Monday, September 30, 2013

Domingo's Angel by Jenny Twist


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rated 5 STARS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
When Angela turns up in a remote Spanish mountain village, she is so tall and so thin and so pale that everyone thinks she is a ghost or a fairy or the dreadful mantequero that comes in the night and sucks the fat from your bones.

 
But Domingo knows better. "Soy Angela," she said to him when they met – "I am an angel." Only later did he realize that she was telling him her name and by then it was too late and everyone knew her as Domingo's Angel.

 
This is the story of their love affair. But it is also the story of the people of the tiny mountain village – the indomitable Rosalba - shopkeeper, doctor, midwife and wise woman, who makes it her business to know everything that goes on in the village; Guillermo, the mayor, whose delusions of grandeur are rooted in his impoverished childhood; and Salva the Baker, who risked his life and liberty to give bread to the starving children.

 
The events in this story are based on the real experiences of the people of the White Villages in Southern Spain and their struggle to keep their communities alive through the years of war and the oppression of Franco's rule.

 

 

 
They say there are angels who walk the Earth.  Domingo’s Angel is set in a small village in Spain.  Angela moves there and captivates young Domingo’s heart but at the same time she enraptures all the residents of this tiny town.  Shared sorrow builds strong relationships and the villagers become closer because of Angela’s presence.

The book unfolds each character’s past in an intriguing way.  I liked the way the villagers came to trust Angela after their initial skepticism.  Domingo was an innocent, warm young man who was likable from the first.
There were good descriptions of the people of the town and the  area.  I felt like I really got an idea of  the surroundings.

There were a lot of eye opening facts about the recent history of Spain which I didn't know and  found interesting also.  The book showed how the citizens of a small town fought for what they held dear.

Domingo’s Angel was a reading experience I won’t soon forget.