The Angel in My Pocket
written by Sukey Forbes
published by Viking
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Did I enjoy this book: I enjoyed parts of it.
The sleeve of the book described it as a story of a woman’s grief following the loss of her six-year-old daughter. But this book contained two unrelated stories.
First, we had a story about a mother losing her daughter to a rare genetic disorder. This story was painfully honest and gut wrenching. Forbes didn’t pull any punches describing the unfathomable sorrow of her experience. She gave a voice to the emotions we’ve all experienced but struggled to express. She did it in a way that was beautiful, relatable, and courageous.
If she stopped there and focused on the events surrounding that phase of her life, this would have been a grand slam success. I didn’t understand why she included several, lengthy chapters explaining her family’s history. It was interesting but seemed out of place in the book. It should have been its own story in a different book.
Would I recommend it: For the price of the hardback, I can’t honestly recommend it. Hopefully, the e-book will be cheaper and more worth the cost. Otherwise, I’d say skip it.
About the book – from Goodreads: When Sukey Forbes lost her six-year-old daughter, Charlotte, to a rare genetic disorder, her life felt as if it were shattered forever. Descended from two distinguished New England families, Forbes was raised in a rarefied—if eccentric—life of privilege. Yet, Forbes’s family history is also rich with spiritual seekers, including her great-great-great-grandfather Ralph Waldo Emerson. On the family’s private island enclave off Cape Cod, apparitions have always been as common as the servants who once walked the back halls. But the “afterlife” took on new meaning once Forbes dipped into the world of clairvoyants to reconnect with Charlotte.
With a mission to help others by sharing her own story, Forbes chronicles a world of ghosts that reawakens us to a lost American spiritual tradition. The Angel in My Pocket is a moving and utterly unique tale of one mother’s undying love for her child.