“Everybody deserves true love.” These are the sentiments expressed by Angel in Angel’s Journey, the second of the Angel Trilogy by Gillian van der Walt, published by Gill van der Walt. Aptly titled, the book is exactly that:- a journey. It starts with Angel and Doug’s first anniversary. Doug, a recovering alcoholic, is in his final year as a law student at the Varsity where Angel is studying child psychology. The book walks us through the various highlights and low points of Angel’s life. Her best friends, Crystal and Faith, as well as Doug’s best friend, Craig, ably support them through the journey.
Low points include the relationship between Doug and his alcoholic father. Luckily with a few well-chosen words from Angel and Faith, and the shock of Angel’s miscarriage of his first grandchild, John reforms and eventually becomes a tower of support and asks Faith, who is a widow with an eight year old daughter, to marry him.
Other low points include Angel having a fall a few days before she is due to deliver their first son, Douglas Junior. She is unconscious in intensive care during the first weeks of DJ’s life. Angel’s protégé, 15 year old Maggie, at the orphanage where Angel works part time, runs away.
Highlights include the uncomplicated birth of Emily, Doug qualifying as a lawyer, the wedding of John and Faith, the pairing up of Crystal and Craig and various celebrations from birthdays to stork parties to graduation to Christmas. All are well celebrated by Angel and Doug and their friends.
Near the end of the book a baby is left at Angel and Doug’s new house. There is a note with him from Maggie, the runaway. John and Faith adopt little Zac as Angel can’t care for two new babies at the same time. That is where the journey ends and no doubt we will find out about Zac and Maggie in the last of the series.
The book contains a couple of references to Angel’s previous life where she seemed to have been called Belle, but besides that, the book can be read in isolation. I feel sure that in the next of the series Maggie will re-appear and everything will turn out for the best with faith in God and a positive attitude as it did in “Angel’s Journey.”