Angels Walking by Karen Kingsbury

Karen Kingsbury is adept at holding onto your heart and not letting go.

Her characters stick around far after the cover has been closed, something that has drawn me to her books again and again.

Angels Walking is no different.

With one exception.

Her angels.

The book opens with the angels discussing their mission–Tyler, Sami, and Virginia–all in need of a miracle.  The consequences of their failure?  Devastating.  Their success?  Far-reaching and lasting.

And I almost stopped reading right there.

The angels were flat, robotic, void of life.

Now, I know that isn’t how Karen Kingsbury writes.  Her books are powerful, skillfully written, and suck a reader right in like a vortex.  You don’t want to put the book down for anything–eating, sleeping.  At least I never do!

I set this book down.  Disheartened.  Determined to read it, because I love this author so.

The next day, I settled in my favorite reading nook.

Chapter one.

I was hooked.

Riveted by Tyler Ames’ baseball career.  His triumphs.  His failings.  His accident.

Instantly sympathetic with Sami Dawson’s broken heart–her determination to move past it.

Heartbroken for Virginia.  Lost, alone, surrounded by family but unaware.

I was entranced.  Not wanting to put it down, even when life tugged me away.

Then an angel would pop up.

And I would cringe.

Maybe my expectations are too high, but I see angels as mighty, powerful beings that are many-faceted, full of emotions and thoughts and feelings, yearning to bring the Creator’s human creation back to Him, praising Him with all of their might.  I think–and this is ONLY my personal opinion, mind you–that Ms. Kingsbury was too reverent of the holy beings to delve deeper, make them more touchable, more understandable to us.

Like she does so expertly for her human characters.

Karen Kingsbury draws her readers into the lives of her characters because she lays their hearts bare for all to see.

I left this book wishing I could feel the same for her angels.  I wanted to know them.  Know how they work, think, feel–why they act as they do.  I wanted to know more.

The story as a whole was not disappointing.  I had to know how Tyler, Sami, and Virginia’s lives intertwine, and whether the angels’ mission would be a success or not.

Karen Kingsbury made me fall in love with every person who lived through her pages.

I wanted to help Tyler; I was yelling at Sami to “Make the right choice!!!”  I cried with Virginia’s daughter.

I was right there with them, feeling what they felt, cheering them on.

And I was satisfied when I closed the book for the final time.

Book two is now a must-read.  Honestly, I can’t wait for all three of the next books in this series, whether I review them or not.

I love Ms. Kingsbury as an author, her writing is superb, and the subject of angels fascinates me.

But I wrote this review with trepidation and much prayer.

I take the trust these authors and publishers have placed in me by allowing me to review advanced copies of their books for my honest review very seriously.

I want to speak words of life.  Encouragement.  Truth.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars, only because the angels could have been so much better.

Maybe you had a different reaction to the book?  (Or will, whenever you get a chance to read this lovely book.)

I would love to know what you thought of it.  Read it.  Get back to me.

I can’t wait to hear from you!  :)

In Him,

Michele

Angels Walking

Angels Walking

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Genres: Fiction, Inspirational
ASIN: B00L01GJAI
Karen Kingsbury is a master of the heart, weaving the lives of her characters so intricately with your own, you feel they are still a part of you long after the cover has been closed. Combining the supernatural with the never-ordinary is something I have long awaited for from this author. I look forward to book two!
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About the Book

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes the first in a brand-new series about second chances—a dramatic story about a washed up baseball player, the love he left behind, and the miracles that might save them both.

When former national baseball star Tyler Ames suffers a career-ending injury, all he can think about is putting his life back together the way it was before. He has lost everyone he loves on his way to the big leagues. Then just when things seem to be turning around, Tyler hits rock bottom. Across the country, Tyler’s one true love Sami Dawson has moved on.

A series of small miracles leads Tyler to a maintenance job at a retirement home and a friendship with Virginia Hutcheson, an old woman with Alzheimer’s who strangely might have the answers he so desperately seeks.

A team of Angels Walking take on the mission to restore hope for Tyler, Sami, and Virginia. Can such small and seemingly insignificant actions of the unseen bring healing and redemption? And can the words of a stranger rekindle lost love? Every journey begins with a step.

It is time for the mission to begin…

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