I am writing to you to say thank you for your
book and well done, hope you keep up the good work. Funnily enough, I
bought the book because, whilst reading the back cover my attention was
drawn to the names of the main characters, Brian and Laura. (...)
Well, I finished it in one sitting and
thoroughly enjoyed it, I think it is a lovely story with great
descriptions of Gozo, (we live in Malta and don't get to go over that much
although I feel inspired to do so now) and the characters are truly
loveable; I could identify myself with Laura, having had a similar past,
i.e. Dutch/English mixed marriage, settling in different countries, right
through to the end of the story where I share the experience of a son
moving away from home to start a new life and the inevitable heartbreak
you go through. Needless to say I'll be on the bus to Valletta soon to buy
a copy for my sister and one for my daughter-in-law so it may please you
to know that over Christmas your book will be read in a sitting-room in
Amsterdam and one in Chicago!
I really enjoyed your Book 'Angelina's Ghost',
your love for Gozo oozes out along with the love for your family. I look
forward to reading your next book. Keep up your literary work - it's a God
This is where the first novel from Gozitan writer and novelist Sabine
Cassar-Alpert is set. I had the pleasure of reading this entertaining and
beautifully constructed novel whilst on holiday in the Maltese island of
Gozo a few weeks ago, it also happens to be where story is set.
Entitled "Angelina's Ghost" the story is set around Laura a German girl
from Berlin, and follows her life.
After traveling to Gozo for a holiday with a friend Laura meets the man of
her dreams, moves to live on Gozo against the wishes of her mother. Later
in the story Laura finds that she takes the same line of protest with her
son, as her mother did with her many years before. She posses the question
"am I turning into my mother."
Do not be fooled into thinking that this is one of those predictable
coffee-table style love story's where everyone lives happily ever after.
Laura finds that moving from the big city life in Germany to the community
of a very small island is not without it's problems and takes a
considerable amount of adjustment.
After some considerable time in a dead end job in the local tourist
industry she decides to give up her job and attempt to become a self
employed self driven writer and journalist.
For any one that is familiar with the island of Gozo all of the locations
in the story do actually exist here.
I won't detail too much of the plot here in case you should choose to read
Angelina's Ghost. We have young love, marriage, life, birth, parental
conflict, death, heartache, and a ghost for good measure.
I found this a completely satisfying story, you should take this book to
the beach, but make sure you read it in the shade.
I believe that Sabine is in the process of writing her next book,
following the success of Angelina's Ghost. I know that I for one will be
I loved the book, it certainly brought
Gozo to life for me, l long to sit on the hill top and see the view
Laura loved so much.
Witty and then sad, my heart felt for Laura as she waved goodbye to her
Jon after the wedding.
Bring on number two, then l know how the
twins are doing!!
finished reading your book. I picked it up only on Wednesday :). You
really captured the Maltese (and more, of course, the Gozitan) identity
well ... and even managed to give me chills down my spine at a few points!
A very good job! I read the book in 5 days.
When I read this fast it means that it is interesting to me. It is written
in flowing English and the dialogue is fresh and pleasing and the wit
shown is natural. I recommend it to all the family locals and visitors.
Just finished Angelina's Ghost this morning ..
a most enjoyable read .. shed a few tears for Laura as she faced letting
Jonathon go .. toughie one that ... other parts made me weep and laugh too
.. overall a good read .. best of luck with book number TWO