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Monday, August 9, 2010
Angel Song, by Sheila Walsh and Kathryn Cushman is a tale of a young woman who thought she had escaped her southern home and life by moving to New York and becoming an interior designer. When her sister graduates from college Ann returns to celebrate. The celebration takes a turn for the worse when they are hit by a drunk driver on their way home and Ann's sister dies. This forces Ann to re-examine her childhood and the life she left as she begins to be "haunted" by angelic song, makes friends with her southern neighbor and her Down's Syndrome son, and begins to discover her sisters deep faith in God. Ann is faced with a choice between her current life and the life her heart longs for.
Although predictable in that you know what Ann is going to chose in the end, the characters are believable and they come to life. Your heart goes out to the neighbor who bravely mothers her son and everyone around her. To Ann who struggles with the death of her sister, abandonment by her mother, struggling to find out who she is, and who God really is also. Ann is brought to a point in her life in which she has to decide what is truly important to her while being pulled to "protect" people she loves.
The story reads well, with just the right blend of descriptors to help you form a visual without going overboard. I didn't find myself skipping paragraphs to get to the "meat" of the story. The story line has a hint of romance but I wouldn't really classify it as a romance novel. This is more a discovery book. I have already recommended it to friends and I recommend it to you too!
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