Friday, 4 March 2011

Angel Sister by Ann H Gabhart


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 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?

My take:~

Ann Gabhart captivated me with Angel Song, a penetrating and emotive tale of a family living through the Great Depression, struggling with addiction, religious piety and financial strain. Each character is skilfully drawn from young Kate, responsible and protective, to her father Victor, lost in nightmares and the temporary comfort of a bottle. The family's joys and misfortunes are slowly revealed through flashbacks and memories, in perfect harmony with present day happenings. A thread of suspense, an unusual hermit and a little girl called Lorena Birdsong, provide further substance to an already fascinating story. Ann's honest look at alcoholism, the abuse of power by a church leader and fatherhood is powerful and moving. Angel Sister is testament to Ann's exceptional skills as a writer and storyteller.

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

With thanks to Revell for my review copy

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Scrappy quilter said...

I look forward to reading this one.

Ann H Gabhart said...

Hi, Rel. I always look forward to reading what you think about one of my stories. So glad you liked Angel Sister and that you told your friends about the story. Thanks.

Scrappy quilter, hope you like it too. Nice quilt piece with your comment.

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