Leona doesn't know what has happened to her family. Only that one day her mother was there and the next she was gone. Only a short time later her brother vanishes in the same way. But it's not long before a new woman shows up with her own children and their family starts to fall together again. But Leona has a secret that she doesn't even realize she's been keeping. At night, her father and her play a game, a game that she's only just starting to realize isn't as innocent as she thought it was, but as her life starts to unravel, some things start falling into place in Charge of an Angel by Linda Diane Wattley. ****
This is a story of a young girl who has been taken advantage of and mistreated from the time she was far too young to understand what was happening to her. But it's also a story of love and strength and overcoming your past. Leona isn't the only character in this book and there are several others that you really feel like you come to know as you're reading. There is plenty going on in here and you feel like you just have to keep reading to find out if she's going to get away from everything and have the happily ever after that she deserves. For anyone who is going through a horrible situation, this is a book about not letting anything destroy you and about always rising back up. Leona is definitely a strong girl and she's just like so many others who have struggled with these awful experiences in Charge of an Angel by Linda Diane Wattley.
Domestic violence, incest, paedophilia, and child abuse are all topics we don't want to think about, let alone talk about, so any author who addresses these issues is taking a risk. Nevertheless, these are topics that must be aired and discussed. Linda Diane Wattley handles this difficult topic with love, care, and a deep understanding of the victim's feelings. Her characterisation of Leona allows us, as readers, to look inside the mind and the strangely twisted beliefs of a victim. We understand the pain, anguish, and simple lack of understanding that Leona feels. Writing the story in first person certainly allows the reader to connect deeply with Leona. This is a beautifully and simply told story of family love and where that can sometimes go horribly wrong. Charge of an Angel is the first in a trilogy and I'm sure most readers will be aching to read the next two books and see where the journey takes Leona. *****
From the Author
Victims are not seeking pity we are just announcing I am more than what has happened to me. In fact, I am amazing. Oprah Winfrey is a perfect example to how high we can go in life. She too experienced sexual abuse. We will be there for you. We come to love and give. God bless us all!