Happy publication day, Debbie! Here is my review of her brand new novel, The Man You Meet in Heaven’. Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and the ARC.
When Hattie Green pops to the shop one afternoon, she never expects her life to flash before her eyes between the tins of baked beans and a special offer on sliced white. One minute she’s loading her trolley and thinking about what to give her son for dinner, and the next she’s speaking to a gorgeous man in a glowing white suit about what her life could have been…
If you had the chance to go back and relive it all, what would you do differently?
Go on that date, take that promotion… eat that second biscuit? Hattie is about to discover where she went wrong, but will her mystery second chance reveal some STONKING secrets in her past that probably should have stayed hidden?
What does TWG think?
I must say – I wasn’t expecting this!
Hattie has told herself that she would rather be single and with her son, than with a man. However, the people in the clouds didn’t seem to agree with what Hattie had decided, as one minute she was minding her own business in a supermarket, and then the next she was…..well, let’s just say that she was no longer in the supermarket!
At first I wasn’t not taken with the idea of a ‘man in heaven’ and the whole modern day ‘Ghosts of Christmas pasts’…except that it wasn’t Christmas, but I’m sure you catch my drift. I couldn’t help but find it overly bonkers…even for me. However (sorry, put your heart back in your chest), once I stopped thinking how bonkers it was and started to think about the message the author was trying to convey, the storyline and cloud walking started making a lot more sense and, you know what, I ended up having a massive lightbulb moment. I know, it doesn’t happen often (yes, I was as shocked as you!).
Hattie has the chance to look back on her life and view her reactions to situations she found herself in, whilst also trying to rid herself of the demons which have been stuck to her like glue ever since. Again, no spoilers, but several of Hattie’s situations were incredibly emotional to read, and very hard hitting. Be prepared, whilst Viggiano’s novel may be full of giggles, cloud discos and rainbows even Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony would be proud of, it does contain a lot of relatable and rather deep scenarios that hit home.
If, like Hattie, you had the chance to do things all over again, would you? What would you change? Would you change the way you reacted to things? Or would you end up forgiving yourself? Personally, I, like Hattie, would struggle to look back on my life as several of her situations mirrored mine. That said, would I change my reactions to things? Yes. But, seeing as I can’t do that, I am now even more aware that I hold the keys to how I react to situations.
‘The Man You Met in Heaven’ started off as ‘hmmm’ of a read, but by the end of the book I found myself taking on board Josh’s advice as it made perfect sense.
All in all, I thought the message the author conveyed in her storyline was very cleverly woven into her storyline, and very well thought out. It certainly gave me food for thought and I’m sure it will be the same for many others, too. A heartfelt, touching and inspirational read.
About the author.
Prior to turning her attention to writing, Debbie Viggiano was, for more years than she cares to remember, a legal secretary. She lives with her Italian husband, a rescued pooch from Crete, and a very disgruntled cat. Occasionally her adult children return home bringing her much joy… apart from when they want to raid the fridge, or eat her secret stash of chocolate. Follow Debbie’s (intermittent!) blog: www.debbieviggiano.blogspot.com Tweet @DebbieViggiano or look her up on Facebook!
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