Ever since the angel visited her in a childhood dream telling her to follow God's path, Angelina Reyes had believed she is to be a bride of Christ. She is in her first year of training with the nuns at Corpus Christi when, enroute to the convent, her party is attacked by Comancheros. She is the only survivor, rescued by a tall, mysterious stranger with silver gold hair.

Angelina is captivated by Charlie Coltrain's unearthly beauty, and the pain she glimpses from time to time in his fathomless eyes. Charlie is wanted for a crime he didn't commit and with bounty hunters and a Texas Ranger hot on their trail, she is left with no other recourse but to flee with Charlie to Mexico.

Charlie has done a lot of things in his life, most of which he is not proud of. Circumstances have forced him down dark paths rife with danger and hard times. Deep down he longs for a wife, a family and a ranch in Montana. As much as he desires Angelina, he will not ruin her innocence and dreams of becoming a nun, even when he realizes he is in love with her.

CHARLIEANDTHEANGELis an adventurous tale of a never ending journey of the human soul and the travails encountered along the road to peace and fulfillment. Ms. Handeland delivers an uplifting story that will warm your heart with a man well deserving of the title "hero." (Apr., 368 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Lizabelle Cox