20 Mood Rd. An Angel’s Tale by Jody Sharpe, Reviewed by Mark D. Walker

I’ve read and reviewed three of the author’s Mystic Bay series books, starting with Town of Angels, and appreciated that this inspirational book, like all books in the series, proved the power of the human spirit to move on despite incredible tragedy and personal loss. The author’s daughter, Kate, was killed in a tragic accident, and then her husband died, and during a difficult period where many would have succumbed to despair, Jody had a dream in which a voice told her to read “Charlotte’s Web,” by E.V. White, which is a children’s book. Initially, she didn’t know why she should read it until the last line of the text revealed that “Nobody would take the place of Charlotte in the heart of Wilbur.” This thought helped the author go on and honor her beloved daughter and her husband.

Last year I read When the Angel Sent Butterflies to several of our youngest grandchildren, and although I didn’t feel qualified to review it, my granddaughter did in the act of drawing butterflies at the end. Like all the author’s work, it’s uplifting, and my grandchildren seemed enthralled with the story and the excellent drawings about how love conquers fear and that angels are close by and can sweep away any fears they might have.

20 Moon Rd an Angel’s Tale is a story like no other. Miracles still happen in the town of Mystic Bay, California. Angels live as humans there. A former football coach, Angel Ken, is surprised when his late best friend, the indomitable psychic Madam Norma, appears in spirit form and asks him to write her life story through the memories she will send him. Surprising to Angel Ken, Madam Norma has seen thousands of angels since childhood during her 100 years.

Pet lovers will appreciate an entire case of “animal companions,” Boots the Owl, Bondo, Jaimie Bond’s dog, and Cookie, Madam Norma’s late dog. Jody has dedicated her life to rescuing animals and keeps their preservation and safety at the forefront of her mind.

The last paragraph reflects the unique vision and mysticism which exudes throughout this book:

As we fly away from the beach on a mission to help someone in need, I know what God and all angels know and what Madam Norma always shared. Only love can mend our hearts and our Earth. Only love can set us free. Madam Norma’s life was simply made of pure love, for as she told me once, “Kindness is the first ingredient of love.”

I look forward to someday seeing the Mystic Bay Series on the Hallmark TV channel!

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Jody Sharpe (March 16, 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 104 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0988562049
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0988562042
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 5 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.24 x 9 inches
  • Best Sellers Rank: #3,332,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

The Author

Jody Sharpe had a rewarding career as a Special Education teacher. Over a decade ago, when her daughter Kate died tragically, Sharpe faced the most difficult challenge of her life. She was determined not to survive merely, but to live, to honor the life of her beloved daughter, her twins, her husband, and the rest of the rich life she had created before the tragedy. Blessed with an inherently positive outlook, these trying times were strengthened by influences from the late Norman Vincent Peale to the children’s book character Wilbur the Pig. For Sharpe, ministers of spirit and guidance took the form of angels. Sharpe’s openness to change led her to write her first novel, The Angel’s Daughter. The story occurs in the fictitious town of Mystic Bay, California, and encompasses Sharpe’s attitudes about goodness, healing, and moving on. Her second novel, To Catch an Angel, is about her late husband, Steve.

Visit her website at http://www.jodysharpe.com. Jody has a blog on her website called Tuesdays With The Angels!

The Reviewer

Mark Walker was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala and spent over forty years helping disadvantaged people in the developing world. His book, Different Latitudes: My Life in the Peace Corps and Beyond, was recognized by the Arizona Literary Association. His second book, My Saddest Pleasures: 50 Years on the Road, was the 2023 Peace Corps Writers’ Award for Best Travel Book winner. He’s a contributing writer for Literary Traveler, Wanderlust Journal, and The Authors’ Show. “The Million Mile Walker Review: What We’re Reading And Why” can be found in the Arizona Authors’ Association Newsletter, Authors Digest.  His wife and three children were born in Guatemala. You can learn more at www.MillionMileWalker.com.

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