Angels With Clipped Wings, by Stephanie Rabig
Less Than Three Press, November 10, 2015
Word Count: approx. 17,000 words
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Warning: contains attempted suicide scene.
Eli is an angel sent on a routine assignment: help prevent a young woman with depression from taking her own life. But he’s received complaints about the way he’s dealt with previous cases, and so this time he has a supervisor, Adam, watching his every move.
Then they meet Samantha, the woman they’ve been assigned to help, and even Adam cannot easily say that rules should always be followed.
My Review: I really enjoyed this short story about guardian angels who are sent to Earth to help save a woman from committing suicide. The characters were each really interesting, and they meshed together really well. Eli and Adam, the two angels, bickered back and forth but with a strong underlying friendship, and Sam was very much human as she struggled with her depression.
I really loved that the author tackled issues that aren’t usually found in romance stories. Depression and suicide are usually avoided, but Stephanie Rabig made them a central focus of the novel. She also addressed Sam’s bisexuality, and the bi-erasure that so many bi people experience.
While the story was very short, I think it included a lot of interesting subplots, and it felt like a well balanced story. There’s no overt religiousness, and no erotic scenes, just three people trying to find love against all odds. Really lovely!
I received an advanced copy of this novella in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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