Monday, February 21, 2011

Angel Sister

Angel Sister
Ann H. Gabhart
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3381-0
February, 2011/416 pages/$14.99

It is 1936 and Kate Merritt is trying hard to keep her family together. Her father has slipped into alcoholism, her mother tries to come to grips with their dire financial situation, and her sisters seem to remain blissfully oblivious to all of it. Kate could never have imagined that a dirty, abandoned little girl named Lorena Birdsong would be just what her family needs.

In this richly textured novel, award-winning author Ann H. Gabhart reveals the power of true love, the freedom of forgiveness, and the strength to persevere through troubled times, all against the backdrop of a sultry Kentucky summer.

Living just thirty miles from a restored Shaker village in Kentucky, Ann H. Gabhart has walked the same paths that her characters might have walked in generations past. Her thorough research provides a convincing and colorful backdrop for her Shaker novels. Gabhart is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, and Angel Sister.

I could tell by the cover that I was going to love this book, and I was right. This is one of those Southern novels that you not only read but experience. You will hear the cicadas chirp, smell the bacon sizzling, see the intense look on Kate's preacher-grandfather's face as he delivers his fiery sermons (not all of which are behind the pulpit), and feel Kate's determination to save her family from disintegrating and to keep her promise to Lorena, who is convinced that Kate is the Angel Sister her mama promised would look after her. Tender prose, a touching story, and a beautiful reminder of forgiveness and new beginnings weave together in this novel that will warm your heart.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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quilly said...

It sounds to me like Lorena is the real angel sister.

Cindy Swanson said...

This sounds really good, Linda! I'm going to have to add it to my growing to-read list.

Hey, I'm doing a fun little book meme over at my book blog. It's all about what authors you have in your library. It just takes a moment, and it's a good way to spread some link love. Hope you'll play! :)

Ann H. Gabhart said...

Hi, Linda.

Thanks so much for reading my book, Angel Sister, and sharing your thoughts about it with your reading friends. I do appreciate reviewers and love having the chance to say thank you to some of you who have read my story.