Angel Lane

Overview

With irresistible humor, warmth, and affection, 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.

Keep the heart in Heart Lake. That's exactly what three small-town shop owners hope to do when they launch their "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...

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Angel Lane

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Overview

With irresistible humor, warmth, and affection, 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.

Keep the heart in Heart Lake. That's exactly what three small-town shop owners hope to do when they launch their "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 doing a good deed never hurt anyone. Or so they thought...

"Readers will laugh and cry with the women lovingly portrayed in this heartwarming story."-RT Book Reviews
When Emma slashes prices at her quilt shop, 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...
"Will doubtless warm more than a few hearts."-Publishers Weekly

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Roberts returns to Heart Lake, Wash., for a second beguiling visit (after Spring in Bloom). Chocolatier Jamie Moore, her bakery-owner aunt Sarah and quilt store owner Emma Swanson take on a community project, “Have a Heart,” to encourage good deeds in Heart Lake, but the friends find paying-it-forward isn’t as easy as it would seem. Cop Josh Armstrong, a handsome widower with two cute daughters, keeps rescuing Jamie, who fights her attraction to him because of her first marriage to an abusive cop. Emma, who’s struggling to keep her store open and is also hungry for love, adopts a stray cat. Married Sarah fights off a lecherous neighbor and gives free (but messy) baking lessons to girls. Roberts’s world of good deeds can verge on Thomas Kinkade overkill, though her relentless cheer will doubtless warm more than a few hearts. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
"Roberts' book of small-town life is as sweet as ginger cookies and as homey as raisin pie (recipes included). Readers will laugh and cry with the women lovingly portrayed in this heartwarming story that explores the joys of friendship and the power of good deeds."

RT Book Reviews

 

"... will doubtless warm more than a few hearts."

Publishers Weekly

 

"Angel Lane is a feel-good book that shouldn't be missed and is a perfect read for the upcoming Christmas holiday season."

—Romancing the Book

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250056658
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/3/2015
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320

Meet the Author

Sheila Roberts

Sheila Roberts is the author of On Strike for Christmas, Small Change, The Snow Globe, Bikini Season, and other bestselling books. Before settling into her writing life, Roberts did lots of other things, including owning a singing telegram company and playing in a band. Now, when she's not speaking to women's groups or at conferences, she can be found writing about the things near and dear to women's hearts: family, friends, and chocolate. She lives on a lake in Washington.

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Reading Group Guide

1. At the beginning of the book, Jamie likens Heart Lake to Mayberry, the fictional North Carolina town made popular by the Andy Griffith TV show in the sixties. What do you think is the upside to small town life? Is there a down side?

2. Emma is an old movie buff and an idealist. Do you think what we read and watch on TV and the big screen affects our attitudes and outlook on life or do we choose to watch what confirms what we already believe?

3. Sarah Goodwin was able to get past her empty nest syndrome by opening her home and heart to new people. Have you experienced empty nest syndrome? If so, how did you cope?

4. Emma's small quilt shop struggles to compete against a larger chain store. How do you feel about shopping with local merchants versus shopping at a larger store to save money? Does the state of the economy affect where you shop?

5. Have you ever owned a shop or toyed with the idea of opening one? If so, what kind of shop was it?

6. If you owned a bakery or a chocolate shop, would you eat all of your inventory?

7. Could you identify with Jamie's fear of falling for Josh the cop and repeating history? If so, how?

8. The importance of keeping a sense of community is a favorite theme in this book. How do you think that feeling connected benefits members of a community?

9. Do you feel a connection with your neighbors? If not, do you think you need one? Can you think of any way you could build one?

10. What is the most memorable good deed you ever did?

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