Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Brush of Angel's Wings by Ruth Reid

Brush of Angel's Wings
A Heaven On Earth Novel Bk #2
Author: Ruth Reid
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 10, 2012)
ISBN: 9781595547897
Paperback: 368 pages

My Thoughts:

"Brush of Angel's Wings" was a difficult book for me to "get into". I had a hard time with both Rachel and Jordan (the main characters). They were supposed to both be at least 20 years old, but they came across as so much younger and quite immature. As I read, I kept picturing them as being around 14 or 15 and had to stop and remind myself they were older. Thankfully, this changed as the story continued.

The book hinted about an event that took place with Rachel's brother and made me feel like I was missing something. One eventually gets most of the back story as the novel continues. I didn't realize until after finishing, that this was the second book in the series. Even though this could be read as a stand alone, I would suggest that one should start with the first book "The Promise of an Angel".

Along with the story of Rachel and Jordan, runs a side story of an angel and a fallen angel. These angels seem to be competing for Rachel's and Jordan's souls. Personally, I didn't feel that this competition did anything to help enhance the story, but instead, sidetracked and at times greatly annoyed me.

After about the first half of the book, the story picked up and the main characters became much more realistic in both attitude and age. I really began to enjoy the story, but then the angel story would interrupt for a few paragraphs, and seemed to pull me out of the world I was getting lost in.

With some really heart-tugging moments and some humor added throughout, this could have been a 4 star book (even with a rough start). However, for me, the good angel/bad angel war didn't add anything to the story, but instead subtracted a star.

Book Description (from Thomas Nelson):
Rachel and Jordan's feelings for each other are hostile at first, but angelic intervention helps the two discover peace . . . and perhaps love.
The youngest and last unmarried of four sisters, Rachel Hartlzer spends most of her time helping with barn chores. Her role abruptly changes when her father hires Jordan Engles, the son he always wanted.
As Jordan takes on brotherly roles around the house, like escorting Rachel to the youth singing, the enmity between the two grows. Besides, Jordan has one foot in the Englisch world and is determined not to get involved with an Amish girl.
Neither realizes that God has sent an angel, Nathaniel, to help mend their hearts. The angel’s intervention helps them find peace and healing in accepting God's will for their lives.

About the Author:

Ruth Reid is a full-time pharmacist who lives in Florida with her husband and three children. When attending Ferris State University School of Pharmacy in Big Rapids, Michigan, she lived on the outskirts of an Amish community and had several occasions to visit the Amish farms. Her interest grew into love as she saw the beauty in living a simple life.

I received this book through the Booksneeze program. I was not required to write a positive review, but instead, one that gives my honest opinion.

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