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Domingo's Angel by Jenny Twist
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Nov 06, 2011

it was amazing
Read in November, 2011

An Epic of the Transformative Power of Forgiveness

An English stranger comes to a small remote Spanish village, instantly causing confusion and more than a bit of panic in the locals. But one, a goatherd named Domingo, chances upon the woman, and mistakenly understands her name Angela indicates she is an angel. The two began a romance. When Angela confesses her pregnancy, Domingo proposes marriage.
The beginning of this book is straightforward, a romance between the above characters with its sweet and funny moments, the latter particularly when Rosalba, the forbidding village matriarch, makes an appearance. Then midway through the book, as Domingo makes plans to marry Angela, the mood deepens from light romance to the dark undercurrent of not only Angela’s horrific past, but also the terrible suffering of the villagers during the Spanish Civil War, as Angela begins to share her past with Domingo, and the villagers began to share their tales with her. Each character comes alive to the reader as they relate what happened to them, particularly Rosalba, who eventually shares with Angela the whole story of what she went through at the hands of the soldiers. The character of the mayor also touched me deeply; a man who betrayed his fellow neighbor to save his younger brother’s life, and carried the guilt with him ever after.
This is a story of transformation. All the main characters undergo a healing, and a sort of maturation as they let go of grudges, guilt, and old pain, and embrace forgiveness for the hurts they suffered and inflicted. If you don’t need the tissue box by the time you’re done reading, you’ve got a heart of stone. And you won’t be crying for sadness, but at the sheer joy of the final scene, when an English visitor comes to visit Angela, and remarks on the paradise she has found.
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