Monday, November 4, 2013

Book Review: The First Phone Call from Heaven

I have read all of Mitch Albom's Books, so when I saw it on the list of books to review for TLC Book Tours, I was excited to check it out.  I just love Albom's books as I usually walk away with such a sense of perspective about life.  I usually try to read Tuesdays with Morrie once a year as out of all of his books, that one impacted me the most!

Synopsis from Good Reads:

The First Phone Call from Heaven tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out. An allegory about the power of belief--and a page-turner that will touch your soul--Albom's masterful storytelling has never been so moving and unexpected.

My review:

This book could almost be classified as a mystery as one of the main character, Sully Harding, is skeptical about the truth behind these "phone calls from heaven."  We spend part of the book learning about the various characters who are receiving phone calls from loved ones who have passed, and part of the book following Sully's search for the truth.  

The book held my attention until the end, but I will say it was not my favorite Albom book.  I brought it with me on my trip to Myrtle Beach and it was a good book for a trip like that as it was easy to pick up and put back down and it was a pretty light read, which is what I prefer on relaxing beach  vacations.  I think if I had not read Albom's other books, I might have liked this more, but having read all of his other books, I was a little bit disappointed.  But I am still glad I read it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from TLC Book Tours. I was not compensated for this review, and the opinions are my own.   


Jeanie said...

Glad to get your take on this -- I like his books, too, but this doesn't sound as engaging as some. But a good beach read!

Marlys said...

The only book of his I have read is "Tuesdays with Morrie" and I really liked it. I should try to read some of his other ones, but not sure if this one interests me enough to read it.

Nora said...

I have it on my list to read as I'm reviewing it in December as well! I haven't read one of his books in a long time so I'm looking forward to it, as I know he's good for a quick and engaging read (if nothing else).

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

I've read a couple of his books, and really liked them.

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

Believe it or not, I have somehow not read any of his books. I've wanted to, just somehow not got around to it! Maybe I'll read this one first ha ha.

Amber said...

I think my favourite Albom book is The Five People You Meet in Heaven. I have read that book a couple of times and just love it! That is too bad you were disappointed by this book since I know how much you love Tuesdays with Morrie!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book for the tour.