Did I Expect Angels? is both a lovely and a heart wrenching book. And I gotta warn you…don’t read it in public like I did. I was gulping down tears and avoiding eye contact as I finished up this treat of a novel.

Did I Expect Angels? is the story of Jennifer and the story of Henry, and yet it is also the story of anyone who has suffered. Jennifer is a young mother who lost her husband in a car accident. Struggling to come to a place of peace in her life, her friend Henry (from Costa Rica which gets major points around these parts) sees her pain and decides to tell her his story. Alternating between these two stories, we learn the histories of both of these characters.

A lot of the power of this book lies in the fact that Kathryn Maughan takes you right inside her character’s skin. I felt like I was going through what Jennifer was going through, I grieved with her, I despaired with her, I loved with her, and my heart felt hope when hers did. This is a serious book, but it is also laced with hope and love. You have to travel to some pretty dark places with the characters in order to find the light at the end of the tunnel.

I highly recommend this one. Especially if you are looking for a nice clean tear jerking read.

Kathryn Maughan has her own blog here. And you can visit her nicely done website and read some excerpts of the book. Purchase the book.

And of course, come back tomorrow for Saturdays in the nook with Kathryn Maughan!

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10 Responses to “Did I Expect Angels? by Kathryn Maughan”

  1. leah Says:

    this sounds like a really good book! sometimes you need a good tear jerker!

  2. Dawn Says:

    I was thinking the same thing that leah wrote – sometimes you need a good tear jerker. Ironic when my husband looks over and says “why are you crying?”, my answer: “because this book is so good!”. That’s a good author; one who can get a good cry out of me!

  3. Holly Says:

    This book looks interesting. Maybe I’ll look into it when I need a good cry!

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  5. Nicole Says:

    I’ve read other reviews recommending this one. Maybe I’ll have to check out what all the good buzz is about.

  6. Joanne Mosher Says:

    This sounds simply heart-breaking, I am a sucker for a tear-jerker so I will definitely check this one out. Thanks for the great review.

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  8. Sheri Says:

    I’m going to get it!

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