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Monday, February 21, 2011

Angel Sister...Review

About the book:
It is 1936 and Kate Merritt, the middle child of Victor and Nadine, works hard to keep her family together. Her father slowly slips into alcoholism and his business suffers during the Great Depression. As her mother tries to come to grips with their situation and her sisters seem to remain blissfully oblivious to any problems, it is Kate who must shoulder the emotional load. Who could imagine that a dirty, abandoned little girl named Lorena Birdsong would be just what the Merritts need?

This richly textured novel reveals the power of true love, the freedom of forgiveness, and the strength to persevere through troubled times. Multidimensional characters face real and trenchant problems while maintaining their family bonds, all against the backdrop of a sultry Kentucky summer.

Set in small town Kentucky during the great depression, this is a fantastic story with characters that will stay with you. Some you'll love and some you'll hate.  I adored Kate and Lorena.  I hated Victor's father, a true to life example of how anger and bitterness ruins lives.  Aunt Hattie was fantastic. Victor's struggle to overcome his alcoholism and come to terms with his war experiences, along with Nadine's love and fear for him, tear at your heart. Lorena's charming sweetness will capture it.

Ann Gabhart is a fantastic storyteller.  Her writing is lyrical and descriptive.  In her hands, a story that would have been only sad and depressing is, instead, a beautiful story of love, family and forgiveness. 

Available February 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.Thanks to Donna Hausler and the Baker Publishing Group for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Ann H. Gabhart here.  You can purchase your own copy here

Read 2/11

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4/5 Stars

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