3 out of 4 stars
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Heavenly by Thomas Duffy is a profound spiritual book about a young man who lived an unfulfilled life. When he was killed, he went to the afterlife, where God gave him a second chance to make amends. He reincarnated through a child called Peter.
John was a loner; at 43, he had no serious relationship or family ties — no child, wife, or girlfriend. The only close relationships he enjoyed were with his job and movies. Anything outside these made no meaning to him. After his gruesome murder, he showed up in the afterlife to answer to God and His angels. After a long deliberation with divinity, it was concluded that he lived an unfulfilled life. God decided to give him a second chance, albeit through reincarnation. He was reborn as Peter to a couple, Megan and Josh. John, now as Peter, will have to do all he can to fulfill his destiny and, most importantly, build credible relationships. In his struggle to achieve success, he was faced with the brutal reality of life. His desire to find love took him on an adventure. Will he give up and become John, or will he be Peter and remain steadfast to make a difference in his second life.
Heavenly, as the title depicts, shows how the heavens (God and His angels) watch over people. It deals with living a life of purpose and acting on God's will for your life. It's a soul-searching book, exposing you to the reality of life — the ups and downs, the test of faith, and standing firm with God. The author's narrative is concise. What awed me most in the book was how the author tried to give Peter a distinct personality, even though he was a reincarnation of John. I could quickly pinpoint the similarities and differences between the two characters, though they were the same in a sense.
The emotions this book evoked is second to none. I laughed at some points, shed a tear at others, and smiled a couple of times. I particularly enjoyed the last chapters, as Peter's personality became more pronounced.
There are some errors in the book. However, they didn't affect my reading experience. The only thing I found to be off-putting was the book's formatting. There were no breaks as I transitioned from one chapter to another. A chapter begins from where the preceding one ended, with only a line break separating them. This formatting issue negatively affected the readability. I strongly suggest that the author reformat this book to fix this significant issue.
I will rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. It loses one star due to the significant issue I mentioned in the last paragraph. I will recommend this book to people struggling to live the life they're designed to live. There's a religious undertone to this book. However, it can be overlooked if the reader focuses on the overarching storyline. Finally, this book is best suited for a mature reading audience due to the explicit description of sex scenes.
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