Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Day The Angels Fell By Shawn Smucker

It was the summer of storms and strays and strangers. The summer that lightning struck the big oak tree in the front yard. The summer his mother died in a tragic accident. As he recalls the tumultuous events that launched a surprising journey, Samuel can still hardly believe it all happened.

After his mother's death, twelve-year-old Samuel Chambers would do anything to turn back time. Prompted by three strange carnival fortune-tellers and the surfacing of his mysterious and reclusive neighbor, Samuel begins his search for the Tree of Life--the only thing that could possibly bring his mother back. His quest to defeat death entangles him and his best friend Abra in an ancient conflict and forces Samuel to grapple with an unwelcome question: could it be possible that death is a gift?

Haunting and hypnotic, The Day the Angels Fell is a story that explores the difficult questions of life in a voice that is fresh, friendly, and unafraid. With this powerful debut, Shawn Smucker has carved out a spot for himself in the tradition of authors Madeleine L'Engle and Lois Lowry.

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I think everyone’s looking for a place in the world – not a physical location as much as an emotional one. Just a tiny bit of space to set up shop, to exist.

Life hinted at where that space would be for me when I was a small boy and books picked me up and carried me away. If you came looking for me in the mid-80s you would have found me sitting on a large porch attached to a ramshackle farmhouse, reading about Narnia or the Shire, brushing away the flies, constantly saying, “Okay, mom, just one more chapter.”

But then, normal life got in the way. I wandered. Geographically, I went to a hot city in Florida, an old village in England, and then back to Virginia. Emotionally, I traveled even further. Finally, after ten years of searching, I found stories again. Or maybe they found me.

Now I live in that place I was always trying to find. I wake up beside my beautiful wife, Maile. I make breakfast for my six children. I spend the rest of the day capturing stories.

Thanks for visiting my tiny bit of space. I’d love to hear about yours.

My Thoughts...
This was a different book, while it took me a while to get into it, once I finally did, it was an okay read, very different read.
It's fiction that much I do know, other than that I am not sure. I am not into fortune-tellers and such so this was a very different read for me.
I have never read this author before, I will try his books again in the future.
I gave this book 3.5 stars. True a new author out maybe.
 The Mary Readereceived this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own. 


  1. Thanks for sharing this review Mary.

  2. I may check this one out if the library has it, I may not ask them to order it though.

  3. Thanks for the heads up on this one.

  4. Yea, no I don't like different. I may not read this one. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Thank you for sharing, Mary. This one sounds different but intriguing.

  6. Definitely out of my kind of book so I think I will pass on this one since I am definitely not into fortune telling and such.

  7. I just got this one in the mail the other day. I'm not sure about it either, but we shall see. Great review.

  8. I think this is one I won't be reading. Thank you for sharing about it, though.