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3 Stars Out Of 5
May 6, 2012
If you are looking for a sweet feel good book then this is it. If however you are looking for a sweet CHRISTIAN book then this is not what you want. While I liked the story and the chracters and I felt that the authors were trying to get you to understand that there are angel's watching out over us through our daily problems and trial's I failed to find God in this book. The characters did not have any kind of faith (on any level) that i would expect to find in a christian book. The cover was pretty and the actual writing was decent. This probably should have been marketed to a secular audience. Unless I'm given a copy I won't be reading the rest of the series.
I recently ordered a book, and then promptly forgot about it until it arrived.
The book I ordered was The Inn at Angel Island, by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer. Ironically, I received it a few days after Thomas Kinkade's death.
The book focuses on an inn on Angel Island which is just over the frequently washed out bridge from Cape Light. (Cape Light was the focus of an earlier series by Kinkade and Spencer-so some of those characters are mentioned.)
Liza Martin and her brother, Peter have inherited a bed and breakfast from their Aunt Elizabeth; but the timing couldn't have been worse.
Liza, though nostalgic for her childhood, is now fighting her way up the "dog eat dog" corporate ladder, along with recovering from a broken marriage. Peter is in the midst of a nasty custody battle with his ex-wife. All either sibling really wants to do is clean up and clear out, thus getting back to their lives as quickly as possible. Having money from the sale of the inn is a much needed bonus.
Somewhere along the way, Liza begins to slow down and savor life, and Will, Peters son, begins to create havoc. In the midst of these changes, a life threatening situation ensues, and all the angels the island is named for are needed.
The Inn at Angel Island, is an easy light read. I enjoyed the references to some of Cape Light's landmarks and people that were sprinkled throughout the book, but I felt the main characters could have been developed a little more fully. Liza seemed to vacillate way too much, with no clue given as to why she constantly second guessed herself, Peter seemed cold and remote with no apparent reason to be so clueless about his son, and Will just seemed to be there.
I enjoyed reading The Inn at Angel Island, and am looking forward to reading the sequels.