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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (12 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847442269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847442260
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.8 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An internationally renowned best-selling author of six books, Mitch Albom is a journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician.

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Mitch Albom sees the magical in the ordinary Cecelia Ahern Beautiful and smart. Perhaps the most stirring and transcendent heaven story since Field of Dreams Matthew Quick, author of The Silver Linings Playbook A beautifully rendered tale of faith and redemption that makes us think, feel and hope - and then doubt and then believe, as only Mitch Albom can make us do Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

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A stunning and inspirational new novel from the bestselling author of The Five People You Meet in Heaven and Tuesdays With Morrie.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Noyes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Dec. 2013
Format: Hardcover
Reading this book and knowing the author's beliefs is a little like discovering C. S. Lewis's meaning behind the Narnia books. They work well as novels, with interesting characters and plots, magic realism and whimsy, until you discover that actually, it could all be proselytising. That's not to say they aren't enjoyable.

I've enjoyed Mitch Albom's books before, even being aware that his beliefs differ from mine, and not had a problem with his stories, enjoying them for their entertainment value and interesting stories. Here's another good plot: the first of several people in US small town Coldwater, Tess, receives a phone message from her mum. Her mother is dead, however. Later that day, other residents also begin getting calls from loved ones who have died - a sister, a son, a work colleague.

What is going on? Are they really getting calls from Heaven?

The fun part for me was the media circus that quickly descends, bringing pilgrims and protestors, traffic and business into this small, shocked town. And the questions: are people lying or deluded? How is it happening? Just what about the content of these very short and cryptic calls?

The main characters are really Katherine Yellin, who can't believe she's not the only one getting calls (after all, she's the most devout), talking to her much-loved sister. There's Amy Penn, the journalist who wants to use Coldwater to make her name and career. And there's Sully, just released from a spell in prison for his part in a plane crash who is also grieving for the wife who died whilst in a coma during his confinement. Sully's son Jules desperately wants his mum to call him, but Sully is adamant that it's all a hoax.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By F Keegan on 17 Mar. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Coldwater, a small town in Michigan becomes the attention of the media after some of it's residents start to receive calls from family members that have died. The town attracts both those that want to believe that communication from Heaven is a possibility , some even moving there in the hope they too will receive a call and then the protesters who believe the whole thing is a hoax. The author introduces us to the key characters who take us through this journey of whether Heaven exists. There is Tess, who receives the first call from her mother, Katherine who is out to prove the calls are real as her sister sounds well....just like her sister did alive, Jack the police chief hearing from his son among others. Central to the story is Sully Harding, a man who has lost his wife, served a jail sentence and whose young son just wants his mum to ring him. Sully does everything to get to the bottom of this mystery , he is adamant it is all a hoax and is angry his son is waiting for a call.
A wonderful story, fantastic character's , believable plot and a beautiful ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris on 5 Jun. 2014
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I'm a big fan of Mitch Albom but his last book, The Time Keeper, whilst good, left me disappointed. His books are normally hard to put down due to how short his chapters are; you find yourself saying I'll just read one more chapter... and then you read another and another and next an hour has passed by. But The Time Keeper suffered from ridiculously short chapters to the point where what could be one chapter was split into four for no logical reason. Also whilst I've always enjoyed the way his books feel like a life lesson, The Time Keeper almost seemed smug with its message at times.

Fortunately his latest book improves on both of these faults. Not only are the chapters of a sensible length the content is much less preachy whilst still managing to send across a message and move you.

As with a lot of his previous work the novel has a spiritual theme running through it but, whilst I myself and not a spiritual person, I still managed to engage in it. The novel deals with faith, loss and finding purpose in life after loss and it deals with it all very well. When I first began reading the novel and discovered that one of the characters was a recently released prisoner and another a priest I feared the characters were going to veer into stereotypes but luckily all of the characters were well constructed and relatable.

I think this novel is up there with Albom's best and is well worth a read.
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Format: Paperback
Set in a small town in rural Michigan, some of the inhabitants start to receive phone calls from deceased loved ones. The voices are those of their loved ones, but are they real or an elaborate hoax?
These chosen few react differently to the phone calls, reporting runs out of control causing a media frenzy and the town becomes inundated with those undertaking a pilgrimage to share in this 'miracle' or protest that it is a fake. In the meantime Sully, a local resident with a chequered past, undertakes an investigation of the phenomenon when his young son starts to yearn for a call from his dead mother.
The novel cleverly examines our responses to religious experience, our acceptance of death and belief in the afterlife from different perspectives. It takes the reader along for the ride in the uplifting and spiritual manner that Albom's narrative is known for.
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