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“Irene Howard (left) wrote an important bio of  the first woman to be elected to Vancouver City Council. But she is probably best known for the memoir about her immigrant mining family.FULL STORY



Guardian angel on Earth

November 29th, 2021

Darcy Nybo’s novel Reluctant Angel (Artistic Warrior Publishing $19.95) is  about Ana Murphy, a 28-year-old living in Vancouver in 1986. Ana was supposed to die on her 28th birthday, but she doesn’t. Instead she wakes up from a serious brain injury to discover that ten years previously, she’d signed a contract that makes her a real-live guardian angel. Life takes on new meaning as Ana follows the instructions of her guides and becomes a reluctant angel in human form. From a walk around the block to flying halfway around the world, Ana fulfills her duties. Things get complicated when she discovers she’s pregnant with a child she isn’t sure she wants and she meets characters including a drug addict, a self-centered reporter, a rescued cat and a meditation instructor. There are plenty of twists and turns as Ana and her quirky guardian angels maneuver the space between this world and theirs. Darcy Nybo is a writer and children’s author and teaches creative writing through the University of Victoria and Okanagan College’s continuing studies programs. She lives in Kelowna.

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