TITLE : Hugged by an Angel (Angel #1)
AUTHOR : Roberta Capizzi
How can you ever love again when tragedy has crushed your heart?
Kathleen used to love life. She had plans, dreams, and faith in life; but that was before the accident that took it all away from her in an instant. Now that her beloved brother is dead and she's confined to a wheelchair, her future is but a dark cloud hovering above her head. How can she ever find the will to move on and keep living without him? Even the cares of the happy-go-lucky American physiotherapist who's helping her with her rehab therapies are all in vain. Life seems to have lost its meaning, until one night she receives an unexpected celestial visit…
Colin has been working as a physiotherapist in Dublin for almost five years, but he’s never bonded so much with a patient like he is bonding with Kathleen; there's something about those sad blue eyes that makes him want to help her, to take away the pain that reminds him so much of his own. Having lost both his parents in a plane crash when he was only sixteen, Colin knows how it feels to have someone you love taken so abruptly away from you, and he makes it his mission to help Kathleen find her faith in life again. But something changes along the way…
Sometimes love can work miracles. If you believe.
*contains MAJOR spoilers*
Where to start...well you have Kathleen who has just gone through a life altering experience.
Her and her brother Declan were on their way to the airport. He was moving her from Ireland to New York where he lived. Although they never made it to the airport, they were hit by a drunk driver. Declan died on impact and she lived.
When she woke up in the hospital she couldn't feel her legs. They couldn't figure out why. She had no physical damage done so it was psychological. One of the first people she meets when she wakes up is Colin her doctor in charge of her physical therapy.
Colin also has baggage. When he was sixteen or so he ditched his parents. They went on a trip, he stayed home. His parents died in a plane crash. Over the years he's learned to live with his survivors guilt. So he completely knows how Kathy feels, he's been there. He makes it his job to do everything to pull her out of it.
Colin offered to accompany Kathy to New York to try a special program to try and get her legs back. Colin is originally from New York and has only lived in Ireland for fourteen years. His best friend Chris is in charge of the program Kathy is going to try. So it's the perfect mix between vacation and work for him.
A lot of things happen in New York. Kathy works on her mental state, her and Colin grow into a comfortable friendship, he shows her around New York. Colin proves to Kathleen that just because she is in a wheel chair it doesn't mean she can't enjoy life. While in New York they both realize they are in love with each other. He professes his love she fights it. My favorite part is he did it on St. Patrick's day.
"I know it wasn’t professional and you could very well go ahead and sue me for sexual harassment, but I don’t regret kissing you, Kathleen, because I love you."
When they get back to Dublin she went on to Galway. Kathy completely cut him out of her life. She didn't believe he could actually love her because of her condition. Thankfully when she finally pulled her head out, he was still waiting for her.
On their first night back together, she sent him out to go get something. She started having a panic attack about if he actually did love her.
"I decided to put pictures of you everywhere so I’d see your face all the time, no matter where ."Her brother Declan came to her in the form of an angel. He calmed her down, gave her a message for herself and one for Colin, then hugged her. When he hugged her she got feeling back in her legs. Thus the title hugged by an angel.
Colin was wary of it to start with. After a while he believed it. After Kathy was healed everything was great between the two. They fell deeper in love. He met her family again, but as her boyfriend. She met his Gran. And they basically lived happily ever after.
For St. Patrick's day they went back to New York to celebrate their one year anniversary and to become the official god parents of Chris's son James. That's one way to know your best friend loves you, when he names his kid after your dad. But that's not all that happened in New York..read the book to find out what else happens.
This isn't the usual type of book I read. That being said I was definitely okay with this book, it was a surprise how much I did enjoy it. I do wish though that Roberta would have used more Irish terms. At least when Kathy was speaking sense she's from Ireland. I realize Colin is technically a transplant to Ireland, so I didn't expect it from him, but I did from Kathy. It was almost too American for me for a book taking place in Ireland.
Writing style- 3/5