by Patricia Hickman
Category: Fiction / Historical
300 pages; ISBN: 0446691011
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
During the Depression in Arkansas, their mother deserted the three kids several years ago; their father now dumps the children on his girlfriend “Aunt” Lana to unload them on their older married sister. However, Lana abandons thirteen year old Angel and her two younger siblings Willie and Ida May in a movie theater. Angel tries to hitch a ride with a trucker who deposits them on a traveling retired schoolteacher. Instead of taking the children to their older sister, the teacher ditches them in a remote area while stealing their possessions.
The trucker Jeb Nubey stops nearby and the kids sneak into his truck. When the law stops him, the children pretend to be his family. Already on the lam for an alleged attempted murder in Texarkana, Jeb takes the children to their adult sibling only to find her home deserted. Jeb soon pretends to be a widowed preacher raising the trio by himself. However, it is Angel who tries to keep this pretend quartet into a real family.
This is an entertaining historical fiction that paints a disturbing picture of the Depression via the treatment of the three Welby children by family and others. Still through the actions of Angel, forced into maturity beyond her years, hope exists even for this downtrodden group. The characters make the tale as the FALLEN ANGELS will hook readers with their plight.
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