Book Review | No Angels for Christmas by Petie McCarty @authorpetie #bookreview #romance #mystery #C
Title: No Angels for Christmas
Author: Petie McCarty
Genre: Contemporary Romance with Suspenseful Elements
No Angels for Christmas . . . a cozy romantic mystery with suspense from The Mystery Angel Romances series. An angel hidden in every book waiting for you to figure who . . .
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…
Rachel Kelly is still reeling from her breakup with Lt. Jake Dillon but continues her work as a child psychologist. She agrees to take on three new clients including two middle-school aged kids dealing with abuse in their homes. As Christmas approaches, she asks each child to say a prayer for Christmas. Little does Rachel know, there are angels in her life who’ve come to help her and her clients. When a stalker crashes Rachel’s Christmas party, she calls the only man she’s ever loved, Lt. Jake Dillon. Will he rescue them in time or will it be too late?
No Angels for Christmas is a Christmas story about second chances and helping those most vulnerable: children. At the crux of this story is a preteen girl who’s being harassed by her mother’s boyfriend. He touches her and wants to do more. Also at the heart of this story is a preteen boy whose father beats him and his mother. The on again off again romance between Rachel and Jake take a backseat but still contribute to the dramatic tension.
Three dramatic storylines were, in my humble opinion, too much. Two would’ve been just fine and actually one would’ve been ideal. I know there are readers out there who thrive on the multiple angst but I’m not one of those. I found the angst too much for me to deal with and I had to take breaks from reading it.
I was also unprepared for the heavy Christian message interwoven throughout the plot. Bible verses and praying are prevalent. I didn’t mind, though, because what you’re dealing with in this story relies on faith and the appearance of angels answering prayers. It just caught me by surprise because this hasn’t appeared in any of Petie McCarty’s books I’ve read before.
If you’re looking for a dramatic story with an uplifting message, pick up No Angels for Christmas today. You’ll be crying tears of joy when you reach the ending.
My Rating: 4 stars
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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 spends her time writing sequels to her regency time-travel series, Lords in Time, and her cozy-mystery-with-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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Reviewed by: Mrs. N