☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
What It’s About:
Child psychologist Rachel Kelly isn’t quite sure how to handle the situation with her newest client — a six-year-old boy who says he can talk to angels and one is coming to help Rachel. She already has her hands full of trouble this Christmas season, and things quickly take a turn for the worse when a stalker crashes Rachel’s Christmas party and takes her young clients hostage.
Police negotiator, Lt. Jake Dillon, walked away from his fiancée Rachel when she suddenly balked at having kids. His kids. Yet when the hostage crisis erupts, Rachel calls Jake first. Now he has a choice to make — stand back and wait for the cavalry to save Rachel or step in and try to save her himself. Time is running out, and Jake may be their only chance for rescue.
Unless Rachel’s little angel-spying client is telling the truth…
When author Petie McCarty brings together a school guidance counselor and a child psychologist, she starts weaving a complex tale of friendship, love, and belief.
No Angels for Christmas is set in the autumn, and the story culminates on Christmas Eve. It is a Christian fiction novel where guardian angels answer a few kids’ prayers for protection. The story is hard to read at times as the story centers around a young child and a couple ‘tweens who are in therapy due to their guidance counselor’s concern about their lives at home.
Ms. McCarty beautifully weaves together each child’s story along with that of Dr. Rachel Kelly and her ex-fiance, Jake Dillon. The story develops a little slowly at first as the characters and their backgrounds are introduced. Through this, Ms. McCarty gives her readers a reason to care about each primary and secondary character. As the story reaches its zenith, these story lines are woven together into an intense, scary scene. There is a strong Christian message that helps many of the characters get through not only the hostage crisis but also the trauma they have been enduring in their individual lives.
My one frustration with the novel was the angsty relationship between Rachel and Jake. For two people whose livelihood depends on reading people an open communication, you’d think they could have a conversation about their relationship issue. However, these two could barely get a complete sentence out before one of them huffed off. While this was done to prolong the angst, I found it vexing.
Overall, No Angels For Christmas is an engaging novel filled with empathetic characters. Ms. McCarty’s message of faith, kindness and compassion are suitable for all ages. Whether human or celestial, we could all use a guardian angel at times.
About the Author: Petie spent a large part of her career working at Walt Disney World — “The Most Magical Place on Earth” — where she enjoyed working in the land of fairy tales by day and creating her own romantic fairy tales by night, including her new series, The Cinderella Romances. She eventually said good-bye to her “day” job to write her stories full-time.
These days Petie also spends her time writing sequels to her regency time travel series, Lords in Time, and her cozy-mystery-with-a-dash-of-romantic-suspense series, the Mystery Angel Romances.
Petie shares her home on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee with her horticulturist husband and a noisy Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in No Angels for Christmas.
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