Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Angels watching over my reading list

I got a lovely little book in the mail last weekend. It's called Angels, written by Alexis York Lumbard, illustrated by Flavia Weedn, and it looks like the perfect gift for small children, or parents and grandparents thereof. With simple text--3 or 4 words to a page--and simple pastel illustrations, with pleasingly quiet non-denominational words and gently multi-cultural images, it's the sort of book a child will treasure as he/she grows up, while parents and guardians treasure the chance to add their own personal touch to the telling of of heavenly guardians watching over us. Enjoy with a well-balanced three-star cup of coffee.

With Bethlehem's Baby nearing completion, I kind of have angels on my mind. My publisher has found some absolutely gorgeous illustrations for my stories of angels, shepherds, parents, babies, kings and wise men and children. I can't help feeling seriously excited, and a little bit scared, as the release date approaches. Perhaps I need to be reminded of angels watching over me, or over my words. And I hope my Bethlehem tales might bring some children, parents and guardians to a fresh understanding of the real historical world where those angels once appeared at a heavenly baby's birth.

Going back to book reviews, Jerome and the Seraph, by Robina Williams offers a very different kind of angel for adult readers. Beautifully evocative and intriguingly spiritual, this stories ties famous art to the quiet back lanes of the English countryside where a young monk Jerome is unexpectedly dead. Filled with genuinely likeable characters, built around a nicely curious low-key mystery, and offering a thoroughly enjoyable, entrancing and intriguing view of the afterlife, this is the sort of quiet book that leaves you longing for more... and luckily, it seems like the author has indeed written more. Enjoy this rich, elegant tale with a rich, elegant four-star coffee.

There are angels in some of the stories in Summer Shorts, Airing Out Secrets, from Durham Editing, too. And authors answer that age-old question, "Why do you write?" With many different reasons for writing, several different angels, and stories that span the spectrum of dreams and nightmares, this is a really fun set of short reads for summer. Enjoy with a lively easy-drinking 2-star cup of coffee.

Tin God, by Stacy Green leaves angels to weep while a young woman searches for her lost child and finds her friends threatened and killed. The ones who should have protected Jaymee betrayed her long ago. But now she finds herself slowly drawn to the protection of another. Will it be enough? There are certainly evil characters in this tale, but the author leaves space for redemption and keeps the reader guessing to the end. Nicely told, this is one to enjoy with a 5-star dark intense coffee.

Finally, the Intaglio books, The Snake and the Coins, and Dragons All the Way Down, by Danika Stone, deal with muses rather than angels, as a former graffiti artist finds herself faced with career and life changes and struggles with forgiveness and trust. The object of Ava's affections is a talented sculptor whose artwork hides his own demons. But a love triangle threatens to tangle their love, and dreams of different places and different lives bleed through from past to present in a pleasing reflection of the artist's intaglio technique. Each book's nicely complete in itself. Together they form a long novel of past and present, healing and hurt, love and forgiveness, and mercy. Enjoy them with a couple of 4-star elegant complex cups of coffee.

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