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Review – Did I Expect Angels? and GIVEAWAY

Did I Expect Angels? by Kathryn Maughan

Published 2007

168 pages

I’m writing this review through puffy, blurry eyes. This book captured my attention and my feelings, and I wanted to convey my feelings before they fade.

The author, Kathryn Maughan, contacted me and asked me to review her book here on my blog. On her website she tells how the book came about; how she wrote the book, looked for agents, was offered a deal but rejected it as it was a ‘thieves’ bargain’, a few years later looked into self-publishing at the encouragement of her dad, the editors told her it neded a major rewrite, and after much rewriting and more researching, it was finally published. I’ve only touched on the major points; it’s a fascinating story and I encourage you to read it yourself. She also has an excerpt, which I read and was instantly hooked. You can read excerpt one and excerpt two.

I’ve been eagerly anticipating this book all week, and it finally came today (goodness, it’s after midnight…I guess the book came yesterday! 🙂 ). As it was only 168 pages, I decided to sit down and (probably) finish it tonight. Once I started it, there was no putting it down.

Did I Expect Angels? is about Jennifer, who lost her husband to a car accident after only 5 years of marriage and one 3 year old daughter. After 18 months, she is still having difficulty coping, and it is at the lowest point in her life when an elderly Costa Rican man, Henry, who knows her as an acquaintance, decides it’s time to tell her his story.

The story flips back and forth as we get pieces of Jennifer’s story and Henry’s story. The author does an amazing job of capturing the voice of Henry, an immigrant, with his choppy English and dreams of what life will be like in the United States. Jennifer has ups and downs of coping with her grief, and at times I felt like reaching out and taking some of her grief from her.

I’ve seen in my own life that some people handle grief better than others, as strange as that may sound. But Henry’s story has many points, one of which is that we all lose people we love, and it’s not easy and  some days are better than others. But we get by. And while nothing can ever replace someone we love, we still have so much to be grateful for.

Rating: 95 out of 100

I really admired this author’s gumption and perseverance, and I absolutely loved this book. I thought about giving away my copy, but I loved the book too much to part with it at this time. So I thought I would support this author, who I really admire, and buy two brand new copies off of Amazon. You can enter the giveaway by leaving a comment here, and you’ll get an extra entry by blogging about this contest and linking back to this post. I will then choose two winners using a random number generator. Good luck, everyone!

Edited to add: I’ll draw the winners on Friday, March 21st.

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58 Responses to “Review – Did I Expect Angels? and GIVEAWAY”

  1. Bunny

    Wow! I just read the history of this novel on Kathryn’s page. Tough times, but she finally got it published! Would love a chance to read it! Thanks for this kind reward! 🙂

  2. jeane

    It sounds like a great book! Please count me in!

  3. raidergirl3

    Sounds great! I’d love to win.
    I love books that make me cry.

    [Added by trish – Me too! I knew there was a reason I liked you!]

  4. Karin

    I would like to be entered in your drawing please. Thank you!

  5. Cheryl Free

    I’d love to read this 🙂 *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  6. a giveaway! « Book Addiction

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  7. Heather

    hey there! this book looks fantastic and I would love to win it! Here is where I blogged about your giveaway:

  8. Literary Feline

    I am so glad that Kathryn Maughan persevered. I’ve made a note of her book to add to my wishlist.

    Your reference to the character Henry’s thoughts touched close to home, my having just lost a friend. I have lost others in my life as well, but it doesn’t lessen the blow. I do take comfort that she is no longer in pain and in my memories of her. I can’t imagine what it would be like if I lost my husband. That is one of my worst nightmares. Anyhow, this seemed rather fitting right now in my life. 🙂 Thank you for the review.

  9. lisamm

    What a moving story. I’m glad she persevered and got her book published. I’ve jotted it down on my list. Thanks, Trish.

  10. lisamm

    Ok, I just read excerpt one and I am soooooo hooked. Putting up a post about the contest in a few minutess…..

  11. Book Giveaway at Hey, Lady! « Books on the Brain

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  12. Denise

    I know you are not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover but this one definitely looks good! And I love the background story of not just taking the first offer to get her book published!

    Would love to read, came along from Books on the Brain

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  14. Stephanie

    Awesome! Please include my name in the drawing. Thanks!

  15. A Contest Blog by valmg

    You’ve got me curious now.
    I blogged your contest on A Contest Blog at

  16. Mrs S | 50 Book Challenge

    Sounds like a great book – I’d love to be entered into your contest.

  17. Julie P.

    Hey! This book looks great! I posted a little blurb about it:

  18. Amy

    Please enter me, sounds like a really great book!

  19. aBookBlogger

    Great review! I hadn’t heard of this author or book before, but now I want to read this story.

    Count me in for the giveaway as well. I’m blogging this on 18th at my book review/contest blog – A Book Blogger’s Diary.


  20. RoseAnn

    This sounds like a great book to read, so I am very interested in it 🙂

  21. Megan

    This books sounds wonderful and like one I might get something out of reading. I am definitely adding it to my “pile” of books I would like to know more about. Thanks for such a great review!

  22. Amy

    Hi there,

    I read your blog all the time and I am also a member of the Early Reviewers group on LT. I normally don’t talk about myself or try to really “win” anything. But, by reading your review and the description on Amazon, I think that this is something that I should read, that I desperately need to read and I’ll tell you why. (So, even if I don’t win, the author will have a little more support, because I’ve decided to buy this book.)

    After recently finding out that I have cancer (again), sometimes we don’t want to deal with what we’ve been given. Sometimes it’s just too hard to bare. I know this feeling well. It’s scary, it’s lonely and it’s not a place you want to be. I often look for help and sometimes I guess I do “expect angels”.

    Thank you for listening and I hope that you do consider me for a chance to win. Best of luck with your blogging, your happiness and your life. You have my best.


  23. Christina

    Sounds like a great, interesting read.

    Count me in!

  24. Kristen

    Your review has hooked me! Sounds very compelling…
    Thanks for passing on an interesting recommendation!

  25. tim mo

    Sounds like a great book! Put my name in the hat, please.

  26. bethany canfield

    oh, I want it!! (I’ll cross my fingers!!!)

  27. Melody

    Great book! Great review! Please count me in, Trish! 🙂

  28. gautami tripathy

    Count me in too! I found out about this giveaway from Julie P’s blog!

    And I have blogged about it here!

  29. Kierra

    Ohh – count me in too please! Thanks!

  30. Kelley Butler

    I don’t believe in coincidences and here is another example of why…..I was having a really hard day yesterday in keeping my grief, over the loss of my best friend/mom, contained. I called 2 girlfriend’s (b/c after 9 years my husband doesn’t know what to say anymore) and just cried and cried and cried about what a presence the loss is for me and how I can’t get over so many things but mainly the fact that my Mom never got to meet my 3 little girls and what a huge loss and fantastic, loving influence they have missed out on. Then I just happen to open up and read about this book that sounds so validating in the area of loss. I will definately be getting it. Maybe a message from above. I will have this title added to our Well Read Womens’ book club blog.

  31. mellymel

    I love hearing great stories of women “living the dream” and getting published. And it’s total icing that this book is so good. Can’t wait to read it. Thanks. I plan to link you up tomorrow on the blog 🙂

  32. Anastasia

    I’d love to enter as well 😀

  33. bkclubcare

    Count me in! Thanks, Care

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  35. chartroose

    Yep, this sounds great. Enter me, pleez!

  36. Juli (Can I Borrow Your Book?)

    Nice Review! Enter me too please.

  37. Karlie

    Sounds like a great read. Please enter me in your contest.

  38. Webster12

    The story sounds really good. I kinda skipped some part of your review….so i won’t get a lot of ideas about the book. The book is short too…i bet that’ll be easy to read.

  39. Marilyn

    That sounds wonderful! Count me in to please. I blogged about it over here on my blog

    Thank you!

  40. Cindi Hoppes

    Hi, I am glad that I have found your site. I love reading and I love books! The more reviews and critiques I can read, the better. This books sounds very intriguing! In fact, reading about dealing with grief, just may do me some good. Please enter me in your drawing. I appreciate it…..Thanks,Cindi

  41. Allison

    this sounds like a great book!
    just found your blog, but i’m always up for some good book reviews!

  42. shereadsbooks

    Sounds wonderful — please let me in 🙂

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  44. shereadsbooks

    Oh, and I’ve also posted about it here:

  45. lace

    I would love to read this. It sounds amazing.

  46. Teresa W.

    This one sounds really good, count me in!

  47. darcie

    Sounds like a good one!! Please enter me in the drawing!! Thanks for reviewing the book – I will be putting it on my TBR list.

  48. ruth

    This book would be wonderful to read and think about. I lost my husband last summer, suddenly. He was young and I am trying to cope with my life and future. Life is about being courageous and reading helps. Thanks for this giveaway.

  49. Bebemiqui

    Great giveaway! Count me in. bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com

  50. Amy(The Sleepy Reader)

    This sounds like an awesome book. Please throw my name in too!

  51. grace

    Would love the opportunity to read this! Enter me!!

  52. mom to p

    Sounds like a great book. Put me in the draw, please! Thanks.

  53. Theresa N.

    I’ve heard a lot of good thoings about this book and would love to read it.

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