Choir Of Angels
Harlequin MIRA, Sep 30 2014, $14.95
“Shirley, Goodness and Mercy.” In San Francisco, sexagenarian Greg Bennett has a sinful history of abandonment (his pregnant girlfriend and dying mom) and betrayal (his brother and partner). He wanders into a church where he prays for the first time in decades. No angel wants to help this loser find redemption so Archangel Gabriel assigns the impossible project to his three zaniest subordinates: Shirley, Goodness and Mercy.
“Those Christmas Angels.” In Seattle, Anne Fletcher worries about her son Roy, who used to be an outgoing friendly person, but now is an acrimonious workaholic Scrooge. She wants Roy to rediscover what life is all about though a grandchild would be nice so she prays for heavenly intervention. Now Anne might have reconsidered turning to heaven if she knew angels Shirley, Goodness and Mercy were going to answer her prayers. The angelic trio literally tosses Julie Wilcoff in Roy's path. However, when this threesome interferes it means chaos.
“Where Angels Go.” Although he expects these three rule breakers to cause him heart failure, Archangel Gabriel realizes they miraculously get heavenly results. He reluctantly sends them to answer Christmas prayers for divine intervention. Mercy tries helping elderly Harry find peace before he dies as he fears leaving his beloved wife behind. Goodness assists Beth in taking a second chance at love ever since her forever marriage ended quickly. Finally Shirley grants a wish to a little boy who just wants to keep his dog, but his family cannot afford another mouth to feed.
This omnibus reprint of three lighthearted tales stars the Murphy of angelic matchmaking; as “anything that can go wrong will go wrong” with this trio’s heavenly intervention