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ANGEL (edition 2011)

by Mary E. Kingsley

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Title:ANGEL
Authors:Mary E. Kingsley
Info:Little Falls Press (2011), Kindle Edition, 293 pages
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Rating:****
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Two of my favorite things about this book are the nostalgic references and southern flavor. It brings me back to younger days of Cheerwine, transistor radios, and first kisses. My teenage years were spent in East Tennessee (the setting for the story) so it enabled me to sink into sweet reminiscence as I turned each page.

The narration, told in first person from Angel’s point of view, is fresh and engaging. She is witty and honest and a believable character. Actually, all the characters are credible—with redeeming qualities as well as evident shortcomings.

Orange-haired Angel Bishop (she is quite literal and doesn’t like being referred to as red-haired) is an energetic thirteen-year-old with many unanswered questions concerning her family. Is it her fault Daddy ran off when she was just a baby? Why is Aunt Patsy locked up in a crazy house? Why does Mama and her grandmother, Naomi, barely tolerate each other? Why won’t anybody tell her the truth?

When out of the blue, her daddy, Cal, calls and says he is coming home, she wonders if it's a good thing. Isn't this what she'd always prayed for? More questions surface and Angel sets out on a quest to find the answers. She searches for clues from the town recluse, Old Susan, and her beloved Aunt Patsy.

I recommend this book. It is a quick and easy read (though some topics may make some readers a little uneasy) that drew me in from the first page. The dealings between Angel and her friend, Sophie, and her first boy-crush, Ray, are sincere, sometimes frustrating and always realistic. But my favorite relationship is that between Angel and Aunt Patsy. Her eccentric aunt adds a lot of humor, soul and purpose to this story. I enjoyed Mary E. Kingsley's ANGEL. It is a memorable book with a powerful message and lasting effect. ( )
  Nicnac63 | Dec 19, 2013 |
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Thirteen year old Angel Bishop is fed up with all the unanswered questions about her life, like why did her daddy run off when she was just a baby? And why has her Aunt Patsy, the only family member she feels she can talk to, been locked up in a place for crazy people all these years? It seems to Angel like her family fell apart right after she was born, which makes her wonder what her coming along had to do with it. Growing up with her mother, Ruth, who is often distant and preoccupied, and her Bible-thumping grandmother, Naomi, Angel is certain there's more to the story than she's been told. When her father, Calvin, telephones out of the blue one evening and says he's coming home for Thanksgiving, Angel thinks her dream of having a normal family is finally going to come true. Instead, she finds herself at the center of a dangerous scenario, threatened by secrets far beyond her understanding. Set in a small Appalachian town in the early 1970's, ANGEL is the compelling story of an innocent girl as the unwitting link between the two generations of her family's dark and unresolved past.

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Thirteen year old Angel Bishop is fed up with all the unanswered questions about her life, like why did her daddy run off when she was just a baby? And why has her Aunt Patsy, the only family member she feels she can talk to, been locked up in a place for crazy people all these years? It seems to Angel like her family fell apart right after she was born, which makes her wonder what her coming along had to do with it. Growing up with her mother, Ruth, who is often distant and preoccupied, and her Bible-thumping grandmother, Naomi, Angel is certain there's more to the story than she's been told. When her father, Calvin, telephones out of the blue one evening and says he's coming home for Thanksgiving, Angel thinks her dream of having a normal family is finally going to come true. Instead, she finds herself at the center of a dangerous scenario, threatened by secrets far beyond her understanding. Set in a small Appalachian town in the early 1970's, ANGEL is the compelling story of an innocent girl as the unwitting link between the two generations of her family's dark and unresolved past.--From back cover.… (more)

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