A Man Always Takes Care of His Own
The Angel’s Share follows the trials and tribulations of the Bradford Baldwine family, owners of the most prosperous and famous bourbon company in the United States. On the surface, the title of the book refers to the amount of alcohol that evaporates during the bourbon maturation process, which according to folklore, is taken by the angels. But of course, there is far more to the title than that! As the privileged Baldwine children are about to find out, the angels must always get their share of what is good in life…and there is a price for everything.
This is not my usual kind of book, as I tend more towards urban fantasy and the paranormal, but it hooked me almost instantly. There is a little something for everyone: a glimpse into the lifestyles of the Southern aristocracy, murder, mystery, sex, and intrigue. The plot moves quickly as it changes point of view often, allowing the reader a glimpse into the story from each of the Baldwine children’s perspectives. The only reason I didn’t give The Angel’s Share five stars is because I would have liked the mystery of who killed the reviled family patriarch, William Baldwine, to have lasted a bit longer. Although an arrest was not made until the end of the book, the outcome was obvious fairly early on. This didn’t keep the story from gripping my attention, but as a personal preference I like to be left guessing until the end.
However, what was left as an open mystery until the end, was the true motive behind the murder. For most of the story, it seemed like a straight forward case of vengeance, but it ended up being much more complicated. While vengeance did factor into the murder, it was also done as an act of loving sacrifice; a man doing what he thought he must to take care of his own. And so the story closed by begging the question: is murder always bad, or can it be a tool to lead to an ultimate good?
Although the murder of William Baldwine is neatly solved by the end of the story many questions about the fate of the family remain, making me eager to see what the third book in the series will eventually reveal! Take this book with you on a plane, train, or car trip…it will make the travel time speed by!
Meghan is a coffee connoisseur, devoted milspouse, and exhausted momma to a three year old daughter and three dogs. She enjoys hiking, glamping, and traveling. You are mostly likely to find her reading good books in a hammock with a view of the ocean or mountains.