Title: Did I Expect Angels?
Author: Kathryn Maughan
Yearly Count: 41
(July book 4)
The power of a testimony, or one's life story, is sometimes all that will shake us from our own grief long enough to enable change. Did I Expect Angels? is a book that shows just how powerful it is to listen and to be heard, and to let those that love us know that we are not doing well, to cry out for help. Humans can be angels, it all depends on if they are the right person at the right time, and if they are willing to invest a little. We all have angels.
In Did I Expect Angels? the grieving Jennifer meets an unexpected angel, Henry who tells her the story of his life. She never thinks to listen until her story becomes so much like his that her mind is finally able to focus on someone, on something besides her pain. Life does not make pretty, endings are not always good but if we try to pretend that we have gotten better, improved, or no longer need anti-depressants when we do, it is just a matter of time before our momentum will decrease and our life will fall apart with it. Jennifer was exactly in that spot when she met the greeter at a the local 24 hour store, an older man from Costa Rica. Jennifer thought the world would be a better place without her, that her daughter would do better in the loving arms of someone else rather than being surrounded by her own mood swings and depression.
Did I Expect Angels? is a new take on 'It's a Wonderful Life', this is a novel that does not smoothe over, it does not dumb down pain. A captivating read, it shows the power of one life impacting another. Kathryn does a spectacular job in the writing. It is not mystical, surreal or strange at all, the angels are modern day heroes who mostly just happen to be the perfect person in the right place and time. I loved this book, the whole way through I was emotionaly tied in to the book. I highly recoomend it, really. It blew me away.
And I have a giveaway copy up for grabs!!! Kathryn sent me an extra copy for a super special commenter who would love to read this book as well. That could be you!!! Leave a comment on this post for one entry and post about it on your blog for another two entries! (make sure you let me know you have posted about it) I will give you through Sunday to do it, and on Monday I will pick one lucky winner.
check out the author's website: Kathryn Maughan
Also reviewed by:
Trisha at the Library Queue
Trish at Hey Lady! Whacha Readin' ?
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