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Angels Watching Over Me (Angels Trilogy #1)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  3,158 ratings  ·  103 reviews
Happy Holidays! Bah humbug. "Happy" is not the way Leah Lewis-Hall would describe herself at the moment. She's spending her twelve days of Christmas in an Indianapolis hospital, while her mother is thousands of miles away on a honeymoon with husband number five. Leah went to the doctor with nothing more than a broken finger, but he ordered her to undergo some tests. Now sh ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published October 7th 1996 by Starfire (first published October 1st 1996)
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5th out of 62 books — 82 voters
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29th out of 152 books — 61 voters

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Mar 12, 2009 Haley rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
If you want a book that is bringing you to tears ever other page, go for it. IT makes you feel good and feel horrible at the same time.
Nov 25, 2009 Kristen rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Girls, especially young adolescents and anyone interested in over-the-top sentimental stories
Genre/Category: Friendship/Romance/Sickness

If you enjoy sentimental, cheesy stories that purposely pull on your heartstrings through unrealistic means, then this book is for you. The story follows a girl named Leah, who is put in the hospital because of a broken finger. Confused by the many tests her doctor insists on running just because of a broken finger, Leah eventually finds out that she has bone cancer. While in the hospital, she becomes good friends with her roommate, an Amish girl named
You wouldn’t catch me buying or reading this book ever in public, unless I was dead. But the only reason I did was because I read the other two books in the trilogy when I was in late elementary and really liked them, so when I went to a library sale and saw this for super cheap, I thought “Why not?” and got it.

It was okay. The characters weren’t fleshed out because the story was so short, so I didn’t feel any connection to them, nor did I feel any chemistry between any of the interactions the
Leah is not happy about being stuck in the hospital for the holidays while her mother is thousands of miles away on a honeymoon with husband number five. Until she meets her hospital roommate, Rebekah, and her big family. Cynical 16-year-old Leah has never known people like this before. From Rebekah’s handsome brother, Ethan, who can barely look Leah in the eye, to her kind older sister, Charity, the Amish family captivates Leah with its simple, loving ways. When Leah receives frightening inform ...more
Amy Johnson
This is a very uplifting book. It is clearly written with a religious young adult audience in mind, and it explores the questions of faith and doubt from deliberately faithful stance. It is relatively well written, though the dialogue of the 16-year-old protagonist sounds a bit old fashioned; the language is fitting for her Amish friends, but unconvincing for a modern teen. There are also some laughable romantic moments, but, like I said, it is an uplifting read, and inasmuch as this was McDanie ...more
this is one of the best books i have ever read. no matter how many times i read it again and again, i never get tired of it. it's a sad, cute love story and i guarantee it'll make you cry at some point or another and make you fall in love again....
The ANgels trilogy kept me reading for days.once i found out they had more in the series i ran to the library.i wish ethan and leah could have made it. i cried when rebecca died and when leahs stepfather died.
Let's see...I sorta kinda forgot to write this review so we'll see what I can recall. Had I read this book when I was 8 or 9 or so, I probably would have loved this book. I'm not sure exactly what age group this book and others by this author are aimed for but everything was so simple, it seemed geared towards young preteens or so. Examples of why it seemed that way? First of all, the writing is very simple and not meant for someone with an extensive vocabulary who likes to learn big words. It's ...more
Cassie Parker
This pulls at your heartstrings for sure. That's the first thing that you need to know because if you don't like crying or feeling down while reading a book, this one probably isn't for you.


The story itself was beautiful and well-written. It was easy to understand and follow and easy to love. The characters draw you in, and the choices they make keep you reading. The plot was interesting and entertaining.

For the bad things. I felt as if the story and its characters should
Gabrielle Short
Just awesome...I've read it twice and cried even harder the second time around.
Synopsis: "Happy Holidays! Bah humbug. "Happy" is not the way Leah Lewis-Hall would describe herself at the moment. She's spending her twelve days of Christmas in an Indianapolis hospital, while her mother is thousands of miles away on a honeymoon with husband number five. Leah went to the doctor with nothing more than a broken finger, but he ordered her to undergo some tests. Now she's stuck in the hospital, alone. Then Leah meets her hospital roommate, a young Amish girl named Rebekah, and her ...more
Themes: teen romance, questions of faith, illness

Leah Lewis-Hall has just moved to podunk-ville, Indiana so her mother can marry a new boyfriend—again. But while her mother and new husband are off on their honeymoon, Leah needs to be hospitalized for a broken finger. She is put into a shared room with Rebekah, a young Amish girl, who introduces her to faith, miracles, and her handsome older brother, Ethan. Things go from bad to worse when Leah discovers that her broken finger is actually a manif
Jan 29, 2008 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jessica by: Michelle
Shelves: advisory-07-08
In Angels Watching over Me by Lurlene McDaniel, Leah Lewis-Hall, the protagonist, deals with various pains over her body and because of these pains, she ended up in the hospital (almost the entire setting of the book). Without her mother being by her side because she is in Japan for a honeymoon with her fifth husband, Leah meets and becomes friends to a Amish girl named Rebekah and her siblings, Charity and Ethan in addition to Molly, their nurse. When Leah was hospitalized, she learns the diffe ...more
Jessica Richins
Leah has always taken care of herself because her mother constantly goes in and out of being married. While her mother is away on her honeymoon to her latest husband, Leah is put into the hospital for an unknown blood related problem. Leah is not happy about her situations until she meets her 5 yr. old Amish roommate and her family. Leah learns about life and love from this family, and learns to accept God.
Overall, I liked this book; it had a good message about turning to God during trials and
AnnaBernyc Calderone
I have read this book a few times and each time I fall in love with it more and more.

This book is about Leah a young 16yr old girl who breaks her finger but while at the hospital for xrays the doctors find something not right , So they admit her to the hospital in the meantime Leah’s mom and new husband are on their honey moon in Japan when they get the call about Leah. Leah’s mother is in no hurry to get back.

While in the hospital Leah gets a room mate whom is Amish. Leah isn’t sure how she fe
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Tamara Kammerer
McDaniel's romantic novel on audio gives the Young Adult listener a window into the life of the Amish. Leah, sixteen-years-old, has just recently moved to Indiana with her mom and new stepdad. The parents are on their honeymoon in Japan when Leah winds up in the hospital because of a broken finger. She is befriended by her five-year-old Amish roommate, Rebekah. Leah soon learns about the Amish ways and culture through Rebekah's sister, Emily, and brother, Ethan. Leah and Ethan eventually fall in ...more
Angels Watching Over Me is the first book in the Angels trilogy. I found the story to be pretty enjoyable, even though it's geared for a younger audience I still liked it a lot. I'm looking forward to reading the next two books. Recommended if you enjoy contemporary stories or Lurlene McDaniel's books.
This book is about how Leah Lewis-Hall, a teenage girl went to the hospital because her finger and her knee hurts and later from diagnosis from doctors, she was told that she had cancer. During the time that she was in the hospital, she met an Amish family which are people who a bit isolated from the modern world, such as the way they dress and even speak. In the hospital, Leah met Ethan and they both are falling for each other.
In this book, I learned that it can be very hopeless in a situation
Lauren Hopkins
Angels Watching Over Me by Lurlene McDaniel

Leah is in the hospital because of a broken finger. The doctors say they want to do some tests. Her mother is currently on her honeymoon with her new husband and it is almost Christmas. Leah is feeling scared and lonely. She ends up making friends with her roommate, a little Amish girl named Rebekah, and her brother and sister. When Leah finds out she has bone cancer, she relies on the faith of her new Amish friends.
Lurlene McDaniel begins a breathtaking trilogy with her book, "Angels Watching Over Me." A story about love between a regular teenage girl, Leah Lewis-Hall, and an Amish boy becomes transcendent and helps her confront obstacles about her health. The writing style McDaniel presents is enchanting and causes you to fall in love with the characters, hoping Leah and her new found love are able to survive throughout the rest of the books. The religious theme running through the books isn't overpowerin ...more
I'm getting depressed all over again just looking at these lol. Hopefully this is the last depressing one
This is (for me anyway) an example of a story that you either love or hate. It's not that the books are absolute classics, that I would recommend them to everyone I know or even to buy them. But there are stories that are worth telling and reading. Even if they are labelled 'young adult novel'. I'm not saying that the whole thing isn't a bit over the edge but still. I can understand if someone was to say the books weren't that good or that the events weren't that credible anymore. However I like ...more
I had read this year's and years ago. I just reread it and I still love it
Aileen Montes
i want to read it..its a love stories
Elah Horwitz
This book is about a teenager girl named Leah Lewis Hall, and spends her Christmas in the hospital. Throughout that time she meets a little Amish girl named Rebecca. This book explains the difference of the Amish culture and the culture that we live in today. Leah and Rebecca become close friends and share their beliefs and what they enjoy. Each day Rebecca is getting sicker and sicker, were as the docters are still trying to figure out what caused Leah's finger to break.
I cannot say a single bad thing about Lurlene McDaniel, her books or her writing style. When I was very young, she made me want to be a writer and an author. I devoured every book she wrote back then, and have enjoyed introducing them to my own teenage children now. I still read her new books as they are released.

That said, this story did not disappoint. I've read the books in this series twice and they still are amazing every time.
Aug 06, 2011 Margaret added it
Shelves: 2007
Left alone right before Christmas (by her mother who has just been married for the fifth time), Leah is admitted to the hospital for treatment of a broken finger. Further tests indicate bone cancer. During her stay, she meets Ethan, a handsome Amish boy, and is drawn to him despite the difficulties she has understanding his culture.

Simply written with a good message, a worthwhile book but I though it lacked any real punch.
Een lastig te plaatsen boek: de cover doet denken aan een goedkoop damesromannetje, de achterflap impliceert een young adult-boek met bovennatuurlijke kantjes, maar na lezen van het eerste hoofdstuk lijkt het nog het meest op een kinderboek.

De Amish-familie wordt interessant neergezet, maar de Christelijke lading ligt er voor mij iets te dik bovenop. Het is bovendien een vrij kort verhaal, er gebeurt in feite niet zoveel.
I remember these being foisted upon me by a friend in middle school who insisted that Lurlene McDaniel was the greatest thing ever. I like the idea of writing true-to-life stories for teens rather than the typical Gossip Girl garbage, but I remember thinking these were ridiculously a melodramatic teenager.

Still, they have that train wreck quality where you can't look away.
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Lurlene McDaniel (born c. 1948) is an author who has written over 50 young adult books. She is well known for writing about characters struggling with chronic and terminal illnesses, such as cancer, diabetes, and organ failure.

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