This is such a great story. The conniving and evil of one character mixed with the love and generosity of other’s, leads to a great storyline. That is what you get when you read Heavenly Bodyguards-Trainee in Action. The dynamics of each individual character gives a great sense of balance throughout the story. Going from loss and heartache to warmth and encompassing love will have you wanting more.
An intriguing premise! Following a new angel during her first year of training as a guardian angel, the story is compelling. Lange manages to balance anxiety-laden moments with fun and silly experiences. I enjoyed it!
Finally something the keep in my purse. The content is thought provoking and uplifting. Exactly what I was looking for to inspire me through my days. It’s an easy read, but a quality one.
Whether you believe in guardian angels or not, this book is fascinating! The premise of the book is that when a person dies and goes to heaven, he/she cam be sent back to earth as a “Heavenly Bodyguard.” For the first year, the person is a trainee and assigned to an experienced bodyguard. This is where Book 1 “Heavenly Bodyguards – Trainee in Action” begins. Joelle has been in a terrible accident and is killed. Upon arriving in heaven, she learns that she will be going back to earth as a bodyguard and her trainer will be a man named Josh. They are assigned to Hannah, a young girl who has been placed in an orphanage due to the death of her parents. I will not spoil it for the readers – but I will say that this book is full of drama and action. I found it hard to put dpwn
It’s also the first book in a three-book series. So grab this one and read it and then read the other two! I promise you will not be disappointed!
Lange did an excellent job with this book. I loved the way she created an interesting story while also using correct doctrine. It kind of reminded me of a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints missionary version of Touched by an Angel (which I only vaguely remember; my mom loved it though). Mostly, though, I loved this book because I am studying to be a social worker, working specifically with the foster care system.
Joelle is dead; but she is just beginning to find out her purpose. Joelle is hit by a vehicle while saving a child. When she dies, Joelle is welcomed into heaven and immediately told that she will be serving as a guardian angel. Joelle’s trainer, Josh delivers Joelle to her first assignment, a twelve year old girl in Scotland named Hannah. Joelle’s job is to give Hannah a helping hand as she navigates life in an orphanage. Joelle may also help Hannah get adopted into a loving home. However, as Joelle and Josh spend time with Hannah and a potential adoptive mother, Joelle learns of evil angels that may turn her plans awry.
This is a book aimed at the Young Adult crowd with a religious leaning. I could guess from the title that this book would involve religious figures, there was just a little too much religious ideology for me to really enjoy it. The author makes it known from the beginning that she is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and creates Joelle as a member of the Church also. Many tenants of the religion are placed throughout the book such as modesty and good overruling evil. As the author’s first book, some of the writing was a little clunky and I felt there were some parts that were really not necessary for the plot, like an angel that constantly hit on Joelle and did n’t seem to take no for an answer. Although the religious tones overwhelmed me a bit, I did enjoy the overall story. Joelle’s personality was strong and she changed the way guardian angels were trained. I was compelled to find out how she was able to help Hannah and untangle the mess that has befallen her and her potential adopter, Ruth. The end was very exciting and suspenseful and carried me through. Although I may not be quite the right audience for this book, I do believe someone in the YA audience with a strong sense of spirituality would enjoy this book as well as the rest of the series.
This book was a fun, quick read. It follows the training of an angel named Joelle who is assigned to become a guardian angel after she is killed protecting a child from being run over by a vehicle. Joelle and her trainer, Josh, are assigned to help an 11-year-old orphan named Hannah find a family she will be happy living with.
I really enjoyed the main character, Joelle. She is full of sass and it’s fun to see how she’ll react to the situations she comes across. However, she never lets her sass get in the way of showing the care she has for the people and angels she interacts with. Her personality was described very well and was consistent throughout the story. It was easy to see why Joelle was chosen to be a guardian angel.
One of my favorite things about this book was the portrayal of angels. I feel that angels are often portrayed as perfect beings who portray divine qualities that are hard to relate to. In this book, the angels aren’t perfect. They maintain the same qualities and personalities they had as humans, and as a result, each angel is unique. I also thought that the different jobs for angels were interesting. We only got introduced to a few of these jobs, such as the guardian angels and the angels that work in hospitals, but it was fun to see how the traits and qualities angels had in life made them suitable for the jobs they had as angels. I would have loved to see this world developed more in this book, and I hope it’s explored more in future books.
The book was fast-paced and fun to read. However, I feel that a lot of the information was provided through dialogue rather than scene, so at times it felt a bit like it was telling rather than showing. I did enjoy the nuances of the dialogue, though. It was easy to tell which character was which.
Overall, I loved reading this book. I feel that teenagers would enjoy this book, especially those who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Anyone who likes this genre would appreciate this book, but Latter-Day Saints would be most familiar with the concepts being introduced in the story. This story does touch on some harder subjects such as sexual harassment, but it is appropriately done and is appropriate for teenage readers. The book is clean and does not have any swearing that I noticed.
Heavenly Bodyguards – Trainee in Action – This is a great little read, which will keep you occupied from start to finish. It has great character development, and covers situations that we all are aware of, and probably wish we weren’t. This is a better way of looking at how to help overcome some of those things.
A promising book for this new author. The plot takes you on a journey with guardian angels and helps you to hope that one is watching over you. The characters are believable. A good clean read for young adult readers. I look forward to reading the next two in the series.
I really enjoyed the unique plot lines and character development throughout. The religious lean helps to further the action and reveal character motives that might not otherwise be apparent. Its a great read for those who want an uplifting book and can also share with their kids, especially teenagers! I highly recommend and looking forward to cracking open the next one!
This book was amazing! I loved the plot, the storytelling was phenomenal, and the playful sarcasm from the lead character throughout the book was refreshing. I have not read a book that was both clean and interesting in a long time, so this was a very nice find. I will definitely be buying more from Rebecca.
This is a great book! Heavenly Bodyguards: Trainee in Action has an uplifting message, is easy to read, and does an awesome job at keeping the reader’s interest. I look forward to seeing how the story continues in the next two books.
5.0 out of 5 stars Guardian Angels
I totally enjoyed this book! It was an interesting take on who guardian angels are and what they do, as well as how the guardians achieve their goals. It was interesting to read the guardian angels still had their personalities, faults, and strengths as they went about their work. I enjoyed the characters with the feisty, sarcastic Joelle and her charge, Hannah who had to grow up too soon after losing her parents. It is an easy read that makes one reflect on his views of the afterlife and spirit world.
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly Bodyguards
I highly recommend this book. I’m not a religious person but this book captivated me. Once I started reading it I was finding it hard to put down. Rebecca’s book takes you into a place where you actually feel you are there. Its your journey. I cant wait till I’m able to read the next book. You keep writing them Rebecca and I will keep reading them. #1 fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly Bodyguards Trainee in Action
The story revolves around Joelle who finds out she is dead and finds out that she has some after-death duties to take care of. Now that she s dead, Joelle must go back to earth so she can be trained to be a guardian angel. There are many things Joelle gets to learn as she is given her first assignment as a guardian angel with her Trainer Josh. It is how they find out about Hannah, a 12 year old who lost her parents in an accident and does not want to live in an orphanage. It is up to Joelle to find someone suitable to adopt Hannah as soon as possible and use her powers to protect her from harm. If only all that was easy. Before the training year is over, Hannah needs to defeat evil angels who keep putting obstacles in her way, learn how to use her powers and learn to listen to her heart and find a loving family to adopt Hannah before time runs out.
Rebecca really knows how to write soft, relatable stories and she has made Joelle into a sarcastic, easy going personality which brings adventure and humor to the plot. Heavenly Bodyguards is a beautiful concept because it talks about love and hope. It makes you believe in angels and that there is someone out there taking care of you. It is due to this reason that Heavenly Bodyguards is bound to become a readers favorite. But more than anything, the book is about how you can look at things differently if you simply believe in yourself. Heavenly Bodyguards Trainee in action is definitely a book worth reading.
I have had a hard time finding books to keep the attention of my electronics obsessed teens. They read it in one day. It was very well written and a definite page turner. We look forward to reading the entire series.
5.0 out of 5 stars You won t be able to put it down
This is an engaging book that s well written. I miss my grandfather. I often think he is our guardian angel now.
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed Heavenly Bodyguards – Trainee in Action
I enjoyed reading Heavenly Bodyguards – Trainee In Action. It was a different read to my usual books. It took me to another level, one which I had never given much thought to. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series to see where that takes me.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Great
Can relate to most of this in my own life with the struggles of many characters in the book to being healed a lot over time and then to help others with the special knowledge I know. Thank you Rebecca well done.