Sheila Roberts takes us back to Heart Lake, the small town we got to know in Love In Bloom, and introduces us to three interesting women: Sarah, Jamie, and Emma.
Sarah is in her 50s and married. Her grown children live out of town and she needs to feel needed. She’s the owner of a bakery and decides to use her skills to do a good deed. Sarah’s niece Jamie is a chocolatier and business is good. She’s glad to be busy and doesn’t need to have a social life unless it involves the “Have a Heart” campaign. Emma, owner of a quilt shop, is Jamie’s friend. She has mostly given up on her own “happily ever after” so in her free time she watches old movies and lives vicariously. She has a good heart and can’t quite figure out why things don’t work out in real life the way they do in movies. I enjoyed all three characters but found Sarah to be a bit of a kindred spirit – we’re in the same age demographic. She has a good sense of humor and I related to her feelings about her kids living too far away.
The “acts of kindness” program is a lovely theme that brings people together at the perfect time of year – the holidays. No matter how small, an act of kindness can have a huge effect on people. Each of the women find out that it can have a positive effect or it can produce a totally unexpected result.
A town was like a quilt – one big piece made of many smaller pieces. When you fit all the pieces together just the right way you got a thing of beauty. Why couldn’t they try and fit the pieces together just right? If each little piece did his or her part . . .
“The timing is perfect, just as we’re coming into giving season, when people feel most generous.”
Emma frowned. “We don’t want to limit this to a season, do we? I mean giving season should last all year.”
There are serious as well as funny moments as the plan is put into action. Angel Lane is an entertaining and heart-warming novel – perfect for the holidays or any time of year. I feel inspired by this novel and more aware of my own ability to do random acts of kindness. I recommend Angel Lane.
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You can visit Sheila Roberts’ website at www.sheilasplace.com.
Review copy from the author.
Thanks to Dorothy at Pump Up Your Book Promotion.