Angel Song, by Sheila Walsh and Kathryn Cushman, is an inspirational romance novel about an agnostic, Anne Fletcher, based in South Carolina and New York. Anne Fletcher has returned to her hometown of Charleston to attend her little sister's graduation from college. Before the two ladies can attend the graduation, they are in a car wreck and Anne's little sister dies. Anne is left floundering in a community of Christians, encountered by a repeated song in her dreams, buffeted with a handsome neighbor, and a little boy that sees angels. Anne has to work through her sister's estate, and questioning her religious beliefs, while trying to keep her job back home. Overall, I found the story rather interesting. While the main character is agnostic, the whole story was not obsessively centered around trying to get her to convert. It was subtle, and did not overwhelm the story. The overall message of the story succeeded at being inspirational, and the romance of the story did not drown out the rest of the plot. The little boy in the story was a particular treat to me. I really enjoyed his part in the story. The story was woven together well, and I would recommend others to read it if they enjoy inspirational romances. *I acquired this book from booksneeze.com*
Angel Song, by Sheila Walsh and Kathryn Cushman is a tremendous book about love and second chances. Ann Fletcher, an interior designer from New York, travels to visit her baby sister in Charleston to celebrate her sister receiving her masters. After an enjoyable evening together, a tragic accident happens, and Ann finds herself alone, no family, no friends, in a house she hasnt lived in or seen for over seven years. As Ann prepares the house to be sold, she is welcomed into the neighborhood by Tammy and Keith, Sarahs neighbors. These two characters are vivid and their faith is quite a contrast to Anns lack of faith. We see how broken Ann is by witnessing her life as she travels back and for to New York in order to perform her job as an interior designer. With a new client she is trying to score, and with work becoming overwhelming, she realizes that she can not make enough trips to Charleston. I loved the characters in this story and the way they developed, the way they work their way into the hearts of the read and how believable they are. I can see how this story won novel of the year, and is part of the Women of Faith Series. For anyone that simply wants a good read or a chance to look deeper into their hearts this is the book for your. It is a beautiful book who has ever wondered about Angels and their role in our lives.
This book exceeded my expectations. I was not going to request it from Thomas Nelson and kept going back to it. Since I love fiction and I knew Kathryn Cushman was a good writer I decided to go for it. This book did not disappoint me-not in a page turning kind of a way-but a genuine, good storyline. Anne Fletcher is not a Christian and goes back home to Charleston to see her sister Sarah receive her master's degree. An unexpected car accident with Sarah hurt the worst. On the way to the hospital she is talking to someone and humming a song. Anne finds this strange since there is no one else in the ambulance but her. This tune will haunt Anne in the hospital, dreams and in Sarah's house. Anne needs to sell the house to get back to New York for her job and with the help of Ethan Mckinney who volunteers to get the home in shape. A neighbor and her son Keith help Anne try to make sense of what has happened. Keith has Downs Syndrome but believes he can see and hear angels. He lets Anne know they are all around her and looking out for her.God starts to reveal Himself to Anne but will she open her heart to receive God's healing love?Loved how Anne went from "all about her" to a caring and loving person. This story just flowed with an ease that most stories don't. Great collaborations between two wonderful authors. Hope to see more.
"Angel Song" is an inspirational romance novel (with a Christian/non-Christian romantic attraction, though at least the guy really does keep his hands off and a distance between them when he realizes Ann doesn't share his faith). This novel will probably appeal to those who enjoyed the "Touched By An Angel" TV show.The world-building was excellent, bringing the jobs and locations alive in my imagination. The symbolism with the house worked well for me until the end, where it got heavy-handed. The pacing was very good, and the suspense was created by the question of how much Ann is willing to give up in her efforts to become a well-known interior decorator. However, after the initial set-up, the story became predictable which stole some of the tension.The "good" characters were nice and interesting, but I never felt like I really got to know the "real them." They seemed more like a role with some surface facts attached. This was partly because Ann kept others at a distance, but, even with her, I couldn't understand why she reacted so strongly to her past. I kept thinking there had to be more, something that reinforced how she dealt with her feelings of abandonment.Ann figured that if Christians still suffered pain and tragic accidents, that was proof God didn't exist because you'd think God would at least help those who worshiped him. The main supernatural events were troubled dreams, hearing divine music others couldn't, and seeing angels. The main spiritual topic was how God uses angels to help humans. Jesus was only mentioned once, and never to Ann.There was no bad language or explicit sex. Overall, I'd recommend this novel as enjoyable, clean reading.I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
Imagine leaving New York City to return to your childhood home in Charelton, South Carolina, to attend your only sisters graduation. You meet a man on the plane who has the potential to change your career. Your head is spinning with all the possibilities. Thus begins the story of Annie Fletcher. After a wonderful dinner with her sister, Anne Fletcher finds herself riding in the back of an ambualnce following a horrible accident. Anne tries to comfort her sister Sarah, who is severly injured. Sarah seems to be talking to someone other than Annie, who hears strange but beautiful music. At the hospital Annie is told Sarah is in surgery so Annie goes to the hospitals chapel, here she hears the same music, she is imformed she is the only one hearing this music. How strange. When Sarah does not survive the accident, Annie is left in the care of Sarah's wonderful friends including neighbot Keith, son of Sarah's best friend. Keith is "special" and tells Annie that the music is from the angel and they are always there. This is a very good book that will give you many aha moments. There are many layers to this story, I loved the story of Keith, it protrays the life of Down's Syndrome children very acurately. The settings are described very vividly. The characters have many heart warming qualities. I highly recommend this book. I love books that leave me satisfied and feeling like the story gave me a life lesson. I was given this book to review by the Thomas Nelson publishing Company free of charge, but the review is completely my own.