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It is 1936 and Kate Merritt, the middle child of Victor and Nadine, works hard to keep her family together. Her father slowly slips into alcoholism and his business suffers during the Great Depression. As her mother tries to come to grips with their situation and her sisters seem to remain blissfully oblivious to it, it is Kate who must shoulder the emotional load. Who cou ...more
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Published February 1st 2011 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published December 11th 2010)
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Carly
Feb 19, 2011 Carly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-favorites
Every once in a while, I get to read a book that I just do not want to end. That is what Angel Sister was to me. I fell in love with this book very quickly and it grew on me more and more as I kept reading. Now, a small word of warning, this book is not a fast read. It is one of those books that needs to be savored and read at a nice, slow pace. I am actually really starting to like books that read that way because they have a lot of substance and a story with characters I want to spend a lot of ...more
Cecelia
Feb 28, 2016 Cecelia rated it it was amazing
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Brenda
Feb 26, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing
Its the summer of 1936 and the US is in the throws of the Great Depression. Fourteen year old Kate Merritt and her family live in the tiny town of Rosey Corner Ky. The Merritt sisters are totally different, Evangeline, is sixteen, and totally lovestruck, while ten year old Victoria loves to fish, leaving Kate to be the responsible one. Her father Victor, is dealing with inner demons, and more often than not turns to alcohol to get thru the day, while Kate's mother Nadine is a steady influence, s ...more
Cheryl
Mar 07, 2011 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Kate Merritt is the middle sister. Though if you met Kate you would never guess she was so young. She is wiser beyond her young years. Kate is strong. She learned right away that being the middle sister meant caring for yourself. Kate has only cried about a dozen times. Kate helps care for her father. She tucks him in every time that he comes home drunk, helps her mother and cares for younger sister.

Lorena Birdsong is just five years old. Lorena is a pretty brave little girl. When Kate found Lo
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Judy
Sep 09, 2011 Judy rated it it was amazing
Victor, Nadine, and Kate Merritt are the main characters in this book. The story revolves around their past and present lives. Victor has a drinking problem which started when he was serving in WWI. I strongly suspect that Preston Merritt, Victor's Father, played a big part in it too. Preston was a man that his son could never please. Victor could do nothing right in his Father's eyes; the reason goes back to when Victor was growing up.

Nadine Merritt is the Daughter of Preacher Reece. She too c
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Bonnie
Feb 26, 2016 Bonnie rated it really liked it
Ann Gabhart is a phenomenal writer. Angel Sister is my first Ann Gabhart book, but I already have another waiting for me. I'm hooked.

This story of family life in the Kentucky of the 1930's came to life through the writer's voice and those of her characters-truly exquisite. It's a story of love and forgiveness of enduring through troubled times and then pushing on.

I would have given this book five stars, but the pacing is too slow for my personal tastes. Don't let that stop you from picking up a
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Carrie
I need to move this to my need to finish list, because I can't go on reading it right now. And honestly, I could end up moving it to my newly created DNF shelf.

Some people might find this book enjoyable. But not me, at least not at this current time. I was becoming so bored while reading it, I found myself drifting off and wanting to do other things. So for now I'm DNFing this book.

I really don't like not finishing a book, in fact I have made myself finish many books over the years that I have
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Cindi
Jan 27, 2015 Cindi rated it it was amazing
I had a little trouble getting into this story especially with it jumping between time periods. However, I am so thankful that I stuck with it.

Talk about flawed characters. The author does an excellent job creating realistic personalities. With the way the novel is written we get to learn about Kate's parents and how their lives together started as well as their current circumstances. Having this history brings with it details that explain so much.

It's amazing how one little girl can alter the
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Mary-ann
Mar 16, 2016 Mary-ann rated it it was ok
This book had a slow start but got better the further I read. I found the end of the story a bit predictable.
Claudia
Mar 10, 2016 Claudia rated it it was amazing
I read and reviewed the third book in the on-going story of the Merritt sisters in July of 2014. It was a treat to read Angel Sister, the story of how it all began. Set in Rosey Corner, a small town in Kentucky, in 1936, the story follows the trials and the blessings of the Merritt family and their closest friends. Two of the main characters struggle with a crisis of faith, as another maintains faith in the Lord while having little in herself. The reader encounters an elderly woman with unshake ...more
Lafourche Library
It is the summer of 1936 in the fictitious village of Rosey Corner, Kentucky. Kate Merritt is the middle child of Victor and Nadine growing up during the Great Depression. Victor is slipping into alcoholism due to recurring nightmares of time spent in the trenches of France during WWI. Nadine struggles to keep the family financially afloat as Victor’s livelihood as a blacksmith becomes technologically irrelevant. Kate is the responsible middle sister of three who feels things deeply compared to ...more
Joyce
I enjoyed this book very much. The novel takes place in southern Kentucky in the 1936. It tells the story of the Merritt family and how the lives of the family members are changed by the arrival of 5 year old, Lorena Birdsong, who was dropped off at the church, by her parents when they could no longer afford to care for her. The father, Victor, struggles with nightmares he still has since returning from fighting in WWI, alcoholism as he drinks to numb the mental and emotional pain, and the emoti ...more
Lyndalou
Jul 11, 2015 Lyndalou rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is 1936 and Kate Merritt, the middle child of Victor and Nadine, works hard to keep her family together. Her father slowly slips into alcoholism and his business suffers during the Great Depression. As her mother tries to come to grips with their situation and her sisters seem to remain blissfully oblivious to it, it is Kate who must shoulder the emotional load. Who could imagine that a dirty, abandoned little girl named Lorena Birdsong would be just what the Merritts need?

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Nancy
I started out listening to this book on my MP3 player. The recording stopped short of the ending, and I borrowed a kindle version. I'm glad I read the last part of the book. I enjoyed that part of the book very much, and got more out of the book.

The book covers the love of a young couple, whose parents didn't want them to marry. The young man joined the army, and fought in World War !, and told of the ramifications on his life, after the war. It deals with drinking to try to blot out the terrib
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Loraine
This book had a rather slow pace but a very good storyline and characters. I really liked the variety of characters that the author included and they were very realistic with a wide range of personalities and character traits. Each had their good and bad points. I look forward to reading more books from this author as this was the first I have read.
Ellenh
Apr 02, 2012 Ellenh rated it it was ok
Just okay, I liked the story okay, but hadn't realized it was Christian Fiction, and although I am a christian, I don't generally read CF.
Chandra
Jul 14, 2014 Chandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
GENRE: Inspirational fiction

SETTING: Small town America; Rosey Corner, Kentucky; Depression era

CENTRAL FEMALE CHARACTER: KATE MERRITT is the middle daughter of 3 girls. Everything falls on her shoulders. Reliable without fault and she does not mind taking responsibility. Mature for her age of 14 years.

CENTRAL MALE CHARACTERS: No central male character(s) as this inspirational story is centered around KATE.

SYNOPSIS: Tori is the youngest of three, Evie is the oldest and lives in the clouds. Nadi
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Joyce
Jun 03, 2015 Joyce rated it really liked it
Library copy. First in the Rosey Corner series. I read the first two before reading this one. I recommend reading them in order. The second and third books were fine, but this one was a bit spoiled by reading the others first.

The four star rating is generous. Unlike the other two books, there were things about this one that I would have done differently, things that were confusing to me. Maybe it's me.

In the first place I thought the 'angel sister' was Lorena, whose character is much stronger in
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Ellen
Feb 05, 2016 Ellen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
This is the first in the Rosey Corner KY trilogy. Victor was in WWI. He's been home several years but for some reason, he's getting flash backs now and has fallen into alcohol to ease pain and to forget. The eldest daughter is pretty much self-centered, the third daughter hasn't been expected to "grow up" yet, while the second daughter, the middle-one,feels she is expected to be the responsible one. When Victor comes home 2:00 or so in the morning, mother, Nadine, remembers who he used to be. Wh ...more
jimtown
Angel Sister by Ann H. Gabhart is what I might classify as inspirational historical fiction. I always feel a little sheepish when I find out a book I chose runs along the inspirational line because I don't think I'd choose them if I had known that beforehand. Angel Sister had an excellent storyline to make up for the pounding of inspirational guidance which may be ok for doubters and non-believers, but since I already hold similar beliefs, I just don't care to be preached at while pleasure readi ...more
Chantel
Dec 10, 2014 Chantel rated it it was ok
Recommended to Chantel by: Dearborn Library Book Club
Victor Merritt, his wife Nadine, and their daughter Kate Merritt along with newly abandoned Lorena Birdsong are the main characters in this book. There are many relatives and townspeople who are also impactful to the story.

Kate Merritt, a fun-loving teenager who prefers to gig frogs and roam the woods near Rosey Corner, a sleepy Kentucky town, grapples with the tension in her family. When World War I demons and the threat of poverty send her father reeling toward booze, her mother sinking into f
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Joanne
Nov 05, 2011 Joanne rated it liked it
When this book was chosen as a book club selection, not one of us ladies realized that it was actually Christian fiction. Although I am a Christian, I have found that much Christian fiction I read just ends up being a bit too unrealistic for my taste. I can tell you that most of the ladies in my group loved this novel, while my final thoughts tend to be a bit more reserved.

Although I didn't enjoy this story as much as the other ladies, I did find appreciation within the story itself. We are brou
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Ann
Feb 27, 2011 Ann rated it it was amazing
Angel Sister is set in 1936 in the little town of Rosey Corner, Kentucky, where Kate Merritt is the middle child in a family of three daughters. Gabhart’s skillful writing puts the reader in the midst of this community and its characters—we know the people, and we feel the heat of a Kentucky summer.
Kate is the responsible sister who feels it’s up to her to keep her family together. The task she takes onto her fourteen-year-old shoulders is a daunting one. Her father is sliding into alcoholism
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Sara Nowlin-Edens
Jun 01, 2012 Sara Nowlin-Edens rated it it was amazing
Ann Gabhart is a writer of inspirational novels. She doesn’t sugar coat, nor is she “in your face,” with situations her characters experience. She was born and raised in the Outer Bluegrass region of Kentucky, so grew up on a farm. She has been writing since she was just 10 years old. She first published a historical romance in 1978 and continues to give us fodder for our eyes, spirits, and hearts.

Angel Sister is a touching novel set between World War I and World War II. The depression era bring
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Katie
Feb 23, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing
I’ve never read a book by Ann Gabhart before, so I was excited at the opportunity to read this new release of hers. After finishing Angel Sister I know I will read more from this talented author. This book was quiet a journey! Ann skillfully weaved in a story that was so alive and personal I looked up from the pages expecting to see Kate, Nadine, or Victor sitting across from me. Each character had such depth!

Kate Marritt is only fourteen years old, but she feels like she is her family’s anchor.
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Cindy
Feb 19, 2011 Cindy rated it it was amazing
War is never over, it sometimes seems. Young men, young women go to war and come home with images and horror stories that those who haven't been there will never understand. This is what happened with Victor Merritt after the big war. Set in 1936 Victor's family is falling apart. His wife resents him because he has turned to the bottle, the dreams that plague him in his sleep cause him to turn to the bottle, and his family suffers through all of it. His middle daughter seems to be the one who fe ...more
Linda
Feb 21, 2011 Linda rated it it was amazing
Not ever hearing anyone personally share the difficult times of the 1930s, I found Ann H. Gabhart’s book, Angel Sister, one extremely interesting and touching book.

I was so moved by the issues (what we now call PTSD) that Victor struggled with, and how he used alcohol to drown out the horrors from war and the rejection of his father, though he hated himself while doing it. I could empathize with the distress that Nadine, his wife, went through with his bouts of alcoholism. Though her love didn’t
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Laura
Feb 18, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
Title: ANGEL SISTER
Author: Ann H. Gabhart
Publisher: Revell
February 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3381-0
Genre: Inspirational/historical/women’s fiction

Kate Merritt is fourteen years old, but during the Great Depression, she feels solely responsible for the entire running of her household. Her father is a drunk, her mother suffers from depression, and her sisters are fragile. Kate takes on the responsibility of making sure her drunk father is cleaned up and put to bed at night.

When Kate finds a little gi
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Bobbi Rightmyer
Feb 01, 2011 Bobbi Rightmyer rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Review to come soon ...

Ann H. Gabhart has seamlessly woven three generations of a family into one heartwarming, cohesive story that will keep you reading late into the night. Taking place during the depression years of the late 1930s, this story tells about the many secrets each family tries to hide. The story starts with Kate Merritt, the middle daughter of Victor and Nadine Merritt, who feels the needs to protect her family and clean up all the messes and takes the burden of
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Clockstein Lockstein
Feb 25, 2011 Clockstein Lockstein rated it it was amazing
Angel Sister by Ann Gabhart is a poignant story of love and forgiveness in a Southern small town. Kate Merritt is the responsible one of three sisters. As her father, Victor, has slipped further and further into alcoholism, she has picked up more and more burdens around the house. At fourteen, she isn't lovestruck like older sister Evie nor does she want to go fishing all the time like little sister Tori. Kate tries to take care of her father as he stumbles in drunk night after night while her f ...more
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Ann H. Gabhart grew up on a farm in Kentucky. By the time she was ten she knew she wanted to be a writer. She's published over twenty novels. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren. She still lives on a farm not far from where she grew up. She loves playing with her grandkids, walking with her dog, reading and, of course, writing. Her Shaker books, set in her fictional Shak ...more
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