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This is the story of three ladies facing different relationships and career challenges but eventually find the answers they have been looking for. Touched by Angels
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Brynn, Hannah and Jenny are each facing difficulties in life under different circumstances. Brynn is a high school teacher who has just been transferred to Manhattan high in the suburbs of New York. Here, the students are rowdy and non adherent to school work as a result of their difficult backgrounds. On her first day, she is faced with rebellion from the class but she sees a group of teenagers who need help and understanding. She realizes that she has to break school rules in order to help these teenagers and this lands her into trouble with the school's administration. This however does not stop her from wanting to fulfill the dream of giving these kids a reason to dream.
Hannah is the only child to Mr. and Mrs. Morgarnstern and they love her so much considering they waited for twenty years before conceiving. She is engaged to Carl, a Rabbi's son as a result of pressure from her parents. Hannah feels Carl is not the right person for her and this is confirmed when she meets Joshua, an attorney in New York. Carl's and Hannah's parents are already planning a wedding oblivious of Hannah's plans to break the engagement. She fears breaking her parents' hearts but then again she cannot get herself stuck in a marriage she will never be happy in.
Finally is Jenny, a waitress in a New York restaurant who left her home town Montana to pursue a career in music and drama. She is talented but the city needs more than she can offer. Her parents believe that she is making it big and is afraid to go back home since she does not want to disappoint them. She has been to many auditions but is always getting a negative response. Michelle, her roommate keeps encouraging her never to give up on her career but Jenny cannot hold anymore. Trey, her childhood friend and admirer has been writing asking her to return home but all has been in vain.
Shirley, Goodness and Mercy, the three angels tasked with giving Christmas gifts are supposed to help these ladies out of their dilemmas this Christmas season. These assignments seem to be failing since the people involved have strong will power that is not easy to manipulate.
Brynn meets Roberto, a mechanic in the suburb and an elder brother to Emilio one of her students and the two fall in love. Roberto however seems to disagree with Brynn's attempts to change the lives of her students and keeps reminding her how dangerous the neighborhood is. According to him, Brynn is an easy target for criminals in the area. Brynn seems to be fighting a losing battle when one of her students is shot and is fighting for his life in the intensive care unit. For a moment, she feels like Roberto has been right all along but something in her keeps telling her to try harder. Things get worse when Suzie, one of the most promising students in her class becomes pregnant and Mike, Suzie's boyfriend commits suicide. Roberto decides to break up with Brynn asserting that he does not want to be a part of the trouble she is bringing upon herself. After all these occurrences, Brynn finally decides to resign and leave New York. Her students however protest when they hear of about it and together with their parents, they talk the principal into rejecting her resignation. They then storm her house and beg her to stay. What moves her most is the presence of Roberto who is here to apologize and get back with her. It dawns on her that after all she has been making progress in the lives of her students.
After Hannah has broken up with Carl, she spots Joshua in the company of another woman and this breaks her heart. Her father however comes to her rescue by confronting Joshua who admits to be in love with Hannah and proposes to marry her. Jenny on the other hand gets the contract she has been longing for all her life in New York. This however comes too late as she has already made up her mind to go back home and get married to Trey, leaving Michelle to take her place in the play. Shirley, Goodness and Mercy are now a happy lot since they have accomplished their mission.
Best part of story, including ending: I like this story because it illustrates hope in situations that seemed hopeless at the beginning

Best scene in story: My favorite scene is when Brynn's students are reading their letters to Mike after he has committed suicide. This is because it shows that despite their animosity, they still have value for life

Opinion about the main character: I like the fact that the three ladies, Brynn, Hannah and Jenny decide to follow their hearts and be with the people they love

The review of this Book prepared by Zipporah a Level 4 Yellow-Headed Blackbird scholar

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Life of a profession:    -   teacher Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Religion theme?    -   Yes Religion theme:    -   Angel buddy

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   1 () United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog

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