Saturday, June 25, 2011

Almost Heaven by Chris Fabry (Review)

ISBN: 978-1-4143-1957-5 
Release: October 2010 
Publisher: Tyndale

Billy Allman is a hillbilly genius. People in Dogwood, West Virginia, say he was born with a second helping of brains and a gift for playing the mandolin but was cut short on social skills. Though he’d gladly give you the shirt off his back, they were right. Billy longs to use his life as an ode to God, a lyrical, beautiful bluegrass song played with a finely tuned heart. So with spare parts from a lifetime of collecting, he builds a radio station in his own home. People in town laugh. But Billy carries a brutal secret that keeps him from significance and purpose. Things always seem to go wrong for him.

However small his life seems, from a different perspective Billy’s song reaches far beyond the hills and hollers he calls home. Malachi is an angel sent to observe Billy. Though it is not his dream assignment, Malachi follows the man and begins to see the bigger picture of how each painful step Billy takes is a note added to a beautiful symphony that will forever change the lives of those who hear it.

My Review:
Overall this was an okay contemporary Christian fiction book. The writing was good but I got stuck a little toward the middle. It is a little slow moving but that might be because it is a character driven story. His writing is good and still lyrical like his first two books. I think the book would have been better without the guardian angel sections. For me it did not add anything to the story. It is also depressing to read at times because of certain plot details. I thought the idea of Billy building a radio station in his home was interesting and unique. This book was okay but I really liked his first two, Dogwood and June Bug. Recommended if you enjoy character driven stories. :)

I received this book free from Tyndale Publishing as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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