each other and big cities don't. I know as I was born in a big city.
One kind deed leads to another and another and another. Emma, Sarah, and Jamie all have different types of shops. All are struggling to get people to buy locally as they opt for sales and savings (as I am sure is the case today with the economic conditions). One does not realize what this does to those in their community. This book will make you want to be more loyal to those in your Community.
Jamie suffered abuse at the hands of her first husband, a cop, so she relates all cops to him and lumps them as abusive. So it is hard for Josh, with two daughters, who lost his wife to win Jamie over.
Sometimes I think we forget people who own shops are people just like us struggling with their own issues. A very good read. You'll laugh, you'll want to cry and you'll rejoice in the end.
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