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The Guardian Angel's Journal

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  862 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews
When Margot Delacroix dies at 40 years old, she is sent back to earth as a guardian angel - to herself. Renamed Ruth, she is forced by divine mandate to re-experience and record her biggest mistakes and fiercest regrets from the beginning of her life to her untimely death.
Paperback, 371 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Piatkus Books (first published 2010)
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May 04, 2011 Krystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Monday, April 25, 2011The Guardian Angel's Journal: Carolyn Jess-Cooke

Admittedly, when I picked this book up I was afraid it was going to be about calling people to believe in angels...and not much else content. However, I was pleasantly surprised.

The main character, Margot, has just died. Her life was not particularly well-spent; one may even consider her life "bad". She has a chance to redeem herself; she can become a guardian angel. This is where the novel gets interesting. She becomes a gu
Serendipity Reviews
I am a complete sucker for an angel story and this one sent me straight to heaven. The idea behind this story is so original it blew my mind. I felt like I had stepped into a quantam physics experiment, where I could bend time backwards and forwards like an eraser.

Margot dies at the age of forty and is sent back to Earth to be her OWN GUARDIAN ANGEL! I kid you not. Doesn't that just defy mentality? Margot is renamed Beth and forced to accompany herself as she relives every minor detail of her p
I'm captivated, I haven't been able to put this one down this weekend! P.S. will write more once my book club has discussed it, don't want to give it all up yet!

The author's description of the angel's wings was so vivid, I could clearly see in my mind how beautiful they must have been and felt. Unfortunately, she was almost too good in her descriptive narrative that in the darker parts of the books, made the events feel too real, or close to home. As a parent, these parts were really hard to rea
Carol Peace
May 22, 2011 Carol Peace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book it makes you rethink your own life and how your decisions change the direction.
The beginning of the book gives us Margot who is sent back to earth as Ruth who is her own guardian angel. I loved that she didn't really know how to react and we were stumbling along with her as she realised the rules and regulations of Angeldom. It hold your attention right till the end as thats when you get to know who killed her. Ruth thought she was changing the direction of 'Margots' life but w
Feb 19, 2011 Sandy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nb-reviews
I cannot believe how bad this book is on every level: plot, style, theme, characters. I admit I do not like the theme - Lovely Bones did not thrill me but at least I could appreciate the writing and intention - but I did not understand what The Guradian Angel's Journal was tring to achieve. I stuck with it thinking all the time that something would be revealed and everything would fall into place ..... but it didn't!
Dec 20, 2011 Nezzo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Все си мислех, че тая книга не заслужава 5 звезди. Взех я по много смешно стечения на обстоятелствата и я вземах на подбив от самото начало. Накрая май тя ме взе на подбив. Доста интересно, увлекателно и специфично четиво. Едновременно има от всичко, от което ни е писнало и е толкова интересно.
Sep 01, 2013 Gordon rated it it was amazing
Back in April/May I was recommended to read The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jess-Cooke. So I did, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, so much so that I ended up writing about it in my English exam since it fit one of the questions...

I knew back then that Jess-Cooke's first book was The Guardian Angel's Journal and after enjoying The Boy Who Could See Demons so much, I decided that I would read it.

Before I go into my thoughts let me give you a taster of the story. Margot Delacroix suddenly dies
Lisa A. Carlson
Aug 19, 2011 Lisa A. Carlson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Lisa A. by: found it unexpectedly
Shelves: fiction
One of the best thrills for me is finding an unexpected great book at the library. This story is a fresh spin on the subject of guardian angels. A subject I tend to find more plausible, comforting and safe than astrology or tarot card reading. This is the story of a young woman who dies and comes back as a guardian angel. The writing is effervescent, haunting and thought-provoking. Contrary to other reviews the ending doesn't feel rushed and follows in the thread of all the other unexpected mome ...more
The book grabs your attention right away. Starting with Ruth's wakening to being an angel. The rules are explained to Ruth, which is her new name instead of Margot. I am wary of Christian lit. I don't like having a particular message shoved down my throat. But this book isn't like that. It's very well written with all the characters having their own personalities. Reading about Margot(Ruth) learning what God has intended for her is sometimes funny and sometimes very heart warming. If your into r ...more
Jul 12, 2016 Lejla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: with-review, owned
When I bought this book, and when I first started to read it I didn't expect that I will like it this much. It is quite difficult to imagine yourself in this position. Watching yourself doing your biggest mistakes in life, and not being able to change them without any consequences. This novel is tense, interesting and far different than anything else I have ever read. I would recommend it even to those who don't prefer this kind of novels. It is relatively connected to religion, often mentioning ...more
Jun 05, 2012 Beadyjan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not a book I'd probably have chosen for myself - but when my bookgroup presented us with this one I thought it had promise - on the cover it says the new Audrey Niffeneger and as I liked both her books I was looking forward to this, however it failed to meet my expectations.

We meet Margot a middle aged Irish woman who has just died, she is sent back to earth as a guardian angel - to look over - Margot herself and re-live the choices and mistakes she made in life - I found it disjointed and stret
Jul 24, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic and original story. Four stars because of the problems, which were that the last two chapters were rushed and tedious, not living up to the promise the rest of the book held for it's conclusion. I absolutely love the way the character dies, the randomness of it. I was ready for something akin to the tragedies and injustices of the earlier part of the book. The writing was good, straight-forward, emotionally powerful and direct, with poetic gems peppered in in just the right amount.
Ana Luisa
Oct 19, 2011 Ana Luisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Acabei este livro com uma lágrima no canto do olho! Um livro emotivo, romântico e que demonstra claramente o quanto a força de um verdadeiro amor pode ser mais forte que a própria morte. Margot, é uma mulher complicada, com um passado ainda mais complicado que de um momento para o outro é assassinada numa suite do Ritz. Quando chega ao céu é lhe dava uma oportunidade que julgava impossível, ser anjo da guarda de si própria. Viu-se a nascer, viu-se a crescer…e a voltar a cometer os mesmos erros. ...more
Jul 29, 2011 Brina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Margot stirbt im Alter von nur 42 Jahren auf gewaltsame Weise. Da ihr Leben und das Schicksal es jedoch nie gut mit ihr meinten, bekommt sie die einmalige Chance, als ihr eigener Schutzengel auf sich selbst aufzupassen. Sie bekommt die Chance, ihr Leben zu verändern und in andere Richtung zu leiten.
Aber kann sie es diesmal auch wirklich besser machen?

„Tagebuch eines Engels“ hat mich zuallererst mit seinem wunderschönen Cover beeindruckt. Da ich Engelgeschichten liebe, war es für mich Grund genug
Oct 05, 2011 Shan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine that when your life ends you are sent back to Earth as a guardian angel. And not for just anyone but a guardian angel for yourself. Imagine you had the opportunity to observe and alter the life you have already lived.

This is what happens to Margot Delacroix when her tragic life comes to an end at the age of forty. Renamed Ruth, she is sent back to Earth to encourage Margot to make the right decisions, in the hopes of making her life a little easier. Not only does Ruth now have the opport
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Ruth is sent back to earth to become her own guardian angel after her untimely death. It seems like the perfect opportunity to right all the wrongs of her life, but it quickly becomes clear that nothing is that simple, even for angels...

"The Guardian Angel's Journal" is incredibly well-written. Carolyn Jess-Cooke's imagery is just beautiful - the idea of water flowing down an angel's back, the metaphors she uses - the language
Martina Flasarová
Margot Delacroix předčasně zemřela a ona se vrátila zpátky na zem v podobě anděla. Jmenuje se teď Ruth a jejím posláním je chránit samu sebe, tedy má chránit Margot Delacroix. Ruth je u svého zrození, jsme svědkem úmrtí její zdrogované matky krátce po porodu. Od té doby se život s Margot nemazlil - od krutého dětství do doby dospívání s drogami, až do chvíle, kdy se Margot přestěhovala do New Yorku a poznala tu svého manžela Tobyho. Narodil se jim syn Theo, ale manželství se Margot rozpadlo.

Mar 30, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most original stories I've read in over a decade. Jess-Cooke's style is both poetic and accessible, with a unique protagonist, whose dilemma is a a three-way conflict with her mortal self, her spiritual self, and with a god that she has to trust in, though she can't see him. I've never encountered a guardian angel who is so human in her efforts to literally save herself from herself. Heartwrenching though the mortal struggles are, the lessons learned --mostly the hard way --by the cha ...more
Ana Raquel
Jun 21, 2012 Ana Raquel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bem, este livro fala-nos da lenda associada, à existência dos anjos. Ou seja, dos vários tipos de anjos, dos seus objetivos e das suas funções.

Para mim o que, é atrativo neste livro, é sem dúvida o determinismo subjacente na história em questão (o determinismo patente no livro, não é o radical).

Na leitura deste livro, é importante salientar dois aspetos:

Um dos aspetos a ressalvar neste livro, é a confiança - a confiança no destino; a confiança no nosso íntimo; a confiança de que tudo vai ter
Tracy Barrall
Sep 01, 2011 Tracy Barrall rated it really liked it
This got me thinking several times about are there angels looking over our shoulders trying to guide us in our daily lives. All those thoughts in our heads are they really us or words from our angel. Can the wrong choices we make be the demons talking trying to help us make the wrong choices. Margot dies and is sent to be a guardian angel to herself, she will now see the whole picture of an event not just her side and she is tempted to change things, but can she and should she! Margot could not ...more
Isla Scott
I found this to be a complicated read, with many characters, whom I got confused/mixed up with often. It requires quite a good memory to keep track of the details and is a very imaginative read but it didn't quite sit right with me. The title is finally referred to at the very end of the novel, before then I wasn't quite sure where said 'journal' came in to things.

I felt that this book required, quite literal, leaps of faith to believe in the plotline and the turn of events. It was a bit much fo
Aug 31, 2013 Euriclea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: narrativa, fantasy
Ho chiuso l'ultima pagina con la pelle sollevata dal brivido di emozioni che questa magnifica storia mi ha regalato.
Una storia che mi ha fatto sorridere, commuovere,arrabbiare come mai mi era capitato prima...sembra quasi di esserne protagonisti!
Un libro da leggere tutto d'un fiato, che fa riflettere e riscalda il cuore di consolazione e speranza e che ci lascia credere, anche solo per un attimo.....che davvero non siamo soli!
May 05, 2011 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was completely gripped as soon as I read the first page..I was taking my Kindle everywhere, even to the gym! Such a beautiful and heartbreaking story, an innocent child thrown to the clutches of abusers, I truly hope I have a guardian angel as wonderful and protective as Margot had. A sad story that left me with a lump in my throat. Excellent book - worthy comparison as "The new Audrey Niffenger" Company Magazine
Apr 22, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. The concept was so original, and the plot kept me thinking about it even when I had to (reluctantly) put it down. I finished it in two days. When I closed the book and put it on my nightstand, I had that stunned feeling you get when you leave beloved characters behind. I even cried a little at the end. Beautiful, painful, thought-provoking.
Deborah Dicks
Jun 12, 2011 Deborah Dicks rated it liked it
Confusing - how can you be a guardian angel to yourself? Does this mean there are two of you in existence? Or parallel worlds? I found pondering this distracted me from the unfolding of the story.
Maria Carmo
Oct 12, 2011 Maria Carmo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone.
The book is totally unexpected in a refreshing way.
The writing is vivid and sometimes even crude, but somehow there is always a hint of Light, of Hope, of deep Love capable of witnessing all the suffering and transmuting it.

I loved this book.

Definitely a Good read!

Maria Carmo

12th October, Lisbon.
Aug 09, 2014 Fiona rated it liked it
Margot dies suddenly at the age of 40 after living a troubled life and her first task in the afterlife is to come back as a Guardian Angel to herself! The principle behind it is to watch her life being lived again from an outsiders point of view before she can move onto Heaven. She must not change anything that has been ordained but is able to whisper words of guidance and offer a limited protection to her charge. But when her earthly son Theo falls into bad company and ends up on a murder charg ...more
Jenni Ogden
Apr 09, 2012 Jenni Ogden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: If you think poaranormal is not for you, but you like bookclub fiction, try this!
Shelves: fiction
I don't usually read paranormal fiction but this story was certainly different (for me at least). It was well written, cleverly structured, and amusing . It reminded me a little of "The Time Traveller's Wife", which is one of my favourite books. Perhaps I should read more like this!
Jun 25, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I put this on hold after reading THE BOY WHO COULD SEE DEMONS by the same author. Wow!! This book was something else! What if you died and came back as a guardian angel to yourself? Would you be able to "fix" your life? The imagination of this author is amazing. I remember being told that I had a guardian angel as a child but this author takes the concept to an intricate and engaging level! There is a network of angels and everyone has one. But there are demons lurking, too. There are rules abou ...more
Jun 08, 2015 readxgreat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Üzerinden uzun zaman geçmesine rağmen ingilizcesini arayayım dedim ve buldum. Hemen oyumu da verdim tabii. Kurgu,karakterler her şey harikaydı fakat kitap çok yavaş ve sıkıcı ilerledi tam olarak hissini vermedi bende bu yüzden 1 puanı kırdım. Sonlara doğru artık sıkılarak okuduğumu ve bitmesini istediğimi farkettim. Sanırım ben aksiyon
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I'm the author of the award-winning poetry collection INROADS (Seren, 2010) and THE GUARDIAN ANGEL'S JOURNAL, published by Little, Brown in the UK and Guideposts Books in the US, as well as 22 other languages. My second novel, THE BOY WHO COULD SEE DEMONS, was released in May 2012. I have also written/co-edited four academic books in the fields of Shakespeare and film. The US version of THE BOY WH ...more
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