August 2, 2014

Review + Giveaway: The Angel in My Pocket by Sukey Forbes

The Angel in My Pocket: A Story of Love, Loss, and Life After Death
Author: Sukey Forbes
Genre: Nonfiction/Memoir
Release Date: July 3, 2014
Publisher: Viking Adult


A grieving mother draws on her storied heritage to find her daughter in the afterlife

When Sukey Forbes lost her six-year-old daughter, Charlotte, to a rare genetic disorder, her life felt as if it were shattered forever. Descended from two distinguished New England families, Forbes was raised in a rarefied—if eccentric—life of privilege. Yet, Forbes’s family history is also rich with spiritual seekers, including her great-great-great-grandfather Ralph Waldo Emerson. On the family’s private island enclave off Cape Cod, apparitions have always been as common as the servants who once walked the back halls. But the “afterlife” took on new meaning once Forbes dipped into the world of clairvoyants to reconnect with Charlotte.

With a mission to help others by sharing her own story, Forbes chronicles a world of ghosts that reawakens us to a lost American spiritual tradition. The Angel in My Pocket is a moving and utterly unique tale of one mother’s undying love for her child.
The Angel in My Pocket is a magnificent mix of a mother's mission to reconnect with her deceased daughter in the afterlife, and a memoir of the author's experiences with paranormal entities and occurrences. The way the story is written, especially from the first person point of view, makes it easy to slide into the book - like the author is beside you telling the story. There are so many different aspects to the book - from the grief of losing a child and a parent's unconditional love to the mystical and unexplainable that surrounds us every day. 

I found myself immediately immersed into the story and empathizing with the author and her struggles - first in dealing with her sick daughter and then drowning in grief after her passing. I found it fascinating that the author went a very different spiritual way than most would - she followed her family's history of clairvoyance and occult tendencies to try to connect with her daughter again. I am a huge fan of the occult and ghosts, so that part of the book really fascinated me. I loved all the stories that the author shared - from old family stories to personal encounters. It really opens the mind to possibilities in the world that many discredit. The conversational tone of the memoir sent me on an emotional roller coaster - from deep sadness and grief to hope and then excitement and the endless possibilities that are out there. There's something that every person can relate to in the story, so it appeals to a wide audience of readers. I found it to be heartbreaking and beautiful - along with completely unique and thought provoking. Highly recommended for fans of all genres, as well as those who enjoy something fresh and original.

Sukey Forbes is the founder and president of an art, antiques, and interior design company and a blogger for The Huffington Post. The Angel in My Pocket is her first book. She lives with her family In Boston and San Francisco. (Taken from Goodreads)

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The wonderful people at Viking are allowing me to give away (1) hardcover copy of the book to a lucky winner! Open to US only!

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