The Angels' Share

The Angels Share Some believed he was the second coming of Christ William wasn t so sure But when that drifter was buried next to the family distillery everything changed Now that Prohibition has ended what the town

  • Title: The Angels' Share
  • Author: James Markert
  • ISBN: 9780718090227
  • Page: 272
  • Format: Paperback
  • Some believed he was the second coming of Christ.William wasn t so sure.But when that drifter was buried next to the family distillery, everything changed.Now that Prohibition has ended, what the townspeople of Twisted Tree, Kentucky, need most is the revival of the Old Sam Bourbon distillery But William McFee knows it ll take a miracle to convince his father, Barley, toSome believed he was the second coming of Christ.William wasn t so sure.But when that drifter was buried next to the family distillery, everything changed.Now that Prohibition has ended, what the townspeople of Twisted Tree, Kentucky, need most is the revival of the Old Sam Bourbon distillery But William McFee knows it ll take a miracle to convince his father, Barley, to once fill his family s aging house with barrels full of bourbon.When a drifter recently buried near the distillery begins to draw crowds of pilgrims, the McFees are dubious Yet miracles seem to come to those who once interacted with the deceased and to those now praying at his grave As people descend on the town to visit the Potter s Field Christ, William seeks to find the connection between the tragic death of his younger brother and the mysterious drifter.But as news spreads about the miracles at the potter s field, the publicity threatens to bring the depth of Barley s secret past to light and put the entire McFee family in jeopardy.The Angels Share is a story of fathers and sons, of young romance, of revenge and redemption, and of the mystery of miracles.

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    1. I greatly enjoy when a novel educates and The Angels' Share delivered on that score. The education began with the title which references the evaporation that occurs with bourbon and is said to be given to angels for protection of the distillery. In the process of reading, I looked up around 7-8 words in the dictionary. Some examples are cooper (a person who makes casks or barrels), jake (o.k. or fine) and bindle (possessions of a hobo).Another positive aspect of the novel is the setting. The sto [...]

    2. Bourbon and the Potter Field ChristWillie McFee grows up in Twisted Tree, Kentucky. His family is relatively well off, although the town is suffering the effects of having the bourbon distillery, owned by the McFee family, shut down by Prohibition. Although Prohibition is over, Barley, Willie’s father shows no interest in reopening the distillery. Willie encourages him dreaming of becoming the distiller as his grandfather planned. Then a drifter comes to town. He dies and is buried in the Pott [...]

    3. I can't in all good conscious give this read any more than one star. Despite the fact that James Markert seems talented in his writing skills. I found this book at Lifeway Christian Bookstore on the bargain isle and while I was hoping for something different I wasn't looking for something so utterly disturbing and unbiblical. I'm shocked it's being sold as Christian fiction. Where will the line be drawn?

    4. This is a very busy story. It surprised me as I thought it was a different story. This is more like a jigsaw puzzle. Once you start reading it is hard to stop. It starts with WW I. Then there was the big Depression and Prohibition. This is when it turns to be a very Graphic book. This was how it worked back then. Now we have the evangelists travelling to push their religion. This is a rough racist time and here comes the KKK. Barley has a distillery that is shut down. Asher shows up and seems to [...]

    5. Some books grab you from the first page and never let go. Others take their time, gradually revealing themselves as the pages pass. Books in the first camp all too often flame out, while books in the second camp sometimes never seem to get anywhere."Angels' Share," the second novel by James Markert ("A White Wind Blew"), patiently takes its time, gradually assembling its pieces until they are ready to move. And the result is a bittersweet tale of family, secrets, loss and joy wrapped around the [...]

    6. The Angels’ Share was both an interesting book and a challenge for me to read. Set during the end of prohibition - it is a time in American history I didn’t know very well. The small town of twisted tree sets the seen for a gritty and dark tale of clandestine distilleries and the making of bourbon. When a passing drifter is buried in an aptly named ‘Potter’s Field’, crowds begin to flock determined to witness a miracle by praying at his grave. We see the story form William McFee’s ey [...]

    7. William McFee has yet to make anything of himself, though he works on becoming a reporter while secretly dreaming of re-opening the family distillery that used to be the lifeblood of the town of Twisted Tree, Kentucky. The story takes us on a journey through a pivotal time in William's life, as his father's past comes to light. And that journey includes so much - first kisses, gangsters, guns, bums and saints, murder and miracles. Highly recommended, particularly for readers with an appreciation [...]

    8. "Some bruises take longer to surface, . . . . d some are so deep they never come up." Death changed William McFee's family. His grandfather, the brew master of their infamous Old Sam Bourbon distillery, hung himself with the onset of the Prohibition. Further tragedy occurred when William's four year old brother died in a head-on collision, he was a passenger in the car that his father Barley was driving. After the loss of young Henry, the McFee family became a mere shadow of its former self. Twi [...]

    9. This book is published by Thomas Nelson, a Christian publishing company; however, this book is not a Christian fiction book. It's not an offensive book, though, and quite interesting. I will warn you that there is a good bit of violence here. Set in 1934, prohibition is over and there is still a lot of unsettled business between some former gangs. Thus, the violence. The townspeople of Twisted Tree, Kentucky need a revival of the Old Sam Bourbon distillery. But William McFee knows it will take a [...]

    10. About the Book:Some believed he was the second coming of Christ. William wasn’t so sure. But when that drifter was buried next to the family distillery, everything changed.Now that Prohibition has ended, what the townspeople of Twisted Tree, Kentucky, need most is the revival of the Old Sam Bourbon distillery. But William McFee knows it’ll take a miracle to convince his father, Barley, to once more fill his family’s aging house with barrels full of bourbon.When a drifter recently buried ne [...]

    11. The Angel' Share Is a book I did not think I would want to read when I first receive it from the publisher. I was not impressed with the cover at all. Well, that is what happens when a reader judges a book by it's cover! I am so glad I force myself to read it. Within the first ten pages, I was hooked, this is such a great book! I highly recommend it! 5 stars. I received this book from the publisher, but was not required to write a review. My review is of my opinion.

    12. I'll be honest, I'm a little disappointed the bad guy is fictionalized. I really hoped he was a real gangster. This was an interesting look at post-prohibition Kentucky and the distillery world. I am not that familiar with the bourbon process, but now I want to go on a tour! There is a mystical element, but it flows with the story and never overpowers the story. This is a great look at the prohibition and great depression era.

    13. The intriguing characters and storyline kept me interested from beginning to end. I felt like I was there, as a fly on the wall, witnessing the events as they happened. I can see The Angels' Share used as a read aloud in a US History class, and I think it would be interesting to compare and contrast it with The Education of Little Tree. I also think it would make a great movie.I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.

    14. I wasn't really sure about this book at first. I felt kinda lost and wasn't understanding what the book was about. I'm glad I kept going because slowly the author starts to develop characters that come alive. I loved the history behind prohibition and the era it was set in. In the woods of Kentucky lies distilleries. The people are glad that prohibition is over and they are ready to crank up the distillery again. Now who is going to run it?Can you imagine running a distillery to pay bills, put f [...]

    15. This was not a typical book that I would normally pick up and read on my own and it was a little hard to get into at first. But once I started reading, after a couple of chapters it drew me in. Prohibition was over, the depression had set in and there were homeless everywhere. Jobs were few and far between. The McFee's were faring pretty well because of the father's illegal activity during prohibition. They were all suffering the loss of the youngest brother, Henry age four, in an automobile acc [...]

    16. Author James Markert's captivating novel, "Angels' Share," grabbed my attention in the bookstore first with it's appealing cover (I like a good looking book cover!). The description too was fascinating, and I'm so glad that I went ahead and picked it up to read. This story, set just after Prohibition was lifted, pulls you into the lives of the McFee family of Twisted Tree, Kentucky, Once prominent maker of one of the best bourbons around, the family had fallen on hard times with the closure of t [...]

    17. 4 stars- “The Angels’ Share” takes place in Kentucky during the Depression. It tells the story of the McFee family and their struggles during this time. James Markert did an amazing job of bringing the 1930’s to life. His style of writing, the time period appropriate language and just the overall tone and feel of the book really made you feel as though you were a part of the Great Depression and that time period. Reading this book made me realize just how much had transpired by the mid- [...]

    18. I read The Angels' Share months ago, and the story stays with me. The title refers to the evaporation that occurs with bourbon and is said to be given to angels for protection of the distillery. I learned a lot about distilleries and about the role of the Mafia during Prohibition, as well as the Ku Klux Klan and their hold on the South.The story is set in 1934 Twisted Tree, Kentucky, during the Great Depression and just after Prohibition ended. The events that happened and the descriptions that [...]

    19. This book isn't the typical type of story that I would read. I found it both interesting and difficult to read. At one point I even considered not finishing the book. I kept on reading though and slowly my interest in the story grew. I liked most of the characters in the book yet I never really felt connected to any of them. I did enjoy the budding relationship between William and Polly, one of Asher Keating's followers. One of the most interesting parts of the story was discovering who Asher Ke [...]

    20. This was a touching coming of age story with a message all played out against the backdrop of a richly detailed time of American history. William is the oldest son in the McFee's when we pick up the story their family is still reeling from a family tragedy and we see each member of the family just barely making it through the day in different ways. But once a drifter that has a following is buried in the Potter's field next to their house, miraculous events begin happening and somehow all these [...]

    21. ** “Something spiritual is happening. We can’t rightfully deny people. Belief in something is a powerful thing. Especially now. Black clouds are raging across the plains. Crime lords and mob bosses are filling each other with holes.” **James Markert’s novel “The Angels’ Share” asks an interesting question — what if Jesus came back to Earth?It’s 1934 and William McFee has two dreams: to become a top notch reporter and to become a master distiller while reopening his family’s b [...]

    22. I received the book, The Angels' Share by James Markert because I'm a Fiction Guild Elite Reader book review blogger. It wouldn't be my normal book genre if I were out shopping for a book, but nonetheless, it was worth a read.The Angels' Share is a historical novel that is true to the times of the Prohibition and the Depression. William "Willie" McFee grew up in Twisted Tree, Kentucky. The McFee family is pretty well off financially even though the town itself is suffering the effects of the McF [...]

    23. I received this book for an honest review through .The story was interesting enough. It was a slow start but if you push through, there is a good story. It takes place a year or so after the end of prohibition. The family lives at the old family house at a whiskey brewery. The father of the main character was a bootlegger during prohibition and has an enemy searching after him to kill him. On the first day of the story a body is buried in the potters field right next to the brewery. The man buri [...]

    24. My Louisville Book Babes Book Club just finished "The Angels' Share" by James Markert. We were delighted that the author took time out of his busy schedule to join us for our discussion. Consensus is we all loved this book. We had so much to talk about and so many questions to ask the author. Thank goodness he was there. James's ability to create interesting and complex charactersme you have to learn to love.but most you do, transported us all back to a time in America and most importantly Kentu [...]

    25. James Markert has delivered another satisfying and well-crafted novel filled with themes of love, revenge, and redemption. The Angels' Share captures one immediately and doesn’t let go until the very last page, if even then. The characters are skillfully developed and seem so real, the reader will no doubt think of them long after the book is passed on to a friend. The author’s ability set a scene with perfect similes (… as lush as Kentucky grass after a spring rain) punctuate this wonderf [...]

    26. I'm not big on religion and I realized I'd picked this novel up at the library by mistake when I later spotted the "Inspirational" sticker on the spine. Still, I thought what the hell. I quickly became engrossed by these characters, the well-paced plot, and the nicely written prose. This novel is not in-your-face religious. It lets you believe or disbelieve but it's all about these wonderful, flawed, growing characters and their journey to healing. Don't let the "religious" teaser keep you away. [...]

    27. I enjoyed reading the book the Angels Share. It was a good book. But it was a hard book to read. It's not your traditional easy to read fiction book. It had some violence in it and some tough issues like death, gangs and relationship problems. I love how the author weaved the history into the book. This time period was a rough time with gangs and violence. But, I enjoyed learning more about this time period. Overall, it was an okay book.*I received this book from Thomas Nelson-Fiction Guild. I w [...]

    28. This book is southern lit. I would not call it Christian. If you want to learn a lot about bourbon, this might just be the book for you, because that's what a lot of this book is about. It's set in the 1930s. WW1, and prohibition are over. The characters and story are pretty well written. However, there is unsavory language, violence, etc. Plus, it is one of those stories with a "miracle worker" and the question if he is from God/for real or not-not really my favorite kind of book. I was given t [...]

    29. I received a complimentary copy. A lot of different elements mix up in this book but then form into a story that I enjoyed reading. The characters are written true to each role which made the book more realistic along with the added accuracy of events etc. I think anyone older would enjoy this as it would probably connect them to a certain time or place.

    30. What a gem! I was attracted by the unusual title and the description on the back of the book. In his historical notes at the book’s end, the author describes it as commercial fiction during historical times.You be the judge. Is it simply a story of a family during the depression years, the end of prohibition or the second coming of Christ?A powerful book with lots of food for thought.

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