Did I Expect Angels? by Kathryn Maughan
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.