Guarding Angel

An unforgettable story of healing and forgiveness

Fiction - Supernatural
263 Pages
Reviewed on 01/25/2020
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Author Biography

Darlene Williams was born in Florida, but raised in the mountains of West Virginia. She works as a home health aide, and she writes in her spare time.She started telling stories at a very young age and began putting pen to paper by age twelve. Her first of the series "Guarding Angel", was written and published as a promise to her mother, who passed away in 2001.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite

Angela (lovingly known as Angel) lost her father when she was only a year old. Her mother, Margret, never made peace with his untimely demise. She was keen on contacting his soul; however, instead of her husband, unbeknownst to her, she invited something sinister into her house. Unaware of Margret's attempts at witchcraft, Angel and her grandmother could not comprehend Margret's violent mood swings. In those moments, Margret would thrash Angel and then beat her some more if Angel's blood spilled on the floor. Seven-year-old Angel, who only wished for her mother's love, lived in constant fear due to these beatings. Her sole protector was her grandmother, and even she could not be with her 24/7. Guarding Angel by Darlene A. Williams warns against the unsupervised practice of witchcraft in an engaging story.

Angel's fear of her mother was contagious. Just one scene of Angel's horrific beating instilled Margret's terror deep in my heart. Margret is an unpredictable character whose mood changes in a blink. There was one scene where she treated her daughter like an animal, which left me feeling resentful toward her. Yet, the horror of a supernatural/paranormal presence did not grip me until the very last few chapters. That worked very well for me. Angel's grandmother (Margret's mom) played a very significant role in planting the seed of faith in her heart. Darlene A. Williams managed to develop sympathy for Angel by conveying her innocent dreams, hopes, and craving for her mother's love. Faith in God is another hard-to-miss element of Guarding Angel. A mild horror story gradually transformed into scenes that produced goosebumps. Marget's violence created a darkness that dominated the overall tone of the book. Guarding Angel by Darlene A. Williams is a must-read for supernatural fiction lovers.

Viga Boland

Ever since I saw the movie The Exorcist, I’ve been curious about the possibility of demonic possession and the suggested eradication of the demon through religious exorcism. So it was with much interest that I tore into the rather horrific opening chapter of Guarding Angel by Darlene A. Williams. I was totally intrigued by the narrator’s opening comments in the prologue that sent chills down my spine: “That child was me, and this is my story.” I had to fully understand why the child, Angel, was terrified of her seemingly bi-polar mother: one minute, Margret was beating Angel to near death; next minute she was loving her to infinity. What was going on with Margret? Why did she lock herself away in her bedroom for hours and forbid Angel from going upstairs? Why was Margret reading a book on witchcraft?

While the gruesome side of the plot slowly unfolded, an unexpected theme surfaced in Guarding Angel: how could this child still find such love and compassion in her heart for her abusive mother? Was it the loving presence and protectiveness of her beloved grandmother who lived with them? Angel is as close to an angel as it gets in terms of what she endures without trying to retaliate. Horror fans might find themselves wishing Guarding Angel was heavier and faster on action, but other readers will be more interested in what they feel and think as Angel shares her emotional and touching story. Darlene A. Williams handles dialogue so well that we see, hear and feel her characters clearly. This is the author’s greatest asset and helps readers, even those not into the supernatural, consider the possibility of “But what if this were true?”

Cheryl E. Rodriguez

Darlene A. Williams takes you on a journey through darkness into the marvelous light in her supernatural novel, Guarding Angel. Angela Lynn Carter is a little girl enveloped in fear and torment. She is hidden away in the backwoods of West Virginia, living with an abusive mother. Each day, Mama seems to grow angrier and darker. Mama’s obsession with the paranormal holds her captive in her upstairs lair. What goes on up there, no one knows except for Mama! The entrance is forbidden. Mama beats Angela regularly. One day Grandma intervenes and rescues Angel from her enraged Mama. Grandma teaches Angel biblical truths, and how to pray for others. Over the years, Angel’s faith grows through the kindness of friends, her loyal dog Champ, and Grandma. All of them are devoted to protecting and guarding Angel against the evil that dwells upstairs.

Guarding Angel by Darlene A. Williams grips your heart and refuses to let you go. The Prologue sets the stage and hooks you immediately into the story of Angel. Step by step, page upon page, the narrative reveals terror and torment. The terror of abuse and the torment of evil produce a perverted horrific conflict between mother and daughter. However, love and hope collide with hate and despair. In the midst of fear, childlike faith takes wings and soars through gracefully penned words. One of my favorite descriptions occurs as Angel nears her eleventh birthday, while evil lurks, waiting to attack. Angel receives peace as she watches the beauty of the falling leaves. Williams pens exquisite, yet simple characters; real people, quaint, yet unrelenting in faith. Furthermore, I always enjoy a story that includes the companionship of a dog. As the narrative’s action heightens, it plunges you into the dungeon of darkness (in this case, the “mysterious upstairs”), witchcraft and the occult. Through the denouement, the power of light dispels the darkness. Fears are faced, hope is released, lives are changed. Darlene A. Williams reminds us in Guarding Angel that “Through God’s love and forgiveness, we can choose how we live our lives.” Amen and amen.