Sunday, September 2, 2012

Paper Angels

Paper Angels, Jimmy Wayne, Travis Thrasher, Howard Books, Fiction, November 1, 2011, 304 pages.

Synopsis: Kevin Morrell is a forty-three-year-old husband and father who runs a successful design and marketing firm that's crashed into the suffering economy. Attempting to navigate the busyness of the mall at Christmas, Kevin is humbled when he stumbles across the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Project. His wife insists that he take a paper ornament.

The name on the ornament is Thomas Brandt, a fifteen-year-old still reeling from the implosion of his family—from years of verbal abuse from an alcoholic father to a mother who finally left him behind, only to find herself and her children penniless and struggling. The only thing has allowed Lynn to survive is her faith. Thomas shares that faith, but he also wonders why God has seemingly abandoned them. 

This is the story about a man and a boy one December. A man whose life is changed by a simple expression of kindness, and a boy who takes that expression of kindness and shows the true meaning of Christmas.

My thoughts: If you're looking for a feel-good Christmas lead-up novel, this is a contender. While nothing is left in a "happily-ever-after" situation, the conditions certainly improve.

The characters are the strong points throughout (even though Thrasher gets his writing edge in), and produce most of the light shining between the pages. Kevin reminds us to "let go and let God," while Thomas exhibits a rare nature: forgiving and kind, even though neither are perfect.

On a final note, Paper Angels promotes a grateful, gracious, and generous nature to those who give it their time.

*This book was provided free by the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.*

My rating: 3 stars

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