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The Guardian Angel's Journal [Kindle Edition]

Carolyn Jess-Cooke
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Book Description

She thought her life was over, but it hadn't even started. . .



When Margot Delacroix dies at forty years old, she is sent back to earth as a guardian angel - to herself. Renamed Ruth, she is forced by divine mandate to re-experience and record her biggest mistakes and fiercest regrets from the beginning of her life to her untimely death.



Forced from the moment of her birth to witness the cogs of fate and the stuttering engine of free will, Ruth sets out to change the course of her life, and, ultimately, to prevent her premature death. When she realises that the reasons behind her teenage son's descent into drugs and murder lay within her own actions as Margot, she makes a pact with a demon - she will give up her place in Heaven in exchange for the opportunity to save her son from his fate. But the changes she makes result in consequences no one could expect. . .



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'The new Audrey Niffenegger' --Company

'THE GUARDIAN ANGEL'S JOURNAL is a beautiful and captivating novel. Jess-Cooke's writing dramatically conjures majestic images of guardian angels, whilst the subject matter also provides the reader with ample food for thought . . . a powerful novel, that captivates from start to finish' --Ulster Tatler

'An incredible debut novel...This is THE LOVELY BONES meets IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE. Fabulous' Sun

'This is the first novel by an intelligent and skilful writer from whom we cannot help but feel that there are more good things to come' Lovereading

'THE GUARDIAN ANGEL'S JOURNAL is a powerful novel from a talented new voice...hotly tipped to be one of the biggest books of 2011' --Living North

'Completely engrossing and wonderfully original' --Rosamund Lupton

'Completely engrossing and wonderfully original' --Rosamund Lupton

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Piatkus's super-lead fiction title for 2011

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 728 KB
  • Print Length: 375 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (14 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004O0U52A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #179,904 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Carolyn Jess-Cooke was born in 1978 to a musical family in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is an award-winning author of poems and novels for adults, as well as four non-fiction books in the areas of Shakespeare, cinema, and film sequels. Her first poetry collection, Inroads, won the Tyrone Guthrie Prize, an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors, a Northern Promise Award, and was shortlisted for the New London Poetry Prize. Her bestselling novel, The Guardian Angel's Journal, was published in 2011 in the UK & Commonwealth (Piatkus), USA (Guideposts), and in 19 other languages.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I cried, then I cried some more. 4 Jun. 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I started this book last night. I woke up at 4.30 and went downstairs to keep reading. I didn't go shopping. I didn't feed my children. I didn't really speak till I finished it this afternoon. When I closed the book I just thought "Loved it."
Moving, lyrical, it regularly had me in tears. I thought the author handled someone who might have seemed an unsympathetic central character brilliantly till she became someone I was just rooting for in both dimensions. Beautiful writing. A journey of faith. I'm buying this book for friends - it's a great read. Moreover it teaches you something, it teaches you not to judge people by their actions because God knows what they've been through and God knows who they might yet be.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly beautiful and moving 15 Sept. 2011
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Margot is our main character and we quickly are introduced to her untimely death at the young age of 40 years old. We move with her as she is sent back to earth to realise and re live her life all over again from her birth until her death with all the flaws, mistakes and wrong doings which her life included.

While she has been sent to re live her life, she is her own Guardian Angel, but while most Guardian Angels are there to help, she can not change one single thing or undo any of her actions. She must learn the lessons from all of her mistakes and record them through her wings, which is a beautifully original idea that Cooke has come up with, not to mention the powerfully moving passages of some of the experiences Margot has had in her not so easy life. We witness them for the first time as Margot is re living them and they are deeply moving and emotional, leaving you empathising and understanding why Margot is like she is.

While understanding why she is like she is and has done some of the things she has, both Margot and the reader are placed into seeing the consequences of those actions in the form of her left behind teenage son who has begun to wander into the path of trouble. With no one seemingly around to help him, Margot, having come to this realisation, comes to the conclusion that she is going to do something to help him. While she can not change the past, it is clear that she can possibly change the future and so she goes off to seek a deal in Hell in the hopes of righting her son's life and changing his fate. Margot goes out of her way to do so with some heartbreakingly sad and devastating consequences and decisions which help to culminate in a powerful ending.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Far from flluffy, but a great read 3 May 2011
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I was totally gripped by this book, and read it in a single day despite having many other things to do. The early chapters, a harrowing account of an abusive childhood, are not for the faint-hearted, but they are superbly written and the characters spring off the page. After that, things decline somewhat; the narrative becomes repetitive and occasionally lapses into melodrama. However, it's still a compelling account of Margot's battles with addiction as the trauma of her early years continues to affect her actions.

The philosophical and moral dilemmas raised by time travel and the possibility of influencing the outcome of human decisions have been recently explored in "The Time Traveller's Wife" and "Doctor Who", but to return a central character to her personal timeline is an intriguing new twist. The author builds up a deeply-felt and persuasive moral universe where angels and demons are constantly at war with one another. She also writes sensitively about the way it would feel to watch your own history unfold and have limited power to influence it, other than to offer comfort and support. In the end, we are responsible for our own decisions and the role of the guardian angel is to protect from damaging influences. This story will challenge you to think deeply about the wish most of us have had, at some point or other, that we could go back in time and communicate with our younger and more foolish selves.

It was the early chapters, and their account of Margot's childhood, that burned themselves into my memory. Do not be deceived by the word "Angel" on the cover; this is one of the most painful stories of innocence betrayed that you'll ever read. But the message is one of redemption and hope. It isn't perfectly written by any means.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! 5 Sept. 2011
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WOW! This incredible book had me wrestling my innermost emotions all the way through!

The beautifully designed purple and gold sparkly cover (those of you know me, know that this is the perfect combination for me!) drew me in immediately to start this fascinating story.

At one point, I wanted to put it down and not read any more as I found certain parts of it really distressing. On the other hand, I desperately needed to find out what was going to happen to these amazing characters in this book.

At 40 years old, Margot Delacroix dies and is sent back to earth as her own Guardian Angel! She has to re-experience her life along with all her mistakes and regrets and record it all through her wings. She is told that she cannot change any of her actions, but must use them to learn lessons. She herself had a really tough life and some of the experiences she has been through, are so dreadfully sad and traumatic that you physically feel her pain and want to leap to her defence!

She relives her own life and memories from birth and some things which she couldn't even remember happening and when her teenage son gets into serious trouble she realises that its her actions and behaviour that have turned him into the troublesome boy he has become. She tries her hardest to put this right and tries to save him from his fate with stunning consequences and heartbreaking decisions along the way.

A tough book to summarize without giving a lot of the plot away, but it was a mesmerising, fascinating story. A Mother's love for her son is the most amazing thing and to feel her emotions the way that Carolyn describes them in this book, was just unbelievable for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a lovely read, gets you thinking
Published 2 days ago by blue eyes
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read.
Simply lovely story. A great read.
Published 1 month ago by FIONA CONNOLLY
1.0 out of 5 stars There were occasional nice phrases/sentences early on and the author...
The opening pages and the general premise seemed interesting but very soon it descended into utter melodramatic drivel and I binned it, which I rarely do. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Stephen Miles
4.0 out of 5 stars Good V Evil
Margot dies suddenly at the age of 40 after living a troubled life and her first task in the afterlife is to come back as a Guardian Angel to herself! Read more
Published 8 months ago by F Keegan
3.0 out of 5 stars The Guardian Angel's Journal
REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS I found this book really depressing and gloomy. I wanted to finish it to see if the characters managed to get themselves out of the holes they dug for... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Dizzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Very well written, lovely story. I found it hard to stop reading. Interesting storyline which leaves you thinking. I have read it twice.
Published 15 months ago by Miss katharine Elliott
3.0 out of 5 stars Finished
A book club choice. I had difficulty getting my head round her being her own guardian angel. Would I recommend it, not particularly.
Published 18 months ago by Amateur painter
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Interesting concept and an engaging tale. Seemed a little rushed in the final chapters but nevertheless it was a worthwhile read x
Published 18 months ago by LemonyJane
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Different
Certainly a very interesting story - not the kind of book I would normally read but I did enjoy it - would recommend.
Published 19 months ago by Lesley193cat
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant read.
I loved this book and the storyline is so different to the norm, that it kept me wanting to know what happened next on every page.
Published 20 months ago by K. Willis
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