Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Ramona’s Angel by P.L. Jenkinson.
About the Book: Ramona’s Angel isn’t as soft and fluffy as the title might have you believe. There’s nothing heavenly or angelic in this story. This is a dark tale of deception and intrigue taking the reader along on an emotional roller-coaster as the main character’s life unravels around him. The ripple effects of which, stretch far and wide. It all starts with a trauma call to the local Emergency Department and the blood covered victim of an assault. Who is the man in the hospital bed and what does he have to do with Robbie? As memories drip back slowly, all stirring up despair for someone who’d rather forget. The South-West coast of Scotland somehow ties the man to these recollections which eventually turn his whole world on its head in a way he could never have imagined. The real story begins in Scotland. A small coastal, fishing village. It’s based on a village I know well. In the story, a little boy is taken away. Skip forward thirty years to present day Yorkshire, in the north of England, and we find Robbie. Something connects him to that little boy, but only his mother knows what. Wracked with guilt, she confesses to her husband who persuades her to come clean. This truth almost destroys him, but he goes back to the village to find out more from the people who know. His life is then governed by countless twists and revelations of cruelty long since buried.
My Review: Right away I have to be honest in that I’m not a big fan of reading books about abuse of any sort. I read for escapism, but this was different. To me, the abuse was more of a vehicle to use in telling the story instead of the usual stories romanticizing it or making it the focus, and that gave the story a tremendous boost.
Imagine waking up one day to find out your life isn’t really yours, and that you now have the chance to find out your real past. The author does a wonderful job of making us feel the fear and frustration Robbie goes through in his new journey, along with the heartache waiting for him.
Written with a Scottish and English accent, this was an interesting change of pace instead of the, “He said man like mahn” type of storytelling. It may not be for everyone, but it was something I really enjoyed and look forward to in the rest of the books in the series.