Heavenly

Heavenly

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by Jennifer Laurens
     
 

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I met someone who changed everything. Matthias. My autistic sister's guardian angel. Honest. Inspiring. Funny. Hot. And immortal. That was the problem. What could I do? I did what any other girl would do-I fell in love with him. Zoe's sister darts in front of cars. Her brother's a pothead. Her parents are so overwhelmed; they don't see Zoe lost in her broken life. Zoe

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I met someone who changed everything. Matthias. My autistic sister's guardian angel. Honest. Inspiring. Funny. Hot. And immortal. That was the problem. What could I do? I did what any other girl would do-I fell in love with him. Zoe's sister darts in front of cars. Her brother's a pothead. Her parents are so overwhelmed; they don't see Zoe lost in her broken life. Zoe escapes the only way she knows how: partying. Matthias, a guardian sent from Heaven, watches over Zoe's autistic sister. After Zoe is convinced he's legit, angel and lost girl come together in a love that changes destiny. But Heaven on Earth can't last forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011837548
Publisher:
Grove Creek Publishing
Publication date:
08/15/2011
Series:
Heavenly , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
275
Sales rank:
1,184,916
File size:
354 KB

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Meet the Author

I've written since junior high school. An only child, I grew up writing big stories about big families. I also write YA under the name of JM Warwick. My hometown of Palos Verdes, California figures in much of my work, as does my current home of Pleasant Grove, Utah and other favorite places. I love to travel.

They say "write what you know" and I do. I am a mother, I have six children, five cats and a huge doberman/dane dog. I have a supportive husband and we've been married 25 years. Our lives, though challenging with a handicapped child who has autism, are centered in our family.

My life experiences have worked into all of my novels. Some more heavily than others, but parts of me are in each story. I love stories rich in family drama, where family members overcome obstacles through love and miracles.

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Heavenly 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
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People could relate to the problems in the book which is the reason i kept reading. I was hoping for a better ending. The ending left me feeling sad for her family
PersephonesChild More than 1 year ago
I got Heavenly as a birthday present (Totally worth adding her on FB! She's a great author!) 2 years ago now. I still go back and re-read it. This is a book about coming of age, maybe not in a typical way, seeing as this book includes angels. But its sweet, slow at times, fast at others, the perfect balance. Its worth reading the others as well, this trilogy is great. Beautiful and sad, worthy of praise. I do hope that this helped you :)
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jenababy13 More than 1 year ago
I looked for this book online hoping it was stocked in any Barnes&Noble or Borders in the area but of course it wasn't. So I waited. Then when I needed more to read, I started reading reviews for "Heavenly" and then I found the trailer (click here to watch it) and I was sold. I immediately ordered "Heavenly" and its sequel "Penitence" online. I am so glad I finally ordered it. It was amazing. Such a capturing love story; one that every girl dreams of having. I mean seriously, who wouldn't want some hot, caring, 20 year old to watch over you? I WOULD, I WOULD!!! :) Our story starts off with Zoe. An eighteen year old senior, who has an autistic sister, pothead brother, and a drinking problem herself. Not to mention parents who give all their attention to her autistic sister Abria. After almost losing Abria one day, Zoe meets Matthias, who happens to be her sister's perfect guardian angel. Zoe starts to love having Mattias around, but it doesn't stop her from having major issues in her life. One being falling in love with an angel. But, are angels aloud to love you back? I loved Zoe. I can so personally relate to her. My brother used to be a lot like her brother and I can see exactly how she felt sometimes through out the book. I also loved Matthias. Oh I am team Matthias 100%. He is hot (blonde hair, crystal blue eyes...helllllo?!), caring, smart, not to mention a guardian angel! How can you not love him? I also really liked Luke.. I thought his character added a lot to the book. I didn't really care for Britt too much. Though, I think she helped Zoe learn a few lessons. And Chase is adorable, I'm curious to see his part in the upcoming books. This book was oh so very good. It tells you follow your heart and believe in yourself. To always look out for your family, because no matter what, they do love you. That finding that one perfect love can give you the extra push you're always looking for in life. That not all people can be trusted and you need to be careful. Along with so many other things. I adored this book. I have the sequel "Penitence" sitting right next to me and I can't wait to get started. I need more Matthias! haha :) Defiantly 5 stars. I would order this one if I were you!
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Elizabethann79 More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book
peaceloveandpat More than 1 year ago
Zoe's life at home is tough. With an autistic sister in Abria, a stoner brother in Luke and stressed out parents, she is trapped in misery. Her only solution... is to party and meet boys or drown her thoughts in loud music. Zoe love and resent her younger sister. She question why God has to give her to them, she blamed and do not understand why her parents do not want to bring Abria in a specialized facility where they can better take care of her. She was just mad all the time. Yet when her sister ran away and went missing for a few minutes; she was sick with worry. Both times she saw this stranger who found Abria. She was deeply suspicious of him, he was a stranger after all, but everything he comes near her, there is warmth, kindness and understanding. And then he told her that she is Abria's guardian angel. I thought there it is, Zoe has lost her mind. With all the stress she had, her psyche has finally given up on her. She is hallucinating. But as I read on, there is really a supernatural essence in this book. Soon after meeting Matthias, Zoe begun to change; for the better. But there are consequences. I love how Ms. Laurens wrote the hardships of having an autistic member in a the family and how the family members dealt with so much pain. Not only it shows how truly special special needs kids are but it also showed me another perfect example of patience and unconditional love. The ending was really good, surprising actually, I think I found my next favorite series.
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jenthegreat More than 1 year ago
Very great read.. actually made me tear up at the end! ha reading the second book right now.. stoked!
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A_Tale_of_Many_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Yes, I'm going with a cheesy phrase of HEAVENLY was absolutely heavenly. This book started off sad. I felt sorry for the main character Zoe and her brother Luke having to give so much of their life up to help take care of their autistic little sister Abria. The weight the family felt trying to keep up and how easily it was for Zoe and Luke to get caught up in teen issues to try and numb reality was heavy. They felt forgotten and overshadowed by Abria. Then along comes Matthias. He is Abria's guardian sent to keep her safe. Here begins a love story of redemption and lives mending. The direct and indirect influence of Matthias's presence, what he represents, and learning of consequences for the characters all weaves a wonderful tale. I invested in each of the characters, even the minor characters that just make you want to smack them and say, "Wake up!" The writing style of Laurens flows from one event to the next, the character growth of Zoe, Luke, and Matthias feels natural. This book is not a typical angel book. I repeat, this is not a typical angel book. In fact, I'm not even sure Matthias is what would be called an angel in Biblical terms. There are no discussions of wings but paranormal abilities he does have. Matthias is unassuming yet larger than life. The way Laurens writes his character is sheer bliss. She manages to create a hot guy without all the lusty innuendos. He has manners, he has grace, he has everything a perfect male love interest should have. Except he isn't "alive." I appreciated how Laurens wove his mortal history into his story, letting the reader know he was not Mr. Perfect in life. The theme of 'all mortals are imperfect and must learn their own lessons in life through success and mistakes' is one of the best parts of this book. I highly recommend HEAVENLY by Jennifer Laurens. Since she leaves the reader with one heck of a cliffhanger, I am pleased to have the next two books in the series, PENITENCE and ABSOLUTION, physically with me and ready to read. *This book was received by author in exchange for an honest review*
Aik More than 1 year ago
Zoe is falling. She lives the life of a walking corpse. On the outside, she looks just like any normal teenager, but on the inside, she feels empty. Abandoned. Her sister Abria is an Autistic child who has speaking disorders and the attention level of 5 seconds. Her brother Luke is drowning himself in drugs. To run away from the harsh realities, she parties and searches for casual relationships. But everything changes when she meets the mysterious Matthias, who, according to himself, is a guardian sent to look after Abria. She feels happy, joyful and loved for the first time since Abria's Autism diagnosis. However, she seems to be the only person who can see Matthias. It does not take too long for her to realize that she is in love with him. Or is it? I did not know what to expect before started reading Heavenly. But it turned out to be quite good as I could totally relate to Zoe's mental condition, behaviour and thoughts. I did not see her as an undignified teen, but rather a poor girl who was suffering from stress and hungered for the attention and care of her parents. After observing the difficulties faced by the family to take care of little Abria in turns, even though I knew deep down that what Zoe and Luke did was wrong, I couldn't help sympathizing them. It's not entirely their fault to crumble when they had to shoulder such huge responsibilities. But still, according to the social norms of the society, they were not entirely blameless either. The presence of Matthias really lighted up the whole story. Zoe's tainted soul now yearned for forgiveness and goodness. She started to change, little by little, towards the better. And little Abria seemed to be still and quiet like a normal little girl when Matthias is present. Zoe started to learn about love, compassion and forgiveness. She saw through Luke's current self, only to discover the lost, helpless little boy within. It was a great experience to read about a family that holds on to each other in many ways, in which love reigns over all other things.