Thursday, September 5, 2013

Book Review ~ City of Angels

Book: City of Angels
AuthorJames Scott BellTracie Peterson 
Publisher: Bethany House
Publishing Date: 2001
(Rereleased March 21, 2012 in eBook by Compendium Press)

Type of Book: Inspirational Historical Suspense

My interest in this book: Mr. Bell has mentioned this "Kit Shannon" in his writing books and I dove for the opportunity to read one when I came across it at a used book store. I really appreciate Bell's instructional books on the craft of writing.

Ideas expressed / message / plot: Trusting in God's hand in your life. A young woman with purpose faces the odds against her to rise above, proving God's Will prevails.

Favorite characters, quotes/lines: Kit and Earl Rogers are fantastic! I really enjoyed this cast--they are lively and realistic.

When I finished this book I felt: "That was an unexpectedly great read!" I went in with very few expectations beyond the fact that Bell knows what he's talking about with the craft of writing.

Overall: I don't usually read this style of book (suspense); I'm more of a historical romance girl, but this was a most enjoyable read and I look forward to reading the rest of the Shannon Saga. This is also the first book I've read with Tracie Peterson, though I've seen her books everywhere. Perhaps I shall pick up one of her solo books soon, too.

I do have to say that this is one of the most overtly Christian books I've read in a while. There is so much scripture spouted off by the main character. Perhaps it's because the market allowed for it more in the early 2000's, I'm not sure, but I loved it. It was real life for someone who truly believes in God and is not fearful of what others might say or think. So many books today tip-toe around God, even in Christian books. This one is full on Bible and if I am spending hours with someone (fictional or no) I want to be thinking God thoughts & scripture.

 If you are looking for a fiction in which to study the craft of writing, this book has it all and would be an excellent pick!

I would recommend this book to: anyone teen +. This is a bookshelf worthy read or a library pick up. Right now it's only for sale as a $3.99 eBook. Do know you want to. ;-)


  1. I haven't read many of TP's recent books but her Yukon Quest series was very good!

  2. Thanks Patty! I'll have to look that one up! My TBR list can never be too long. Hahaha!


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