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Angel Sister: A Novel Paperback – February 1, 2011
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Although I didn't enjoy this story as much as the other ladies, I did find appreciation within the story itself. We are brought to a small community in Kentucky during the Great Depression to follow the lives of the Merritt family. We are shown glimpses of past events that all of the family members have been avoiding, but now realize that they must confront these demons if their lives are going to continue without hurting one another.
Victor and Nadine fell in love long ago, and it was very touching as they both reflected on their love and lives together as they were struggling to keep their marriage intact. They were so young and in love that I don't think either one of them realized how they got to this place in their marriage where they no longer recognized each other. But Nadine kept her faith in the Lord and her husband and once Victor admitted to Nadine that he needed help, she embraced him and offered him her support.
Kate is the middle sister of the Merritt family and for some reason has taken the weight of the family's problems on her own shoulders. When Kate discovers a young girl that appears to be left on the church doorstep her motherly instincts take over and she takes young Lorena Birdsong under her wing.Read more ›
Angel Sister is the best yet, in my opinion. It is set in the fictitious Kentucky town of Rosey corner in the 1930s. The Great Depression is in full swing---"tough economic times" that make today's economy look pretty good. Fourteen-year-old Kate Merritt finds a little girl abandoned on the steps of the church where her grandfather is pastor. Little Lorena's parents could not care for her, so they left her where someone would find her and take her in. Kate becomes her "angel sister," but not without causing controversy in the family and in the church.
Like most small towns, Rosey Corner has its drama and family secrets. The drama escalates, the secrets come out, and Kate is right in the middle of it. We learn how the conflicts in Rosey Corner came to be, from her father's post-traumatic stress from WW1 to the reasons for other town characters' peculiar behavior.
It's an entertaining story, and the book is not as long as some of Ann's other books. The historical details add interest. For example, the flashbacks to the WWI days when Kate's parents were newlyweds give us a picture of what our forebears have sacrificed for our freedoms.
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me, unsolicited, by the publisher, Revell Books. I was not required to read or review the book, nor is my review in any way influenced by the publisher or the author.
The book I read is Angel Sister by Ann H. Gabhart. I have never read a book by this author before, but I enjoyed her story and her writing.
Storyline: Kate's family is a mess. Her father, Victor, is turning to the bottle and her mother, Nadine, and he are both belittled by their controlling fathers. She finds an abandoned little girl on the church steps when she goes to the church to take her grandfather some preserves. This little girl causes a stir in their extended family and the town. You hope that this will be the story of healing in Kate's family and without giving too much away--it is just that.
Writing: The writing is good and easy to read. The characters were easy to imagine and seemed very real. They weren't perfect by any means--even Kate, who the reader deeply sympathizes with. I liked that.
Plot: The plot is interesting. It is set in 1936 during the Great Depression. The story of Nadine and Victor's past is interwoven with the story of the present in this book. The past for these characters, as for us all, is rooted in our pasts. The desire for power takes a central role in this book and it is clear how that desire of Victor and Nadine's fathers affected not only their lives but the lives of their children and their children's children.
It is rare to find Christian books that are just fun to read that are not romance novels. This one is not and that makes it a unique book in my eyes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Every page is a new adventure in the lives of these wonderful small town people. Highly recommend!Published 7 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent read about the bond forged between sisters, even if they are not blood related.Published 18 days ago by Rhonda Crute
I loved this. Good Christian story. Good lessons and the characters seem genuine. Mean , nice and "crazy" ones!! Hated seeing it end. I really like her writing style. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Loved the message behind the story in this well written book. In spite of turmoil and hardships, Nadine and Victor never gave up on their marriage and family. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amy
I really enjoyed this book. I could not put it down and read it quickly. I thought the characters were realistic and easy to picture in my mind. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kathryn I. Smith
Good to read about faith love and forgiveness. Characters were well developed plot had variety even though it wasa predictable ending.Published 5 months ago by Gwen