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Angel Lane Paperback – September 29, 2009
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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
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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.Read more ›
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. ( )
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.
Jamie, Sarah and Emma are each very different in their own ways, however, they are the best of friends and have a single goal in mind - to put the 'Heart' back in Heart Lake, their beloved and Mayberry-esque town. To do this, the women decide to put forth a campaign of doing one good deed a day, a kind of "pay it forward". If they could get everyone in town to do this simple act, imagine how much friendlier and closer life would be.
Meanwhile, each of the woman have their own troubles they are dealing with. Sarah is suffering from severe grandchildren withdrawals when her daughter, husband and two granddaughters move away. Emma is feeling defeated when her beloved quilt shop continues to unravel and business continues on the snail pace side. Jamie has moved to Heart Lake to take back her life, after divorcing her abusive policeman husband. She seems to be doing just fine until a handsome widowed cop with two young daughters continues to pop up into her life, creating a bit of havoc within her heart.
I truly loved every aspect of Angel Lane. The story is entertaining, heartwarming, fun and brings the holiday season to life with the true meaning of giving. For fans of such authors as Debbie Macomber, I think that Sheila Roberts and her delicious novel Angel Lane will be a huge hit.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like books where you are encouraged as the reader to better yourself by helping others even if it's just part of the story line.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Love, love, loved!!! Anything Sheila Roberts writes is a winner in my book!Published 11 months ago by lisa anglina
Keeping the spirit of Christmas alive with this wonderful little story of three 'wise women' starting a campaign in the spirit of giving. Read morePublished 14 months ago by CReader
This is a great story with very like able characters. It is funny and heartwarming and it will make you route for the characters.Published 14 months ago by Colleen Richardson