If we only had the wisdom of experience in our youth, what decisions would we have made differently? We explore this very personal question in Angels Around Her, which takes a heartfelt look at some of life’s most important decisions often made at a tender age. Love. Career. Children. Finding the courage to make a change when you’ve made the wrong choice. This Christmas, however, one woman has a supernatural chance to right those wrongs…with a little heavenly help.
Set largely around the holiday season in Manhattan, Angels Around Her takes us on a journey of self discovery that spans 25 years. The vehicle that acts as our looking glass through time is a manuscript, which our heroine, Bridge, is compelled to write after finding three trinkets from love’s past. Thus, “the book within a book” format allows us to follow Bridge’s compelling back story while other serendipitous events unfold in present day. When Bridge’s book gets published, she unwittingly sets in motion a series of events that climax in a bittersweet rediscovery of love and of self.
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Behind her, the house was a flurry of activity. Caterers set up silver trays and florists arrived with Christmas centerpieces. Turning away from the threatening skies, Bridge glanced around the drawing room. The grace and grandeur of another time was so apparent in this room especially, with its fluted pilasters, floor-to-ceiling sash windows and detailed moldings. The crystal chandeliers cast off little droplets of rainbow color that danced about the room.
It was a beautiful house, but at Christmas time, the Brookville estate was particularly magical. The gilded mirrors were draped with boughs of fresh pine and flowers. The marble fireplace mantle had dozens of silver candlesticks and fresh holly. Bridge had set a silver tea service on a stand in front of the silk couch, creating a cozy spot for conversation. She watched as the last of the candles about the room were lit, instantly adding an amber glow. As she took a last approving look about the room, Bridge wished she felt as warm and welcoming, instead of wistful.
The house was Nealís prize possession, which he inherited from his family who were part of Long Islandís Gold Coast society set. Although many of the old money coterie has disbanded and the nouveau riche has replaced some of the older homes with more modern compounds, privilege still prevailed here. Neal straddled both sets of society. Even though he was born into a family of significance, Neal made his own small fortune in various venture capital deals. He had a talent for befriending investors and courting the eccentric. They would all be here today.
Dr. Jennifer Cusumano is a media practitioner, educator and counselor who began her career 25 years ago as a copywriter and producer. She teaches communications at Long Island University and has earned awards in her discipline for her academic research. Jennifer continues to write professionally and acts as a communications consultant for both private and charitable organizations. This is her first novel, an effort she shares with her sister and creative collaborator, Kathleen. They both live in Northport, NY. You can read more about the author at www.jennifercusumano.com