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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Orion (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075280278X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752802787
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 141 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,970,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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October 29, 1982: The leaves on the towering maple trees surrounding the Hill Street Baptist Church in Dallas were tinged with brown. Read the first page
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By A Customer on March 23 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you are someone who doesn't like schmaltzy, feel-good books, this isn't for you. The premise is intriguing. Toy Johnson is a teacher who is married to a surgeon and can't have children although there is no known medical cause. She helps out children and their families while doing very little for herself. She's also an environmentalist who practices rather than preaches. Her husband is extravagent and forbids Toy to keep helping families in need, saying they are lazy and taking advantage of her good nature. After a bitter fight with him, Toy goes off with her friend Sylvia to New York City. She once again has a vivid dream of rescuing a child, just as she has ever since a near-death experience when she was in her late teens. Sylvia realizes she isn't breathing and has no pulse and gives her CPR while summoning an ambulance. Toy awakes with burns on her hands and suspects the dream she had of saving a young boy from a fire may have really happened. She sets out to prove this while her husband dismisses her as mentally unstable. A reporter suspects she was trying to kidnap the children she's been rescuing and paints a picture of a desperate childless woman and kid-snatcher in the media. Toy is soon on trial for kidnapping and murder. The ending is about as saccharine sweet as they get and Toy is almost too good to be real, but you will be pulled into the suspenseful plot and root for things to work out for her.
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California Angel is a nice break from the normal criminal and legal thriller we are drawn to. The more I got into this book, the more I couldn't put down. Raymond's character was so heartfelt and I couldn't wait to see what happened to him and how Toy and himself would eventually intwine later in life. I couldn't wait for Toy to dump her husband and it couldn't be too soon. Joey was a God's send (no pun intended) for Toy and you knew he would guide her right from their first meeting. I loved the ending (usally I am disappointed and endings finish to quickly) and not giving anything away I felt renewed in faith that maybe this isn't such a bad and troubled world and there are people making a difference, if not only for a few hours of reading. Get reading for the Christmas season!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Suspensful and Refreshing Nov. 26 1998
By Ashtin Enterprises/mysteries4you/books4you - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
California Angel is a nice break from the normal criminal and legal thriller we are drawn to. The more I got into this book, the more I couldn't put down. Raymond's character was so heartfelt and I couldn't wait to see what happened to him and how Toy and himself would eventually intwine later in life. I couldn't wait for Toy to dump her husband and it couldn't be too soon. Joey was a God's send (no pun intended) for Toy and you knew he would guide her right from their first meeting. I loved the ending (usally I am disappointed and endings finish to quickly) and not giving anything away I felt renewed in faith that maybe this isn't such a bad and troubled world and there are people making a difference, if not only for a few hours of reading. Get reading for the Christmas season!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great Spiritual Tale Oct. 7 2006
By W. H. McDonald Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is just a fun book to read if you are looking for spirtual values as well as an entertaining book to read. A wonderful story that should have been made into a movie. She really spins a spirtual tale that is also a great reading experiece. I read the orignal hardback copy of this book in 1995 - and it still sits on my book shelf. I plan on re-reading it again the coming year.

The ending with all the twists, makes for inspirational way to close the book. I would rate this higher than 5 stars if the sytem would allow me to do so! I really enjoyed her little story.
Okay book Nov. 20 2013
By L. Ellison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Not the best book from Nancy Taylor Rosenberg, but this book was okay. There are better books out there, but if you can get at a cheap price it is an okay read.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Intriguing but a little saccharine March 23 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you are someone who doesn't like schmaltzy, feel-good books, this isn't for you. The premise is intriguing. Toy Johnson is a teacher who is married to a surgeon and can't have children although there is no known medical cause. She helps out children and their families while doing very little for herself. She's also an environmentalist who practices rather than preaches. Her husband is extravagent and forbids Toy to keep helping families in need, saying they are lazy and taking advantage of her good nature. After a bitter fight with him, Toy goes off with her friend Sylvia to New York City. She once again has a vivid dream of rescuing a child, just as she has ever since a near-death experience when she was in her late teens. Sylvia realizes she isn't breathing and has no pulse and gives her CPR while summoning an ambulance. Toy awakes with burns on her hands and suspects the dream she had of saving a young boy from a fire may have really happened. She sets out to prove this while her husband dismisses her as mentally unstable. A reporter suspects she was trying to kidnap the children she's been rescuing and paints a picture of a desperate childless woman and kid-snatcher in the media. Toy is soon on trial for kidnapping and murder. The ending is about as saccharine sweet as they get and Toy is almost too good to be real, but you will be pulled into the suspenseful plot and root for things to work out for her.

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