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Angels Watching Over Me
by Carol Roach   

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Publisher:  Lulu ISBN-10:  1430320036 Type: 


Copyright:  May 7, 2007 ISBN-13:  9781430320036

A tale of of a courageous woman who had nothing in this world to give but her love.
This book is published in print and ebook format.

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Carissa Forbes, a young Black girl of seventeen, leaves her beloved family in rural Nova Scotia to make a life for herself in the Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Much befalls this young girl as she tries to adapt to big city life. She meets and falls in love with a French Canadian man and is faced with an awful truth at the end of their relationship that changes her life forever. Carissa has an extraordinary ability to communicate with angels. In all of this, Carissa maintains contact with the spirit world even when she ignores the warnings. Imaginary friends, dreams, fortune tellers and special numbers all play an integral part of this woman's life until the end of her journey. Once her daughter marries and creates a life for herself, Carissa is finally at peace. Her angels have come through for her and she is finally happy.



excerpt from chapter 55

Shortly before 11:00 P.M., Carl came to the door. He had been all over Montreal and he did not find Jean or Honey anywhere. He frequented all of Jean’s regular hangouts and questioned about thirty people in the process.

“The last place I went was the pool hall and George told me Jean and Honey stopped by earlier. They were hot.”

“Is that the same sleazy pool hall downtown that is always raided by the police?” Carissa wanted to know.”


“I warned that girl never to go in there. I told her there would be serious consequences to pay if I ever found out she had.”

When Carl didn’t answer Carissa continued,

How long has she been going there?”

“Bout a month or so. That’s where she met that guy she is seeing tonight, Randy Brubaker.”

“He’s the comedian, the brother of a classmate?”

“So I have been told.”

“What do you mean so you have been told? Don’t you talk to Honey anymore?”

“Not really, she’s been ignoring me since I started dating Coralie.”

“But you knew about it and you didn’t tell me?”

“Whoa, Carissa I know you are upset, but don’t take it out on me. Honey is always with your sister, I thought you knew.”

“What the hell else has she been up to that I don’t know about?”

Carl just shook his head. He had nothing further to say.

“So what do we do now?” Gracie interjected.

“Guess we just have to wait for her to come home,” Carl responded.

Carissa broke down and sobbed, “God if he hurts her, I will…”

“Carissa, I will not let anything happen to Honey, trust me. Randy is a good enough guy and he has been warned already if he hurts her in any way he will have me to deal with me and ‘my crew’. They’re not going out together. They’re just friends. If I were you, I would be more concerned about your wacko sister. It is like she has some kind of spell over her.”

Gracie gave her son a look to get him to be quiet. She didn’t want Carissa more upset than she already was.

“Listen Carissa,” he said, “Whenever Jean shows up at the pool hall with Honey, I have my boys watching to see nothing happens to her. Jean can go to hell as far as I am concerned, but nobody is gonna hurt Honey. The guys that hang out there have all been warned she’s off limits. They know better than to cross us.”

“Why what would you do?”

“Nuff said. I have it under control. Mom, the roads are getting bad if you’re coming home tonight we have to go now.”

Gracie looked at her friend. Carissa nodded indicating she would be okay.

“Are you sure, I could stay with you. Carl can go home by himself.”

“I’ll be fine Gracie. You can just as easily wait at your own home as you can in mine. There is nothing more you can do here, so you go home and get some rest. I’ll call if I get any news.”

“Again, are you sure? I don’t mind staying.”

“No, no you go home; I’ll call you if I hear anything. And Carl I want to thank you for all your help.”

After they left, Carissa sat in the dark and prayed. She must have inadvertently dosed off because the radio blasted in her ear waking her up. She knew she never set the alarm.

It seemed the song had prematurely ended when the station cut to the news. It was 3:30 A.M. The highways were treacherous and a three-car-collision had been reported. Nine people were injured. Two people had died.

Apparently, a 1977, blue Chevrolet Impala lost control and slammed into a vehicle going in the opposite direction just south of Montreal en route from the Eastern Townships. No other details were known at this time. Carissa’s blood ran cold. She knew that car belonged to Jean.

Professional Reviews

MidWest Review
Angels Watching Over Me by: Carol Roach

In this wonderful work by gifted author Carol Roach we meet a very special girl named Carissa.Carissa life has been anything but easy. She has known the scorn of poverty; the battle of rejection, the sorrow of death. However, Carissa has a quality that hinges almost on the supernatural; her faith and assurance in a God who is more than enough.We are taken through the life of Carissa from her youth in a small rural community and her family to her final victory as a woman who never compromised despite the hardships such decisions would bring. Her life stood as a testimony.This is a deep heartfelt read; one that shows the strength and courage of the human spirit despite at times cruel circumstances and unfair situations. The author definitely draws you into the very heart of Carissa merging you with the fight and strength that she possesses during her entire life. Her unselfish love is the main attribute that shone out to me and one that I think author Carol Roach did an exceptional job at portraying.If you want to read a story of the heart, this one is for you. A compelling story of a woman, a time and a future where one can actually say, 'everything turned out all right."It might have happened much later than we as the reader may have wanted, but perhaps that is exactly how life for most of us plays out.Well done Ms. Roach!

Shirley Johnson

Senior Reviewer/MidWest Book Review

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Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath 8/6/2007
This book sounds like a wonderful and inspirational read. Thank you for sharing its creation with us here at the den. Your review from MidWest is of luck to you and welcome to the den hope you enjoy your stay!

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