This is the first book in a series. I am open to books. If I think a book sounds interesting I'm going to check it out. This story just didn't work for me. I was going to give it until I made it halfway through the book but decided to stop a little before that. This book takes place in the seventies but in a way it seems like it takes place even earlier.
I realize that thinking now and thinking back then are different but I wasn't crazy about the way people thought in this book. There's one character that the family takes in and gives a job. They allow him to be a part of their lives but only if he follows one rule. I just didn't like that at all and of course that is likely a thing that was totally acceptable at the time. It just didn't sit well with me.
I also didn't like the instalove. Now I've read books with that but it all depends on how it is done. If I'm enjoying the story I'll stick with it. Tillie AKA Angel goes on a trip with her school for an art show/dance competition. She ends up meeting a bad boy Noah or as she calls it a Blackguard. She mentally gives points to a guy whether he's a knight or a blackguard. Something happens and she ends up hurt. Also Noah never knows her real name. I just found it a bit ridiculous that the emotions went to such an extreme in two days. It was kind of sweet yet creepy at the same time. Her reaction after seeing something was partly fine. I didn't like what she thought of herself after and her family agreed with this. Of course this has to do with the religious part of this book. I'm totally cool with Christian fiction and found one author in particular I really enjoy that I might not have otherwise if I hadn't been open to it. I just don't like it when it is heavy handed and part of it could have to do when the book took place.
Tillie's family is very close. She has one brother that she's especially close to called Patty. He does a few things that are out of character and he ends up hurting his little sister. The parents do a few things that are out of character but they also make sense since they wanted to help cheer her up. There's a huge age difference between Tillie and her brothers. Marquette is another brother who is married to Tara. That relationship is a bit strange. There's something in Tara's past that just seems very random and out of place. I don't know what the point of it is but maybe it gets explained later on in the book. The word isn't said but they appear to be bounty hunters. I think I might have enjoyed this book more if the focus was on them instead of on Tillie. I also think she has a brother named Andy who up until I stopped reading was just ordained with nothing else going for him.