I write about grieving. I write about love and loss. I write about hope in darkest times. I am retiring.
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Shelves: young-adult , romance , trilogy , contemporary Sometimes, it is the memory surrounding the origin of a book that leaves the larger impression.
The advent of the digital book has been a wonderful thing for me. Now I can own and carry with me an innumerable number of novels without having to worry about whether it fits in my bag, the weight of carrying it while commuting or whether there is room enough for me to store it.
Add in the fact that most ebooks are much, much more affordable compared to their physical counterparts, and it is small Sometimes, it is the memory surrounding the origin of a book that leaves the larger impression. Add in the fact that most ebooks are much, much more affordable compared to their physical counterparts, and it is small wonder that in , many of my reading conquests has actually happened in digital form as I transition more and more towards this medium of reading.
There is little potential for personalization, marginalia or demonstration of ownership; with ebooks, they are little more than words on a screen. Angels Watching Over Me is a book of mine that is well-worn, tired and old. And it looks its age. The spine was taped in an attempt to keep the title intact on the side and the pages are loose as the glue holding it together gets closer to failing, browning due to oxidation and decay.
That it lasted this long in my life is a marvel given that so many other books from this time has more or less come and gone in a flash. Why it lasted this long in my possession is another story. In the vaguest of terms, I knew it was once a gift to me. Eventually I chalked it up as having been a Christmas gift from my closest cousin, who at the time was known to buy me books and is religious, given the somewhat evangelical bent of this book.
It was a logical assumption and I took it as the logical conclusion. But in , I picked book up for the first time in a very, very long time; well over a decade I would presume. The intent was to write a review and maybe touch on the nostalgia this story gave me. After all, it was this book that introduced me to the existence of the Amish and the lives they led, which much like Leah Lewis-Hall, I found extremely fascinating as a child.
Overall though, I found I liked it better as preteen and teenager than a 30 year old. Not that any of it was egregious in its drama, but it was enough to make the book feel juvenile to my more matured outlook on life presently. So honestly as far as the contents of this book goes, counting nostalgia from when I first read it at 11, it is actually a three-star book. Two stars if you subtract my nostalgia.
The Fault in Our Stars did a better job of the subject matter this book builds itself upon So why the four stars? One day when I was halfway through this novel, I was flipping through the pages to find my spot when my fingers slipped and I accidentally flipped to the spot between the final page and the back cover. Before I could flip to the middle of the book again, something caught my eye. On that back page, was a stamped bookplate, declaring this book as mine, with my first and last name, in a curling cursive written in blue pen.
Below, was a personalized message of hope and happiness towards my future. It was signed by my Grade 5 teacher, Miss Cargille. Sometimes, it is not the contents of the book that makes it, but the memories that were created with it that leaves you with the biggest impression. Until she meets her hospital roommate, Rebekah, and her big family.
Cynical year-old Leah has never known people like this before. From Rebekahs handsome brother, Ethan, who can barely look Leah in the eye, to her kind older sister, Charity, the Amish family captivates Leah with its simple, loving ways. When Leah receives frightening Leah is not happy about being stuck in the hospital for the holidays while her mother is thousands of miles away on a honeymoon with husband number five.
When Leah receives frightening information about her condition, her new friends show her that miracles can happen. And that sometimes angels appear in the most unexpected places. One day a few years ago I found the compilation and had to buy it, and re-read it.
I loved the love story between Leah and Ethan. Somehow McDaniel found a way to write two characters so in love, and yet so far apart from each other that I am still invested in them to this day.
The way that Leah would describe Ethan as smelling like cinnamon, and how she grew to love both his sisters Charity and Rebekah. The whole family dynamic between all of them really made you want Leah and Ethan to have a happily ever after. Man, that makes me old. I guess I always loved to read the sometimes sadder love stories along with all those horror novels. You know to balance the scales a bit between the two. Strange, sometimes tragic love stories that make you want to cry.
But if you want to dip your toe into this book then check out a limited preview on Google books. Which is what I do for a lot of books. Especially when I have a hard time finding a book in a library or book store. But the only reason I did was because I read the other two books in the trilogy when I was in late elementary and really liked them, so when I went to a library sale and saw this for super cheap, I thought Why not?
It was okay. I thought the idea of having the romance revolve around a person who was from an Amish family was neat and unique when I first stumbled on these books a long time ago. If it were me, I would probably have thought it creepy than endearing.
Angels Watching Over Me
Shelves: favorite-books Leah is not happy about being stuck in the hospital for the holidays while her mother is thousands of miles away on a honeymoon with husband number five. Until she meets her hospital roommate, Rebekah, and her big family. Cynical year-old Leah has never known people like this before. From Rebekahs handsome brother, Ethan, who can barely look Leah in the eye, to her kind older sister, Charity, the Amish family captivates Leah with its simple, loving ways. When Leah receives frightening Leah is not happy about being stuck in the hospital for the holidays while her mother is thousands of miles away on a honeymoon with husband number five.
The Angels Trilogy