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Did I Expect Angels? [Kindle Edition]

Kathryn Maughan
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Book Description

Jennifer Huffaker knows that grief is normal, but she thought she’d get over it—that’s what people do. But it’s been eighteen months since her husband Jack died, and she still can’t focus on her young daughter Kaitlin, can’t accept support from her family, and can’t allow herself to live without the love of her life. Jennifer is angry at everything and everyone—including herself for being so unprepared. But what did she expect? Angels?
On the day after Christmas her anguish finally becomes too much, and Jennifer’s pain culminates in a shattering decision. But this is also the night she runs into Henry, an elderly friend from Costa Rica who has seen more of life’s trials than anyone could know. Henry realizes the devastating depths to which Jennifer has sunk, and he decides that tonight is the night to tell her his story.
Touching and incisive, poignant, and sometimes bitingly funny, both Jennifer’s and Henry’s stories intermingle into a tale of love, despair, faith and, ultimately, hope, as Jennifer realizes she has been blessed with the most unexpected angel of all …

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About the Author

Kathryn Maughan received her BA from Columbia University and her MFA from New York University/Tisch School of the Arts. She grew up in Utah and now lives in New York City, after living for eighteen months in Costa Rica. She is fluent in Spanish. Did I Expect Angels? is her first novel, and she is working on her second novel and a screenplay. Details can be found on

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  • File Size: 306 KB
  • Print Length: 182 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004774MY2
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Read December 31, 2007
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This is a touching look into the lives of two very different people, a woman overpowered by seemingly unshakeable grief after the premature death of her husband, and the elderly Costa Rican man with whom she has a slight acquiantance who decides to help her by telling her his own story. As the stories of both unfold in side-by-side narratives, the reader journeys along with the characters to recognize the universality of life's joys and sorrows, whether one's origins lie in Costa Rican poverty or middle-class suburbia.

This is an excellent first effort from a novelist with a strong narrative voice, one from whom I hope to see many more future stories. Not only have I read this novel with pleasure, but I also gave it as a gift to a number of friends and family for Christmas. If you're looking for a novel that is both heartfelt and moving without sliding into the cheesiness that unfortunately often accompanies books that are meant to be heartfelt and moving, then you should pick up a copy of "Did I Expect Angels?"
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5.0 out of 5 stars packed with:hope, life, and excellent writing! August 1, 2008
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 emotionally tied in to the book. I highly recommend it, really. It blew me away.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars About the power of healing April 12, 2008
In her debut novel, Kathryn Maughan tells the story of a young mother struggling to recover from the tragic loss of her husband. Jennnifer, widowed at an early age, is forced to raise their young daughter alone and finds herself on the brink of suicide. The author creatively intertwines Jennifer's story with that of an unlikely friend, Henry, who shares his past in effort to connect with Jennifer and help her move on with her life.

As Henry reveals his own story of love and loss, Jennifer daydreams about her past. She retraces her life back to the day that she met her late husband, and in the process tells the story of a young girl searching for love, security, and a sense of belonging.

The story depicts the harsh realities that often accompany sudden tragedies, as well as the new direction that can be found within despair. Jennifer and Henry find mutual solace and understanding in each other's life experiences. By listening to Henry's story, Jennifer is guided towards new hope and motivation to move forward with her life. It also seems that in sharing his story, Henry finds personal meaning and purpose within his own hardships. Their stories are intricately paralleled throughout the book in a masterful effort to relate the deeper message that we are all connected at a fundamental level by our own humanity.

Maughan beautifully illustrates the healing power of human connection. Maughan has a talent for character develop and quickly endears both characters to the reader. This emotional story is both heart wrenching and heartwarming, and those looking for an entertaining read will find it in this well written novel.

Armchair Interview says: Very substantial offering from this first-time author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly written emotional roller coaster May 8, 2008
Grief affects everyone in many different ways- but there's a healthy limit to it. "Did I Expect Angels?" is the story of Jennifer Huffaker and her seemingly never ending grief over her husbands death. The mental agony of it all slowly becomes more and more intense and she's left with a drastic decision, but an old friend stops her and imparts his infinite wisdom to her to save Jennifer's life. Heartwarming, sorrowful, funny, and insightful, "Did I Expect Angels?" is a brilliantly written emotional roller coaster which will take you from page 1 to page 168 with little desire to stop. "Did I Expect Angels?" is highly recommended to community library fiction shelves everywhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful read
In Kathryn Maughan's "Did I Expect Angels?" readers are shown how immensely grief can affect those left behind. Read more
Published on February 13, 2010 by DarcyO
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Emotional Stories in One Novel
Everyone deals with grief in their own way and in the novel "Did I Expect Angels?" Jennifer Huffaker is drowning in her grief for her husband. Read more
Published on November 30, 2009 by April M. Hanson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great writing!
This is a moving story with such realism! The author has a genuine eye for the truth. I LOVED Henry's narrative voice and his fresh perspective on materialism and family. Read more
Published on September 3, 2009 by Biggs Parker
3.0 out of 5 stars Did I Expect Angels? by Kathryn Maughan
There was a plan in place for Jennifer Huffaker, after more than a year of trying to cope and move on, Jennifer had finally decided what she needed to do to give her daughter a... Read more
Published on August 7, 2009 by onyx95
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Reading....
Jennifer Huffaker has been mourning the loss of her husband for quite some time now. Friends & family are tiring of her constant state of depression & inability to raise her... Read more
Published on July 20, 2009 by Beverly Pechin
5.0 out of 5 stars Expect a great read!
Open your heart along with the pages in this book.

"Did I Expect Angels?" presents a complex question: If I came across some one in their darkest moment, could I make a... Read more
Published on July 14, 2009 by Kimberly K
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching story told from two points of view
I really enjoyed reading this novel. It was a quick, absorbing read. I was pulled into the two seemingly disparate stories and I was impressed with the way they gradually came... Read more
Published on May 4, 2009 by D. Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, I expected an angel and received one...
I have a tendency to not read anyone else's reviews before reading a book as I don't want my judgment skewed when reading, and I have to say that now that I've read the book and... Read more
Published on March 10, 2009 by Juanita Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Something That's Authentic, Yet Hopeful
Like having a heart-to-heart with somebody close... You both whisper things that you don't want to -- yet need to -- bring into the light, and in so doing come that much closer to... Read more
Published on March 8, 2009 by E. Fowles
5.0 out of 5 stars A story of hope
This book is excellently written. I was captivated as each person's story evolved, moved with the depth of feelings and experiences of both Jennifer and Henry. Read more
Published on February 24, 2009 by C. Wiest
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