The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom
The First Phone Call from Heaven tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out. An allegory about the power of belief—and a page-turner that will touch your soul—Albom's masterful storytelling has never been so moving and unexpected.
Readers of The Five People You Meet in Heaven will recognize the warmth and emotion so redolent of Albom's writing, and those who haven't yet enjoyed the power of his storytelling, will thrill at the discovery of one of the best-loved writers of our time.
I've read several of Mitch Albom's books, both fiction and non-fiction, and I've always been impressed with his ability to tell a story and keep readers interested (especially non-fiction since it's often a struggle for me to get through it). When I heard he was coming out with a new novel, I jumped at the opportunity to review it.
The First Phone Call from Heaven is a great story. The pace is a bit slow, but not in a negative, "It took me forever to get through this" type of way. There is some jumping around between characters and historical information, but it flowed well, and kept me interested.
The reader is given glimpses of several of the characters that receive phone calls from Heaven. I didn't think enough time was given to most of them to form much of a connection, but I did like the time the author spent on Sully. I really felt for him and his situation, and I was anxious to learn about what really went down with his accident.
I loved the ending! I really wasn't sure how the everything was going to play out, but the outcome was very satisfying. The whole story meant even more by reading the author's acknowledgements, particularly the last sentence.
There are several swearwords throughout the book, but it is otherwise a clean and uplifting read.
About Author Mitch Albom:
Author: Mitch Albom
Published: November 2013
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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