The fish-out-of-water concept involving an angel on Earth may be familiar, but readers will root for Dora and feel for Penny. Sinclair's sweet tale is a terrific holiday read. It's the perfect book to find under the tree on Christmas morning.
Dora has never gotten the hang of being an angel, so when she presses for an assignment on Earth she's determined to follow all the rules -- no revealing her identity or getting emotionally attached. Using magic, she eases into the Falcone household and bonds with Penny. She's also falling for Tony, but with a Christmas Eve deadline looming, Dora has to get him to admit his love for the girl. When Penny's estranged aunt sues for custody, Dora fears she's failed. But if she can just get some heavenly assistance, she won't be sharpening lightning bolts for all eternity. (MEDALLION, Dec., 360 pp., $7.95)