The First Phone Call from Heaven
Let me preface this review with this – I am usually a big fan of Mitch Albom (check my reviews here, here and here.) That being said, this book was definitely not on par with any of his other stories. This tale is based in Coldwater, Michigan, a tiny place where some miraculous things start happening. People from all walks of life start receiving phone calls from dead folks. This is such a great premise, so many different ways to go with this idea! Sadly, the plot just struggles, the characters are not sympathetic (two of the main women were so poorly described I kept confusing them), and at a certain point I found myself simply wishing that the story would just end, already.
There were a few great parts (I sincerely enjoyed the interjections about Alexander Bell’s personal life) and one magical line (by one of the aforementioned ladies), “Sometimes what you miss most is the way a loved one made you feel about yourself.”
The only silver lining here? I ordered this book, signed by the author, from Premiere Collectibles as a gift (you know I had to read it too! Sheesh!). The packaging is lovely and it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.