The Apprentice Angel
Before angels finish their training and are accepted into the heavenly host, they are allowed one last trip to Earth – but their tendency to be a magnet for human weaknesses can create all manner of havoc. Eveline Hasler transports her readers to a celestial sphere for a feel-good story full of marvels and miracles.
The angels are allowed one last visit to Earth on Christmas Eve before being officially appointed to the divine staff – and they get to choose their destination. Eleusius, an angel in his second year of apprenticeship, wants to go to Manhattan to take the lift in a skyscraper – a choice at which St. Peter shakes his head in disbelief. But angels long to experience mortal pleasures (and who can blame them?), and they always seem to get mixed up in situations they should be steering clear of as a result. So when Eleusius meets Rosy and little Tom during his elevator ride, he simply can't resist doing the two of them a good turn – and if it annoys Rosy's irritating admirer, all the better! Is it the angel's fault if he gets a bit carried away, and St. Peter has to call him to order? Eleusius quickly atones by doing a few good deeds, but, in the process, is almost led into temptation again.