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3.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 53.56 out of 5 3.56 (39 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann H. Gabhart Narrator: Dianna Dorman Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Rosey Corner Series Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9781608148189
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It is 1936 and Kate Merritt, the middle child of Victor and Nadine, works hard to keep her family together. Her father slowly slips into alcoholism and his business suffers during the Great Depression. As her mother tries to come to grips with their situation and her sisters seem to remain blissfully oblivious to it, it is Kate who must shoulder the emotional load. Who could imagine that a dirty, abandoned little girl named Lorena Birdsong would be just what the Merritts need?

In this richly textured novel, award-winning author Ann H. Gabhart reveals the power of true love, the freedom of forgiveness, and the strength to persevere through troubled times. Multidimensional characters face real and trenchant problems while maintaining their family bonds, all against the backdrop of a sultry Kentucky summer.

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  • “What a jewel of a story. Like a Kentucky summer, Angel Sister starts slow and easy but by the end, roars along, leaving the reader breathless and wanting more.”

    Lauraine Snelling, author of One Perfect Day

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loraine | 2/18/2014

    " This book had a rather slow pace but a very good storyline and characters. I really liked the variety of characters that the author included and they were very realistic with a wide range of personalities and character traits. Each had their good and bad points. I look forward to reading more books from this author as this was the first I have read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nina | 2/12/2014

    " Really good book! Loved it! Can't wait until the sequel is out! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Francie | 2/11/2014

    " I didn't realize starting out that this was a Christian author but I really enjoyed this sweet little story of forgiveness and redemption. A pleasant read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Donna | 1/29/2014

    " I stopped this book about three-fourths of the way through. It was rather redundant and extremely slow-paced. I got to a point where I didn't care about any of the characters as they were formulaic and one-dimensional. Victor is an alcoholic, Nadine has no backbone, both of their fathers are bullies, Kate is the good girl; Evangeline is selfish, and so on. The writing was at a middle-school level yet, it is not classified as a young adult novel. The pacing drags throughout, which left me feeling as if I were swimming in quicksand while reading. Most of the characters were one-dimensional with few to no redeeming qualities. Overall, it was a dull, tiresome story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clockstein Lockstein | 1/24/2014

    " Angel Sister by Ann Gabhart is a poignant story of love and forgiveness in a Southern small town. Kate Merritt is the responsible one of three sisters. As her father, Victor, has slipped further and further into alcoholism, she has picked up more and more burdens around the house. At fourteen, she isn't lovestruck like older sister Evie nor does she want to go fishing all the time like little sister Tori. Kate tries to take care of her father as he stumbles in drunk night after night while her family refuses to discuss what is going on. Lorena Birdsong's parents have abandoned her on the church steps of Rosey Corner in the hopes of a family taking her in and caring for her. Her mother tells her that she will be found by an angel, so when Kate discovers Lorena, the girl is certain that Kate is her angel. Lorena is quickly adopted by the Merritt family, and her presence heals some of the wounds that have been festering, until the town decides that Victor can barely take care of his own daughters because of his drinking, so Lorena must be placed with a different couple. This course of action will put the town on a collision course where the Merritts will be forced to face the past and deal with the ghosts that have been haunting them for thirty years. Gabhart is best known for her historical fiction about the Shakers, but with this novel she has shown readers that she is one of the best writers in Christian fiction today. Kate is a heroine in the vein of Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird, and readers will fall in love with this young woman who will stop at nothing to save her family. When her faith is shattered by a terrible act, I couldn't help but cry the tears she refused to shed. It's her will that pulls her family back together piece by piece. Every character is fully fleshed and remarkably real. I will miss these characters now that the book is done; that is a testament to Gabhart's writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/23/2014

    " I really loved this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Spiller | 1/20/2014

    " Neat story of the last depression. Happy version of steinbeck "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 1/14/2014

    " slow to get into the story... but appreciate staying true to the hard realities of post-war vets, even in WWI... good by the end... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicky | 1/14/2014

    " I love all the books about the south, and this one was no different. It was about the Merritt family who lived in Kentucky, in 1936. My parents were both born and raised in Kentucky, so I saw a lot of my Mom in Kate. Kate didn't take any gruff from anyone, she stood up for what she believed in and that's exactly what my Mom has always done. The only reason I didn't give the book 5 stars is because it got slow in the middle. But other than that, I loved it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chelsea | 1/13/2014

    " didnt finish it. got bored about seven chapters in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria Bylin Bylin | 1/11/2014

    " We're reading "Angel Sister" for book club. I thoroughly enjoyed it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 1/7/2014

    " I read this for a book club and I would say it was just OK. It would probably be considered a "Christian" book but I found the thinking simplistic: "Just trust God and everything will be OK." The characters were likable and it gives you a taste of what life was like during the depression "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill Mccallum | 12/21/2013

    " Wonderful character development with an interesting and engaging plot. I truly cared what happened to the characters and didn't want the story to end. One star knocked off for some pages too full of talking about if God was real (yes-it is essential to this story-I just a little sick of it at times) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 12/12/2013

    " This book steps over the line from being a good work of fiction to true literature. It's not pretentious literature (and thank goodness for that!) but its a gorgeous, well-rounded read. Definitely worth the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 11/29/2013

    " This book was about a family during the years after the first world war. It is about how the past affects the present and forgiveness and how important it is not just for the person needing the forgiveness but for the person doing the forgiving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whitney | 11/24/2013

    " This was a very easy read. A heartfelt story about love, family and live. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 11/17/2013

    " This book made me feel every emotion in the book. It made me laugh and it tugged at my heart strings. I thought this was a wonderful book and a very pleasant read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda Kandel | 11/16/2013

    " Giving this only two stars because it is just far too religious "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 10/7/2013

    " This was a nice, gentle story. Since it is Christian fiction, some readers would not be interested in the multiple references to the Bible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lah | 8/18/2013

    " Interesting book in that it delves into the complexities of family relationships. Somewhat predictable but I still liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah S | 4/14/2013

    " It was like reading a Hallmark movie. That is as clearly as I can express that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marnie Meisner | 11/14/2012

    " A lot of prayers that go on in this book. But the story is captivating enough to keep you interested and reading. Lesson learned? Keep your faith and know that God is on your side through good times and bad, strong and weak. Lovely, how it all came together. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anna | 8/16/2012

    " This is a really boring book. The first couple pages are interesting enough, but don't be fooled. I would have gotten more out of taking a nap yesterday afternoon than reading this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 8/14/2012

    " I was disappointed in this book. It dragged and I didn't become interested until I got toward the end of the book. Came close to not finishing this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 7/30/2012

    " Wow!It's like there needs to be another book or something. So many questions need to be answered. Overall it was an amazing book. I couldn't find myself putting it down (but i had some things to do). I can't wait until my sister reads it so we can talk about it together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 11/30/2011

    " It is a good story that gives a lot of hope. It gives a glimps of of the horrors of WWI and the life of a family in a small town in the south. Good topis to ponder on. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer Nelson | 11/7/2011

    " Although this book has the most adorable cover, I just wasn't won over by the story. It felt contrived, wooden, and so run-of-the-mill Christian fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 8/9/2011

    " I enjoyed this book set in 1930's Kentucky, in a small town where the past, and its secrets, influences the way people behave and believe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joselle173 | 6/22/2011

    " One of those books I was passing by at the library and the named popped out at me. I had to pick it up to see what it was all about. What a pleasant surprise and an equally pleasant read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda | 5/26/2011

    " I just finished this book and I really enjoyed it. In fact, I could barely put it down and consequently devoured it in about 24 hours. The characters were very real and I felt like they were people I knew. I highly recommend this book - you will remember it for a long time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 5/15/2011

    " This was a nice story. It is a Christian Fiction story based in a small town in KY during the depression. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonia | 5/9/2011

    " Page turner. I will search out other books by Gabhart "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 5/7/2011

    " It was good and a very quick read. It was called a 'Christian fiction' but it didn't run you over with the religion part. About family and the Depression. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria Bylin | 5/5/2011

    " We're reading "Angel Sister" for book club. I thoroughly enjoyed it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 5/1/2011

    " A very good book. It is a Christian book with a good message without being preachy. Story starts a little slow but then builds and has a great ending. I recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 4/23/2011

    " This was a nice, gentle story. Since it is Christian fiction, some readers would not be interested in the multiple references to the Bible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashleigh | 4/8/2011

    " This story nicely weaves together the characters' lives and lets you know what everyone is thinking. It didn't end the way I expected it to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 3/23/2011

    " It is a good story that gives a lot of hope. It gives a glimps of of the horrors of WWI and the life of a family in a small town in the south. Good topis to ponder on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melmac | 3/1/2011

    " Started off agonizingly slow but ended well. I had a hard time staying with it though. She's a good author but this one didn't keep my attention very well. "

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About the Author
Author Ann H. Gabhart

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several novels, including Angel Sister, Words Spoken True, The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky.

About the Narrator

Dianna Dorman is a stage and film actor, voice-over artist, and narrator for the Texas Talking Book Program and several commercial publishing companies. She particularly enjoys narrating historical fiction, mystery, fantasy, and comedy stories. She lives in Austin, Texas.