Kissed by an Angel
Kissed by an Angel, Book #1
By Elizabeth Chandler
ISBN# 9780671891459
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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

This is the first book in Mary Claire Helldorfer’s Kissed by an Angel series written under her pseudo name, Elizabeth Chandler.

Ivy just moved to a new town and hangs out with her two best friends, Suzanne and Beth.  Her mother marries a wealthy man and they move into his big expensive house and now she has a new brother, one of the popular guys at school, Gregory, who Suzanne has a huge crush on.

Beth and Suzanne are convinced that the star of the school’s swim team, Tristan, has a thing for Ivy, but she’s in denial.  Everything changes when Tristan saves her from falling into the school’s pool and then starts giving her swimming lessons.  By the end of the swimming lessons the two of them admit their feelings for each other and become a couple.

The only thing Tristan doesn’t understand is Ivy’s belief in angels, but when a tragic accident takes Tristan from her she loses all faith in her precious angels.  If she only knew that Tristan has now become one and if she only believed in them, she could still see him.

I first have to say it was really strange reading a book where the lead male character had the same name as my son, Tristan.  It took some getting used to to say the least.

This book was your typical teenage love story.  Girl moves to new town, makes new friends, lands the big hunk at school, and then loses the thing that means the most to her.  All her friends have always teased her about her belief in angels and now she no longer believes and it’s the one thing that could keep Tristan in her life.  I guess the moral of this story is never stop believing.

This is a cutesy story, but not one that really holds my interest.  There are no keeping you on the edge of your seat moments, but I think it would probably be a good book for teenagers.  They do allude to one sex scene (one that is mentioned word for word twice), but nothing more than that.

I found the characters to be pretty one-dimensional and you don’t really get to know that much about them.  I’m hoping that they will get more detailed and gain some dimension as the series progresses.  You don’t get to see much of the love between the main couple before it’s over and it’s just really hard to have any feeling toward them.  And I found Gregory to be a bit creepy especially when he seemed to always be hitting on his new sister.

There is no true ending to this story; just a segue to the next book, The Power of Love.  I found the writing to be a bit dull and the storyline uninteresting.  Of course this may be much more interesting to a younger audience.