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Angel Song

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by Sheila Walsh
     
 

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Angels eagerly watch over Ann Fletcher's every move. She just doesn't know it yet.

Ann Fletcher has returned to Charleston to see her younger sister Sarah receive her master's degree. But she soon finds herself riding in the back of an ambulance, watching helplessly as Sarah fights for her life. As they race to the hospital, Sarah talks to someone who is

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Angels eagerly watch over Ann Fletcher's every move. She just doesn't know it yet.

Ann Fletcher has returned to Charleston to see her younger sister Sarah receive her master's degree. But she soon finds herself riding in the back of an ambulance, watching helplessly as Sarah fights for her life. As they race to the hospital, Sarah talks to someone who is not there...and hums a melody Ann has never heard before.

That unfamiliar, unearthly beautiful melody keeps finding Ann—first in the hospital chapel, then in her dreams, and finally in Sarah's empty house.

Two neighbors have a profound effect on Ann. Ethan McKinney lends her a shoulder to lean on. And as a carpenter, he volunteers to help Ann get the Fletcher family home into shape for selling. His strong presence is a pleasing distraction. Ann's twelve-year-old neighbor, Keith, has Down Syndrome and the guile to believe he can actually see and hear angels. In fact, he insists they are looking out for her in ways she's never imagined.

God begins to reveal himself to Ann—both in her newfound friends and through supernatural events. As she discovers the very real presence of angels around her, will she finally open her heart to receive God's healing love?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Women of Faith speaker Walsh (Beautiful Things Happen When a Woman Trusts God) and novelist Cushman (Leaving Yesterday) have co-authored a yarn about a young woman's unawareness of angels surrounding her every move. Annie Fletcher has returned home to Charleston, S.C., from her busy life as a New York designer to celebrate her younger sister Sarah's graduation when Sarah dies in an auto accident. Distraught and feeling more alone than ever, Annie begins to have dreams and hear music--angelic music--and does her level best to escape it. When her deceased sister's neighbors come calling, Annie gets even more uneasy as 12-year-old Keith, who has Down syndrome, starts talking about seeing angels all around. Troubled and scared, Annie fights memories of a painful childhood even as she battles present-day business adversaries and internally rebels against evidence in her life of invisible angelic protectors. Walsh is known for communicating with real depth in her nonfiction titles; sadly, this fictional offering isn't as riveting. Many of the story's angelic occurrences are more contrived than divine. (Aug.)
Library Journal
Annie Fletcher's return to Charleston, SC, is supposed to be a happy occasion—her sister Sarah is receiving her master's degree. But when Sarah is killed in a car accident, Annie is left not only with the heartache of losing the sister she loved but with the responsibility of fixing up the family home for sale. Carpenter and neighbor Ethan McKinney volunteers to help Annie get things ready. His dashing good looks and gentle kindness prove to be a soothing distraction for Annie. Then there is Keith. The 12-year-old son of another neighbor, Keith has Down syndrome—and claims to be able to see angels. VERDICT This is an essential purchase for all CF collections. Walsh has cohosted TV's 700 Club and is well known to evangelical Christians—particularly women, as a result of her speaking appearances at the annual Women of Faith conference. The writing here is even, the characters likable, and the story charming.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595546852
Publisher:
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
08/10/2010
Pages:
337
Sales rank:
649,407
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Sheila Walsh is a powerful communicator, Bible teacher, and bestselling author with more than five million books sold. She is the author of the award-winning Gigi, God’s Little Princess series, Peace for Today, Loved Back to Life, The Storm Inside, Five Minutes with Jesus and The Longing in Me. She is cohost of Life Today with James and Betty Robison. Sheila lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, Barry, and son, Christian.

Kathryn Cushman is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in pharmacy. After practicing as a pharmacist, she left her career to spend more time home with her daughters and has since pursued her dream of writing. Kathryn and her family currently live in Santa Barbara, California.

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Angel Song 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
purplerose75 More than 1 year ago
Anne Fletcher left her life in Charleston ten years ago and now has a rewarding career in New York. She's never had any use for God in her life, and after her sister's car wreck, she sees no reason to change that. The people in Sarah's life adopt Anne with no hesitation and pull her into their circle with love, food, and drawings of angels. Suddenly, Anne is faced with important choices in her life and her career. Will she trust God and her new friends or will she continue to count on only herself? Angel Song is a sweet book. I just want to hug Keith, and Ethan is so sweet! (Didn't I say it's a sweet book?) Walsh and Cushman took a story that could have been sad and preachy and made it into an enjoyable read.
Kathleen Bourdeaux More than 1 year ago
Excellent Women Of Faith Read. Didn't know Sheila had writings like this. Really enjoyed. Must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read this book four times, and this book is SO EPIC
vernie24VE More than 1 year ago
This is my second time to read a Contemporary Christian Fiction and despite the proliferating novels we have today about fallen angels, it is a refreshing read on another view about Angels and what they really do and what they meant to be. On the first few chapters we get to know Ann Fletcher , a sleek cosmopolitan woman from New York who had a successful career whose life suddenly turns out upside down with a tragic event and as she struggle to cope with a sudden death she was comforted with strangers who seem to lover her sister Sarah, in on which you will get to know briefly in the first few pages how different these two sisters are ---in terms of character. Although Ann seems to inherit the goodness and generosity of Sarah's neighbors, little by little she gets wrap up in their world even she is somewhat distant and even more so with anything to do about God. Indeed, the almighty works in mysterious ways and we are reminded that we are not alone and if we listen hard enough within our hearts---we can be like Ann who can hear Angel's sing who will comfort us in our time of need. This story is inspiring and for those who is fascinated with Angels such as myself however, it can be also predictable but you can still appreciate the simplicity and hope this novel wants to convey. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the US Federal Trade Commission.
ChesterChin More than 1 year ago
The premise for the novel Angel Song, a joint effort by authors Sheila Walsh and Kathryn Cushman rides on the coattail of life, grief, love, faith...and to a certain extent the lack of all the aforementioned. The story revolves around Anne Fletcher, a young career-driven woman who returns to her childhood home when a tragedy in the form of her sister's death strikes. She returned with a sole purpose - to fix her house, get it on the market and fix her life while on the way. However, things don't go as planned when she finds herself falling for Ethan McKinney, the charming and handsome handyman. The book is definitely a worthy read. Packed with an above average plot and characters you can emphasize with, Angel Song pulls you in from the first chapter onwards. It is also refreshing that angels make the core theme of the novel. And the fact that Walsh and Cushman didn't try to overdo the whole angel thing is impressive. Angel Song is a heartwarming read. It might not be so much of a literary read but it will definitely leave you with a warm feeling later on. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once I started reading this book, it was hard to put down. To know that God loves us so and is always with us is a great feeling. Being a senior citizen, I have witness many God things and truly believe. Ann had questions regarding why things happened like they did and learned that God has a plan for each one of us. He puts people in our lives at the right time, his time.
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tracysnook More than 1 year ago
Some of the scenarios in the book were a bit contrived, and obvious enough for the reader to pick on to signals and what was going on early in the book. It was enough that I occasionally became annoyed with the character for not catching on! However, the supporting characters were very interesting, with full lives and personalities. Also, the ending to the book was quite sudden. A sort of, 'oh, now I get it. The End'. I wished the book went on another chapter or 2 to tie up some loose ends. There are some interesting commentary on spirituality, angels, religion and relationships. I also appreciate the discussion guide at the end (I'm not sure if this is in every edition, but it is probably found online as well). This could definitely be an interesting read for a religious/spiritual book club. I did enjoy the spiritual aspects of the book, as well as the supporting characters.
Katie79 More than 1 year ago
I found the novel to be very graciously written. The ending left me abruptly. I was hoping to continue this journey of Anne's life. By the end of the novel you will feel as if you know her personally as well and are rooting for her. I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys an encouraging read.
JDyan More than 1 year ago
Ann Fletcher hasn't stepped onto Charleston (her childhood home) soil since her grandmother passed away six years ago but her younger sister Sarah receiving her master's degree has brought her back. After dinner, the night before Sarah's commencement ceremony Ann finds herself in the hospital, following an accident, hearing the worst news of her life. With the death of her sister, Ann has no more family, she is now alone in the world. With no choice but to sell her childhood home, Sarah had been living in while Ann lived in New York, she begins to repair it as quickly as she can. However, she keeps getting interrupted by her neighbor's son who has down syndrome and claims to see Angels. I loved loved loved this book! I definitely recommend it for anyone hesitating to buy it, you won't be sorry! If you want to read my whole review go to readerbetweenthecovers.blogspot.com, where I posted a review about it after receiving a copy from Thomas Nelson. Thank you!
paula_ark More than 1 year ago
Angel Song. An evocative title. A wonderful book. Author Sheila Walsh is best known as one of the Women of Faith speakers, and an accomplished non-fiction author and musician. This is Sheila's first foray into fiction, and it is well worth the time it took to write and the time it takes to read! (Although I am not familiar with co-author Kathryn Cushman, I will be checking out her solo projects.) The storyline grabbed me from the prologue and didn't let go until the last page. And then left me wanting more!! The characters were captivating- I found myself relating to most of them at one time or another throughout the book. I heartily recommend this book, and sincerely hope Sheila is planning a sequel!
KPes More than 1 year ago
Anne Fletcher traded her hometown of Charleston for New York City, and she does not regret her move one bit. However, she finds herself heading back home to celebrate the college graduation of her sister Sarah. The happy reunion planned is abruptly turned into a nightmare when an accident occurs that leaves Sarah on the brink of death. As Anne battles a sadness unlike anything she has ever felt before, God places some special people and some Angels in Anne's life, and the difference they make is astounding. I highly recommend this book! As a reader that enjoys a wide variety of books, I found this one particularly refreshing. To actually read a scenario of how God can make Himself known to someone in need by placing the right people in their lives just reminded me of how God cares about each one of us individually. I also loved this book's emphasis on Angels. How powerful to think that even as Angels help us, when we help others we never know when we have just helped an Angel. Disclaimer: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not asked to write a positive review, but simply, an honest one.
reading_to_kids More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! I was so impressed with the perfect balance between Christian and secular. Let me explain. I like to read Christian novels. I do. But I will often get bogged down with the "church-going, praying, praising God" etc. that comes with them. I loved Angel Song if only for the fact that Sheila Walsh and Kathryn Cushman found the perfect balance. However, there were many other reasons to love this inspiring novel. Annie Fletcher, our main character, has lived in New York for many years. At the very beginning of the book she flies home to Charleston to see her sister Sarah graduate with her Masters degree. The graduation never happens because Sarah dies in a car accident. The story follows Annie through her journey to find herself, and find God. She meets Keith, Sarah's neighbor who has down syndrome, and sees Angels. She also meets and eventually falls in love with Ethan McKinney, another friend and neighbor of Sarah's. Everyone on the Charleston side has a strong feeling that they need to befriend and help Annie. As it unfolds, Annie comes to know that Angels really are real, and that God loves her. (See, even I make it sound all churchy, but honestly, it's not overpowering, it's a perfect balance!) I liked the romantic involvement. I liked the tugging at the heartstrings. I liked how the book read so smoothly that I didn't want to put it down. This is a wonderful book and I recommend it to anyone who wants an inspirational read! *I was given a free copy of Angel Song through the Book Sneeze book review program.*
MoiraM More than 1 year ago
Angel Song touched something in me that the other Christian fiction novels I have read since January did not. The authors, Sheila Walsh (my favorite Women of Faith speaker) and Kathryn Cushman (a work from home mom like myself) truly outdid themselves with this outstanding story. The story opens with Anne Fletcher, an up-and-coming interior designer, returning to Charleston for her little sister Sarah's college graduation. Anne is extremely proud of Sarah for obtaining her Master's Degree and considers Sarah the only reason she has for returning to Charleston. Tragedy unfolds after Anne and Sarah go out to dinner for a quiet celebration between sisters. As Sarah fights for her life in the hospital Anne witnesses her talking to someone nobody else can see and hears her humming a song which Anne has never heard. Later, this haunting melody keeps returning to Anne's ears...in the chapel, then her dreams, and later in Sarah's house, which is empty except for Anne. What role does the neighbor boy, Keith, play in the mystery unfolding around Anne? Does his Down Syndrome have anything to do with it? No question, Keith is a very special 12 year old. And what about Ethan McKinney, another neighbor who befriends Anne and becomes a willing ear for her grief and a pair of willing, experienced hands in the carpentry department, helping her get her old family home into shape to be sold? There's something intriguing about the tall, kind man. This novel is riveting due mostly to the way all the elements come together and combine very rare talents: the abilities to make the reader feel like they are standing side-by-side with real people, not characters, in a real place, not their imagination. The evocative descriptions of Charleston, its homes, and its people make it feel like the reader has stepped through a portal and physically is in Charleston, next to Anne, praying for Sarah, and later Anne, for happy endings...which are exactly what come true.
TR18 More than 1 year ago
Angel Song is the story of Ann Fletcher, an up and coming designer who travels back to her small hometown to attend the graduation of her sister. In the blink of an eye, her life is changed forever. Ann meets a group of people who challenge her thinking and cause her to question her spirituality - or lack of it. She is exposed to new levels of friendship, compassion, and romance. This is a quick read and although it's not an intellectually challenging piece of literature, it is entertaining and is a wonderful book for an afternoon in the hammock. If you are looking for some light reading that is wholesome and fun, I think you would enjoy Angel Song.
booksnob77 More than 1 year ago
Angel Song by Sheila Walsh & Kathryn Cushman Ann is visiting her sister to celebrate her masters degree when the unthinkable happens. In an instant the celebration turns to heart-wrenching as she watches her sister fight for life. Through the trial of loosing her sister, Gods people touch Ann and through her sisters friends, especially a 12 year old neighbor with Down Syndrome, who sees angles, God begins reveal himself to her. I was not disappointed in Angel Song. I instantly like all of the characters, although they were a bit predictable. Overall, I really liked the book and didn't want to put it down. I will say this was a "fluff" read. So if you are looking for a fast read that requires tissues, this is the book for you. *I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Angel Song by Sheila Walsh & Kathryn Cushman is about Anne Fletcher who returned to her home town of Charlston to see her sister Sarah receive her master's degree. The night quickly changes and she finds herself in the back of an ambulance watching as Sarah is fighting for her life. Sarah begins talking to someone not there and is humming a new, beautiful melody. Anne continues to hear this melody in the hospital, her dreams, even Sarah's empty house. Sarah's 12- year-old neighbor Keith who has Down Syndrome is certain that it's the angel's melody she is hearing and they are here to help her. As Anne is working to put Sarah's house up for sale Ethan becomes the man to help her get it ready. These two friendships have an impact on Anne and she begins to see God's influence in ways she didn't think she could. But is it enough for her to heal and open her heart to God's love? I enjoyed this book a lot. It has all the good components of a fiction but it also has components of faith and God. It is a very touching and well written book.
HeathersStitches More than 1 year ago
When Annie Fletcher returns to Charleston to see her younger sister, Sarah, receive her master's degree, she finds herself riding in the back of an ambulance, watching helplessly as Sarah fights for life. During the ride, Sarah appears to talk to someone who is not there, humming a melody Annie has never heard before. Neighbor Ethan McKinney lends a shoulder when Sarah unexpectedly dies. And as a carpenter, Ethan volunteers to help Annie get the Fletcher family home into shape for selling. Ethan's presence is distracting, but what troubles Annie is her neighbor Tammy's 12-year-old son. Keith has Down Syndrome and the guile to believe he can see and hear angels. God begins to reveal Himself to Annie - both in her newfound friends and through heart-rending and clearly supernatural events. Annie discovers faith in God, finally experiencing the comfort that His angels really do surround us. I found myself caught up in this story from chapter 1 and usually it will take me about 50 pages into a book for me to decide if I like it or not. It's a sweetly sad yet strangely uplifting read that makes you think and wonder about Angels and what's after this life. Parts of this book made me want to yell at Annie, she needs to react to situations differently. I was given a copy of this book for review by BookSneeze.
Kellie4 More than 1 year ago
Angel Song, by Sheila Walsh and Kathryn Cushman is a tremendous book about love and second chances. Ann Fletcher, an interior designer from New York, travels to visit her baby sister in Charleston to celebrate her sister receiving her masters. After an enjoyable evening together, a tragic accident happens, and Ann finds herself alone, no family, no friends, in a house she hasn't lived in or seen for over seven years. As Ann prepares the house to be sold, she is welcomed into the neighborhood by Tammy and Keith, Sarah's neighbors. These two characters are vivid and their faith is quite a contrast to Ann's lack of faith. We see how broken Ann is by witnessing her life as she travels back and for to New York in order to perform her job as an interior designer. With a new client she is trying to score, and with work becoming overwhelming, she realizes that she can not make enough trips to Charleston. I loved the characters in this story and the way they developed, the way they work their way into the hearts of the read and how believable they are. I can see how this story won novel of the year, and is part of the Women of Faith Series. For anyone that simply wants a good read or a chance to look deeper into their hearts this is the book for your. It is a beautiful book who has ever wondered about Angels and their role in our lives.
JanetRuth More than 1 year ago
Angel Song is a story about Ann, an interior decorator from New York City who has returned to the small family home in Charleston where she grew up. She went home to help her sister Sarah celebrate receiving her master's degree. Within hours of arriving home, everything is changed forever as the sisters are involved in a serious traffic accident. Ann has always felt abandoned by her mother, then her grandmother, and now her sister. She can't help but get drawn into the lives of her sister's neighbors and friends, yet she fights against letting anyone get close to her. She has never allowed anyone to know who she really is, deep inside. Ann's journey to believe in God's divine intervention and love is a painful one, but she is surrounded by special friends that help her to finally allow her heart to be softened. One character in the book totally stole my heart, a young 12 year boy named Keith who has Down Syndrome. His beautiful yet simple faith is an inspiration and he reached out to everyone with honesty and unconditional love. Maybe we all need to slow down once in a while, and maybe we would hear the angels too!
lilredhenJP More than 1 year ago
Ann Fletcher is returning to Charleston to see her sister, Sarah, recieve her degree. This is her first trip since her grandmother's passing, several years ago. On the plane, she meets Patrick Stinson, a developer, who offers her an opportunity to work for him, staging his condos for the market. Shortly after her arrival, Sarah and Ann are in an accident, when a drunk driver runs a light, and strikes Sarah's car. Ann is only shaken up and bruised, but Sarah is badly injured, and Ann jumps in the ambulance with her, to ride to the hospital. Sarah starts humming a very haunting melody, and shortly after arriving at the hospital, Ann is told that Sarah passed away. Sarah's friends, Ethan, his cousin, Tammy, and Keith, who is Tammy's son with Downs Syndrom, help Ann through the funeral, and taking care of the necessary business associated with Sarah's death. After the funeral, she decides to put the house on the market, and go back to NYC and pick up her life, never to return to Charleston, but she keeps getting drawn back partly because of Ethan, and partly because of the haunting melody she can't get out of her head. And Keith keeps sending her drawings that he tells her are the angels he sees near her, to help her. A very good book, one that I would recommend to anyone. Well written, and it makes you think. Thomas Nelson Publishing 329 pages I received a free copy of this book from Booksneeze to read and review. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions given are my own.
mommysblessings More than 1 year ago
Angel Song is an uplifting novel of dealing with grief, struggles, and lack of faith. The authors have done a fantastic job of drawing you into the world of loveable characters who are as heartfelt as they come. This book was very entertaining, but unfortunately jumped full force into the middle of the story almost immediately, making you feel like you stepped into a whirlwind of activities. A bit overwhelming at first, but soon leveling itself out, you could then sit back and enjoy the rest of this well-written novel. Although it was very predictable, with not many surprises around any corners, it was fun to imagine and then see how it all came together. Angel Song is a heart warming read showing how God helps us overcome tragedy and a hardened heart. Through this story, we can see that His peace and love have been there right from the start, no matter how difficult the road is laid. (Thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers for this book to review.)
Chickfilady More than 1 year ago
"Be sure to welcome strangers into your home. By doing this, some people have welcomed angels as guests, without even knowing it." Hebrews 13:2 You never know who you may be talking to...what song you may hear...what may happen. Ann Fletcher, an up and coming interior designer, returns home to Charleston for the first time in years to see her younger sister graduate with a master's degree. Before the graduation arrives, a tragic accident takes place and Ann's younger sister, Sarah, passes away. Sarah's last words are: "Annie. Help. Annie. Help." Ann struggles as she tries to make sense of what her sister was saying. How could she have helped her? What could she have done to make a difference? And what was that haunting melody that her sister was humming in the ambulance and the hospital? Why did she keep hearing it over and over again in her dreams? How did her sister's next door neighbor with Down's Syndrome hear the same song? As Ann struggles to find her faith, she tries to balance dealing with her past in Charleston and keeping up with her future design career in New York City. Authors Shelia Walsh and Kathyrn Cushman weave together a beautiful story of a woman's struggle to deal with the unknown and the known...to distinguish between fact and fiction...to see the angels around her.