Okay, so this book had me in tears and made me laugh and made me feel hopeful, all at the same time. I love when a book I’m reading can make me feel real emotion. This was a beautiful book about love and the importance of cherishing every moment you have with your loved ones. I can totally understand why it was a finalist in the writing competition, even before it was complete.
The interweaving of time was done masterfully. The trips to one person’s heaven, followed by a chapter written by Vivienne’s son concerning his life, was the glue that connected everything. I just loved how everything was connected, and the slow unfolding of the connections all the way through the book. I’m not going to lie, I read this book in just a few hours. If I had had maybe 7 or 8 hours uninterrupted reading time (oh wouldn’t that be glorious), I would have devoured this book. But alas, real life has a way of interfering, so I had to read it in chunks.
The tours she takes, of the different heavens is such an imaginative way to approach death. I wonder if this is how our heaven really is. If it is, I’m not so afraid of death. I love the idea of choosing your own heaven and having all those you love near you, as if no time has passed. And how comforting a thought it is to know that those that have passed on before you, are watching over you.
This is a lovely novel filled with hope and joy and heartache, but most of all hope. It has stayed with me long after I read it. You know how some books just get stuck in your mind and you just have to chew on it? That’s what this book did to me. I am still pondering on the central message and what I am taking from it.
If you love a story that can make you feel emotional, this is definitely a book you’ll want to put on your TBR list.