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February 26, 2010

Angel Sister - Blog Book Tour

About the Book:
It is 1936 and Kate Merritt, the middle child of Victor and Nadine, works hard to keep her family together during the Great Depression. While her father tries to come to grips with their situation and her sisters seem to remain blissfully oblivious to it, 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?

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. Multidimensional characters face real and hard-hitting problems while maintaining their family bonds, all against the backdrop of a sultry Kentucky summer. Readers will be drawn into the story and find themselves lingering there long after they’ve finished the book.

About the Author:
Ann H. Gabhart is the award-winning, bestselling author of several books about the Shakers, including The Believer, The Outsider and The Seeker. Living just thirty miles from a restored Shaker village and one mile from the place she was born in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, she has walked the same paths that her characters might have walked in generations past.

My Thoughts:
I always want to be completely transparent with my reviews, which sometimes means negative feedback. I was not a fan of this novel. I started reading it about 2 weeks ago, and after every 3 or four chapters I would put it down and not feel anything compelling me to pick it back up, but I gave it a second and third chance, until I could finally get into the story, and by the time the plot started to form I was already past the 100th page. Please don't think this book is all bad...The book does have it's redeeming qualities. I enjoyed the loyalty of Kate to Lorena and how Kate was always so brave to stand up for and protect her family. I also loved the concept of redemption and that people can change, like the reverand and Victor were able to do. I enjoyed the character transformations, but I found it confusing to follow with all the flashbacks in the midst of the current story. Would I recommend this book? Yes, but not too enthusiastically.

Available February 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

disclaimer: review copy was provided

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