Title: Coffeehouse Angel
Author: Suzanne Selfors
Publication date: July 21st, 2009
Summary: When Katrina spots a homeless guy sleeping in the alley behind her grandmother’s coffee shop, she decides to leave him a cup of coffee, a bag of chocolate-covered coffee beans, and some pastries to tide him over. Little does she know that this random act of kindness is about to turn her life upside down. Because this adorable vagrant, Malcolm, is really a guardian angel on a break between missions. And he won’t leave until he can reward Katrina’s selflessness by fulfilling her deepest desire. Now if only she could decide what that might be...
At first, Coffeehouse Angel seemed like a light read about friendship and love. But it was also a bit more than that. Katrina was one of those types of people who's caring and likes to do good for everyone else. She gives Malcolm the coffee and pastries before she even knows him, and she tries to keep her grandmother's coffeehouse in business. But when Malcolm tries to help her and give her what she most desires, she has no idea what she wants. She was a very real character and I could definitely sympathize with her on a lot of things - like trying to figure out her talents, and her feelings about seeing her best friend Vincent with another girl.
All of the other characters were also very well developed, and I got to know and love each of them. The setting of Nordby added a uniqueness to the story, and I could really picture it in my head and see how it fit together with everything else in the book. This is a charming story that starts off as one thing, and evolves into something completely different by the end. If you're looking for a book that will leave you with a good feeling when you're finished, I'd definitely recommend this one.
Overall grade: A