Berkley Publishing Group
In The Inn at Angel Island by painter Thomas Kinkade and novelist Katherine Spencer, two distraught siblings, Liza and Peter, are caught off-guard when they are advised by legal counsel that one of their aunts has died and left them co-owners of a rundown, shabby third-rate inn that has long since seen its hey-day. As if this brother and sister team didn’t already have enough headaches: both have experienced terrible marriages that have wound up in divorces; their subsequent relationships have been disappointing and shallow; their business careers have experienced wild upheavals; and Peter is having no success in trying to develop a personal relationship with his son.
The siblings view the inheritance of their aunt’s outdated inn as a nuisance, so they try to sell it and move on from the past. However, their realtor tells them that major renovations must be made before the inn can be restored and made marketable again, and this serves as the main metaphor for the lives of the brother and sister, too. As they begrudgingly set to work revitalizing the old inn, they simultaneously find themselves shoring up the weak structures of their own lives. They discover that just as a little paint, some replaced windows, and a new roof can make an old dwelling come back to life, so can some vacation time, goal setting, and life assessment make themselves come back to life.
The book’s characters are well developed, and the dialogue between them is realistic and clever. However, the frequent mention of the vague concept of faith earns the book the designation of “inspirational” much more than the label of “Christian literature.” The lack of any genuine testimonial faith by any central character, the failure to even mention the name of Jesus Christ, and the nonchalant acceptance of such serious matters as divorce and shady business practices all combine to make The Inn at Angel Island ill-suited for church libraries or most Christian bookstores. – Alexis L. Warner, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Welcome to Angel Island, not far from the shores of Cape Light. It's said to harbor angels that help guide the lost, that sometimes lead them right back to where they began... Liza Martin arrives on Angel Island to sell the inn she and her brother inherited from their aunt, so she can bolt back to her busy life in Boston. But back home awaits a broken marriage and an unstable career. The more time she spends on Angel Island, and with every local she meets, the more she finds herself enjoying the tranquility of the place. Her new friends don't want to see her sell the inn to developers who will ruin the island's charm. There is much for her to resolve before her departure- and it is going to take a band of angels to mend her broken wings and redirect her soul.