Today we are joined by author Beverly Stowe McClure. Beverly and I go way back. We have been critique partners for a number of years, so I’m very familiar with her lovely writing style. I’m one of her biggest fans. However, I didn’t have an opportunity to critique her newest book, Gabe’s Guardian Angel, before it was published, so today I’m sharing a rare review with you. First though, Beverly is visiting as part of her virtual book tour to share with us her thoughts about where you might find angels on earth. Beverly, take it away:
Are there angels on earth? A very good question. What do you think? I’ve never seen a lovely girl that would fit my vision of an angel: blond hair, blue eyes, fair skin, and most of all delicate lacy white wings on her back. Yes, wings would be fragile looking but very strong because they are heavenly, not earthly. But again, do all angels fit this description? I think not.
In my opinion, angels can look like you or me or anyone we know. They may have brown hair, black hair, blond hair, red hair, or gray hair. Their eyes may be brown or green or gray or black or blue, but the care in her eyes for you, for me, and for strangers, shows me a beautiful image that I would consider angelic. And, when she gives someone who’s hungry food to eat or a toy to a child for her birthday, I see an angel, caring for others meeting their needs. So, what exactly is an angel? Do angels come down to earth when we need them? How do we know?
I see the smile on your face. Yes, you know. A person’s attitude and behavior, the way she or he treats others show the angel wings. We don’t have to see them physically. They are there, watching over us. The earthly angel will have a beautiful angel face, too, that really looks like so many other faces. But when we look at her closely and see her smile, we know she’s an angel. Not a heavenly angel that we read about in the Bible but an earthly angel who is always helping little children or friends or strangers who are in need. I bet you know some earthly angels. In fact, you might even be one.
Bless you for all you do because you are an earthly angel and love others.
Thanks for sharing, Beverly. Here is my review of Gabe’s Guardian Angel by Beverly Stowe McClure
Gabe’s Guardian Angel hits all the emotions. Gabe is a sweet main character who I found myself really rooting for. He and his sister have a wonderful sibling relationship. Because Gabe is such a good guy, it broke my heart to watch him doubt himself over his learning disability as well as be on the receiving end of some serious bullying.
With the guidance of his guardian angel, Gabe navigates his challenges and in the process ends up helping others as well. The ending was the culmination of all the emotions. I teared up and smiled until the very last, satisfying word.
Beverly Stowe McClure has a winning story that demonstrates problem solving and strength of character.
About the book:
Gabe Montana is clumsy. He's overweight, and he's dyslexic. Worse yet, the bullies make his fifteen-year-old life even more miserable-so miserable he wants to die.
Charley, his guardian angel, says no to that idea and comes up with a different plan. He'll give Gabe self-confidence so he can solve his problems, not run away from them. But Gabe wonders why the angel doesn't just help with the bullies. What's with this self-confidence stuff?
Can Charley help Gabe stand on his own two feet? Will Gabe give up hope life can improve for him? Or will he finally listen to the angel's advice?
About the author:
For those who aren’t familiar with the author, here’s a bit of background on her.
Most of the time, you’ll find Award-Winning Author Beverly Stowe McClure at her computer, typing stories young voices whisper in her ears. When she’s not writing, she’s snapping pictures of wildlife, flowers, and clouds.
She’s affectionately known as the “Bug Lady.” She’s not telling why. To relax she plays the piano. Her fur babies don’t appreciate good music and hide when she tickles the ivories.
Beverly is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She also teaches a women’s Sunday school class at her church.
For more on Beverly and her writing visit her at her: Blog: https://beverlystowemcclure.blogspot.com Website: http://beverlystowemcclure.wordpress.com Twitter @beverlymcclure Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/beverlysmcclure Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/author/show/11462.Beverly_Stowe_McClure
Author Beverly Stowe McClure is giving away one print copy of GABE’S GUARDIAN ANGEL to a lucky US winner.
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Thanks for stopping by and be sure to follow Beverly on her week-long tour HERE. You never know what you might find out. Do you think Guardian Angels come in all shapes and sizes?