Sunday, February 26, 2012

Review of "Domingo's Angel" by Jenny Twist

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It's been a while since a book pulled at heart strings I didn't even know were there. Jenny Twist has delivered a tale that delves so deep, it will leave a lasting impression in anyone lucky enough to read it.

The story begins in a tiny mountain village in post-WWII Spain. A pale-skinned, red-haired woman who "barks like a dog" and carries some sort of witch's book has bought a house there and has the whole place in an uproar. A lowly goat herder by the name of Domingo is the first one to approach her. She could be either witch or an angel for all he knows. But whatever the case, he is instantly enchanted by her sweet charm.

Angela, who is actually just an English woman looking for a fresh start, becomes known as Domingo's Angel. The two of them are inseparable, and their romance forms a warm undercurrent throughout the book. However, what I found most clever about this story is that Angela's arrival does more than just spawn gossip. Her presence uncovers some very real wounds, but in a good way.

Everyone suffered tremendous losses in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). They had done well to push past their grief and get on with the business of living. But, they hadn't really found closure, and they hadn't really healed. Angela helps them do just that, particularly the formidable Rosalba, the town's most important (and feared) woman. And in return, Angela also finds closure for her painful past.

I absolutely loved the way Ms. Twist weaved together the real-time events of Angela, Domingo, and the townspeople with the past atrocities the people around them had to survive. Instead of being info-dumpy as a lot of backstory can be in novels, she wrote it in seamlessly. Characters that came across in the beginning as cold and aloof became so very real and human as I read about their struggles.

Besides the story itself, I love Ms. Twist's writing style. It's smooth, vivid, and lyrical--just a pleasure to read. If I hadn't had to stop to eat, work, and sleep, I'd have finished it in a day. And that's rare for me.
If you're looking for a great read, look no further. I'd recommend Domingo's Angel for young adults and beyond, particularly those fond of sweet, historical romance. You'll be glad you did!


  1. Mysti, I am so touched by your lovely review, and so proud. Thank you so much.

  2. Oh, Jenny! That is a wonderful review. :) What a great way to start your week! Congrats.

  3. My pleasure. A worthy book deserves high praise!

  4. Congrats on the wonderful review, Mrs. T! You deserve high praise for this wonderful work :)

  5. Agree with all this review says. I loved Domingo's Angel. As Mysti says, its wonderful characters will leave a lasting impression on your mind.

  6. Fantastic review, Jenny. A definite 'must read'! x

  7. Thank you so much Nora, Tara, Paula and Suzie. What lovely comments. And thank you again, Mysti for the review and for all the support you give me.

  8. I couldn't agree more with this review. It's a wonderful, unforgettable story that is going to stay top of my list for a very long time.

  9. Terrific review. Makes me want to read the book, and what could be better?


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