Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Did I Expect Angels? (+giveaway!)

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Title: Did I Expect Angels?
Author: Kathryn Maughan
Pages: 182
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' ?

Read and reviewed this book? give me your link, so I can post it here!

30 comments:

beastmomma said...

That sounds fabulous! I would love to be entered into the drawing to win the book.

Tricia said...

I reviewed it here: http://libraryqueue.blogspot.com/2008/06/did-i-expect-angels.html
It really is SO GOOD!

rachel said...

Hey, please let me in on this giveaway! I want to try that book!

kamewh said...

I love 'It's a Wonderful Life' so this book sounds great!! Thank you for the giveaway!

Margay said...

Based on this review alone, I want to read this book!

readerville said...

Sounds like a good one...you should definitely read The Thirteenth Tale. It was unputdownable.

Anonymous said...

I love books that show a strong correlation between choices in life and death. Not sure why but your review made me think of Mitch Albom's "Five People You Meet in Heaven." Completely random thought there.

Anyways, please enter me in the contest. Thank you. =)

Carmen T
carmenalexistsang@gmail.com

Medbie said...

Sounds like a good read! I'd love to be in the drawing. :D

Bunny B said...

Sounds like an interesting read! I'd love to win! Thank you!
bunnybox9 at gmail . com

Josette said...

Wow, sounds like a really good book. Please count me in if you can ship to Malaysia. Thank you. :)

Bunny B said...

I've also blogged HERE for a 2nd entry. Thanks!
bunnybox9 at gmail . com

cherylfree said...

I'd love to read this :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

ols[dot]moonmaiden[at]gmail[dot]com

heather (errantdreams) said...

This sounds beyond fantastic, but I'm up to my eyeteeth in review copies. So instead of entering, I'll just pass on mention of the contest on my blog!

robynl said...

very profound story; would love to read it and I can see someone I know in Jennifer.

ya ya's mom said...

oh pick me!! pick me!! pick me!!!

PopinFresh said...

This sounds like an amazing book. Please enter me in the contest!

I've also posted about this at my blog. http://proudbookworm.blogspot.com/2008/07/giveaways-galore.html

Thanks

~ Popin

Ramya said...

well, you give such an awesome review and then tell everyone that the book is up for giveaway! count me in too!

Myrthe said...

This sounds like a great book. And then you end your review by telling us you're giving it away! Count me in, please, Bethany!

Anna said...

Please enter me in the contest. I'd love to read this book.

anna_begood at hotmail dot com

Ruth said...

This sounds like a wonderful book. Please enter me! I'd love the chance to read and review it.

Dar said...

I'd love to enter for the book if the offer is valid for Canada also. It sounds like a great novel! Thanks for the opportunity. I blogged about it here:
peekingbetweenthepages.blogspot.com/2008/07/book-giveaway-did-i-expect-angels.html

literatehousewife said...

This book sounds marvelous! Please sign me up!!!

trish said...

Please don't enter me, I just wanted to say I'm really glad you enjoyed this book...I thought it was excellent as well and I hope that the author can get some buzz going again. :-)

Alessandra said...

I'd love to read this book! Please count me in your giveaway.
I blogged about it here: http://alessandrasplace.blogspot.com/2008/07/giveaway-did-i-expect-angels.html

Trish said...

Holy cow there are a lot of other Trishs!! I'd love to enter (I guess I have my little button, but I am The Trish of Trish's Reading Nook). :) Sounds like a great read, Bethany!!

April said...

This sounds excellent! Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks and have a great weekend!

Shana said...

Great review and love your site! Please enter me to win. Thanks.

I blogged about the contest here:

http://blog.literarily.com/2008/07/12/giveaway-at-bb-ex-libris.aspx

cl said...

Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks!

Jenn said...

I would love to be considered for the drawing! It sounds like an amazing book.

bethany said...

Thanks to all who left comments for this giveaway!!! :)

happy reading to you.
b