Domingo's Angel


Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
175 Pages
Reviewed on 10/31/2013
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Author Biography

Jenny Twist was born in York and brought up in the West Yorkshire mill town of Heckmondwike, the eldest grandchild of a huge extended family.
She left school at fifteen and went to work in an asbestos factory. After working in various jobs, including bacon-packer and escapologist’s assistant (she was The Lovely Tanya), she returned to full-time education and did a BA in history, at Manchester and post-graduate studies at Oxford.
She stayed in Oxford working as a recruitment consultant for many years and it was there that she met and married her husband, Vic.
In 2001 they retired and moved to Southern Spain where they live with their rather eccentric dogs and cat. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, knitting and attempting to do fiendishly difficult logic puzzles.
Jenny's published works include: Take One at Bedtime, Domingo's Angel, All in the Mind, An Open Letter to Stephen King, The Mantequero series, The Owl Goddess, For the Love of a Child, Doppelganger, Flipside, Tales from the Dark Side and Six Tales of Christmas.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Domingo's Angel by Jenny Twist is about Angela, a frail and pale girl who is so tall and thin that villagers in the remote Spanish village where she lives think she is a fairy or a ghost. The story is set in that village and it revolves around the people living there. Domingo is a goat herder who sees Angela and thinks she is an angel. She comes to be known as Domingo's Angel and the theme revolves around their love.

This tiny mountain village comes into the limelight in the story set during and after the Spanish Civil War. The war-torn village and the hardships of the people run throughout the book but the spirit of the villagers and their love and commitment towards each other make the story human. The pastoral setting woven with romance makes the book very appealing. All the characters are described in detail. You will not forget Rosalba who is a midwife, doctor, and shopkeeper all rolled into one, or Salva the baker, and Guillermo the mayor.

The author keeps us guessing and the incidents are unpredictable, making the book exciting. It is a story full of heart wrenching emotions that speak of love, healing, and hope while living in a war zone. Angela's character is also very gentle, yet at the same time powerful. The characters and the story are so vivid that they leave a lasting impression. I recommend readers pick up a copy of this compelling book.

Jenny Twist

Thank you so much for this wonderful review. I shall treasure it.
Love
Jenny
xx

M Allman

Once I began reading Domingo’s Angel, I was unable to put it down. Ms. Twist does an excellent job of bringing her characters to life and placing the reader into the setting. I felt as though I knew these people and everything about their village. Twist uses flashbacks brilliantly without interrupting the flow of the plot, and this allows the reader to understand and care about the characters. My favorite character is Rosalba. She is the matriarch of the village, and she has sort of a ‘mother’s intuition’ when it comes to happenings in the village. On the outside she is tough, scares some and intimidates others, but inside she has a heart of gold.

The story begins when a stranger shows up in the village and at first, no one knows what to make of her. She looks and talks differently, but as the village comes to accept her, Angela brings changes to the village and the people become the family she longed for and prompt changes in her as well. The characters and their struggles during a time of oppression and poverty make for a very engaging story.

I enjoyed the story and recommend Domingo’s Angel to anyone looking for a heartwarming, engaging read. I look forward to reading Jenny Twist’s other title, Take One At Bedtime.

T.D: Jones

Domingo’s Angel is a wonderful story about Domingo Guerrero and Angela, who is what the village people consider his Angel. The village is in despair until Angela shows up and things seem to change for the better.
I love the concept of this story and the author Jenny Twist keeps the flow going throughout the story which makes you want to keep reading. She sprinkled great secondary characters such as Rosalba, the shopkeeper and Guillermo, the mayor, and also Salva, the baker.
As a reader I love the idea that one person can make everyone else believe in the good in life and that there is hope for everything to work out. Domingo’s Angel not only gives the little village hope but leaves the reader a feeling of encouragement after finishing.
I would recommend this story to anyone who wants an easy read and who believes there are Angels who walk among us here on earth.

sunnysedella

I really enjoyed this book.
Jenny Twist did a marvellous job keeping the overall feel throughout slightly intriguing....what was the mysterious special quality about Angela,could she really be an angel?
What about the appearance of the Marmalade cat?...He is certainly no ordinary moggie!
While keeping the reader slightly puzzled over these ethereal happening,Jenny manages to convey the horrors and atrocities that the villagers suffered during the Spanish Civil War,yet without making the storyline too depressing or heavy,keeping it lighthearted with the details of the love between Domingo and Angela,and their ensuing village wedding,while also letting us glance into the rigours and hardship of village life in the not too distant past.
I love the final chapter.The sudden arrival of an unexpected English visitor, while we find that Angela and Domingo's love for each other continues,they have produced a beautiful family,are valued greatly by the villagers and still are guarded over by their extraodinary Marmalade cat.....They have created their own utopia.
A truly lovely story.....Well done Jenny Twist, roll on your next book!!

Caroline

Domingo's Angel is far more than a love story set in Spain. As you become involved with the very real characters you also get an insight into Spain's turbulent past. There is an undercurrent of mystery throughout this lovely story and you end up with a deep understanding of the poverty and warmth of village life in Spain for which Jenny's writing reflects a love and empathy. I particularly warmed to the character of Rosalba. Read it, you won't be disappointed.

Joaquin Santiago

Jenny Twist’s Domingo’s Angel is a remarkable tale on all accounts. She has a talent for narrating a story within a story with so much ease. Her characters are so depthful and vivid that while reading I felt like I was living in Amendillas as one of their neighbors. Don’t be fooled by the rosy narrative found at the beginning, for each character has a dark past they must come in terms with.

The book is culturally enriching in an interesting fashion and the switching perspectives between characters allow the reader a chance to sympathize with all of them. Hope and dreams are deeply imbedded in this story amongst the detrimental living conditions the characters had to live through due to Dictator Franco’s war. The unbreakable bond the strong community has also shines through, paving the way for the realistic hope of a brighter tomorrow without the overcast murkiness of the past.

Lindsay Townsend

This is the story of a young woman who finds herself and love in Spain. It is tender and sweeping, taking in the sights and scents and sounds of village life in Spain during and after the era of Franco. Angela, the English-born heroine, has fled to the remote village and there she finds the love of her life, the goat-herder Domingo. She also finds the other villagers, who all have their own amazing and sometimes tragic stories.

I read ‘Domingo’s Angel’ in a sitting, and was utterly bewitched. Jenny Twist writes in a flowing, elegant style that draws the reader in completely. She shows the horrors and tragedies that these simple-living yet far from simple villagers endured during the Spanish civil war and after. It is a beautiful love story, reading at times almost like a fable, but it is also so much more – a celebration of life, of forgiveness and reconciliation, of the survival of the human spirit.

I look forward to reading Jenny Twist’s other books.

Dawn Luedecke - Atlantic

Jenny Twist brings her readers into a world seldom known to the average reader. ‘Domingo’s Angel’ is the story of a village oppressed by Spanish rule. The romance of the story isn’t as simple as a hero and heroine falling in love. Jenny paints the peaceful yet struggling town so completely that the reader can’t help but fall in love with the citizens of the sleepy Spanish village and their stories.
Pale and waif like Angela is the daughter of a deceased English sailor, who told his daughter tales of the many beautiful places he’d visited on his trips. After the death of her parents, Angela followed her father’s footsteps to Spain. Since she couldn’t speak Spanish when she came into the serene town, the townsfolk believed her to be a witch or magical creature of some sort.
When Domingo introduced himself he misunderstood her name and told everyone in town she was an Angel. After that she was forever known as 'Domingo’s Angel'. Little do they know, Angela holds a secret from her life in England. The various lives of the townsfolk will sink into Atlantic City readers hearts and make them want to visit the sleepy Spanish town and become a part of the simple, yet complicated, life there.

Emily

Simply beautiful. Jenny has a wonderful way of capturing your imagination and drawing you in as she tells her story. Her characters come to life and make you feel as though you know all about them and her descriptions are magical. A fabulous book that won't leave anyone wanting. Buy it now!

S. Costello

This is a heartwarming, captivating book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Set in a Spanish mountain village, it tells the love story of Angela, an Englishwoman escaping a troubled past, and Domingo the goatherd who looks on her as an angel. The village itself is full of engaging characters such as Rosalba, the matriarch, healer and shopkeeper who seems to hold everyone and everything together.
Jenny Twist also gives us an insight into village life in the dark days of the Spanish Civil War. The hardships and triumphs of its people are described with sympathy and sensitivity.
All in all, a brilliant read.

Emily Hetherington

I was right to anticipate this next instalment from Jenny Twist, it is simply beautiful and well worth the wait. Jenny expertly draws you in to the story of each character with her fabulous descriptions and allows you to connect with each one. You are made to feel for the characters as you hear about their different lives and all the difficulties under Franco's rule in Spain and afterwards. This is best-selling material through and through.

Tara Fox Hall

An English stranger comes to a small remote Spanish village, instantly causing confusion and more than a bit of panic in the locals. But one, a goatherd named Domingo, chances upon the woman, and mistakenly understands her name Angela indicates she is an angel. The two began a romance. When Angela confesses her pregnancy, Domingo proposes marriage.
The beginning of this book is straightforward, a romance between the above characters with its sweet and funny moments, the latter particularly when Rosalba, the forbidding village matriarch, makes an appearance. Then midway through the book, as Domingo makes plans to marry Angela, the mood deepens from light romance to the dark undercurrent of not only Angela's horrific past, but also the terrible suffering of the villagers during the Spanish Civil War, as Angela begins to share her past with Domingo, and the villagers began to share their tales with her. Each character comes alive to the reader as they relate what happened to them, particularly Rosalba, who eventually shares with Angela the whole story of what she went through at the hands of the soldiers. The character of the mayor also touched me deeply; a man who betrayed his fellow neighbor to save his younger brother's life, and carried the guilt with him ever after.
This is a story of transformation. All the main characters undergo a healing, and a sort of maturation as they let go of grudges, guilt, and old pain, and embrace forgiveness for the hurts they suffered and inflicted. If you don't need the tissue box by the time you're done reading, you've got a heart of stone. And you won't be crying for sadness, but at the sheer joy of the final scene, when an English visitor comes to visit Angela, and remarks on the paradise she has found.

R. Gemmell (Scotland)

Domingo's Angel is one of the most absorbing and heart-warming books I read during 2011. From the moment English woman, Angela, enters the seemingly idyllic Spanish village and captivates Domingo, the reader is introduced to a wonderful cast of characters. Ms Twist brings the whole area and people to life, especially the matriarchal Rosalba who takes charge of the villagers in an entertaining way.

One of the strengths of this novel is the way the romantic setting is interspersed with strong historical background and details of the terrible troubles the villagers suffered during the Civil War. More than a light-hearted Mediterranean romance, Domingo's Angel explores the lasting power of love and forgiveness. Highly recommended!

Lyn Sofras

Jenny Twist is a wonderfully talented storyteller and ‘Domingo’s Angel’ weaves a spell of enchantment around the reader from start to finish. Although set in the 1950s (when the English woman, Angela, first arrives in the remote mountain village of Amendillas), there is nonetheless a timeless quality to the story. Through seamless flashbacks, the narrative takes us through the dreadful days of the Spanish Civil War and Franco’s despotic rule, then forwards into a happier, hopeful future.

The small, self-sufficient community seems untouched by the outside world and, on the surface looks like paradise. However, every character has been affected and deeply scarred by past tragedies and each nurses his or her own secret pain. Widows, who have long ago stopped weeping and have put away their smiles - seemingly forever, are the backbone of this community now devoid of men of a certain generation.

The English Angela is escaping from her own tragic secrets, but her healing process begins when she meets Domingo who worships her as his angel, then little by little, the healing magic begins to spread. But it is Rosalba, the excellently–drawn village matriarch, whose complex life-journey really captivates our hearts. Angela is quick to realise that “Whatever Rosalba thinks today, the village will think tomorrow” and the true love story is the growing bond between these two women, who learn to heal each other.

I read the latter half of the story almost entirely through misty eyes as the main characters grew larger than life with every page, unfolding their astonishing stories to me like good friends trusting me with their heartfelt secrets. When I reached the final page, I felt bereft and lonely, though completely satisfied that I had left them all in very good hands. Domingo’s Angel is a story I will certainly read again and this author goes straight to the top of my favourites list.

Book Lover "Pauline" (Spa

Domingo's Angel. A truly enchanting book by Jenny Twist. A must to read!!!! I can't say more than what other reveiwers have already said other than congratulations Mrs Twist you have hit perfection again.

Paula Martin

I thoroughly enjoyed this absorbing story set in a small mountain village in Spain. The characters are wonderfully real, not just Domingo and his 'angel' (English girl Angela, who hides her own guilty secret), but many of the villagers, notably Rosalba, the village matriarch, who has suffered heartbreak which she eventually shares with Angela (I confess to tears in my eyes when Angela read her a letter that Rosalba had been unable to read) and Guillermo, the self-important village mayor, is revealed to have struggled above his impoverished childhood, but still carries a heavy burden of guilt. Even the 'minor' characters like the old priest and the young one come over as very real people.
Skillfully woven into the story are the heartrending memories of the villagers about the horror of the Civil War and their ensuing struggles against poverty, starvation and epidemics.
PS I also loved the Marmalade the cat!

Helen

I read it all in one go - what more can I say? So good I couldn't put it down. :)

Tori Ridgewood

As a history buff and teacher, I really enjoy fiction with a historical bent. We learn so much from stories of the past, especially when told by someone with such skill and talent as Jenny Twist. "Domingo's Angel" is many things: enchanting, engrossing, poignant. It is the story of the human heart, in war and peace -- how complicated, and how simple, our choices in life can be. I loved all the characters. It reminded me of the film "Chocolat", and of "Under the Tuscan Sun". We are so far removed, now, from the relative simplicity of village life, that we tend to forget about the complexities of hierarchy and relationships; too, living in a relatively peaceful country, we forget so easily how difficult survival can become. Twist reminds us of all of these things. I see in her writing a plea to stay true to the essence of life, which is loving, living, being able to forgive, and rising above the petty squabbles which can lead to so much heartache. Wars may happen, but the point is to stay alive.

Thank you, Jenny, for bringing us this wonderful novel. Your characters will live on in my heart.

Mysti Parker

It's been a while since a book pulled at heart strings I didn't even know were there. Jenny Twist has delivered a tale that delves so deep, it will leave a lasting impression in anyone lucky enough to read it.

The story begins in a tiny mountain village in post-WWII Spain. A pale-skinned, red-haired woman who "barks like a dog" and carries some sort of witch's book has bought a house there and has the whole place in an uproar. A lowly goat herder by the name of Domingo is the first one to approach her. She could be either witch or an angel for all he knows. But whatever the case, he is instantly enchanted by her sweet charm.

Angela, who is actually just an English woman looking for a fresh start, becomes known as Domingo's Angel. The two of them are inseparable, and their romance forms a warm undercurrent throughout the book. However, what I found most clever about this story is that Angela's arrival does more than just spawn gossip. Her presence uncovers some very real wounds, but in a good way.

Everyone suffered tremendous losses in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). They had done well to push past their grief and get on with the business of living. But, they hadn't really found closure, and they hadn't really healed. Angela helps them do just that, particularly the formidable Rosalba, the town's most important (and feared) woman. And in return, Angela also finds closure for her painful past.

I absolutely loved the way Ms. Twist weaved together the real-time events of Angela, Domingo, and the townspeople with the past atrocities the people around them had to survive. Instead of being info-dumpy as a lot of backstory can be in novels, she wrote it in seamlessly. Characters that came across in the beginning as cold and aloof became so very real and human as I read about their struggles.

Besides the story itself, I love Ms. Twist's writing style. It's smooth, vivid, and lyrical--just a pleasure to read. If I hadn't had to stop to eat, work, and sleep, I'd have finished it in a day. And that's rare for me.
If you're looking for a great read, look no further. I'd recommend Domingo's Angel for young adults and beyond, particularly those fond of sweet, historical romance. You'll be glad you did!

Nora Weston

In “Domingo’s Angel” by Jenny Twist, the past and present collide in a remote Spanish mountain village when Angela, a mysterious woman thought to be an angel, arrives to make quite an impression on Domingo. Angela’s unusual looks…hair the color of oranges dried on the tree, eyes that are the “colors of the sea moving in sunlight,” and skin so white it appears blue further add to the mystique of this beautiful woman who unknowingly helps to ease the pain and torment suffered by the village people during Franco’s rule.

The blossoming romance between Domingo and Angela is a wonderful part of “Domingo’s Angel,” and I love how well suited they become for each other, but I especially fell for the way Angela affects Rosalba, the village wise woman, healer, midwife, shopkeeper, and truly an asset to her community (even though she is quite feisty). Of all the characters in this book, Rosalba is the one who sticks with me the most. I simply cannot imagine living through what she did. During Franco’s rule (1939-1975), the atrocities sustained by people in Spain included thousands being shot by a firing squad, brutal torture, and for some souls—imprisonment for years was their misfortune, so this story definitely makes you count your blessings. It has also prompted me to read more about the Spanish Civil War.

Franco’s rule and the consequences upon the people could have taken over this story, but Ms. Twist controls the anguish with a skillful touch. Her words deeply touch the heart and yet, at the same time…this author is able to light the way for hope to shine because in the midst of war and tragedy, heroes like Salva the Baker and Carlos (Rosalba’s husband) emerge. The fact that one person can make a difference in the lives of so many is a prominent theme in “Domingo’s Angel,” as is the importance of family and community. It’s a marvelous book that I thoroughly enjoyed because Domingo, Angela, Rosalba, and Guillermo are well developed, fascinating, and unlike any group of characters I’ve encountered before. I highly recommend “Domingo’s Angel.”

Eva87

This is one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. It is a romance first and foremost, but then as the romance develops other characters come into the story and you are whisked away into the past to find out each character's life in the village, their struggles and their triumphs.
You get so much more than you bargain for with this book. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone!

Juliette

Paperbacks and Frosting
I’ll be honest and say that this probably isn’t a book I would have picked up on my own. I was skeptical going into it, but it really won me over. This is a book that could easily be read in one sitting. It’s short, but powerful. The characters in this story are rich and full of life. It’s easy to get caught up in the different stories and feel for all of the people in the village. I loved the connections I saw between the characters while reading and I could really feel their bond. I loved how there were so many different stories to be told and the way that I got to get a look into a culture very different from my own. Books like this are what show us how similar we all are, even if we have cultural differences. There is just so much packed into a book that doesn’t seem very long, it’s incredible. This is a story that definitely stays with you and makes you continue to think about it after you put it down. I love that it’s based on real experiences, it makes the emotions in this book that much greater. This really is beautifully written and I would recommend it to anyone looking to broaden their mind and go on a historical journey.

Rochelle's Reviews

This book was engaging and entertaining as well as informative, but I kept forgetting the time period. No one in the town had indoor plumbing or cars. When Guillermo the mayor turned up with a car, I pictured something from the early twentieth century; not post World War II. I guess I was pretty spoiled growing up in Chicago in a house with electricity, a television, and two cars. I didn’t realize the kind of poverty other people endured, even though I had relatives in the country who still had outhouses.

At any rate, the characters in Domingo’s Angel hooked me, especially the irrepressible Rosalba, through whom we learn most of the history of the town as Generalissimo Franco takes over and kills or conscripts an entire generation of men, plundering, raping, and plunging the town into poverty and starvation “for the good of the people.” Yet, when Angela arrives she finds the people celebrating their festivals and life going on as though it had never been disturbed. She finds warmth and humor and happiness and she shares it with us. Domingo’s Angel is has its dark side, but in the end, it’s a feel-good read.

Jody

Jenny writes a beautiful, moving, historical romance story using multiple POV's allowing you to get to know these characters. The descriptions are written so well, you vividly see them in your mind. I would love to see this made into a movie. Jenny had me smiling, gasping, tearing and satisfied when I came to the end.

Tim Vicary

This is a beautiful book. It tells the story of an English girl, Angela, who comes to live in a remote Spanish village some years after the war. But it is not just her story, it is the story of the village itself, and all the people in it. Angela comes from a cold English city where she knows almost no-one; here, in the heat of the Spanish countryside, she comes to know everyone. Each person in the village has a story: some funny, many moving, some shockingly tragic. As she learns more about the people around her, she gradually becomes part of the village herself.

The book is written in a clear, simple, delightful style. It is wonderfully easy to read; many times, in the first half, I found myself smiling with simple pleasure. There is a lot of comic fun in the cultural misunderstandings between an English city girl and the Spanish peasants; and much pathos, later, as Angela learns about the tragic history of the village in the civil war. The book is full of moving human stories, lightened with a touch of fairy tale.

A lovely book; magical, a pleasure to read.

garlander

Domingo's Angel is the perfect novella. Angela marries into a rural Spanish community in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War. The anguish, the loves and the laughter of the villagers become Angela's own and become ours, too, as we read. Jenny Twist writes with a clarity of style which never obscures the powerful tale she is telling. Her understanding of the human heart enables her to lay bare the worst torments and the greatest delights experienced by those forced into sacrifice, compromise and heroism in a time of conflict.
Domingo's Angel covers a period in history which is little remembered in this country, the Spanish Civil War. It is now almost forgotten that some British young men fought and died with Spaniards in that battle against the rise of fascism in Europe, which would culminate in the Second World War.
Domingo's Angel feels completely authentic in its recreation of this period. It also dares to tackle those pivotal moments in the lives of each one of us when we are forced to make a choice and to live with the consequences.
This book is a gem. You will never regret reading it.

Muddy Rose Reviews

A young woman wanting a fresh start is enchanted by a Spanish village. The somber, pastoral setting is just the balm to heal her heart so she decides to stay. That single incident sets off a chain reaction in this remote place still living in the shadow of the bad times under Franco.

As Angela integrates into the village by marrying a local man, the effect is transformative for all. The characters and the village undergo a renewal and rebirth.

Twist's tale brings this fictional village to life and endears the reader with its fairy tale simplicity. She shows us how humans fear change and how a village is more than the houses and people in it.

Robert E. Johnson

The story occurs in a small picturesque mountain village in the south of Spain during and after the Spanish Civil War. Angela, a young English woman on the run, came to the top of a ridge near the village. Below the heights she meets Domingo, a poor goat herder. His first sight of her caused him to think she was an angel, helped by his misunderstanding when she told him her name. An attraction soon develops between them that eventually turned to love despite their different backgrounds.

The characters will draw you deeper and deeper into this story. Not just Angela and Domingo but the other characters that populate the village; such as, Rosalba; but I shall leave you to discover her for yourself. In addition to the people, you will discover and be charmed by the gentle magic and enchanting secrets of the village that Jenny has captured so well.

I am sure you won't want to put it down once you begin to read, because you'll have a need to learn what happens to Angela and her new friends and neighbors. It is a wonderful read and it was so well written that I urge you to do yourself a favor and get a copy of this heartwarming tale.

C. Kirby "Catherine Kirby

This novel has a great deal to offer. Once I'd started reading it I didn't want it to end, and yet, when the end came it was totally satisfying. The main characters, Angela and Rosalba are perfect foils for each other. Angela is the beautiful and ethereal young vulnerable English woman seeking a place to call home. She's found by Domingo who believes she's an angel. They fall in love, marry and make their home in the village. Rosalba is the Spanish matriarch of the village, indomitable, taking on the role of doctor, advisor, mother and carer whom everyone listens to. These two women become as close as mother and daughter and between them change the future for the whole village. All this against a backdrop of the Spanish Civil War right up to the aftermath of WW11.

The atmosphere is enchanting. Despite the hardships and terrible sufferings of these people during the wars we experience the courage, spirit and love of the villagers for each other. It's a story of suffering and redemption, which you won't want to forget.

Toni Sweeney

Domingo García Guerrero is a goatherd in the small Spanish mountain village of Amendillas. One day he hears people talking about a stranger who’s bought a casita from the mayor. She’s a witch, they say, and in curiosity, he takes his flocks near the casita to find out. He discovers a beautiful red-haired woman named Angela, an Englishwoman running from unhappiness in her own country.

Angela and Domingo fall in love, have a baby, get married, and settle into live in Amendillas.

When Angela meets Rosealba, the village busybody, wisewoman, doctor, and the one who unofficially runs the town, in spite of what the mayor thinks, the older woman takes to her immediately. After that, slowly, but surely, the foreigner wins over the rest of the people of Amendillas. She learns of their struggles during the Spanish Civil War, of husband and fathers lost…killed for trying to protect their families, for speaking out at the wrong time, for nothing more than being a little richer than someone else. She also sees how the people adjust, survive, and welcome this stranger into their midst.

MY OPINION: My synopsis doesn’t do this story justice. Angela and Domingo’s story is interspersed with the story of the villagers…Rosalba’s loss of her husband and father, both shot by men supposedly freeing them from the Old Order, and the disappearance of her sons into the army, never to return…the mayor suffering guilt for turning against the man he replaced and sending him to prison when his only crime was baking bread and hiding it to give to starving children and pregnant women. The atrocities are contrasted with the lives the people now lead and the way they’ve survived to regain their dignity after facing what would seem to some insurmountable odds.

The author states the background for the story is based on what happened to the inhabitants of the White Villages in southern Spain during Franco’s rule. It’s a time not many of us know about and I, for one, was shocked that such a thing had happened and wasn’t even mentioned in our world history books. Domingo’s Angel is the kind of story I would expect on Masterpiece Theatre, and is only the second novel I’ve reviewed of which I say that.

I highly recommend it.

AdyShady (Manchester)

I truly believe that if you buy just one book this year, it should be this one! One of the most beautiful novels I have ever read. Those who know me will be aware that the author is my mother, BUT, please do not believe that this is the sole reason for my words. I am a voracious reader and have read quite a few novels that have deeply moved me, very few are as beautiful as Domingo's Angel.

Brenda (Paulden, AZ)

Domingo's Angel was a delightful book. I expect to be entertained when I read and Jenny Twist fulfilled my desire. Not only was I entertained but I learned a bit about Spanish history. Read and enjoy!

The Masquerade Crew

Lyn's Review
Jenny Twist is a wonderfully talented storyteller and ‘Domingo’s Angel’ weaves a spell of enchantment around the reader from start to finish. Although set in the 1950s (when the English woman, Angela, first arrives in the remote mountain village of Amendillas), there is nonetheless a timeless quality to the story. Through seamless flashbacks, the narrative takes us through the dreadful days of the Spanish Civil War and Franco’s despotic rule, then forwards into a happier, hopeful future.

The small, self-sufficient community seems untouched by the outside world and, on the surface looks like paradise. However, every character has been affected and deeply scarred by past tragedies and each nurses his or her own secret pain. Widows, who have long ago stopped weeping and have put away their smiles - seemingly forever, are the backbone of this community now devoid of men of a certain generation.

The English Angela is escaping from her own tragic secrets, but her healing process begins when she meets Domingo who worships her as his angel, then little by little, the healing magic begins to spread. But it is Rosalba, the excellently–drawn village matriarch, whose complex life-journey really captivates our hearts. Angela is quick to realise that “Whatever Rosalba thinks today, the village will think tomorrow” and the true love story is the growing bond between these two women, who learn to heal each other.

I read the latter half of the story almost entirely through misty eyes as the main characters grew larger than life with every page, unfolding their astonishing stories to me like good friends trusting me with their heartfelt secrets. When I reached the final page, I felt bereft and lonely, though completely satisfied that I had left them all in very good hands. Domingo’s Angel is a story I will certainly read again and this author goes straight to the top of my favourites list.

Review Disclaimer: This book was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. The above review was not influenced in any way, inluding financial.

Maturity Disclaimer: There is some violence in keeping with actual history and the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War.

Darlene Jones

A survey of fiction readers showed that the one most important aspect of a novel to readers was what they learned. Domingo's Angel fills the bill perfectly. The reader learns about conditions in Spain through the lives of villagers in the mountains. The story is beautiful, heartbreaking, and haunting. The characters, depicted so vividly, stay with the reader long after the book is done. This is one I will read and reread. Do pick up a copy. You won't be disappointed.

Nancy Pennick

Is Angela an angel or not? Perhaps not but after reading Domingo's Angel you have to wonder. She wanders into a small, Spanish town and the people of this village are slowly transformed by her presence. She wins over the town's matriarch, Rosalba, and begins to learn the secrets of what happened there during the Spanish Civil War. The story is rich in history and descriptions of the Spanish countryside. Immerse yourself is this wonderful tale of love, forgiveness and salvation. I highly recommend it.

booklover

They say there are angels who walk the Earth. Domingo's Angel is set in a small village in Spain. Angela moves there and captivates young Domingo's heart but at the same time she enraptures all the residents of this tiny town. Shared sorrow builds strong relationships and the villagers become closer because of Angela's presence.
The book unfolds each character's past in an intriguing way.
There were a lot of eye opening facts about the recent history of Spain which I found interesting also.
Domingo's Angel was a reading experience I won't soon forget.

Leona Pence (Bartonville,

Jenny Twist did a remarkable job interweaving the lives of her characters into a well written story. The heartstrings were tugged on more than one occasion as she told us what they had gone through to survive war and betrayal.

Angela aka Domingo's Angel had a profound affect on all she interacted with. Once they realized she wasn't dead or a witch, things got better for her. Especially after she found favor with the indomitable, Rosalba, a woman who never smiled, and as we found out, with good reason.

This is the second book I've read by Jenny Twist. I guarantee it won't be the last. She's that good.

Beth

The relationship between the lovers, Angela and Domingo, is warm and comfortable; but that which develops between Angela and the prickly Rosalba is wonderfully endearing. The reader witnesses the blooming of the two women as they unexpectedly fill a need in the other in the roles of mother-daughter and teacher-pupil.

This is a gripping and heartwrenching, but heartwarming story with fabulous characters and an artfully crafted storyline in which the painful past is woven into a present full of healing and hope. A must-read and impossible to put down once started.

S. Hughes (Ottawa, Canada

I am never disappointed reading one of Jenny Twist's novels. One of the great things about her books is that you can't predict what's going to happen next and are compelled to keep reading. On top of that, the writing itself is so enjoyable you don't want to put it down. This story takes place in a Spanish village in the 1950s, but flashes back through the lives of various villagers as they struggled through the Spanish Civil War. As the story progressed I became increasingly invested in the characters--not just the central couple, Domingo and Angela, but the others, particularly Rosalba, whose poignant back story is revealed throughout. A heartwarming read; completely satisfying.

Su Halfwerk

Domingo’s Angel takes place in one of those villages whose image crop up in our heads when we imagine the perfect country life. The village is in Southern Spain and is a host to some of the most fascinating fictitious people I’ve ever read.
Angela is haunted by a secret in her past life, Domingo’s insecurities are intimidating him, Rosalba, the formidable shop keeper who knows things (and I love her,) has her own memories to deal with, Guillermo, the avaricious and flashy mayor, harbors the recollection of a dark shameful deed that has been eating at him for years.
There are many more of these people in this book, with their suffering, dreams, fears, and the fact that they had a war to dread. Yet, somehow the book is full of hope. The story carries many threads, and each one of them is tied in a neat bow by the end.

The night passed very quickly as I sat in my bed, reading Domingo’s Angel, hoping against hope that nothing bad would happen, for I felt as though I knew these people. I wanted them to be well and happy.

A fair warning: This book can compel people into time travel, will lure them into falling in love, and might break their hearts (only to mend them again.)
I totally recommend it - See more at: http://suhalfwerk.blogspot.ae/2013/08/book-review-domingos-angel-by-jenny.html#sthash.Grp2kUqF.dpuf

Cherry Toulouse


not going to add much to the already fullsome comments ,but suffice to say I really enjoyed this book ,and Jenny is particular at the twists and turns that mean you want to keep reading

Mary Thornburg

A young Englishwoman has decided impulsively to buy a house in a mountain village in Spain and to live there on her own, despite the fact that she can barely speak Spanish, among people who think she's so strange that she might be not quite human. Just as impulsively, she takes a handsome young stranger to bed, and he moves in with her. They adopt an orange cat. The time is not long after the end of World War II. The tone is lighthearted and humorous, with the unsophisticated villagers scratching their heads over Angela's odd ways of acting and speaking but cheerfully accepting her presence, and cheerful Angela – just as ignorant about their ways as they are about hers – enjoying herself and learning to know them.

There are hints of darkness in the first few chapters, shadows that Angela sees but doesn't understand and mostly ignores. Amused by the quirkiness of the village and lulled by the faintly dreamlike quality of the story, which moves quickly and smoothly, I ignored them too. I was well into the novel before I realized I was seeing a miniature and horrifying picture of Franco's Spain and the cruelty and anguish imposed by a devastating civil war upon people who had and have no choice but to go on, living and trying to live, as best they can. And remembering.

Jenny Twist is a clever, skilled, and subtle writer, and she's at the top of her form here. One of the most amazing things about "Domingo's Angel" is that in spite of the heartbreak of the tale she's telling, at the same time it remains sweet and gently funny. A real love story. Highly recommended!