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The First Phone Call from Heaven

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36 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

The Week It Happened... On the day the world received its first

The Week It Happened...

On the day the world received its first phone call from heaven, Tess Rafferty was unwrapping a box of tea bags.

Drrrnnn!

She ignored the ring and dug her nails into the plastic.

Drrrnnn!

She clawed her forefinger through the bumpy part on ...
The Week It Happened...

On the day the world received its first phone call from heaven, Tess Rafferty was unwrapping a box of tea bags.

Drrrnnn!

She ignored the ring and dug her nails into the plastic.

Drrrnnn!

She clawed her forefinger through the bumpy part on the side.

Drrrnnn!

Finally, she made a rip, then peeled off the wrapping and scrunched it in her palm. She knew the phone would go the answering machine if she didn't grab it before one more -

Drrrnnn -

"Hello?"

Too late.

"Ach, this thing," she mumbled. She heard the machine click on her kitchen counter as it played her outgoing message.

"Hi, it's Tess. Leave your name and number. I'll get back to you as soon as I can, thanks."

A small beep sounded. Tess heard static. And then.

"It's Mom...I need to tell you something."

Tess stopped breathing. The receiver fell from her fingers.

Her mother died four years ago.

In the latest novel from best selling author Mitch Albom, he was more has created a longing in the heart for so many who wish for just one more phone call or a way to talk to those who have died. Only it isn't just Tess who is getting the phone calls, it is others in the small town of Coldwater, Michigan. Those once lost in their grief are finding comfort in the short simple phone calls conveying that everything is perfect and that those loved ones are calling from heaven and they want everyone to know about it.

Amy Penn was hoping to finally get the one big break all reporters long for and when she gets the assignment to investigate the phone calls from dead people coming to those residents only in the town of Coldwater, Amy wonders if she is being sent on a wild goose chase because if she fails, the station doesn't have to worry about what the ratings will do. No one knows who she is anyway. But will Amy find more than she truly ever bargained for? Is this God's way of leading her down a much different path then she ever dreamed possible?

You'll have to pick up this book to find out. If you've read Mitch Albom's other books, The Five People You Meet in Heaven or Tuesdays With Morrie, then you will definitely WANT this one. It's guaranteed to keep you wondering long after you finish the final page. In my opinion, this one hands down gets a 5 out of 5 stars. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own. This was a self purchase and being a huge book lover, I had to read this one. What a great Christmas gift!

posted by Heart2Heart on November 14, 2013

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5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

I haven't read a book by Mitch Albom in quite some time. But,

I haven't read a book by Mitch Albom in quite some time. But, this book seemed to have all the same qualities of the previous books that I read and enjoyed. Sadly, I think this missed the mark a little for me.

I really tried not to go into this book as a skeptic. A...
I haven't read a book by Mitch Albom in quite some time. But, this book seemed to have all the same qualities of the previous books that I read and enjoyed. Sadly, I think this missed the mark a little for me.

I really tried not to go into this book as a skeptic. Albom has a knack for making a believer out of you. I wanted to see how he could pull off phone calls from Heaven. But, it didn't take me long to not like how these phone calls were presented. This whole plot line is heavy in spoilers so lets just leave it as I was extremely disappointed how it all played out.

However, I did love the characters. Sully is the perfect person to narrate this book. He needs something to believe in. His life has become the opposite of how he pictured it. And really, it's not because he made bad choices (well maybe just that one). It's really just the luck of the draw. Sometimes bad things happen to good people. And sometime really unimaginable things happen to people like Sully. I hope in the end he found some measure of hope in those around him.

In the end, this wasn't exactly what I had hoped it would be. But, it really does have all the qualities that Mitch Albom is known for. I think plenty of people will connect with it more than I did.

posted by pagese on November 24, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    If you read the first four chapters, and, the last four chapters

    If you read the first four chapters, and, the last four chapters, you have read the book. The center is filler. I love Mitch's reviews in the paper, but not this book

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    Just okay

    Maybe my expectations were too high, it didn't even come close to Tuesdays With Morey. This was just okay.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    This book was so disappointing. I normally am a huge fan of Mit

    This book was so disappointing. I normally am a huge fan of Mitch Albom's books but not this time. It didn't hold my attention, seemed completely unbelievable and I thought was just awful. It was painful for me to even finish reading.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 28, 2013

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    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

    A great read

    I have read every book he has written and this is another one of his great books. It sucks you in and the pages can not be read quick enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    Anybody want to chat?.?

    Any body??

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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