I dare you to read this without tearing up! The depth of emotions that it elicits are second to none. I have read A LOT of book, and none to date have torn at my heart like this one.
Told in first person, we meet Benji who is desperately trying to keep his head above water after losing his father and best friend 5 years earlier to an unexplained accident.
As the story progresses, we meet Benji's guardian angel. Literally. He falls from On High when Benji's desperation reaches breaking point. He is still charged with protecting the town's folk, but now has to do so without being seen.
This would be one of the best angel books I have ever read! This is not an all-knowing angel..... Calliel (Cal) is lost, missing memories, naive when it comes to a lot of the ways of humans, and very lonely. He and Benji have so much in common, and find something in the other that calls to them.
What really got me was the writing style. There are flashbacks at various intervals throughout the book as Benji is reminded of a certain event that involved his father - right back to when he was 6 yrs old. These memories are so beautiful - the love between father and son is palpable! But of course as the reader, you know what that does to Benji to lose his father at the age of 16, so now all of those loving memories are tinged with sadness. It really reminded me of the kids movie Inside Out, where suddenly all the happy memories are tinged with sadness associated with the future loss. I have never read anything like it!
As sad as it was, I couldn't put it down. I loved the underlying mystery they had to solve, and how in each other they finally found hope and happiness. This is a decent length book too, so the storyline wasn't rushed. The author has given the topics in question adequate room to be absorbed and dealt with.
Definitely a book I would recommend - just have the tissues handy, as I can guarantee you'll need them at one or more points
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