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Hugged By An Angel: (Angel Series, Book 1) by [Capizzi, Roberta]
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An avid reader since her childhood years and being an only child, Roberta always enjoyed the company of her fictional friends from the children’s books she loved reading, while she dreamed of writing her own stories one day. It was when she discovered novels by authors Rosamunde Pilcher and Maeve Binchy in her teenage years that she realized it was time she put down in words the stories she had kept well hidden in her mind until then. What started as a hobby, soon turned into a real passion and a way of life, until she could no longer keep the stories to herself, and decided to get over her fears and share them with the world. Roberta lives in Italy, but her dream is to move out of her country and live either in a thatched cottage in the Irish countryside or in a country house with a swing on the back porch, somewhere in the United States, where she would love to spend her days writing novels as a full-time job, and maybe one day even get as far as writing a screenplay for a movie.

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  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Roberta Capizzi; 1 edition (22 July 2013)
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  • Language: English
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A beautiful, highly emotional read. I was blubbering my way through this. This is for everyone who has lost a loved one.

Kathleen is devastated by an accident that leaves her paralysed and her brother snatched away from her. This is her journey as she attempts to rebuild her life, get the use of her legs back and learns to open her heart to a wealth of possibility.

Colin is an Irish/American physiotherapist who is charged with helping her regain the use of her lower body, with the most gorgeous dimples. Colin is no stranger to loss as he is dealing with the loss of his own parents from when he was a teenager.

Together they open their hearts to the possibility of life and love and Colin sees the person behind the injury. Together they find peace of mind and with a little help from an angel, true love and a miracle.

I loved this story - it brought back sad memories of my own loss but equally the idea of lost loved ones being angels is a comforting one. It is something I truly believe and it left me with lots of hope, feeling comforted and a bin full of tissues.
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I was lucky enough to be a beta reader for this author, even managing to get a mention in the credits.

This story is a simple, slow burning, love story first and foremost. But there are also elements of self belief, strength and forgiveness within it.

Kathleen had made plans to move to America with her brother Declan. They were happily planning a future when tragedy struck at the worst possible time for them. Kathleen loses her beloved brother and finds herself injured and unable to walk. Understandably she is angry at what has happened, and also at herself for still being alive.

It is the job of physiotherapist Colin to help Kathleen in her recovery. Colin also suffered a huge personal loss years before, and he empathises with Kathleen in more ways than she first realises.

Working together brings out emotions in both Kathleen and Colin which they try to fight. Kathleen believes she has nothing to give, while Colin wants to look after her and help in her recovery.

Not only does the storyline help Kathleen, it also in turn helps Colin and Kathleen's brother, David, to move on with their lives and app finally accept what has happened.

The author manages to produce a story which, for someone who is not religious in any way, had me believing in angels. Reading this I found myself crying at a lot of the scenes, and hoping that somewhere my own personal angel was looking out for me.

This is such a change from a lot of stories being produced these days because it is such a simple love story. There are no supernatural elements as such, and it is a well written story. I feel privileged to have been able to read this story and help it become, in even a small way, the story it is today.
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I read this for Hooked On Books

I found this to be a very heart wrenching yet heart-warming story.
We meet Katherine when she is leaving Ireland to go & live in America with her brother. Sadly they have a terrible accident that leaves her confined to a wheelchair & her brother dead.
Kathleen must learn to rebuild her life.
Colin is a physiotherapist, he also has suffered great loss so understands the pain that Kathleen is feeling.
We see these two both learn to open their hearts & begin to embrace life again.
I loved how the characters evolved & fall in love.
This was way more than just a love story. It is a beautifully written tale of two people overcoming their bereavement & learning to cope with a new way of life.
A very emotional & lovely read.
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A warm, sweet, feel-good story - just like an angel's hug. Although the beginning is very bleak, the book has a very positive message, that true love can conquer all.
The main character, Kathleen, is involved in a car accident in which her life is destroyed in many ways. To find a way to rebuild her life, not to mention have the will to do so, is the crux of the story.
I think many people will relate to the difficulty in dealing with a bereavement. But just as many will enjoy the romance that develops out of such a dark place. And although there are some love scenes, they are very mild and would barely make your grandmother blush. It is overwhelmingly a story of the strength of true love, something that seems to be scarcely mentioned these days.
A cosy read.

by Simon Hugh Wheeler, author of Loosely Translated.
*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review purposes.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x929d55ac) out of 5 stars 21 reviews
HASH(0x91ed23c0) out of 5 stars *contains spoilers* 22 Jun. 2015
By J. McCosker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Hugged by an angel by Roberta Capizzi
*contains spoilers*

Where to start...well you have Kathleen who has just gone through a life altering experience. Her and her brother Declan were on their way to the airport. He was moving her from Ireland to New York where he lived. Although they never made it to the airport, they were hit by a drunk driver. Declan died on impact and she lived.
When she woke up in the hospital she couldn't feel her legs. They couldn't figure out why. She had no physical damage done so it was psychological. One of the first people she meets when she wakes up is Colin her doctor in charge of her physical therapy.
Colin also has baggage. When he was sixteen or so he ditched his parents. They went on a trip, he stayed home. His parents died in a plane crash. Over the years he's learned to live with his survivors guilt. So he completely knows how Kathy feels, he's been there. He makes it his job to do everything to pull her out of it.
Colin offered to accompany Kathy to New York to try a special program to try and get her legs back. Colin is originally from New York and has only lived in Ireland for fourteen years. His best friend Chris is in charge of the program Kathy is going to try. So it's the perfect mix between vacation and work for him.
A lot of things happen in New York. Kathy works on her mental state, her and Colin grow into a comfortable friendship, he shows her around New York. Colin proves to Kathleen that just because she is in a wheel chair it doesn't mean she can't enjoy life. While in New York they both realize they are in love with each other. He professes his love she fights it. My favorite part is he did it on St. Patrick's day.
"I know it wasn’t professional and you could very well go ahead and sue me for sexual harassment, but I don’t regret kissing you, Kathleen, because I love you."
When they get back to Dublin she went on to Galway. Kathy completely cut him out of her life. She didn't believe he could actually love her because of her condition. Thankfully when she finally pulled her head out he was still waiting for her. On their first night back she sent him out to go get something. She started having a panic attack about if he actually did love her.
"I decided to put pictures of you everywhere so I’d see your face all the time, no matter where ."
Her brother Declan came to her in the form of an angel. He calmed her down, gave her a message for herself and one for Colin, then hugged her. When he hugged her she got feeling back in her legs. Thus the title hugged by an angel.
Colin was wary of it to start with. After a while he believed it. After Kathy was healed everything was great between the two. They fell deeper in love. He met her family again, but as her boyfriend. She met his Gran. And they basically lived happily ever after.
For St. Patrick's day they went back to New York to celebrate their one year anniversary and to become the official god parents of Chris's son James. That's one way to know your best friend loves you, when he names his kid after your dad. But that's not all that happened in New York..read the book to find out what else happens.

This isn't the usual type of book I read. That being said I was definitely okay with this book, it was a surprise how much I did enjoy it. I do wish though that Roberta would have used more Irish terms. At least when Kathy was speaking sense she's from Ireland. I realize Colin is technically a transplant to Ireland, so I didn't expect it from him, but I did from Kathy. It was almost too American for me for a book taking place in Ireland.
Plot- 4/5
Heat- 2/5
Character- 3/5
Writing style- 3/5
Overall- 3.5/5
**I was given an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. Seraphim Book Reviews**
HASH(0x91ed22e8) out of 5 stars such a beautiful breathtaking story about learning to love again after losing everything in your life that meant so much! 4 Mar. 2014
By Book Worms - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I was gifted this copy from the Author of
this book in exchange for an honest review.
I gave this book 5 Angelic Stars.

This is Colin and Kathleen's story.

Kathleen wakes up in a hospital and doesn't remember how she got there. All she knows is there is a gorgeous american doctor sitting there with her. Finally after some thinking she starts to piece some stuff together. But not sure why she is still there she doesn't know what has happened to her best friend and brother Declan. They where on their way to the airport to fly to New York to start a new life. For her to write the book she always wanted to write and just be happy. But all that changed when a car hits into them and takes the life of her brother.
When she is told that he is gone it changes her world and she will never be the same. And on top of that she cannot feel anything below her waist. Test after test is done, but there seems to be no damage. And they don't understand why Kathleen cannot walk. Colin lost his parents in a plane crash when he was 16 and he knows the pain and devastation that she is going through and he is determined to be there for her. But with all the pain that she is going through and all the pain that he has never dealt with can these two finally see that they are made for each other?

This is not your typical love story, it has a little twist to it and it was such a great read.
This is a beautiful love story about two people who have had the ultimate devastation happen to them. How do you get back from that? It's hard after losing someone you love to go on as if everything is okay. Kathleen struggles with life in general she feels like her life is over and that she should have just died with her brother. She has so many people that love her, but that is hard for her to see when all she sees is pain. The only person that seems to get through to her is Colin and she is even pushing him away. I felt for her and cried for her. And when she finally started to let him in, I cheered for her. She is a strong willed beautiful woman, who deserves to be happy and live her life. That is what her brother Declan would have wanted for her. She has to say goodbye to him, and Declan makes sure that it's done in a very special way. Do you believe in Angels? I know I do. And how amazing would it be to have your own brother as your Angel? This story will have you laughing, crying and cheering for both Kathleen and Colin. It is a story about hope, and love and learning that even when you think your life is over fate has other plans for you. And you may have lost all that you think you had in your life. But something comes along to help you heal and to learn to live again. Kathleen's journey to living again is beautiful and it is something you don't want to miss. Thank you Roberta for such an amazing story. I look forward to reading more from you.
HASH(0x92916198) out of 5 stars So much more than a great romance 20 Sept. 2013
By Stephanie-The Boyfriend Bookmark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Hugged By An Angel was a highly emotional read for me. Several questions continuously ran through my head while reading this book... What if you had your life planned out and in an instant it changes? What happens if you suddenly you are paralyzed? What would happen if you not only lost who you are but your best friend too?

This book was so much more than a great romance, though I fell in love with Colin in this book. This book was about learning to live again, learning to love unconditionally and letting go. This book starts quickly with a major tragedy. Kathleen wakes up in a hospital bed and finds out that her best friend and most loyal brother has been killed. It is a miracle that Kathleen survived the accident but guilt plagues her and she doesn't know how to deal with it.

Colin, a physiotherapist, knows what Kathleen is going through. He has been there himself and he dedicates his time to helping Kathleen. He knows he has a special connection with her, but more so, she knows it too. But to what lengths are they willing to go for her recovery? And can spending so much time together be good for doctor and patient? Kathleen and Colin share such a beautiful bond in this story and I was swept away with emotions reading it. But what happens when Kathleen's condition doesn't improve? Can Colin still find it in his heart to want to be with her? Can Kathleen look beyond her own grief and learn to let someone else in?

Together these two can fight the battle but with a little help from above they can conquer anything, including their feelings! They both have to learn to live again, one with a new disability and great loss in her heart and the other has to learn how to let love in to his.

This was such a beautiful story, not only of amazing characters, but of love and faith and overcoming life's downs. I loved Colin and his desires to not only help Kathleen but I loved reading how he had to overcome his own past to let her into his heart. I was very impressed with how moved I was by this book. It was well written and struck a chord within my heart. I adored it so much!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
HASH(0x981fbbd0) out of 5 stars Such a simple love story 9 Sept. 2013
By Fiona Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I was lucky enough to be a beta reader for this author, even managing to get a mention in the credits.

This story is a simple, slow burning, love story first and foremost. But there are also elements of self belief, strength and forgiveness within it.

Kathleen had made plans to move to America with her brother Declan. They were happily planning a future when tragedy struck at the worst possible time for them. Kathleen loses her beloved brother and finds herself injured and unable to walk. Understandably she is angry at what has happened, and also at herself for still being alive.

It is the job of physiotherapist Colin to help Kathleen in her recovery. Colin also suffered a huge personal loss years before, and he empathises with Kathleen in more ways than she first realises.

Working together brings out emotions in both Kathleen and Colin which they try to fight. Kathleen believes she has nothing to give, while Colin wants to look after her and help in her recovery.

Not only does the storyline help Kathleen, it also in turn helps Colin and Kathleen's brother, David, to move on with their lives and app finally accept what has happened.

The author manages to produce a story which, for someone who is not religious in any way, had me believing in angels. Reading this I found myself crying at a lot of the scenes, and hoping that somewhere my own personal angel was looking out for me.

This is such a change from a lot of stories being produced these days because it is such a simple love story. There are no supernatural elements as such, and it is a well written story. I feel privileged to have been able to read this story and help it become, in even a small way, the story it is today.

The author asked me a while ago to choose a few quotes to help with promote the book. Below are 2 of the ones I chose -

“I had just turned twenty-three when I nearly died.
I was in my car, on the way to Dublin airport, where I should have been taking a direct flight to New York, with my brother and best friend, Declan. We had plans to start a new life there; I’d spent my college years planning everything down to the last detail, and I was just a step away from making my dream come true.
But I never got to the airport.
I never boarded that plane.
On a cold January day, the day I’d waited so long for, fate took everything from me, leaving me hollow and broken.
On a cold January day, my life lost its meaning–although back then I didn’t know it would all make sense when the time was right.
I was twenty-three when I met an angel. He didn’t have wings, he didn’t have a halo, but he healed my soul when it had been torn apart, and he gave meaning to my life again.”

“I felt tears filling my eyes, and soon they started running down my cheeks before I could stop them.
“Sweetheart, don’t cry for me; I’m doing great,” he said, smiling. His face was a portrait of serenity.
“Are you...”
“An angel?” he finished my sentence and I nodded. He looked at me, his deep blue eyes sparkling like they never had before. “I’m not only an angel, Kathy. I’m your angel”
HASH(0x922785b0) out of 5 stars Great Read! 8 Sept. 2013
By Book Freak [cha] - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
It's hard when you suddenly lose someone close to you, especially when you didn't have the chance to say goodbye.

Kathleen used to live. She had plans, dreams and faith in life until she had an accident. Suddenly, life was never the same again. She lost the brother she loved the most, couldn't feel her legs, will most likely live forever in a wheelchair and her future is uncertain. How can she find the strength to move on? Where will she start? Even Colin, the ever-optimistic physiotherapist couldn't help her. Life had no longer had its appeal. It no longer meant anything to her. Until one night, when she saw Declan - the brother she lost.

Colin had been working in Dublin as a physiotherapist for half a decade, but he had never been close to any patient, until Kathleen came along. There was something about her that makes him want to help her and bring that smile on her face once again. Her eyes almost mirrored his own some years back - the moment he had lost his parents on a plane crash when he was just sixteen years old: guilt is eating her alive. He knew firsthand how it is like to lose someone you cared for in a snap of a finger and he makes it his mission to help Kathleen, not only to move her legs but to live her life once again. Falling in love wasn't on his to-do list, he didn't see it coming. But love comes in the most unexpected time.

I am a Catholic and yes, I believed in angels and miracles. I believe everything in life happens for a reason, even though its painful and unexpected. It makes us tougher. But what happened to Kathleen was just devastating. I completely understand the grief and guilt that has been choking her since the accident. Both emotions can tie you on a chair, ropes heavy enough to keep you down and not allow you to walk.

Hugged by an Angel brings us the journey of a girl who had been through the most agonizing time of her life. It can be quite a drag because it depicts ALMOST the daily happenings in the life of Kathleen and Caleb - how they try to surpass the trials and the past that is thrown at them. But it was worth to see how she stands up from the great fall that she encountered. It was a great 'moving' novel. Roberta Capizzi gives inspiration to readers that anything can happen when you have faith and you believe. Miracles can happen, love can make anything possible.

*ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.
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