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  • By Lyn Sofras
    Jan 9, 2012
    Jenny Twist is a wonderfully talented storyteller and ‘Domingo’s Angel’ weaves a spell of enchantment around the reader from start to finish. Although set in the 1950s (when the English woman, Angela, first arrives in the remote mountain village of Amendillas), there is nonetheless a timeless quality to the story. Through seamless flashbacks, the narrative takes us through the dreadful days of the Spanish Civil War and Franco’s despotic rule, then forwards into a happier, hopeful future. The small, self-sufficient community seems untouched by the outside world and, on the surface looks like paradise. However, every character has been affected and deeply scarred by past tragedies and each nurses his or her own secret pain. Widows, who have long ago stopped weeping and have put away their smiles - seemingly forever, are the backbone of this community now devoid of men of a certain generation. The English Angela is escaping from her own tragic secrets, but her healing process begins when... More > she meets Domingo who worships her as his angel, then little by little, the healing magic begins to spread. But it is Rosalba, the excellently–drawn village matriarch, whose complex life-journey really captivates our hearts. Angela is quick to realise that “Whatever Rosalba thinks today, the village will think tomorrow” and the true love story is the growing bond between these two women, who learn to heal each other. I read the latter half of the story almost entirely through misty eyes as the main characters grew larger than life with every page, unfolding their astonishing stories to me like good friends trusting me with their heartfelt secrets. When I reached the final page, I felt bereft and lonely, though completely satisfied that I had left them all in very good hands. Domingo’s Angel is a story I will certainly read again and this author goes straight to the top of my favourites list.< Less
  • By casahoya
    Nov 24, 2011
    Dawn Luedecke Atlantic City Examiner October 11, 2011   Jenny Twist brings her readers into a world seldom known to the average reader. ‘Domingo’s Angel’ is the story of a village oppressed by Spanish rule. The romance of the story isn’t as simple as a hero and heroine falling in love. Jenny paints the peaceful yet struggling town so completely that the reader can’t help but fall in love with the citizens of the sleepy Spanish village and their stories.      Pale and waif like Angela is the daughter of a deceased English sailor, who told his daughter tales of the many beautiful places he’d visited on his trips. After the death of her parents, Angela followed her father’s footsteps to Spain. Since she couldn’t speak Spanish when she came into the serene town, the townsfolk believed her to be a witch or magical creature of some sort.      When Domingo introduced himself he misunderstood her name and told everyone in town she was an Angel.... More > After that she was forever known as 'Domingo’s Angel'. Little do they know, Angela holds a secret from her life in England. The various lives of the townsfolk will sink into Atlantic City readers hearts and make them want to visit the sleepy Spanish town and become a part of the simple, yet complicated, life there.  < Less
  • By Tara Fox Hall
    Nov 8, 2011
    An English stranger comes to a small remote Spanish village, instantly causing confusion and more than a bit of panic in the locals. But one, a goatherd named Domingo, chances upon the woman, and mistakenly understands her name Angela indicates she is an angel. The two began a romance. When Angela confesses her pregnancy, Domingo proposes marriage. The beginning of this book is straightforward, a romance between the above characters with its sweet and funny moments, the latter particularly when Rosalba, the forbidding village matriarch, makes an appearance. Then midway through the book, as Domingo makes plans to marry Angela, the mood deepens from light romance to the dark undercurrent of not only Angela’s horrific past, but also the terrible suffering of the villagers during the Spanish Civil War, as Angela begins to share her past with Domingo, and the villagers began to share their tales with her. Each character comes alive to the reader as they relate what happened to them,... More > particularly Rosalba, who eventually shares with Angela the whole story of what she went through at the hands of the soldiers. The character of the mayor also touched me deeply; a man who betrayed his fellow neighbor to save his younger brother’s life, and carried the guilt with him ever after. This is a story of transformation. All the main characters undergo a healing, and a sort of maturation as they let go of grudges, guilt, and old pain, and embrace forgiveness for the hurts they suffered and inflicted. If you don’t need the tissue box by the time you’re done reading, you’ve got a heart of stone. And you won’t be crying for sadness, but at the sheer joy of the final scene, when an English visitor comes to visit Angela, and remarks on the paradise she has found.< Less
  • By Emily Hetherington
    Oct 20, 2011
    I was right to anticipate this next instalment from Jenny Twist, it is simply beautiful and well worth the wait. Jenny expertly draws you in to the story of each character with her fabulous descriptions and allows you to connect with each one. You are made to feel for the characters as you hear about their different lives and all the difficulties under Franco's rule in Spain and afterwards. This is best-selling material through and through.
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Product Details

ISBN
9781612352022
Publisher
www.melange-books.com
Published
July 18, 2011
Language
English
Pages
174
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.69 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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