Some people say Billy Allman has a heart of gold. Others say he’s a bit odd. The truth is, they’re all right. He’s a hillbilly genius-a collector, a radio whiz-and he can make the mandolin sing. Though he dreams of making an impact on the world beyond the hills and hollers of Dogwood, West Virginia, things just always seem to go wrong.
But however insignificant Billy’s life seems, it has not gone unnoticed. Malachi is an angel sent to observe and protect Billy. Though it’s not his dream assignment, Malachi slowly begins to see the bigger picture-that each step Billy takes is a note added to a beautiful song that will forever change the lives of those who hear it.
My thoughts: I’ll say right off that I don’t read many books in this genre. What drew me in was the idea of an angel being part of the story. This angel, Malachi, often didn’t do quite what I expected (fight many supernatural battles with demons, like in Frank Peretti's fiction This Present Darkness), but rather opted to reflect upon the human life and sinful nature. This was actually quite similar to C.S. Lewis’ book, The Screwtape Letters, only told from the viewpoint of an angel rather than a demon. By the time I realized this wasn’t going to packed full of battles involving higher beings, I was quite entranced by Chris Fabry’s cohesive writing and portrait of Billy Allman. Billy is a musical, kind-hearted person who frequently seeks to benefit someone else. However, he is definitely human, and thus not perfect. Sometimes he becomes selfish, and other times ignorant, but he later returns to the fact that Christ alone can and will forgive. Fabry’s characters live and breathe so well that each time they do so, a page turns. I was fantastically drawn into their lives.
*This book was provided free from Glass Road PR. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.*
My rating: A well-earned 5 stars!
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