Each chapter now holds so much emotion. So much hope. So much despair.
Surprise, the Altman’s will be their neighbors. Angel helped with all the working of pulling off a great surprise. It didn’t matter though if the Altman’s moved to Oregon or just 2 miles away, Angel felt all alone again.
She began withdrawing. Seeing the baby growing in Elizabeth was a constant reminder that she couldn’t give Michael a baby. Not just him but she wanted one also now. Someone to love with out expectations. Miriam would be a better wife for Michael. Another reason to not stay. She was back in her own cabin again but felt all alone. Falling more in love with Michael every day. Which scared her to death.
Seems like every time Angel visits the Altman’s in their new home Paul is always there. Sneering at her. How she wished he would just let it go and accept she wasn’t going to hurt Michael again. She was staying. She was falling in love. Michael’s touch was beginning to mean everything to Angel. His touch could melt her.
How long before would she lose Michael like she always loses anyone that she cared for. Michael fed her hope but Duke says hope is deadly. She could hear Duke say:
“Love is a trap, Angel. Stick to pleasure. It doesn’t require any great commitment.”
Angel now falling deeply in love confessed the worst of all that she has done. Michael is appalled, they had the biggest fight ending with her slapping him. He wanted to slap her back but with God’s help he finds his way back to her even more compassion and love.
“Do you ever get the feeling Dog is playing some horrible joke on you?” She asks Michael.
Why would God do such a terrible thing like this to Michael, Angel questions him. Michael admits he has asked God the same thing himself. But he knows the truth. He tells Angel,
“To strengthen me. I’m not strong enough for what’s yet to come”