Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Angel's Share by James Markert


Some believed he was the second coming of Christ.
William wasn’t so sure.

But when that drifter was buried next to the family distillery, everything changed.

Now that Prohibition has ended, what the townspeople of Twisted Tree, Kentucky, need most is the revival of the Old Sam Bourbon distillery. But William McFee knows it’ll take a miracle to convince his father, Barley, to once more fill his family’s aging house with barrels full of bourbon.
When a drifter recently buried near the distillery begins to draw crowds of pilgrims, the McFees are dubious. Yet miracles seem to come to those who once interacted with the deceased and to those now praying at his grave. As people descend on the town to visit the “Potter’s Field Christ,” William seeks to find the connection between the tragic death of his younger brother and the mysterious drifter.

But as news spreads about the miracles at the potter’s field, the publicity threatens to bring the depth of Barley’s secret past to light and put the entire McFee family in jeopardy.
The Angels’ Share is a story of fathers and sons, of young romance, of revenge and redemption, and of the mystery of miracles.

REVIEW

Kentucky at the end of Prohibition. The Great Depression is in full swing with many people homeless and hungry. The McFee family, however, is thriving because of their secret distillery they operated throughout the prohibition of liquor. When tragedy struck and the youngest boy was killed in an automobile accident, the family deeply suffered his loss.

In a potter's field next to their house, the eldest son named William witnesses a secret burial. Rumors circulate that the buried man performed miracles before his death, and this draws great crowds. As a subplot, the family patriarch learns that a dangerous criminal is searching for him with murder in mind, but is protected somewhat because of his false name.

The story is full of surprises, secrets, and the restoration of hope. There is something for everyone in this lovely story. It is classified as Christian because of the miracles and religious symbolism. If you love fresh, original, and unique stories with a wide appeal to readers of all genres, then this is a good book to add to your to be read list. Definitely recommended.