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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Angel Lane by Sheila Roberts

Angel Lane
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 0312384823
Pages: 352 pgs
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Challenges-Read’n’Review Challenge, 100+ Reading Challenge

Publisher’s Description:

Keep the heart in Heart Lake. That’s exactly what three small-town shop owners hope to do when they launch their crazy-ambitious “Have a Heart” campaign—asking neighbors to commit one random act of kindness every day. Emma, Sarah, and Jamie love their lakeside community, but the little town is growing too big too fast, and a doing a good deed never hurt anyone. Or so they thought…

When Emma slashes prices at her quilt shop, practically giving away blankets to anyone who looks vaguely cold, she almost stitches her way into bankruptcy. Sarah’s free cooking class boils down to a hotbed of crime when some punk kid swipes her favorite heirloom. And at Jamie’s chocolate shop, things take a bittersweet turn when a local policeman starts giving her grief, stirring up feelings she’s tried to forget—and slowly melts away her defenses…

With irresistible humor, warmth, affection—and recipes!—author Sheila Roberts serves up a generous, open-hearted story about the friendships we make, the chances we take, and the lives we touch every day.

My Review:

Okay. I know I am not the most heartwarming person and movies like It’s A Wonderful Life made me want to throw myself off a bridge but I really enjoyed Angel Lane even though it is quite heartwarming and squishy.

I really loved all of the characters in the novel. My favorites were Emma and Jaime. Both were characters so desperate for love and affection that it was difficult not to like them. I felt especially sympathetic to Emma. Her troubles with her failing business, neglectful cat and men all tugged at my heart strings. I also identify with the plight of being perpetually single. Jaime was also a great character. She was so emotionally scarred from her marriage that she turned herself into an emotional cripple. I almost wanted to shake her in frustration but I understood her as well. Josh and his father and children were also great characters and Josh was the perfect complement to Jaime.

The story also had the potential to be really cheesy and hokey but it wasn’t. It was engaging and fun. The writing was a major part of this. It was crisp and clear and did not engage in any overblown language or hokey statements.   My favorite part of the book was the food. I know, I know. It’s strange but the chocolate and the recipes were all so yummy. The blackberry and white chocolate truffles are something I must try someday. I might even try a few of the recipes if I ever get inspired to use my oven (likely never).

I really enjoyed Angel Lane. It would be the perfect read to curl up with.

*A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher for review. My opinion is my own and has not been influenced in any way and any monies made from associate or affiliate accounts are recycled back into the blog.


  1. Great review. I really liked it and I think you're right about Sheila Roberts' writing - crisp and clear. I think it would make for a great holiday movie!

  2. Ooooh a curly-up reading book. I miss those!

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