Book Review: Angel Sister by Ann H. Gabhart

Publisher: Revell
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.


  1. I agree! This was a beautiful book - thank you for your heartfelt review!

  2. I, personally, had to question my own faith when the faith of each main character was severely challenged in ways that would make them either call out to God or walk away. The faithful prayers of friends and family, along with gentle confrontation, showed the changes only God could produce. Was it then all rose-colored glasses and happily-ever-after? No, but deep character, true love, the process of forgiveness, and the ability to persevere through difficult circumstances were honestly displayed.
    The day Katie finds abandoned, five-year-old Lenora Birdsong on the steps of the church, life for the Victor Merritt family changes-some for the better and others in heartbreaking, tumultuous decisions. Ann had me rooting for our modern-day rules to override what actually takes place.


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