My #bookreview of ANGEL by Alex Norris

ANGEL by Alex Norris

BLURB:

Lewis Blake is a 20 year old university student, coming to terms with being cruelly dumped by a former flame. After a night of heavy drinking, Lewis meets Rosie, a homeless woman who comforts him and opens his eyes to a new world outside of the university bubble. Tired of the meaninglessness and vacuity of student life, Lewis embarks on a quest to give his life genuine meaning, aiming to help those without homes and without voices. But in his attempts to aid those around him, Lewis becomes lost in a world of depravity, secrets and seedy encounters, which threaten to destroy his friendships and plunge him further into isolation and despair.

MY REVIEW:

 

I don’t ordinarily read M/M stories, but I’m glad I did this one.  It took a while for me to get into the story, not because of the gay theme, but for the different cultural and younger generation difference. I never heard of half the musicians / bands mentioned in the story.
Suffering from a broken heart, Lewis goes to the local club to get roaring drunk with his fellow college friends, when he stumbles across a homeless woman named Rosie.  Through her, he hears about a church that one day a week, offers a free meal for the homeless and elderly residents of the area.  Feeling worthless and lonely, he decides to volunteer at the church and it opens his eyes to the REAL world around him.  Because he comes from an affluent family who can afford to send him to Cambridge, he starts wondering why he was so lucky and how can he help all the homeless people that are so easily ignored.
This is a well-written, self-awareness tale.  Lewis puts himself in risky and dangerous situations to help the homeless people he has come to know and love.  Harry, the painter, that Lewis gives money to so Harry can continue his painting / graffiti around the town.  But Lewis wasn’t prepared for what Harry finally painted.  And then there’s Rosie, because of past events, she’s afraid to move into a hostel to get out of the freezing cold.
The characters are real as well as the settings.  There is some sexual context, but not overly graphic.  If you’re not offended by M/M I highly recommend this book and give it 5 feathers.

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About Sahara Foley

Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down. About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done. So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made. One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors. Anyway, enough about me. Here’s all my contact information: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/booksbysaharafoley Twitter: https://twitter.com/SaharaFoley Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/saharafoley/ Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SaharaFoley/posts Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Sahara-Foley/e/B00J9ST32U/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
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