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Publisher's Summary

The mountain always looked dark, but the older I got that year, the darker it got. I tried to listen for the music of life that Lacy said is always there if your heart's ready to hear it, but all I heard was quiet. Growing up in Virginia's Allegheny Mountains, 11-year-old Charlie York lives at the foot of an endless peak called Angel's Rest, a place his momma told him angels rested before coming down to help folks. In 1967 his town was a poor boy's paradise...until a shotgun blast killed Charlie's father and put his mother on trial for murder.
For mysterious reasons, his mother entrusts his care to an old black man named Lacy Albert Coe. Lacy tells simple stories about the good and the bad that compose life's sweetest music. But when Hollis Thrasher, a reclusive Korean War veteran, is linked to his father's death and Lacy is victimized by hate crimes, Charlie hears only silence. It's not until Charlie embarks on a dangerous midnight journey pitting him against his darkest fears that he finally hears his own song playing out.
In this remarkable debut, Charles Davis weaves together an unforgettable melody of a mother's love, a hero's return to the living, and a boy who discovers angels do exist.
©2006 Charles Davis (P)2006 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"A glorious mountain tale of love, hope, and redemption. I highly recommend this beautiful story." (Adriana Trigiani, author of Big Stone Gap)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Nathan on 01-20-07

A Good Listen

This was an good listen. The narrator was easy to listen to and the plot was engaging. The book ended with a bit of a whimper, rather than a bang, but I find a lot of authors seem to run out of steam near the end of a story. Worthwhile purchase.

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5 out of 5 stars
By karen on 03-23-09

Too sweet title for a seriously good book

What a strange book -- "strange", in the sense of unexpected and extraordinary.

I actually bought it some time ago, long enough that I'd forgotten what I expected from it, so I began listening with no preconceived ideas. That worked to my advantage.

At times, "Angel's Rest" echoes themes of "To Kill a Mockingbird" in its sensitivity to racial issues and toward people who live solitary lives. There's death and litigation, and a child narrator telling us how it was.

But 'Angel's Rest' is more of a page-turner. I actually cancelled an appointment so I could listen to the last hour. The main plot resolutions will probably be guessed by most readers, but not the nuances, and that's what makes it different.

I especially enjoyed the unusual red herrings the author threw in,like the "bratty kid" issue.

There's a point in the book in which most of us who are parents will probably be ready to tear our hair out over the antics of 11 year old "Charlie". Let's just say that up to now, I believed that the insufferable "Arch" -- teenage son of Goldie-The-Caterer from the Dianne Mott Davidson series -- held the world record for "most spoiled kid to appear in contemporary literature".

But "Charlie' outdoes 'Arch', several times over. Worst of all, in this book, that means he nearly brings down the whole household with him, not once, but several times over.

But ahhh. don't give up. It's so nice to be proven wrong once in a while.

And like Patricia Highsmith with her anti-hero 'Ripley', author Charles Davis makes us start pulling for the villains. Or maybe what we do is just change our minds about what a villain really is. Or isn't.

All in all, a thoroughly great listen. Not to be missed!

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