A Melanie Advent Calendar Review Day 13: Guardian Angels (2016 Advent Calendar – Bah Humbug) by Geneva Vand

Rating: 5 stars out of 5

guardian-angelOne snowy evening, a car wreck in front of his toy store triggers terrible memories for Jake. Suddenly, he is in the midst of another winter storm—and another accident, one that not everyone walked away from. When he returns to the present, Jake is on the ground, being watched over by a guardian angel in the form of a kind man named Eli. Eli is no stranger to panic attacks and PTSD, and he’s happy to help Jake get home—where the weather forces him to remain for the night. For Jake, it could be the first step toward a life free from fear and loneliness.

Geneva Vand has written a heartwarming story of pain and loss turned into recovery and love at holidays.  Its a story that by all accounts should be much larger than its 36 pages because it feels like a novel.  Its characters have dimension, their pasts and its angst is believable as is its accompanying pain.

Jake’s PTSD is triggered by a car crash in front of his toy store.  Vand makes us feel every terrifying moment for Jake and we hurt for him.  Our connection to this character is immediate.

The stranger who realizes what is happening to Jake and takes care of him is Eli, someone who Jake soon starts to regard as his “guardian angel”.  As these two men form a relationship, letting barriers fall, and revealing their pasts full of loss and pain, we can see hope for them both and a possible future unfold.  What a joy!

Looking for a heartwarming story to read for the holidays?  Look no further than Guardian Angels by Geneva Vand.  Beautifully written, and full of hope and romance, the wonderful emotions that carry you through to the end that will leave you smiling for hours.

Cover by Paul Richmond is the brand cover for the series.  Still wonderful.

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Book Details:

ebook, 36 pages
Published December 1st 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1635331757 (ISBN13: 9781635331752)
Edition LanguageEnglish
Series2016 Advent Calendar – Bah Humbug