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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?"
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In Kathryn Maughan's "Did I Expect Angels?" readers are shown how immensely grief can affect those left behind. Read morePublished on February 13, 2010 by DarcyO
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 morePublished on November 30, 2009 by April M. Hanson
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 morePublished on September 3, 2009 by Biggs Parker
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 morePublished on August 7, 2009 by onyx95
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 morePublished on July 20, 2009 by Beverly Pechin
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
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 morePublished on May 4, 2009 by D. Hall
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 morePublished on March 10, 2009 by Juanita Martin
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 morePublished on March 8, 2009 by E. Fowles
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