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The Day the Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker

It was the summer of storms and strays and strangers. The summer that lightning struck the big oak tree in the front yard. The summer his mother died in a tragic accident--and young Samuel Chambers would have done anything to turn back time. Even today, he can hardly believe it all happened . . .

Prompted by three strange carnival fortune-tellers and the surfacing of his mysterious and reclusive neighbor, Sam begins his search for the Tree of Life--the only thing that could possibly bring his mother back. His quest to defeat death will entangle him and his best friend Abra in an ancient conflict, forcing Sam to grapple with an unwelcome question.

Reading The Day the Angles Fell by Shawn Smucker was a really interesting and engaging reading experience.  The magic realism he uses is fantastic. I love that it is set in our world, but that the spiritual world has a visible and  powerful presence in all of it. The writing was engaging and made for a quick read. I am also very intrigued and i…
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Dead Cold, The Cruelest Month and A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny - the Louise Penny marathon continues. So good! I love reading about this little town and the people that live in it. And the crimes keep the pages turning.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman - I wanted to read this one because I knew it is well loved by people and the movie is on Netflix. It was an interesting, fun and thought provoking read about a disgruntled widower who finds hope and life in people he least expects--his neighbors.

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