Thursday, September 20, 2012

Books Around the World: Ireland

I finished an interesting novel by Irish author, Carolyn Jess-Cooke. It's a book called The Guardian Angel's Journal, published in 2011. A middle-aged woman is killed then wakes up in the afterlife. She is told that she's going back to earth as a guardian angel, but here's the catch: it's as her own guardian angel. She goes back in time to the moment of her birth and watches her own difficult birth. Her mother dies, and she goes through a series of foster situations, ending up in a nightmarish orphanage. It's cool to see how the guardian angel tries to help this troubled girl--herself. Can she change her hideous life and the terrible end she came to?

This is a supernatural tale where anything can happen. The characters are well-drawn, and the drama is high. The fast pace keeps things moving along nicely. I couldn't wait to see how this book ended. It offers much food for thought as well.

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