We are Becky Standal and Barb Lewis and we love books! You might even say we have a passion for reading and we really enjoy sharing our thoughts on what we think others might enjoy.
I, Barb, recently read “First Phone Call From Heaven” by Mitch Albom.
The story is set in Clearwater, Michigan, which reminded me of Winlock. It’s a small town where most of the people know each other and many businesses are struggling. Two pages in and I was hooked.
What if, just what if, your phone rang and it was a loved one who had died but said they were calling from heaven? Yes, hard to believe, but each person who gets a call knows beyond a shadow of a doubt, that not only is this the voice of their loved one but things are being told that only they would know. And they tell them how it is for them in heaven AND there is never a number on their caller ID.
The media soon hears about Clearwater and soon people overrun the small town to see, if somehow, they can connect with the people they are mourning. This changes the town, some ways good, some bad.
Some are skeptical however. Sully Harding’s wife died tragically, he served time for it and now that he’s back, it’s killing him that his little boy is carrying a play phone, hoping his mommy will call him.
Woven throughout, we are told the history of the telephone, which is fascinating. As you read you will marvel at how technology has changed and how it continues to change.
There are intertwined stories, some people who believe deeply, some who do not. This, in my personal opinion, is a heartfelt book that involves history, mystery, loss and love. There were twists and turns and, at the end, when I closed the book, I thought, “I’ve got to tell people to read this!”