Angels Watching Over Me (Angels Trilogy Series #1)

Angels Watching Over Me (Angels Trilogy Series #1)

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by Lurlene McDaniel
     
 

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It's Christmas time, and Leah Lewis-Hall finds herself spending the holiday season alone and stuck in the hospital. Luckily, she quickly befriends her hospital roommate, a young Amish girl, and her close-knit Amish family.  She becomes especially close to Ethan, the handsome and gentle older brother who can barely look Leah in the eye.  When Leah receives

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It's Christmas time, and Leah Lewis-Hall finds herself spending the holiday season alone and stuck in the hospital. Luckily, she quickly befriends her hospital roommate, a young Amish girl, and her close-knit Amish family.  She becomes especially close to Ethan, the handsome and gentle older brother who can barely look Leah in the eye.  When Leah receives frightening news about her condition, Ethan will show her that miracles can happen- and that sometimes angels appear in the most unexpected places.  

This nationally bestselling book is the first of three stories in The Angels Trilogy by Lurlene McDaniel.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 8-10Young romance is difficult at the best of times, but when you're dealing with a life-threatening illness as well as the problems that can arise from a cross-cultural relationship, it can seem downright impossible. Such are the trials facing 16-year-old Leah Lewis-Hall. Left alone right before Christmas (by her mother who has just been married for the fifth time), Leah is admitted to the hospital for treatment of a broken finger. Further tests indicate bone cancer. During her stay, she meets Ethan, a handsome Amish boy, and is drawn to him despite the difficulties she has understanding his culture. Factor in the mysterious nurse Gabriella, who may or may not be an angel, and you have a story that is an interesting blend of romance, mystery, and problem novel. The characters are captivating and sensitively drawn and the plot is fast paced. There are strong religious themes but the author avoids being preachy. A satisfying book that also provides insight into the Amish way of life.Robyn Ryan Vandenbroek, formerly at Otterville Public School, Ontario

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307814128
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
02/29/2012
Series:
Angels Trilogy Series
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
98,756
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
12 Years

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"Do you always do what the elders say?" Both Ethan and Charity quoted rules and words of others. Did they ever think for themselves?

"Gelassenheit," he said. "That's German for patience and resignation. It means obedience to the Amish community. It is not something we do. It is something we are."

Leah had been raised to be on her own. Her mother's many marriages, their frequent moves and different schools had taught her to be independent. But she saw quite clearly that for the Amish, individuality was not a virtue. It was a curse. She stood. "Well, it looks like we've come full circle, Ethan. You were right after all--the English and the Amish can't mingle."

He stood too. "But we can care about one another," he said carefully. "We can always care."

She knew he meant care in a brotherly way. But after spending time with him, she didn't want to be just another sister to him. She wanted to be a girl who mattered to him the way Martha Dewberry mattered. Except that Leah wasn't Amish. And she never would be.

From the Paperback edition.

Meet the Author

LURLENE McDANIEL began writing inspirational novels about teenagers facing life-altering situations when her son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. “I saw firsthand how chronic illness affects every aspect of a person’s life,” she has said. “I want kids to know that while people don’t get to choose what life gives to them, they do get to choose how they respond.”

Lurlene McDaniel’s novels are hard-hitting and realistic, but also leave readers with inspiration and hope. Her bestselling books have received acclaim from readers, teachers, parents, and reviewers. They include The Year of Luminous Love and its companion, The Year of Chasing Dreams; Don’t Die, My Love; Till Death Do Us Part; Hit and Run; Telling Christina Goodbye; True Love: Three Novels; and The End of Forever.

Lurlene McDaniel lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Visit her at lurlenemcdaniel.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Angels Watching over Me 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
starCS More than 1 year ago
Leah is a 16 year old girl who spends days in a Indiana hospital. Then she meets her roomate, a young amish girl named Rebekah. Rebekah tells Leah about what she and her family believes in. When she meets Rebekah's siblings, Charity and Ethan, she learns about having faith and believe that God can make miracles. I enjoy so much of this book that I read it again. It shows that although people that are different from others they should have the same faith in God and that angels are watching over you no matter where you'll go. In this book at first Leah didn't seem to be very interested in religion and when she was diagonsed with cancer, she asked herself whether there really is a God and if that's so, why would He let these things happen to her. The author's purpose for this book is the need to trust in Our God and trust that He does make miracles when we pray and also that we have faith in Him. The story fulfills it's purpose very well because in the book it gives us a message that if we have faith in God, anyone of us when we get sick, we can be cured. I really like this book overall because it is focused on faith, with the character having an illness, she is tested whether she truly believes in God or not and also wether if when she is given a miracle, if she will still keep having that faith that she didn't have before.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just thought it was amazing story about life and how things go sometimes and after i finished reading it, it gave me a different way to look at life! and to always count my blessings!!Thanks LURLENE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good story, well written. It gives a sense of outlook on what's important in life and that it isn't always perfect. I wasn't exactly expecting a more exciting plot, but it could have been beefed up a bit with more twists....
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I liked it
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Theres 3books on this seres an ive read all three an i gatta admit there was amazing
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Ill b honest i havent read this book but i love all her other stories so u btr read ths 2! :D
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Emmie_claire More than 1 year ago
I love to read books by Lurlene McDaniel but this was my least favorite one by a long shot. I never was really sad like I was during Garden Angels or the Pink Angels series. It was not my favorite:(
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very real and life like. The characters reminded me of people I know, and they acted real. Though there are some sad places, it is an enjoyable book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Leah Lewis-Hall went to the hospital with nothing more than a broken finger. She didn¿t know how she broke it, it just happened. The doctors thought it was weird that her finger broke without injuring it, so they admitted her in the hospital to run more tests. She had a roommate named Rebekah, which was Amish. Rebekah was younger than Leah and was admitted in the hospital with a spider bite. Leah¿s mom hasn¿t arrived yet, but she was flying in from another state as fast as she could. Rebekah¿s family came, and Leah was embarrassed, because Rebekah had a really cute brother that Leah liked. His name was Ethan, but she never really told him that she liked him, because she was afraid that he would never like her back, but he did. The doctors kept running tests on Leah and found nothing unusual, until her knee started to hurt just like her finger! Right then the doctors knew what was wrong with her, but they ran some more tests just to make sure. It was true, she had bone cancer. She was shocked and scared! If she wanted to live, she would have to get her leg and finger amputated, but she doesn¿t want to. Will Leah accept the fact that it has to be done? I really enjoyed this book. I never wanted to put it down! I also like how I can relate to the book, because I had to be admitted in the hospital several times for a Pseudo tumor Cerebri, but Leah¿s case was a little worse. At the beginning of the book, it got a little confusing, because it just jumped right into the problem. Soon after that, it got better and I could follow along with out confusion. This book doesn¿t remind me of any television shows, but like I said, I can relate to it. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes romantic twists or grieving stories. Most of Lurlene McDaniel¿s books are those kind of stories. More information on this book is that there is kind of a series. I plan on reading the rest of the books. I would prefer to read this one first, or you may not get the other books, because they follow on with Leah¿s life. Some of the other sequels are called Lifted up by Angels and Until Angels Close my Eyes. You should really try this book, because you won¿t regret it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was AMAZING!!!! Lurlene McDaniel is a great author! And I loved learning about Amish people and how they viewed life and Christianity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Leah thought the hospital would be a drag until she met ethan,ethan was just a plain old amish boy until Leah met him it was like her destiny and I find that very touching
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a story that really makes you think about first impressions.It is a great story that describes how two people meet, who come form two very different backgrounds. You will love the feelings you get when you read this book. You will not be able to put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I feel bad for Leah. I wouldn't want to be in the hospital on Christmas either! Neither would I like to have bone cancer! I think the title is interesting because it's going to make people read it and yet it won't give much away about the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My friend introduced me to lurlene i think that she is one of the berst authors in the world her books are sad but inspirational i read some in one day i truly recommend any of her books she is great
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book that really makes you think. You see that first impressions aren't always right and that miracles do happen. Leah was in sort of a rut, she wasn't having any fun and was left alone at a hospital. She made lots of friends and learned about different religions. Her new friends made her see that you can believe in things even though you can't see them. You just have to wish what you want and believe that things happen for better or for worse.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is amazing!! i loved it! i read this book in school and could not put it down. it is the first book that made me cry. it is a great book if you love teen/romantic novels. go read this book. i give this book 5 stars. I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first of many Lurlene McDaniel books that I have read. It captures your attention and makes you want to dive in for more. It was so intriguing that it turned Lurlene McDaniel into one of my favorite authors and I aspire to one day have read all of her books. Strongly recommend this book, especially if the Amish culture interests you at all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so inspiring and romantic. I read it twice over one weekend. Now I love all of Lurlene's books. I am trying to read all of her books now, so far I have read two but starting a third one. I would recomend this book to everyone who enjoy romance and inspiring books.