Note: This blog is not becoming a book review only site, but I’ve gotten behind with my reviews and trying to catch up.
When it comes to fiction, my reading preferences usually fall into the thriller genre, something fast-paced. Almost Heaven would not fall into that category. However, it does fall into another small category of mine: one of the best I’ve read.
Fabry has written a gem. Almost Heaven places its reader into the â€so real you can feel itâ€ world of Billy Allman. Billy is a country boy from West Virginia. In the humdrum backwoods of nowhere, his entire life is tragic. We find tragedy in his family, in his friends, and in Billy himself. Unknown to Billy, thereâ€™s an angel, Malachi, who has been charged to watch over him. But as the story moves on, Malachi seems to be helped more by Billy than the opposite. Malachi and the reader both learn more about the thing Billy has most: faith.
The story traces Billy’s life from his first tragic event as a nine year old, to a potentially deadly one when Billy is in his forties. And throughout, there’s always the simple faith of a simple man shining into the darkness surrounding them all.
Fabry has done an excellent job in building the character of Billy. Before one gets very far into the story, Billy lives through those pages. I don’t think I’ve connected with any character of any book as quickly and completely as I have with Billy. And the story surrounding Billy draws you in. You’ll find yourself going through each emotion and pain with Billy. You’ll also find yourself celebrating the victories.
This is easily one of the best works of Christian fiction published in the last few years. Fabry is a master at building characters full of life. The message he weaves into Almost Heaven is realistic and redemptive. You canâ€™t go wrong reading this book. I highly recommend Almost Heaven to you.
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