Friday, March 29, 2013

Blog Tour: Angel by Laura Lee

Literary Fiction
Date Published: September 2011

Since the loss of his lively, charming wife to cancer six years ago, minister Paul Tobit has been operating on autopilot, performing his church duties by rote. Everything changes the day he enters the church lobby and encounters a radiant, luminous being lit from behind, breathtakingly beautiful and glowing with life. An angel. For a moment Paul is so taken by his vision that he is tempted to fall on his knees and pray.

Even after he regains his focus and realizes that he has only seen a flesh-and-blood young man, Paul cannot shake his sense of awe and wonder. He feels an instant and overwhelming attraction to the young man, which puzzles him even as it fills his thoughts and fires his feelings. Paul has no doubt that God has spoken to him through the vision and he must figure out what God is asking him to do.

Thus begins a journey that will inspire Paul's ministry, but will put him at odds with the church he loves as he is forced to examine his deeply held beliefs about himself, his community and the nature of love.

My Review:
This book deals with quite the controversial topic in the fact that it has to do with Christianity and Homosexuality. But the real kicker is that the main character is a minister who was previously married to a woman. The message is quite clear and powerful, but I think it even goes deeper than that and its something that upon beginning to read this story, you wont expect. 

I think that the actual romance in the story is very understated and sweet. It is not a huge highlight, it leaves room for the bigger picture. At times the theme seems to overshadow the characters a bit and I wish I would have gotten a bit more from them, but overall it was a very touching and thought-provoking story. 


I am the author of 14 books, best known for my non-fiction titles including Blame it on the Rain (Harper Collins), The Pocket Encyclopedia of Aggravation (Black Dog and Leventhal), Broke is Beautiful (Running Press), and the forthcoming Don't Screw It Up! (Reader's Digest).  Angel is my first novel.  I divide my time between writing and producing educational ballet tours. 

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