St. Peter, with an agenda of his own, sends Mickey back to Tralee as a stranger.
Meanwhile, Hannie, Mickey’s widow, has begun to resurface from her loss and celebrate her freedom. She has also learned a thing or two about her late husband, enough to convince her that life after marriage might be more satisfying than it was during.
Mickey, his original purpose to win back a few more years of his former life, finds himself in the unique position of attempting to court his wife, a woman he believed held no surprises for him and, in so doing, learns a thing or two about Hannie as well as playing directly into the hands of St. Peter.
Paperback, 428 pagesPublished December 5th 2013 by Createspace
I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.
I have mixed emotions when it comes to this book. Basically it is about a family as they struggle through life after the death of their husband/father. He is sent back in the form of another man to make amends and right the wrongs from his time on earth before he moves on to his final destination. Sound good?? That's what I thought and was excited to read how it would all play out.
The entire book moved slowly and at times it was a little too slow for my liking. It alternated between Mikey, his wife Hannie, their son Liam, daughter Kate and his mother in law Dolly. Each one of them is struggling with their life and find themselves in limbo. All of them find themselves back in Hannie's home after she is just starting to get use to living her life and enjoying it on her own. Mikey then comes back as Patrick and enters their lives. Here is where I struggled a little bit. Considering he was suppose to be finding a way to help his former family, he wasn't really in the story a whole lot. When he was, he was always coming up with great words of wisdom and advice for the struggling family. Where did that come from? Was it because he was dead that he was suddenly so knowledgeable and wise? It just seemed a little too neat and tidy and a tad bit unbelievable. The story just fell a little short.
I enjoyed reading the progress that each family member made throughout the book but I have to admit that there were times that I found most of them, with the exception of Dolly, rather annoying. I believe it was the intent of the author to show the selfishness of the characters but I still found it a bit much. It was hard to connect with any of them because of it.
In the end it was an OK read for me but I didn't love it. The concept was good but the story could have been a whole lot more.
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