The Day the Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker – Book Review

The Day the Angels FellThe Day the Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker has an expected publication date of September 5th, 2017 by Fleming H. Revell Company and is a fiction novel. 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. As he recalls the tumultuous events that launched a surprising journey, Samuel can still hardly believe it all happened.
After his mother’s death, twelve-year-old Samuel Chambers would do anything to turn back time. Prompted by three strange carnival fortune-tellers and the surfacing of his mysterious and reclusive neighbor, Samuel begins his search for the Tree of Life–the only thing that could possibly bring his mother back. His quest to defeat death entangles him and his best friend Abra in an ancient conflict and forces Samuel to grapple with an unwelcome question: could it be possible that death is a gift? Haunting and hypnotic, The Day the Angels Fell is a story that explores the difficult questions of life in a voice that is fresh, friendly, and unafraid. With this powerful debut, Shawn Smucker has carved out a spot for himself in the tradition of authors Madeleine L’Engle and Lois Lowry.

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About the author: I think everyone’s looking for a place in the world – not a physical location as much as an emotional one. Just a tiny bit of space to set up shop, to exist.
Life hinted at where that space would be for me when I was a small boy and books picked me up and carried me away. If you came looking for me in the mid-80s you would have found me sitting on a large porch attached to a ramshackle farmhouse, reading about Narnia or the Shire, brushing away the flies, constantly saying, “Okay, mom, just one more chapter.” But then, normal life got in the way. I wandered. Geographically, I went to a hot city in Florida, an old village in England, and then back to Virginia. Emotionally, I traveled even further. Finally, after ten years of searching, I found stories again. Or maybe they found me. Now I live in that place I was always trying to find. I wake up beside my beautiful wife, Maile. I make breakfast for my six children. I spend the rest of the day capturing stories. Thanks for visiting my tiny bit of space. I’d love to hear about yours.

My thoughts: The Day the Angels Fell is a fiction novel that deals with good versus evil. The story is told from an older man’s point of view who is recounting when he was a young boy the summer his mother died. I found this book to be a very sad novel that will have you in tears with all the grief and death. I really am not sure how to rate this book. I really like the authors writing style but the story is so sad. The ending makes me think that a second book is in the works. ** I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. **

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