Monday, May 1, 2017
The Angels' Share- James Markert
Some believed he was the second coming of Christ. William wasn’t so sure. But when that drifter was buried next to the family distillery, everything changed.
Now that Prohibition has ended, what the townspeople of Twisted Tree, Kentucky, need most is the revival of the Old Sam Bourbon distillery. But William McFee knows it’ll take a miracle to convince his father, Barley, to once more fill his family’s aging house with barrels full of bourbon.
When a drifter recently buried near the distillery begins to draw crowds of pilgrims, the McFees are dubious. Yet miracles seem to come to those who once interacted with the deceased and to those now praying at his grave. As people descend on the town to visit the “Potter’s Field Christ,” William seeks to find the connection between the tragic death of his younger brother and the mysterious drifter.
But as news spreads about the miracles at the potter’s field, the publicity threatens to bring the depth of Barley’s secret past to light and put the entire McFee family in jeopardy.
The Angels’ Share is a story of fathers and sons, of young romance, of revenge and redemption, and of the mystery of miracles.
My Thoughts: The Angels' Share is a good read. The writing is compelling and sucks you into the time period as well as William's chaotic life, inserting you into the setting of Twisted Tree. The story literally opens with a bang and leaves with one as well. Though the pace is slow, there is nothing dull or uninteresting about it.
At times, the lingo was a little much. The author Markert writes as though you already know what most of the terms mean and, though there are context clues, I still was not sure about the meaning of a few. As well, the period slang is thick throughout the dialogue, which was both good and at times stereotypical. I've listened to recordings of mobsters who didn't sake "Jack" so often.
I would also not come looking to this book for a "Christian" read. Despite it's being published by Thomas Nelson, I found it hard to pinpoint a Christian message. Don't get me wrong, the story is great and if you are not looking for a scriptural message, then this is perfect. The "Potter's Field Christ" is portrayed as a character whom no one can agree on, who lived in a time when no one could agree on what they believed anyway.
In some aspects, the story does place the reader in the position of the Israelites during the time of Christ, unsure which narrative they have heard is true. In that respect, it makes for an interesting discussion though I disagree with many of the parallels drawn. As to whether or not you might like this novel, I guess that depends on what you are looking for.
I have provided an honest review after having received a copy of this book from the publisher.