Review

Angel Song

by Sheila Walsh and Kathryn Cushman

When interior designer Annie Fletcher returns to Charleston to watch her younger sister, Sarah, receive her master’s degree, she has no idea it will be a life-changing journey. The trip begins on a high note, when major New York real estate developer Patrick Stinson sits behind Annie on the plane and sees her sketching some designs. They exchange business cards, and he promises to be in touch. Hours later, a horrific accident prevents the master’s degree celebrations from taking place. While surgeons work on Sarah, Annie sits in the hospital’s chapel, listening to the same eerily beautiful song that Sarah hummed in the ambulance. A somber-faced surgeon soon delivers the bad news. Annie’s sister, her only family, is gone. All that faith didn’t do her sister a bit of good, nor her grandmother. An ugly end came too soon for both of them. As Annie ponders how anyone can believe in God when He’s clearly not helping those who need Him, she finds herself encountering the lovely music from the chapel. Could it be an ANGEL SONG?

Tammy and her son, Keith, who has Down Syndrome, welcome Annie with open arms and heavy hearts as they grieve for Sarah, their friend and neighbor. Ethan McKinney does the same. However, the handsome, blonde carpenter longs for more than friendship from Annie, who keeps returning to Charleston in order to get the family house ready to sell. Each trip takes her away from her beloved New York City and back to a place she was happy to leave many years before. But each visit also brings her closer to people who are showering her with something she is not familiar or comfortable with: love and heartfelt friendship. Adding to her sense of discomfort is Keith, whose obsession with angels permeates every conversation. Keith is convinced he can see angels and hear them singing. Moreover, he believes they are watching over Annie.

Back home in New York, something amazing is happening. Patrick has contacted Annie’s boss and wants to give the flailing company a job that would end their financial woes and put them on the map. And he wants Annie to be the lead designer on the project. Little red flags go up each time Patrick flirts with her. It isn’t long before he makes it clear that he wants Annie to be more than a designer. Much more. And he wants to ensure that his desires are met before a contract is signed.

Meanwhile, with each trip to Charleston, Annie is finding herself increasingly confused by her growing friendship with Tammy and Keith, as well as her feelings toward Ethan. Even if he does stir something in her heart, they are from two different worlds. But why does he continue to help her in so many ways when there is obviously nothing in it for him? And then there’s the music she cannot explain. It can’t possibly be angels, even if she did believe in them, because each time she hears it, something seems to go wrong. But with each ANGEL SONG and accompanying crisis, Annie takes a different path than originally intended. In time, she realizes her new choices and newfound friends are helping her break down walls built from years of feeling she didn’t deserve to be loved. And with that realization, Annie begins to experience God’s love and presence in her life, embracing the possibility that His angels are watching out for her after all.

Bestselling authors Sheila Walsh and Kathryn Cushman have written a tug-at-your-heart delight, full of tears and heartache, hope and laughter. Add to that a touch of romance and a dash of supernatural, and you have the Women of Faith Novel of the Year. ANGEL SONG is definitely a book you’ll want to share after you’ve turned the last page.

Reviewed by on August 10, 2010

Angel Song
by Sheila Walsh and Kathryn Cushman

  • Publication Date: August 10, 2010
  • Genres: Christian, Fiction
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • ISBN-10: 1595546855
  • ISBN-13: 9781595546852