Just a quick post today – I am winding up my annual holiday so I’m exhausted! Now I need a holiday to recover…
So a quickie review. My friend Marcia has gone a little further off the beaten track than she usually does, and ventured further into a delightful paranormal story, a novella spin off from her Riverbend series.
An angel’s work is never done—that’s part of the gig. But angels hadn’t been created to deal with such a vastly over-populated planet, rife with misery, suffering, and general chaos. Helping souls in peril has become a nearly impossible job, and even angelic tempers are frayed.
The archangel Azrael has had enough. He believes he’s found a way to ease their burden while saving jeopardized humans, too—hired help.
When Jake Daughtry lost his life rescuing a total stranger from certain death, he was on the fast track to Heaven. But that was before Azrael pulled him right out of line at the Pearly Gates. Now, as an Emissary to the Angels, Jake is taking to the highway in a quest to help souls in trouble. But the innate stubbornness of human beings bent on self-destruction is a challenge unlike any he’s ever faced.
It’s up to Jake and Azrael to bridge the gap between humans and angels. Will they ever convince the Council of Angels this endeavor is worthwhile? Can Jake figure out how to play by Azrael’s complicated rules? Will Azrael ever master the use of contractions in general conversation?
To find out the answers, hop on board Jake’s big red-and-white semi and travel the roads from the Florida Keys to north Georgia on an adventure that will make you laugh hard and cry even harder.
Oh, how I’d like to think this was true! To be reborn as a guardian angel (well, almost), with the remit of stepping in before things go too horrendously wrong, and saving people from their own self-inflicted ghastly futures. If only…
I’ve not yet read the book from which this novella evolved, but I sure will. The wonderful humour that shines through, especially with the banter between Jake and Azrael, brought more than a few laugh-out-loud moments. There is also the opposite end of the spectrum, with despair so graphic I felt it myself.
Meara packs an awful lot into one novella, but it’s a perfect length for the tale. Although I would have liked to see what happened next, and I’m rather hoping there will be more at some future date.
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