I had not read any reviews before buying this and found it after looking for something inspirational . It started off ok and I liked the idea of look..Show More »ing at the events of 9/11 from a personal and family perspective. Then we got to the God part of the book and I realised this was Christian literature. I have my own beliefs about faith, God and life and although I do believe in a higher power, I couldn't relate to the Christian beliefs of the characters in the book. I also struggled with the plot, what are the chances of that happening! It took me a while to resume listening again but decided to suspend my disbelief and listen to it all the way through. I started to get a little more empathy for the characters as the book developed and did eventually feel the book was ok but wouldn't buy the sequel.
I listened to this a few years ago and this is my second time. I was more taken with it the first time, however maybe as the years have passed I have ..Show More »become more discerning, as I found it a little predictable in places and a bit trite. I am a committed Christian and so to have a story that is based around faith is welcome . The first book in the series is narrated by a full cast, the narrator on this book could at times become a little wearisome. And what was the strange echo sounding voice when the character prayed internally? This was distracting. The story itself continues Jamie's journey through widowhood and her search for some sort of closure and peace. Some of the plot lines were a bit tedious and laboured, this too detracted from the overall enjoyment. Audiobooks require extremely carefully chosen narrators as they can make or break the book - in this instance the performance did not shine out for me. All things considered I cannot rate it more than three stars.
Its 3am and I've not been able to stop listening to this book, the best, most beautiful and poignant story written by Karen Kingsbury so far. The gri..Show More »ef Alex suffers after the death of his father on September 11 is so raw and consuming it's healing just to read this book and process it with Alex.
A truly inspiring story. Thanks for writing this book Karen. xx