This book will be available in August 2009.
When Katrina spots a homeless guy sleeping in the alley behind her grandmother's coffee shop, she leaves him a cup of coffee, a bag of chocolate-covered coffee beans, and some pastries to tide him over, never expecting this random act of kindness to turn her life upside down. THe adorable vagrant, Malcolm, is actually a real guardian angel on a break between missions, and now he won't leave until he can reward Katrina's selflessness by fulfilling her deepest desire. Fame and fortune seem like the obvious requests, but after two botched wishes, Malcolm knows Katrina is hiding something from him. But how can she tell him the truth, when her heart's desire has become Malcolm himself?
Character Development: 7/10
Overall Enjoyment: 8/10
Alcohol, Drugs, etc: None.
Sexual Content: None.
Disturbing Images/Violence: None.
Utterly charming--that's what I have to say about Coffeehouse Angel. Entertaining yet realistic, Selfors' writing was captivating throughout. I was altternately shaking with laughter or tears from the start. With the truly eloquent voice of a confused and struggling teenage girl, all mixed up with angels and intrigue, this book couldn't have been better!
Though I enjoyed the odd Scandinavian feel of the town, Nordsby, I thought the general atmosphere was a little off. It was just a little too weird, the way the community reacted to everything that happened. I would say that this is the only un-realistic thing about Coffeehouse Angel (aside from the actual angel, of course).
I loved Katrina, but I thought the other characters were a bit underdeveloped. Malcolm, the angel, seemed silly and clueless. I was shocked when the romance started out of nowhere! He didn't seem smart enough for Katrina to like him, at least until after she actually did. And her friends, Elizabeth and Vincent, just seemed two-dimensional at some points.
But don't be discouraged! These things were entirely minor and didn't detract from the overall greatness of the book. Believe me when I say it was awesome, hilarious, and heartwarming. Totally worth it. I wouldn't classify it as chick lit, though, despite the cover's claim that it is a "romantic comedy". I don't love chick lit, and I loved this. It's like chick lit for the fantasy lover. I think it would be impossible to hate this book. Honestly!