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Angel's Rest | [Charles Davis]

Angel's Rest

Growing up in Virginia's Allegheny Mountains, 11-year-old Charlie York lives at the foot of an endless peak called Angel's Rest, a place his momma told him angels rested before coming down to help folks. In 1967 his town was a poor boy's paradise...until a shotgun blast killed Charlie's father and put his mother on trial for murder.
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Publisher's Summary

The mountain always looked dark, but the older I got that year, the darker it got. I tried to listen for the music of life that Lacy said is always there if your heart's ready to hear it, but all I heard was quiet.

Growing up in Virginia's Allegheny Mountains, 11-year-old Charlie York lives at the foot of an endless peak called Angel's Rest, a place his momma told him angels rested before coming down to help folks. In 1967 his town was a poor boy's paradise...until a shotgun blast killed Charlie's father and put his mother on trial for murder.

For mysterious reasons, his mother entrusts his care to an old black man named Lacy Albert Coe. Lacy tells simple stories about the good and the bad that compose life's sweetest music. But when Hollis Thrasher, a reclusive Korean War veteran, is linked to his father's death and Lacy is victimized by hate crimes, Charlie hears only silence. It's not until Charlie embarks on a dangerous midnight journey pitting him against his darkest fears that he finally hears his own song playing out.

In this remarkable debut, Charles Davis weaves together an unforgettable melody of a mother's love, a hero's return to the living, and a boy who discovers angels do exist.

©2006 Charles Davis; (P)2006 Audible, Inc.
All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. This edition is published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. All characters in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

What the Critics Say

"A glorious mountain tale of love, hope, and redemption. I highly recommend this beautiful story." (Adriana Trigiani, author of Big Stone Gap)

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    Nathan Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 01-20-07
    Nathan Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 01-20-07 Member Since 2006
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    "A Good Listen"

    This was an good listen. The narrator was easy to listen to and the plot was engaging. The book ended with a bit of a whimper, rather than a bang, but I find a lot of authors seem to run out of steam near the end of a story. Worthwhile purchase.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    karen United States 03-23-09
    karen United States 03-23-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Too sweet title for a seriously good book"

    What a strange book -- "strange", in the sense of unexpected and extraordinary.

    I actually bought it some time ago, long enough that I'd forgotten what I expected from it, so I began listening with no preconceived ideas. That worked to my advantage.

    At times, "Angel's Rest" echoes themes of "To Kill a Mockingbird" in its sensitivity to racial issues and toward people who live solitary lives. There's death and litigation, and a child narrator telling us how it was.

    But 'Angel's Rest' is more of a page-turner. I actually cancelled an appointment so I could listen to the last hour. The main plot resolutions will probably be guessed by most readers, but not the nuances, and that's what makes it different.

    I especially enjoyed the unusual red herrings the author threw in,like the "bratty kid" issue.

    There's a point in the book in which most of us who are parents will probably be ready to tear our hair out over the antics of 11 year old "Charlie". Let's just say that up to now, I believed that the insufferable "Arch" -- teenage son of Goldie-The-Caterer from the Dianne Mott Davidson series -- held the world record for "most spoiled kid to appear in contemporary literature".

    But "Charlie' outdoes 'Arch', several times over. Worst of all, in this book, that means he nearly brings down the whole household with him, not once, but several times over.

    But ahhh. don't give up. It's so nice to be proven wrong once in a while.

    And like Patricia Highsmith with her anti-hero 'Ripley', author Charles Davis makes us start pulling for the villains. Or maybe what we do is just change our minds about what a villain really is. Or isn't.

    All in all, a thoroughly great listen. Not to be missed!






    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Yvette Keene, NY, USA 04-27-07
    Yvette Keene, NY, USA 04-27-07 Member Since 2007
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    "tremendously enjoyed"

    It was a great pleasure listening to this book. I have no reservations recommending it to another.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 02-15-07
    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 02-15-07 Member Since 2002

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    "Quite good"

    I was pleasantly surprised by how good this book was. Most of the story was from a child's perspective. It follows a series of traumatic events in his young life followed by his adult version reflecting on the same set of events. I thought the ending was good.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    John NJ, United States 04-25-08
    John NJ, United States 04-25-08 Member Since 2007
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    "A Good Read"

    I have to admit, there were times i got a little impatient with the story... Like i thought that if one person would just stop and explain things to the main character, it would all be resolved(as if the story was needlessly prolonged by miscommunication). But as it turns out, i was wrong. I was pleased with where the story went and realized why it needed to go the way it did. It's not a "biting" fast-paced story, it just kind of sneaks up on you and takes your interest, but definitely enjoyable. The narration was very good too, especially given some of the age and background differences of the characters, i was never unsure as to who was speaking. I didn't give it more stars just because the pacing was a little slow. I think it needed to be, but it's not my normal preference i guess. For reference, other authors I've enjoyed recently on audio include John Sandford, Ian Rankin, and Daniel Silva. (If you've read those authors too, you can tell if we have similar tastes... though stories by those authors tend to be more fast-paced.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Tallahassee, FL, USA 03-27-08
    Victoria Tallahassee, FL, USA 03-27-08
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    "Very Good"

    Engaging story line, characters and settings.
    I look forward to more of the writers stories.

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    Beth Menominee, MI, USA 03-26-08
    Beth Menominee, MI, USA 03-26-08
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    "Wonderful story"

    This was a really great story about the life of Charlie York. Most of us can relate to the feelings of the young child as he grows up in a small town in VA. The end had a wonderful twist. Very tender and unexpected! This book held my attention throughout!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley Deltona, FL, USA 03-10-08
    Shirley Deltona, FL, USA 03-10-08
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    "good listen"

    While this book is a bit predictable at times, it is a great story! Well written and enjoyable to listen to. The kind of book you want to be a true story. It feels like a true story. I am looking forward to more like it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 03-08-08
    Rio Delta Wild Harlingen, TX 03-08-08 Member Since 2004

    I enjoy mysteries, NOT thrillers, contemporary fiction, especially about diverse cultures, and sometimes history, if it doesn't involve too many dates. I often listen to a book multiple times, discovering unnoticed details in the retelling.

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    "spellbinding to the end"

    A great story of manhood (and a bit of womanhood) from many perspectives. I'm still thinking of the many ramifications of this tale. I highly recommend it, even for young people coming of age.

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    Liz Mller 05-06-07
    Liz Mller 05-06-07
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    "Gripping"

    The story and characters were great, and the narrator was one of the best I've heard. I hope there is more from this author.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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