Amanda Turner is a young woman who has recently lost everything: her parents, her home, and her job. She packs all of her belongings into her old car and drives north from Tampa, FL for several hours until she comes upon an out-of-the-way restaurant, accentuated by a huge golden halo instead of the more well-recognized golden arches. The Heavenly Grille Café is operated by three angels who take Amanda under their wings (no pun intended): Max was once a Roman Gladiator; Bertie was a loud and boisterous housewife who died unexpectedly in 1911, leaving behind a husband and two children; and Doug was a strong, handsome soldier who died serving his country in 1953. Amanda meets another young woman, Kris DeVone, who is completely opposite to herself in character and personality. While Amanda is a happy, secure Christian with tremendous faith, Kris has done everything in her power to be the ultimate "bad" girl, and does not believe in God. Amanda befriends Kris, who is seven months pregnant and has been abandoned by her live-in boyfriend. The women become best friends and move in together so that Amanda can help take care of the baby girl, Charlotte Grace, who is born in September 2011. By the time Christmas rolls around, both of their worlds have been turned upside down with the shocking kidnapping of Charlotte Grace. The next two months provide insight into Kris' eventual relationship with God, the angels' inability to change destiny, and a look into the lives of the kidnappers, Jack and Susan Peterson, and the reason behind why they committed such a horrible crime.
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Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite Wow! That's what I thought when I finished reading the delightful story, The Heavenly Grille Cafe, by author J.T. Livingston. Follow the story of Amanda Turner, a young woman who definitely needs a change of pace. She's lost her parents, home and job, all in a very short period of time, and decides to start anew. Not really sure where she's headed or where she'll end up, she finds herself stopping at a little restaurant that's off the beaten track, the titular "The Heavenly Grille Cafe." When she finds that the place is run by three angels, Max, Bertie and Doug, and she also meets Kris, another young woman who is struggling in her own right, Amanda's life is changed forever. I so enjoyed The Heavenly Grille Cafe. Author J.T. Livingston has a written a completely unique story with characters that her readers will connect with, relate to, care about and continue to think of long after the book is done. If that isn't a hallmark of a great author, I don't know what is. Once I started reading, I couldn't put this lovely story down. In fact, the main piece of advice that I have for readers, besides being sure to read this book, would be to set aside enough time to read it from start to finish, you'll love it that much. Any reader who enjoys a sweet story with a strong Christian message will love The Heavenly Grille Cafe. I am so pleased to recommend this book, and I am excited to read more from the very entertaining and highly promising author, J.T. Livingston, as soon as possible!