Bright Angel, Isabelle Merlin

| 1 May , 2010 | Reply

Tina Gamble

There is something so enchanting about Isabelle Merlin\’s novels, and the way she approaches youth fiction, that can have readers smiling from the very onset. Be it her whimsical charm or youthful voice, readers will once again find themselves immersed in a world full of mystery, adventure, intrigue and romance.

After witnessing a horrific event, Sylvie and her sister travel across the world to the south of France, in an attempt to heal and forget. However, when an unexpected encounter with a little boy who says he can see angels, pulls Sylvie into a mystery fraught with danger and deception, she must draw on all her courage to help save the ones she loves and reveal a secret long left dormant.

When I first heard about the release of Isabelle Merlin\’s fourth novel, Bright Angel, I just knew I had to have it. Having read Merlin\’s last three books, I knew this one would be another delight to read, and I am glad to say, it did not disappoint.

The only real problem I have when reading Merlin\’s novels, is that every time I read one, I find myself frantically looking up the locations in France, and sighing at all the amazing places. I tend to find myself half jealous of all the characters, as they get to see such wondrous, quaint and captivating sights. Merlin takes you across the world, and brings to life a different part of France.

In Bright Angel, Merlin frequently draws on a young boys belief in angels, lightly weaving it into the theme of the story. Gabriel and Daniel have had a hard life. When Sylvie first meets them Gabriel tells her he can see her guardian angel. Sylvie finds Gabriel instantly charming and sweet – now if only she could say the same of his overprotective, abrupt older brother.

The romance between Sylvie and Daniel is light and endearing, my only comment however, is that it is very fast – one page to be exact. There is a little build up of course, but when they fall – it is instant. Not that that\’s a bad thing, as love at first sight does happen, and once you get past this, the rest of the story flows, with the pull of the other characters and the plotline.

When Gabriel is kidnapped, Sylvie and Daniel must work together to discover the truth of a dark secret, and find the strength in one another to overcome and outsmart their captors.

Once again, Isabelle Merlin, has created an enchanting story – perfect for teens – which takes you on an adventure halfway across the world, to the south of France.

Pack your bags, and grab your passport – Bright Angel is a trip worth taking.

Available now: Random House RRP$19.95


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