Book Review: Angel Sister by Ann H. Gabhart
Publication Date: February 1, 2011
Book Synopsis as provided by the publisher:
It is 1936 and Kate Merritt is trying hard to keep her family together. Her father has slipped into alcoholism, her mother tries to come to grips with their dire financial situation, and her sisters seem to remain blissfully oblivious to all of it. Kate could never have imagined that a dirty, abandoned little girl named Lorena Birdsong would be just what her family needs.
Angel Sister was one of the most beautiful novels that I have read so far this year. I absolutely love reading books where children are featured as main characters, and this one was particularly well done. The characters are realistically portrayed, dealing with hurts and disappointments in a way that brings to life the power of forgiveness and reconciliation and God's love for us. Kate is a character that I found especially endearing with her spark and determination, and her rocky relationship with her grandfather was especially well-handled. The book captured my attention through-out and dealt with some incredibly difficult issues like alcoholism and child abuse and rejection without getting bogged down. I enjoyed it right from the first chapter to the satisfying conclusion.
Gabhart has spun a richly textured novel, a powerful story that will stay with me for some time. I highly recommend this book and give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.