Book Review – “Angel Fire” by Valmore Daniels
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I sincerely hope you all had a wonderful Halloween and are now getting ready for your respective late winter holiday (Christmas for me and my family). The passing of Halloween also marks an important month for we writers (or at least those of us who take part). November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. The goal for this writing challenge, and a challenge it is, is to write a 50,000 word story by November 30, which works out to about 1,667 words a day. This year, although I have a lot already on my plate, I have decided to attempt it. After 1 day, I have 1,679 words written and a good idea on where the story will go. Wish me luck on the remaining 29 days. Also, if you are stepping up to the challenge, good luck to you as well.
This week I’ve decided to offer a review of “Angel Fire” by Valmore Daniels. The book is about a woman named Darcy Anderson who returns to her hometown after spending ten years in prison for the deaths of her parents. She is greeted by her disgruntled uncle and his cheerful wife, both of whom run a motel, and who offer her a place to stay and a job. Those especially excited to see her are her best friend, her best friend’s husband, and the incoming fire department chief.
Darcy soon discovers that not everyone in town is happy to see her back. Her trouble begins when her ex-husband and his buddies walk into the motel while she is manning the front desk and begin to harass her. Added to the mix of trouble is her former father-in-law is looking for any reason to arrest Darcy and send her back to prison. As if all of that isn’t enough, Darcy also has a secret she tries to hide… she can create fire and isn’t harmed by it. It is this power and her lack of control over it that killed her parents and landed her in prison. This story has almost everything a reader can want, paranormal abilities, thrills, revenge, love, and family secrets long locked away.
I found this book an enjoyable read. I felt for Darcy and the hardships she needed to overcome in returning to a town where most people consider her a murderess. Add to that an abusive bully of an ex-husband and the thin wire she needs to walk to keep from being sent to prison or losing control. That all being said, there really wasn’t anything in the story that I felt wasn’t being telegraphed in one way or another. I do, however look forward to reading the further installments in this book series. My rating is a 3 out of 5.
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