In the Company of Angels: A Novel
A compelling novel of dark miracles and angelic visitation, set in a Nazi-occupied Belgian town that is scented by chocolate and haunted by war.
It is World War II, a small village in France near the border of Belgium. Marie Claire is a young French Jew, cared for by her grandmother, who cultivates flowers. A shattering of glass, and Marie Claire's village is in rubble. Her grandmother is dead, everyone is dead. She flees to the root cellar of her grandmother's house and waits . . .
She is saved by two Belgian nuns who take Marie Claire away to their convent in Tournai, Belgium, where they have been hiding Jews for transport to Switzerland. It is then that the miracles begin. Is Marie Claire causing them The answer to that question remains mysterious until the last pages of this entirely original debut. In a town scented with chocolate, haunted by memories of the past and the desperation of the present, the miraculous is sometimes hard to recognize. A suspenseful novel of enormous power and sensitivity, In the Company of Angels introduces a distinctly imaginative new voice in fiction.
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Review: In the Company of Angels: A NovelUser Review - Joyce Robinson - Goodreads
I liked the inter-play between Marie Claire, Ann and the nun. I kept hoping I would come to understand what the writer was trying to say in the story. I also kept thinking it might end like The Shack ... Read full review
Review: In the Company of Angels: A NovelUser Review - Sara Diane - Goodreads
Wow. I discovered Kelby earlier this year on a tip from Sarah. This is Kelby's first book and it was just as amazing as Whale Season and even a bit better in some ways. Set in Belgium during WWII ... Read full review