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Donovan's Angel (Donovans of the Delta #1)

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  823 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Donovans of the Delta Series - Book One

When vagabond musician Marte Fleming moved to small town Mississippi, she never expected her dance studio to be labeled a honky tonk. And she certainly never expected to fall for the preacher next door. They are absolutely wrong for each other.

How Reverend Paul Donovan convinces a congregation to change its mind about Marte and convin
Published 2011 by Peggy Webb via Smashwords (first published 1986)
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Suzanne Williams
My biggest issue with this story was the lack of clear plot. Take away the sexual situations and there isn't much left. I liked the cast of characters, but after a while, I wanted something to go wrong and it be harder to resolve, because that is more like real life. I do not think his behavior would be as accepted in church circles as portrayed in this book.

As to structure, it is full of telling sentences and has multiple cases of head-hopping, often going from one point of view to the next wit
:( nao gosto de dar 2 estrelas, dá uma sensação estranha de nao estimar o trabalho do escritor... mas neste caso, nao poderia dar mais.
a historia se desenrola de uma forma nao muito actual... tanta ingenuidade e tanta preocupação com o bem parecer fazem da historia uma "chatice".
a protagonista que se acha "diferente", acaba por ser ela um poço de contradição e convencional.
está mais preocupada com o que a comunidade pode pensar e não com os sentimentos que acabam por se revelar.

o plot até que é
Aug 02, 2015 Jayjay marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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When Martie Fleming breezed into small town Pontotoc, Mississippi, determined to settle down and teach jazzercise in her home studio, she never expected to land next door to the minister. She never expected her playful golden retriever to steal his shorts right off the clothes line. And she certainly never expected to fall in love.

Everybody in town would agree they are so wrong for each other – everybody but Paul Donovan. With her gypsy outfits, her lively music and her irrepressible spirit, Mar
Absolutely ridiculous...I think I only kept reading to see how scandalous the preacher would be with Martie and her brazen ways...jazzercise, teddies as undergarments, and men who smoke pipes. Must have been from the 70's or 80'
I picked up Donovan’s Angel when I was greedily picking up freebies from Amazon. I know it must not seem like it, but I am actually picky about the freebies that I pick up. I read the synopsis of all of them and pick and choose. I also check out reviews from trusted readers. I don’t just grab every freebie that is offered… but I do take full advantage of them when they are available. Most of the time I’m rewarded by either finding another great author to follow or stumbling upon a really good re ...more
Anna's Herding Cats!
I really enjoyed Donovan's Angel. It's a sweet, charming, has a little humor mixed in and a lot of small town drama. Paul, who's the town preacher, is going about his business when his new neighbor falls into his life. Literally. As in, right out of a tree and into his garden. Martie's a tree climbing jazzercise teacher that plays baseball with the guys and wears wild crazy clothes. And Paul, he's completely and utterly smitten with this woman whose puppy who keeps stealing his things and bringi ...more
This story was adorable! I've known people similar to Martie, our heroine, and they most definitely keep you guessing. Thankfully, Paul has the patience of a saint. Both characters kept me entertained. Actually, all the characters in this book came to life for me! Good job, Peggy Webb!

Considering our hero is a pastor, I know there are readers disappointed that the author wrote of Paul's attraction to Martie along with a few sensual scenes, but it didn't put me off at all. I find it refreshing to
U=I have not yet started to read it, but just wanted to post that this and several others of my books have been free downloads for my Kindle. The review of this one sounded interesting. I am not familiar with the writing of Peggy Webb and am looking forward to reading the book.

Later: having started the book, I have to say I gave up on it after a few chapters. When you have characters in a presumably Christian book falling in love for physical and appearance reasons, without giving time to gettin
This was an interesting book. A bit more steamy than what I want my teen daughter reading, but nothing actually happens. Just their thoughts while kissing. Fun story line. It's been 2 weeks since I read it so I'm not 100% clear of language, but I think there was none. From the book: When Martie Fleming breezed into small town Pontotoc, Mississippi, determined to settle down and teach jazzercise in her home studio, she never expected to land next door to the minister. She never expected her playf ...more
elaine m. suda
Funny, funny

Funny, funny

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I laughed and laughed as I read almost every page. I found this story sweet, humorous and uplifting even though the characters had different thoughts about the way they showed their love for each other. You can't suppress love forever....It will surface and thank God for that. I will read more of Peggy Webb's books.

This was the most refreshing book that I have read in a long time. The reactions of the other character in this story line is sad but unfortunatly really does happen a lot. I liked the way that it was handled and in such an adorable way. The story takes place in an area that I know fairly well.

I know that some readers would have liked more descriptions on the bedroom scenes but I think that this was done very tastefully and like the old saying "leave some to the imagination and it is even more e
I was disappointed with this. It could have been a great read but there was a mild sex scene and lots and lots of innuendos and thinking about sex and talking about it and a lot of wishy washy back and forth. I didn't like the way the characters wouldn't just open up and be honest.
This was on of the most sweet, entertaining and funny romances I have read in a long time. The story flowed well with good character development that had us caring about the Paul & Martie. There are no descriptive sex scenes in this book. On the Nook this book has a total of 402 pages with 361 pages of story.

When vagabond musician Marte Fleming moved to small town Mississippi, she never expected her dance studio to be labeled a honky tonk. And she certainly never expected to fall for the pr
Char (1RadReader59)
This had to be one of the funniest books I have read in a long time for a romance. Marti is just so flamboyant as a character she just jumps right off the page at you. Yet, so very sweet & not over powering at the same time. As in Paul's character is just so easy going & gentle the you can see by the author word just how much he loves Marti from the second she falls out of her tree into he yard. Ms. Beulla is a pain in the behind but she adds spice the this already to funny story for it ...more
Maria Bonano
Paul and Martie's love story is beautiful. This is about love, acceptance, religion and community. How is possible that your favorite and perfect (almost) pastor fall in love with a gypsy? It was a great reading and give us a view outside the box.
Louiseann Walter
Good Read.

A great story of love and laughter and how it effects men of cloth. It also shows never judge a book by its cover. Discover what is inside first. Can't wait to read the rest of the Donovan stories.
Quite cute story about the life in a small very conservative village, where the pastor falls for his new neighbor, a fun free-thinking and free-dressing girl.
I quite liked the pastor, who was definitely not stuffy, nor self-righteous. However Martie never really convinced me; she could be quite fun; I liked the unexpected turns of events which she launched, and would then overwhelm absolutely everybody, especially the pharisians in the city. The main problem is that she is definitely not consis
Yasmin  Vasquez

This was a very cute and funny book it was a clean romance. Small town gossip can wreck havoc on the best of people but the reverend was to good a man.
The writing style was passable and it could have been a cute,
fitting story but the "human passion" was a little too intense
for the story subject.
The point that a minister is still a man was OK. The fact that
the woman he fell in love with was a little flamboyant was OK to
a point. It was a little excessive. Also, an angry, judgmental
congregation is not likely to repent and change their attitudes
so quickly. That was totally unrealistic. It would be acceptable
in a fantasy or fairytale setting but
Loved this book! It was a fresh breeze! The characters were wonderful and I am already looking for more books by this author!
Kim Robertson
Cute book…I laughed out loud which is always a good sign!
Terry Crawford Palardy
I love books with happy endings, and have grown to anticipate these when reading Peggy's books. This one is no exception. The two characters come to the relationship from very different backgrounds and experiences, but feel an instant attraction. The characters around them have a wet towel effect on their relationship, but it doesn't dim the spark. I gave this a four only because the third quarter of the book seemed almost endless, and I grew impatient. But the fourth quarter did not let me down ...more
Amanda Chalifoux
Simply loved this book. A one in a million story.
Cristina Contilli
Rosa contemporaneo... anche i pastori (protestanti) si innamorano...

Non mi era mai capitato di leggere un rosa con un sacerdote come protagonista maschile... nella storia non c'è però niente di sconvolgente perché siamo negli Stati Uniti e quindi il problema è dato solo dalle diversità di carattere e di aspirazioni di lui e di lei... carino, divertente, una commedia sentimentale sotto forma di libro invece che di film, però, un po' insolito per una lettrice italiana come me...

whirlwind romance. inappropriate thoughts between unmarried characters.
This was the most amazing story-telling, that I have read in a long time. I could not set it down, nor could I wipe off the huge grin on my face. Peggy Webb's story is sweet, romantic and just absolutely adorable. The chatacters are true to themselves while battling the truth they share. I am thrilled this is the first in a series and I cannot wait to dive into the adventures of the rest of the Donovan clan.
"Donovan's Angel" wasn't a bad read. It's a bit dated - talking about records and trusty cars. I didn't think the plot was that strong. Martie's very eccentric and flamboyant. Reverend Donovan is very conservative on the exterior but secretly a bit eccentric internally. I'm not 100% sure about how I feel about this story. I definitely didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either.
I enjoyed this read.

The love story is timeless but with some of the references you can tell it is based in the 80s.

Martie is really attracted to Paul - but when she finds out he is a minister she doesn't think it will work out. Paul is smitten from the moment he meets her. However Martie is a wild spirit and his congregation is not prepared for her "wild" ways.
Midnight Sapp
This is my first book by Peggy Webb and I really enjoyed it. It was definitely a happy read, I found myself smiling throughout the book. Martie and Paul are really different but the sparks appears the instant they met. They go through a lot but finally we got a happy ending. I really liked how Martie confronted those who misjudge her and the epilogue was really nice.
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Peggy Webb is a USA Today Bestselling author from Mississippi. She has written 70 novels, 200 magazine humor columns, 2 screenplays. Called a "comedic genius" by her peers, she writes romantic comedy and the hilarious Southern Cousins Mysteries as Peggy Webb. She writes literary fiction under the pen names Anna Michaels and Elaine Hussey. Pat Conroy calls her literary work "astonishing" and Kathie ...more
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