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The small town of Morgan Hill, Tennessee, is turned upside down in 1947 when the Turners become the only black family ever to move into the area. Nine-year-old Jane Gable first lays eyes on young Milo Turner the day that her trouble-making, alcoholic father is buried in the Morgan Hill cemetery. The Turners are the first black family ever to move into the area, and while their presence challenges the comfort of many in the small, tight-knit community, Jane and her brother, John, have found new friends.

Then tragedy strikes the Turner household, and the Gable family is asked to make a decision that could rip their world apart. One path might open up a whole new world and bring them closer than ever. Or it might bring them nothing but trouble and heartache. On their journey, Jane discovers that angels are all around us, every day, in the most extraordinary - and ordinary - ways.

The Angels of Morgan Hill is filled with unforgettable characters who show us the ways and means of the heart and prove that even in the darkest hours, we are never truly alone.

©2006 Donna VanLiere (P)2011 Macmillan

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The Angels of Morgan Hill

Any book by Donna VanLiere is a good book, this one is a little different then her others one but still very enjoyable to listen too.

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A touching story with a powerful message

Donna VanLiere is so skilled at bringing her characters to life. Her books are filled with messages of love, forgiveness and the goodness that can rise out of the worst of circumstances. The simplicity of life in post WWII Tennessee mixed with the cruelty of prejudice and ignorance are all blended into this heartfelt story. You will love it!

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Real and authentic

Good story, presentation, and character development. Believable and down to earth without being ostentatious and histrionic.

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loved!

I loved this book. The author really brought the characters to life. Would definitely recommend.

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thought provoking and heart warming

I love books narrated by the author! It helps you with the tone that the author meant. It is hard for me to imagine the level of discrimination portrayed in this book but know that it happened. It is so sad that all people can't be treated as just people!

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Characters with values

I really liked the way the author narrated the story. She kept it light in spite of the ups and downs of the plot. I could feel the goodness and compassion of the characters. Left me feeling that there are still good people in this world.

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Love Her Books

I love her books! For me, listening her read them makes it so much more interesting! Now I need to find more books of hers. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

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Great read!!

I was hesitant at first to read this book, thought it may have been a bit different. But actually it was very good. As a black American I got a bit frustrated hearing some of the old timey silliness about "colored people "...but I recall that term more than I care for growing up in the south and remember the silliness that I felt then. But the story as a whole made me feel much better; and reminded me there are decent, kind good people in the world and always have been!!

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Fantastic!

Very moving story read by the author. The performance is outstanding!!! All of Ms. Van Leier's stories are so touching and heartwarming.

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A "makes you feel good" Book

If you could sum up The Angels of Morgan Hill in three words, what would they be?

Sorry it ended.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of them. But if I had to choose one it would be Henry. With Henry, chivalry is alive and well.

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many to choose.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Has it all. A perfect escape.

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You laugh, you cry, you listen and listen and listen!!. When I should have shut off the car and exit, I found myself sitting there listening, a true page turner. As with all her works, this is a "feel good ending" book. Nothing to bring you down. Much food for thought, you walk away a better you. The added bonus is Ms VanLiere as the storyteller. Nothing better than an author narrating their own book, truly gives the story heart. I loved it! My only regret was listening to "The Good Dream" first, since many of the characters in this book are in TGD. But TAMH is where you really get to know most of them. I just think it would have made TGD that much more enjoyable. Yes, I loved that one too! Donna VanLiere is now my all time favorite author!