The Family Angel

The Family AngelThis Year Saga Of Romance, Deception, And Crime Reveals The Americanization Of An Italian Family, From Immigrant Bootleggers And Coalminers To Proud Winemakers And Ambitious Priests, But Only A Chosen Few Will Encounter The Chameleon Like Black Angel Who Shows Up When Least Expected To Offer Advice Or Merely Observe After All, There S Only So Much One Family Angel Can Be Expected To DoPetty Bootleggers Carlo Baggio And His Brother Jake Are Enjoying The Good Life In Prohibition Chicago Until Carlo Enters Into An Arranged Marriage With A Bride From Italy And Jake Gets Run Out Of Town For Cheating On The Boss S Daughter In The Aftermath Carlo Takes A Bullet For Jake And Is Ready To Cash In His Chips Until A Black Angel Carlo Dubs Angelo Nero Convinces Him Otherwise Later Angelo Nero Comes To Carlo S Rescue When He S Trapped In A House Fire For The Next Fifty Years The Baggio Brothers And Their Families Will Experience Hardship, Tragedy, Rewards, And The Unwelcomed Honor Of Carlo S Son Becoming A PriestWhen Angelo Nero Finally Returns, It Is To Visit Carlo S Grandson Frank, The Only Survivor Of A Multi Fatality Accident The Life Altering Experience Prompts Frank To Follow His Uncle Into The Priesthood Eventually, With Help From The Uncle, Frank Winds Up In Rome, Training For The Prestigious Vatican Diplomatic Corps He Encounters The Angel Again, Along With A Mysterious Warning Later, While Awaiting His First Post, Frank Becomes Involved With A Secret Society Within The Vatican That Assigns Him The Task Of Delivering A Renegade Priest To Rome Preferably Laid Out In A Coffin Frank S Covert Mission Brings Him Back To The Family Farm In Illinois And To His Grandfather Carlo Angelo Nero Shows Up Too But Neither Carlo Nor The Angel Can Help Frank Choose Between The Diplomatic Career He Has Coveted For Years Or Sparing The Life Of A Priest Defying Catholic Tradition Fans Of TV S BOARDWALK EMPIRE And Fiction By Father Andrew Greeley, Howard Fast, And Colleen McCullough The Thorn Birds Will Enjoy THE FAMILY ANGEL 2.5 starsHmmm how to summarize this bookIt was long Interesting at times, too church centered at other times I definitely like the Headmistress better.This book just went over too many people and not enough of most of them And there was an overwhelming sense of sadness and despair through most of the book. This was such a good read from beginning to end It spanned over many decades and I loved the story and the way the character evolved Super book with Italian immigrants coming to America way back in early 1900 s.