Mar 17, 2011

Angel Sister by Ann H. Gabhart

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.

In this richly textured novel, award-winning author Ann H. Gabhart reveals the power of true love, the freedom of forgiveness, and the strength to persevere through troubled times, all against the backdrop of a sultry Kentucky summer.


Living just thirty miles from a restored Shaker village in Kentucky, Ann H. Gabhart has walked the same paths that her characters might have walked in generations past. Her thorough research provides a convincing and colorful backdrop for her Shaker novels. Gabhart is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, and Angel Sister.

Price: $14.99
ISBN: 9780800733810
Number of pages: 416
Publication Date: Feb.11
Formats: Paperback


Three sisters along with their parents live in the small town of Rosey Corner in the 1930's.  They each seem to go their own way, and the parents have lost their passion and common goals of earlier years.  Only Kate, the middle child, seems determined to keep the family together with any sense of continuity.

Along comes 5 year old Lorena Birdsong, abandoned by her parents because they can't afford to feed her. Kate discovers the little girl sitting on the steps of the country church, waiting for an "angel" to rescue her. Kate immediately feels a connection to the little girl and brings her home to meet the rest of the family, and it doesn't take long for the little girl to capture their hearts.

I loved this story of a family who didn't have much, except for each other.  They were finally able to face some deep hurts, and move on with new hope and forgiveness. All of this was spurred on by the love that one special little angel brought into their lives, and their family would never be the same.

I found the beginning chapters a bit hard to get into, but once I got into the story, it was very hard to put down.  A very enjoyable story!

Disclosure: 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".

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