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By Holly Helscher on 07-06-09
When a nine-year old walks up to the front door of Margaret Quinn, her life begins anew. There is little question Margaret will keep the girl called Nora and she is fully dubbed Nora Quinn. Margaret quickly creates a story tied to her long-lost daughter Erica who walked away when she was just 17 and was rarely heard from again. Nora becomes a willing, and excellent conspirator in the story and for almost two months they pull it off. But then Nora begins to exhibit signs and wonders and claims to be an angel. What now? In Book Two, the story then turns to Erica and her travels since running away with Wiley, a wanna-be revolutionary. But the road, and the cause, begin to wear on Erica and as they head west, she begins to see Wiley, and the world, for what it is and what it might be. In Book Three worlds collide and at the end we are left with one solitary character who had a foot in all of them. Once again, Keith Donohue weaves a fascinating, riveting fantasy that is easy to believe. But more importantly, he makes you want to believe. The listener is drawn into the story almost immediately. The writing is clear and concise and the listener can actually see the action and the characters down to each hand movement. You know the people inside out because they are from your town, your street. They are the people next door living lives in an ordinary way. And then something small and brief, but extraordinary happens and life changes. And Donohue manages to make you believe that the same can happen to you - and perhaps has but we haven't recognized it. The book cannot be compared to Donohue's Lost Child because it is so different, but equally well done. The pace of the book makes it a page turner, yet without any "shoot 'em up" action. It is a mystery without being a mystery; a fantasy without being a fantasy. It is a fabulous book and well read by Campbell.
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By Linda on 05-18-11
Angels Among Us?
This book told a strange, haunting tale of loss, grief and how people cope with these very powerful emotions. It presents us with the notion of the possibility of angels, but not necessarily as saintly, wise, white winged creatures. If angels truly walk among us, then perhaps any of us could know an angel, but just not see it, or even we do see it, we doubt ourselves.
The writing was superb. The pace of the book and use of language perfectly suited the subject matter. There was a sense of other worldliness about the book and the narration was first class. I also liked the way the author left the reader to draw their own conclusion about which of the characters, if any were angels. A really enjoyable listen I'm happy to recommend.