Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Pennies From Heaven by Gary Chattman | A Book Review

Pennies From Heaven by Gary Chattman | A Book Review by iamnotabookworm!

As the title would suggest, this book sort of speak of miracles and of second chances. If it were you, how would you go about receiving pennies from heaven?

Aaron Cohen, the main character in this story is having the time of life. With a loving wife and a cute three-year old daughter, he could not ask for more. Until, a tragic accident took the lives of the love of his life. How will he live the rest of his life with the emptiness and void left by her wife and child assaulting him from every corner?

This is a story of tragedy, a miracle and then a second chance. If you were Aaron Cohen, you would go crazy with all the experiences and emotions he has to go through but the end is the best of all. A life far more than he have expected. I ended up wishing something of the same sort of incident or miracle would happen to me. That in some bizarre way, the universe will give me a reason for waking up each morning and go on with life, even if it's more tempting to just sleep and wake up in the next century or never at all. 

The story also has an aspect of time travel. And the most unique of all is the narrator. In some way, I found him annoying yet informative and the way he emphasized some of the important facts and events in the story, helps the readers remember the very relevant details. Though, the story is at times bordering on monotonous and has a lulling quality that might put you to sleep, it also has a magical quality that redeems it. How the story ended was even more surreal but it worked and I would have never wanted for any other way for it to end. Aaron Cohen was devastated and broken and by some miracle of sorts, ended up finding the strength to go on. If I were him, even if the succeeding events in my life seemed like an episode from The Twilight Zone, I would do the same thing he did. Hold on to that piece of string that will help me get out of the fog and the dark. A little spark of hope can go a long way. And Aaron did not just get one penny that dropped on his doorstep but more.

I give the book 3.5/5 pennies. This is a very unique story of loss, time travel, magic, miracles and second chances rolled into one. At the end of the story, you will wish that like Aaron Cohen you will fall unconscious and wake up in a brand new life and start over again. 



People are prejudiced because they are bad people; they need to pick on someone different than themselves to make them feel better.
- Gary Chattman, Pennies from Heaven - 



Thank you, Netgalley and Black Rose Writing, for the copy.