Jennifer Huffaker knows that grief is normal, but she thought she’d get over it–that’s what people do. But it’s been eighteen months since her husband Jack died, and she still can’t focus on her young daughter Kaitlin, can’t accept support from her family, and can’t allow herself to live without the love of her life. Jennifer is angry at everything and everyone–including herself for being so unprepared. But what did she expect? Angels?
On the day after Christmas her anguish finally becomes too much, and Jennifer’s pain culminates in a shattering decision. But this is also the night she runs into Henry, an elderly friend from Costa Rica who has seen more of life’s trials than anyone could know. Henry realizes the devastating depths to which Jennifer has sunk, and he decides that tonight is the night to tell her story.
Back in March, Trish at Hey, Lady! Whatcha Readin’? posted a review, and a giveaway, about Maughan’s book. The cover immediately interested me and when I didn’t win the giveaway, I asked for Did I Expect Angels? for my birthday.
I cannot flaw the writing. I loved the flow, the dipping in and out of Jennifer’s story as she heard Henry’s. But the ending felt rushed. I didn’t want it to be tied up with a bow, and while the bow wasn’t there, it felt like Maughan was in a rush to finish. I also didn’t get sucked into the characters or the story like I expected.
I can’t say Jennifer or Henry, or this story, will stick with me forever. In fact, I finished the novel Wednesday night and I’ve pretty much forgotten all of it. It’s a nice story that’s well-written but not anything really special.
- Maughan, Kathryn. Did I Expect Angels? iUniverse, 2007. Print. 184 pgs. ISBN: 9780595402595. Source: Purchased.