One autumn day, in a small town on Lake Michigan, the phones begin ringing. The people calling are all deceased. They talk about heaven. They say they are safe and happy. Each call is greeted differently—some with relief, some with love, some with religious zeal, some with fear.
On that same day, Sully Harding is released from jail for a crime he may not have committed. During his time behind bars, his wife, Giselle, passed away, leaving him a single father filled with heartbreak and regret. He returns to his hometown hoping to rebuild his life. Instead, he finds a community increasingly gripped by miracle fever. As the mysterious phone calls become more frequent, outsiders begin flocking from all over the world to be part of the blessing, changing the small town indelibly, and turning local citizens into worshipped heroes.
[Continues on TLC Book Tours . . .]
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When I turn the last page and close the cover of a Mitch Albom book, I experience good feelings. I’ve spent time in the company of a good writer, met interesting people through his characters, traveled a journey to its end and discovered answers along the way.
Such is the stuff of Albom’s newest work, The First Phone Call from Heaven. I closed the cover on yet another Albom, and I felt overcome with feelings of joy, hope, love and belief. And I had been in the company of a consummate writer, who had developed real characters living on the pages. Some of these people could live next door to me, be officials in my community, the children playing in the schoolyard around the corner. I traveled an amazing journey with the people of a small town, and I experienced their highs and lows and most of all their loss and grief and an immense amount of hope.
What happened in Coldwater, MI, could happen anywhere. Just a small town near Lake Michigan, Coldwater residents are good, hardworking, honest people. Living fairly simple lives. Some richer than others. Some more secure in life than others. But when folks from all classes begin to receive phone calls from the same place, they become as one.
And what happens next and how their communal mystery unfolds could happen anywhere too. Some are amazed and thrilled, others frightened to say it happened to them, and others highly suspicious. Read the book and see if you don’t agree!
You can’t lose reading a Mitch Albom book. I have loved them all. I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a fictional story based in the ordinariness of life. This book is a page-turner and moves quickly thanks to Albom’s writing style. If you have time, it would make your favorite reader a great Christmas gift!
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Meet the Author:
Mitch Albom is an internationally renowned and best-selling author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician. His books have collectively sold more than 35 million copies worldwide; have been published in forty-eight territories and in forty-four languages around the world; and have been made into Emmy Award-winning and critically-acclaimed television movies.
(Bio and image via TLC Book Tours)
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Published: November 2012
Hardcover: 336 pages
You’ve read my review. Now, why don’t you follow the link to see what other book bloggers are saying about The First Phone Call from Heaven?
- Review: The First Phone Call From Heaven (walkingwithnora.com)
- Mitch Albom hopes latest novel is ‘Heaven’-sent (thenewstribune.com)
- Meeting Mitch Albom (samannelizabeth.wordpress.com)
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