“On the day the world received its first phone call from heaven, Tess Rafferty was unwrapping a box of tea bags.”
We live in the day and age of smartphones. Ever wondered HOW smart are they? Smart enough to put through a call from Heaven? Picture this. You are going about your daily chores, and your phone rings. You answer. On the other end, is the voice of your deceased loved one. No, it’s not an imitation by someone, and no you are not dreaming this up. It IS really their voice and they ARE really having a conversation with you. How do you respond to this? That is the premise of this book.
It follows the lives of the “chosen ones” in Coldwater, Michigan whose lives are forever altered when they receive phone calls from their loved ones–their DEAD loved ones! Sparking extreme media interest, while drawing frenzied supporters and angry protesters in equal parts, these phone calls become the world’s biggest spectacle!
Enter: Sully Harding. He is a skeptic, and sets out to determine if the calls really are from Heaven? Or just an elaborate hoax? In doing so, he ends up having to confront his own past and the aftermath of the untimely death of his wife.
The author plays the calls along so very well, hinting through the doubts of the main character that they may not be genuine, but leaving the reader little reason to think that they aren’t for real. He balances the mystery with the reality of lives changed. He balances misery with hope, and doubt with faith.
The historical references to the life and work of Alexander Graham Bell known for inventing the telephone, are well placed and seamlessly integrate with the story.
To be honest, the plot was developed so beautifully, I almost expected to be let down by the ending, but instead found the conclusion even better. Believe me when I tell you, the ending will blow your mind. You won’t see it coming!
Regardless of whether your belief is placed in a higher power or just in yourself, you will find this an extremely inspiring and powerful read. It isn’t necessarily just a religious novel. It is more of a mystery that will both peak your interest and lift your spirit.
I would love to hear from you guys. What would be YOUR FIRST RESPONSE to a call from your deceased loved one? Mine would probably be shock and disbelief, followed closely by fear. 😛 😀
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