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Fallen Angel [Kindle Edition]

Mona Ingram
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Book Description

August 2014:  New Cover - Same Great Story!
Laura MacLeod doesn't need an intervention to know she's in trouble. A paediatric nurse on an oncology ward, she has seen her share of suffering. But when tragedy touches her personally, she falls apart and accepts help in the form of pain killers. She becomes rapidly addicted, and her downward spiral is humiliating as well as life-changing. Fresh from rehab, she travels to the Okanagan Valley, where she has agreed to perform menial work at a winery for several months.

F-18 fighter pilot Bradley Jamieson has witnessed the horrors of war in Afghanistan, resulting in the loss of his ability to speak. Weary from the aftermath of war, he accepts his friend's invitation to visit his winery. Unable to understand how a beautiful woman like Laura could throw away her life by taking drugs, he is determined to avoid her. But the more he sees of this gentle woman, the more he's attracted to her.

The summer sun isn't the only thing generating heat in the valley. Laura and Bradley battle their their growing attraction for one another while fighting their inner demons. Can these two troubled souls find the peace they desire, or will reality bring them crashing back down to earth?


Editorial Reviews

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"...an emotional romance that keeps you glued to the pages..."
- Kindle Romance Review

"The romance between them was good, no stupid misunderstandings that got in the way - I get tired of those. The book had me smiling in places, and wanting to cry in others. That's a good sign for me."
- Amazon Review


"I liked this story. The two primary characters were well developed - likeable, and down-to-earth with baggage that could belong to anyone you know. I especially liked the way the author took the time to give enough background for the reader to see just how easy it is to fall into the grips of addiction or depression."
- Amazon Review


"Mona Ingram writes a beautiful tale of love and redemption. I started this book and couldn't stop reading until I finished. I found myself falling in love with both main characters. Ingram does a superb job of creating two imperfect people the reader cannot help but care about. The story is well-crafted, the writing clean, the descriptions of the countryside absolutely perfect. I want to visit that winery! I've been a fan of Ingram for some time, but I will definitely be reading more of her work."
- Amazon Review

From the Author

  In this story, the Okanagan Valley becomes one of the characters. A lot of the valley is devoted to wineries producing world class vintages, something we're all proud of. After visiting several wineries in the region I realized that a winery would be an ideal setting for a romance novel. Thus, Fallen Angel was born.
  By the way...we really do have lakes hidden up in the hills. A breathtaking and welcome sight after a day of hiking.
  I hope you enjoy reading Fallen Angel as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3893 KB
  • Print Length: 159 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006GEQ1AC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,521 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, light romance December 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Laura is a pediatric oncology nurse whose life is altered when a patient dies. What began as a way to cope with a personal tragedy has now become a debilitating addiction, and her family and friends have staged an intervention. As she enters rehab, we meet Bradley, a former fighter pilot who lost the use of his voice when a missile he launches kills NATO forces. Although an investigation reveals it was not Bradley's fault, he cannot forgive himself for the tragedy.

Bradley and Laura meet when they both find work at a winery. Their attraction is instant, but their communication is somewhat hindered due to their mutual reluctance to discuss the past and Bradley's use of a BlackBerry to communicate. Just when things begin to fall into place for the couple, tragedy strikes again. This time, it could keep them apart forever....

I enjoyed the format of the story. It's told from alternate points of view, so we get inside the heads of both characters. The story line is predictable (as are most romances), but enjoyable nonetheless. It's also a very unique twist in that both characters are extremely damaged. There is a damsel-in-distress scene, which I could have done without. Laura becomes such a strong character and overcomes her addictions and past failures, and I would have liked to see her rescue herself in the end. However, there is a happily ever after, which is the way all romances should end.

There are no graphic scenes. My only complaint is with the dialogue. There's no witty or flirty dialogue between Bradley and Laura. Sometimes, the dialogue is awkward, even. In parts, it appears the characters are speaking to let the reader know what's happening, not really interacting with other characters. With a different cover and some revised dialogue, this book would be much more enjoyable. As it is, it is a sweet romance with no real surprises, but it's a pleasant afternoon read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story with good lessons January 18, 2012
By JoJo431
Format:Kindle Edition
I liked this story. The two primary characters were well developed - likeable, and down-to-earth with baggage that could belong to anyone you know. I especially liked the way the author took the time to give enough background for the reader to see just how easy it is to fall into the grips of addiction or depression. And, I liked the storyline about the vinyard giving jobs and fresh starts to recovering addicts - of all addictions. My one wish about the story is that after carefully sculpting this lovely story, it almost seems as if the author got tired of writing and gave the story's ending a bum's rush. The bad guy came and went in very few pages and both of the primary characters wound up happily ever after in the same amount of pages. I would have liked to see the resolution come a little slower so as to provide an example for others who are looking for their own light at the end of a tunnel. I would definitely read other work by this author. I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars clumsy manipulation November 23, 2012
By GioGio
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I picked up this book while it was free on Kindle, so on some level I have no right to complain. However, there were some things I found to be very objectionable, and my hope is the author can use the opinions in these customer reviews to hone her craft.
***SPOILERS***
The first part of the book was okay, though anyone who has any friends going through any type of recovery from addiction knows that the addict is encouraged to take personal responsibility for their actions. For me, the main character was stuck in victimhood and blaming others for her fall from grace. But the point where I put the book down in disgust was the same moment mentioned by another reviewer, though for a different reason. The author saw fit to kill off the heroine's best friends; apparently she couldn't think of another way to provide conflict for the H/h to overcome. What made my hair stand on end was the fact that the heroine, coming straight from an agreement to seriously pursue her relationship with the hero, then drives away without a word. A few facts about the hero have already been established: 1. He always carries a blackberry with him, as he's non-verbal and it's his only way to communicate in real time. Completely simple to have sent the guy a text. Barring that, they're working at a hotel - leave a note at the desk, voice mail on his room phone, stick a Post-It to his door, for cripes' sake. 2. His loss of speech is due to severe trauma. The heroine, a trained nurse, sees fit to disappear in this way from the life of someone who's already very delicately balanced? It's not only deeply stupid, it's also unethical, and downright mean. I stopped reading mid-sentence, deleted the book, and have no plans to purchase anything else written by this author unless I can be persuaded she's treating her characters, and her readers, with more respect and intelligence.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fallen Angel January 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I liked the story, it has romance, over coming adversity and going forward with your life. Laura was a nurse untill she got addicted to prescription drugs, after some things happened on her job. Her boss and family do an intervention and she goes to rehab, towards the end of her stay she finds out about a job at a winery/restuarant/hotel. Laura goes to work there and this is when she meets Bradley who was a fighter pilot in Afganistan, something tramtic happens to him and he loses his voice. Sparks fly between them. This is a good story easy to read and enjoyable. The main charecters are believable and could be your friend or neighbors. I was given a free copy of this book in order to review it....By Loves to read
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gives you hope
A wonderful story of courage, love and new beginning. The story tell the story of Laura with all her faults. She except responsible for her actions and find true love. Read more
Published 11 days ago by calli
3.0 out of 5 stars Fallen Angel
Nurses are often called angels...this one had fallen. In her daily routines with tragedy in her life she became addicted to drugs and had to serve time in a vineyard. Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. Yates
5.0 out of 5 stars softly surrendered
An eventful, realistic life story. Very detailed emotions throughout this book. Sexy characters, very explicit sex scenes. Heart warming story.
Published 2 months ago by MD
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. It kept me wondering what would happen next. I like love and mysteries all in one.
Published 3 months ago by Linda Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
Loved this book. Awesome story. Really shows how people can get clean after making a mistake. Just bc you mess up once doesn't mean you will continue too.
Published 4 months ago by Sheila Tharp
5.0 out of 5 stars Tender and Heart-Felt Romance
Those that love romantic dramas are going to love Fallen Angel by Mona Ingram. It's a tender, heart-felt romance that truly stirs the emotions. Read more
Published 6 months ago by A. Brantley
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I will say I have had this book in my tbr list for a long time and after I finished this one I wish I would have read it sooner. It was the perfect book for me right now. Read more
Published 9 months ago by All Night Books
5.0 out of 5 stars Fallen Angel
This is an amazing story of over coming the struggles life throws our way. Over coming addiction and coming to terms with things we can not change. Read more
Published 15 months ago by eva aldridge
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent light beach read, no literary value
Your typical predictable love story. The character development is ok, the writing style is ok, the plot development is ok. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Julia
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming Read
This is a love story, but also the story of things beyond our control, and our reactions to them. I thought the characters were well developed. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ann McCambridge
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More About the Author

Mona Ingram is the author of 20 romance novels, including two novellas. Many of her stories take place in British Columbia, where she has lived since the age of twelve. In recent years she has lived in the Okanagan Valley and on Vancouver Island. In addition to reading and writing, traveling and bird watching are among Mona's favourite pastimes.
Mona wrote formerly for Avalon Books, a respected New York publisher which was bought by Amazon's Montlake Press in early 2012. Her five Avalon books are now available from Amazon in e-book format as well as soft-cover print editions.
E-mail: mona@monaingram.com
Blog: http://monaingram.blogspot.com



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