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Book 1 of 3 in the Rosey Corner Series

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Little does young Kate Merritt realize that bringing home the half-starved five-year-old abandoned on the steps of her grandfather Reece�s church will set in motion a chain of events destined to reveal long-buried secrets in the town of Rosey Corner, Kentucky. Kate is Victor and Nadine�s middle child, a caretaker by nature with a tremendous sense of responsibility and a sunny, energetic nature. Little Lorena Birdsong captures her heart when she inquires whether Kate is the angel sent by her Mommy to bring food. Troubled by her father�s drinking after recurrent war-related PTSD nightmares and her mother�s emotional withdrawal, Kate is capably portrayed on the cusp of adolescence, as still very much a child in some ways, even while shouldering an adult role in keeping the family together. Gabhart�s newest Christian historical novel acutely evokes Victor and Nadine�s early years, culminating with his military service in the trenches of France during 1917-18, and their daughter Kate�s crisis of faith during the summer of 1936. --Lynne Welch

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“What a jewel of a story. Like a Kentucky summer, Angel Sister starts slow and easy but by the end, roars along, leaving the reader breathless and wanting more.”
—Lauraine Snelling, author of the Red River series, Daughters of Blessing series, and One Perfect Day
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; Reprinted edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800733819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800733810
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
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By Joanne Long on November 5, 2011
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When this book was chosen as a book club selection, not one of us ladies realized that it was actually Christian fiction. Although I am a Christian, I have found that much Christian fiction I read just ends up being a bit too unrealistic for my taste. I can tell you that most of the ladies in my group loved this novel, while my final thoughts tend to be a bit more reserved.

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.
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Three years ago, I had never heard of Ann Gabhart. That all changed when I met her at Kentucky Christian Writers Conference last year. Since then, I've read several of her books, and I must say this. She is a master of the historical fiction genre.

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.
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Ann Gabhart has written a lovely story of endurance during the Great Depression. "Angel Sister" is based on a humble family, the Merritts, who are coping with all kinds of pressures--some of the pressures come from sharing small town living with extended family, some pressures come from unresolved issues inside the home. When a little girl is abandoned on the church steps and ends up in the care of the Merritt's, simmering hostilities reach a boiling point. And ultimately results in so much good! This is a book with a recurring theme running through it--how can a person overcome the pain and damage his/her father caused in a childhood? You won't want to miss this well researched and carefully constructed novel by such a talented author.
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It always says a lot to me that I can whip through a fiction book in a day or two and a nonfiction book in weeks. When I start reading a good story, I get drawn in and just want to know how it ends. Last night, I finished reading a new book and when I was done, I just smiled.

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.
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