Title: The Guardian Angel
Author: Elizabeth Gill
Blurb: Alice Lee, middle-aged and unmarried, is the only volunteer when the minister asks his congregation to help young Zebediah Bailey. Zeb is in prison for a ghastly crime, and the townspeople would rather forget than forgive this local lad who lost his way.
Alice dutifully writes to I’m every week, sending him sweets from the little shop that is her livelihood: Alice Lee’s Confectionary. She won’t admit she’s lonely, but since her parents deaths making and selling sweets has become her whole world.
The Zeb comes out of gaol and Alice agrees to take him in, much to the horror of her neighbours. What develops between them is unexpected-intense and bittersweet. It could be a new beginning, or else the undoing of them both…
Review: For this review I was approached by Elizabeth Gill herself, which was a great pleasure. After interviewing Elizabeth I was excited to read her novel.
The Guardian Angel is about giving people second chances. Alice who owns a lovely Confectionary shop is middle-aged and alone but is enjoying running her shop. Alice starts to correspond to Zeb who is in prison for murder. This is a relationship that I was interested to see where it would go, especially once he comes out from prison.
Elizabeth write’s well. She write’s from the views of the characters. As you read you can visualise the characters, their thoughts and the settings. There are several sub plots throughout the story. I was worried that this would become confessing, however it didn’t. Elizabeth created these sub plots that added to the story. I was able to remember who was who and what was happening with each characters. It really brought the setting to life and gave more understanding to why characters were the way they were.
I really enjoyed this book, set in the year 1855 and seeing how people lived in that era and that second chances can happen.