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Pewter Angels (Book) Review

 
Pewter Angels Front Cover
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3.5/ 5


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An intricately woven tale of young love in times past.

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Slow pace may be off-putting for some.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Pewter Angels is at once a sweet and sorrowful tale of young love, the journey to adulthood, and so much more. While it proceeds at a rather slow pace, the intricacy of the story serves well to keep readers engaged.

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Posted June 24, 2013 by

 
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Henry K. Ripplinger brings a sweet and sorrowful tale of love and loss.

Pewter Angels begins almost unbearable sweetly. Two young teenagers, living typical suburban lives in the ‘50s, meet and instantly fall in love. From the moment they lay eyes on each other, all they want is to be together. For Henry, this is his first taste of adulthood, as he wrestles to balance his new feelings with a surprisingly fulfilling new job at the local grocery store. With his inspired days filled with helping the store’s elderly owners bring the store back from the brink of bankruptcy, and his evenings filled with walking hand in hand with Jenny, this is truly a summer of love for Henry – and life is certainly looking good.

And then comes the sorrow. Right from the start, Henry and Jenny’s love is tested. They are too young, say her parents. They spend too much time together. And beautiful as Jenny is, boys flock to her – and unwanted attention that Henry desperately tries to fend off results in an event that will change their lives forever.  When the two hearts are ripped apart, neither thinks they can carry on, but life (and God) have a way of making sure things turn out the way they are meant to.

While Pewter Angels is undoubtedly a story filled with sadness and loss, the main characters face each adversity with honesty and integrity. While it is a tale of the pure, unfettered love between Henry and Jenny, it is also a tale of Henry’s journey to manhood. From learning to give his best at his job, to finding his mentor, to learning to control his baser urges, Henry learns and grows throughout the book, and readers are taken along for the ride.

Henry K. Ripplinger does an admirable job of pulling readers into the story, and making them feel and love right along with Henry. While the story moves at an unusually slow pace, it does serve to give you the full picture of what is going on, in all the lives featured in the book. Aside from Henry and Jenny’s saga, there are a myriad of other stories in play, from Henry’s feud with the local bad boy, to Jenny and Henry’s parents’ relationships, and more. The slow pace that the book takes is mostly offset by the amount of details, and the intricate relationships surrounding the two main characters. Rather than being a complete tale itself, Pewter Angels is the first installment of a series of books, and it does leave readers wanting more.

Pewter Angels is at once a sweet and sorrowful tale of young love, the journey to adulthood, and so much more. While it proceeds at a rather slow pace, the intricacy of the story serves well to keep readers engaged.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)