Karla of Avid Readers Book Reviews, shares her thoughts on Laura Lee's "Angel".
I have an ongoing love affair with angels, which is why this book caught my eye. The cover is breathtaking. The book is listed under Religious/Spiritual but reads like literary fiction. The story is a bit unusual and is not a light read, but I was curiously intrigued to finish it. In "Angel", by Laura Lee, the 'sublime beauty and terror' of Mount Rainier is juxtaposed with the love and angst within the budding male romantic relationship between a widowed minister and a younger alcoholic man. (When the minister initially sees the young man, the sun is behind him, lending an angelic halo effect to his already feminine features. The minister originally thinks he is an angel sent to him by God, hence the title of the book.) Sounds a bit strange when describing it, but it works. It's well-written, flows easily and I (mostly) liked the supporting cast of eccentric church members. It examines the different kinds of love we have, romantic love and love within our community. The story took some surprising turns and ends rather abruptly, in my taste. If you're looking for a book where everything wraps up in a pretty bow at the end, this isn't it. It makes you think instead. 4 of 5 stars. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.