3 out of 4 stars
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All the Little Children Need to Come Home by C.A. Coder offers a unique take on Heaven and its angels. Todd unexpectedly dies in his sleep one night and is found by his mom the next morning. He watches from above as the scene unfolds. He sees his mom hug him hoping it isn’t true and sees the paramedics come to the scene and take over. He is observing all of this from up in Heaven. The Scribe helps him adjust with his own sudden death and gives him a task. Todd’s job up in Heaven is to teach all of the little angels about his family. Many of them didn’t get a whole lot of love back on Earth; they were often neglected or abused. The Scribe wants Todd to teach them about the love of his family so they know it isn’t always bad. Todd does such a good job that all the little angels head to Earth to be a part of Todd’s family. Can they get the angels back to Heaven before anyone notices?
This book is light and quick to read while still touching on serious topics. Death can be a really difficult topic to read about, but the story isn’t overly bogged down by Todd’s death. Seeing him in Heaven makes it not seem so sad. The topic of alcoholism is also big in this book; several of the characters struggle with the disease. The humor used throughout the book lightens the mood and makes it easier to get through the difficult parts. I really loved the way the author took such dark subjects and made them easier to read about without ever making it seem like these aren’t serious topics.
Overall, the writing style of this book is excellent. The book flows well and it kept me interested the entire time. I wanted to know what would happen next. The author did this by creating a strong plot that has a clear build, climax, and resolution. I also enjoyed the way the author wrote the book so that it is centered around Heaven without it being overly religious. Books like this often tend to take on a “preachy” feel. I loved that this book doesn’t do that. It lets you make your own conclusions without ever telling you how you should feel.
My one complaint with this book is that it seems as if this book had not been edited prior to publishing. The book is riddled with formatting errors, extra spaces, and repeated phrases. Most of these errors are pretty minor, but there are a couple that detracted from my understanding of the story. I would definitely suggest that the author have this book professionally edited.
I give this book 3 out of 4 stars. I loved the story, humor, and writing style. My only real complaint was with the editing of the book. Because of this, I had to take off a star. If you can look past the errors, I would suggest this book for anyone who enjoys reading books with unique twists on the idea of Heaven. Even though this book isn’t super graphic, I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone that might be triggered by death, child abuse, or alcoholism.
All the Little Children Need to Come Home
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