Angel Sister  -     By: Ann H. Gabhart
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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?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0800733819
ISBN-13: 9780800733810
Availability: In Stock

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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?

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 trenchant 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.

Author Bio

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several novels, including The Outsider, The Believer, and The Seeker. Her latest novel was inspired in part by the many stories her mother and two aunts told her of growing up in small town Kentucky during the 1930s. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in Kentucky.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful Story, Well Written
    February 12, 2014
    AJH
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Angel Sister is a fantastic Book! The Story of Kate and little Lorena is adorable, and the family and what they go through together is a great story. I saw some reviews about how it's so "christian" well hello? It's a Christian book, the way a Christian book should be written. Our book club did this and they LOVED it, couldn't put it down some of them said. I was also fortunate to meet Ann Gabhart and she is such a sweet lady with a great gift. I've already ready the next book in the series and it was just the same, so now our ladies are passing that one around. Highly Recommended!
  2. Kendallville, IN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Angel Sister - Don't Miss This One!
    September 9, 2011
    Judy K Burgi
    Kendallville, IN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Victor, Nadine, and Kate Merritt are the main characters in this book. The story revolves around their past and present lives. Victor has a drinking problem which started when he was serving in WWI. I strongly suspect that Preston Merritt, Victor's Father, played a big part in it too. Preston was a man that his son could never please. Victor could do nothing right in his Father's eyes; the reason goes back to when Victor was growing up.

    Nadine Merritt is the Daughter of Preacher Reece. She too could never live up to her Father's expectations. Her Father was always praying over her and quoting scriptures at her. She could do nothing right in his eyes.

    Victor and Nadine married against both their Father's wishes. They were so happy early on in their marriage. Soon after marriage, Victor went off to fight in the war. Their lives would never be the same.

    Kate Merritt is fourteen years old and the middle daughter in the family of three girls. Her mother depends on Kate to take over and help her father when he comes home drunk and to help her mother with household chores and other problems that might crop up. Kate never quibbles about it. She just does it.

    This story goes back and forth between the past and present telling both sides of Victor and Nadine's life. This is a necessary part of this book. It has to happen this way in order to get the full picture of what happened and why.

    A five year old girl named Lorena Birdsong is found by Kate sitting on the steps of Grandfather Reece's church. Her parents couldn't care for her and that is where they left her. Lorena sees Kate as her Angel. Has Lorena been sent from God to rescue the Merritt family from destruction?

    This book is about unconditional love, hanging on to faith, and the ability to forgive. The Author, Ann H. Gebhart takes you through a variety of emotions. I felt their joy, their happiness, their anger and their pain. I lived it with them.
  3. Troy, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    August 2, 2011
    cyndidd
    Troy, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    After reading the summary of this book, I was intrigued. Interesting story line, gripping events, and a wonder of the unknown (what will happen in the book) made me pick this book out to read and review. Unfortunately, I could not get into the book. I believe it was more a "this isn't my style of book" rather than the author's writing. Many others seem to enjoy this book. And, I would say it was the story line, but I tried reading another of this author's books, and had the same problem.

    In conclusion, I applaud the author for writing such a gripping tale. I only wish that it would have wrapped itself around me and pulled me in for the ride.
  4. Normal, Illinois
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Compelling! Heart-warming!!! Satisfying!!!
    April 28, 2011
    patti lacy
    Normal, Illinois
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Kate Merritt, a fun-loving teenager who prefers to gig frogs and roam the woods near Rosey Corner, a sleepy Kentucky town, grapples with the tension in her family. When World War I demons and the threat of poverty send her father reeling toward booze, her mother sinking into fearfulness, Kate vows to protect those she loves.

    Then a mysterious little girl named Lorena Birdsong tiptoes into Kate's world...and rocks the conservative congregation, led by Kate's grandfather, to which the Merritts belong. Somehow a dirty orphan manages to rip off the scabs of ugly feuds and long-buried secrets and sets off a cauldron of new problems in an already pressured family.

    Can God teach Kate how to trust Him...and lead her into a world full of forgiveness and fresh starts? Can Kate's parents reclaim the hope and love that kindled their marriage in its early days?

    Writers and readers alike, don't miss this chance to "sit at the feet" of master Gabhart, who brilliantly weaves a two-generational story into a compelling novel that oozes with God's grace, mercy, and His plans to prosper. I loved this book and hated to leave my new "friends" when the last page was turned.

    Read Angel Sister, which Gabhart considers the "novel of her heart." Then go back and discover Ann's other best-selling works, one wonderful volume at a time!!!
  5. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A heart warming novel
    March 30, 2011
    Lois
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    I really liked this novel. It has alot of different emotions and everyday problems in that we all deal with. From the irritating people in our lives to the ones we can always count on. My only negative comment would be the author's overuse of the word "mashing". lol seems it was used too much, several times in one chapter even. There has to be more verbs to describe the way one closes their mouth. other than that, an excellent book!
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Ann H. Gabhart
Located in: Lawrenceburg, KY
Submitted: June 22, 2011

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I'm a native Kentuckian who was born on a farm and has lived a farm girl's life. I married young and of course, he was a farm boy. We still live on a farm. I've been writing since I was a young girl and discovered the joy of reading. I knew I wanted to be somebody who came up with the words in those books I loved.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  My mom and her sisters always had such fun telling stories about their childhood during the Great Depression. What always came through crystal clear in their stories was how much love they had for one another as they made it through some tough times. So I decided to use her background as a setting of my fictional story. Although the characters and story are totally from my imagination, my mom's memories weave a thread of truth through the story and make it a story from my heart and from hers.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope they will see how love and faith can get them through even the hardest time. I want them to live the story with my characters and come away with hope for their own futures.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  This book took me back to my mother's childhood. It helped me to see her before she was my mother. To know her in a way that I might not have known her otherwise. While my characters are fictional, I did create Kate with the kind of can-do attitude my mom has always had. I walked through my mother's memories and did my best to feel what she felt when she was playing hide and seek at dark or when she saw her father passed out after drinking too much since he had a drinking problem just as the father in the book did. There was a Fern in my mother's community and I felt the shivers of fear up my back when my mother saw that lady with her hatchet. I listened for the echo of joy that is my mother's life and I not only heard it, I tried to capture it in the words of Angel Sister.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  My mother has been such an influence on me in the way she always embraced life and did whatever had to be done. I've also been greatly influenced by the little church I've attended for years. I've been blessed to listen to our pastor, Br. Fred preach Bible stories and make them real for over 30 years. His great sermons and teaching buried many Bible stories in my heart and mind where they can surface when the time is right in my stories.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I love hearing from readers and knowing what you think about the stories you read. And I'm always especially happy when some of my characters crawl up into your heart and find a home. Thank you for reading Angel Sister.

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