Friday, February 16, 2018

Flashback Friday: Mourning Heaven by Amy Lane #Review #Giveaway

Author: Amy Lane
Title: Mourning Heaven
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Publication Date: September 7, 2012
Length: 200 pages

Reviewed by Meredith


Heroes fall.

Peter first came to the tiny backwater of Daisy, California, as a child, and he was sure of one thing: his cousin Michael would take care of him. When Michael started a friendship with the fragile, haunted Bodi Kovacs, Peter's consolation in losing any claim to Bodi was that Michael would care for him too. But tragedy struck, and Michael ripped himself out of their world and threw away the people who loved him most.

Six years later, Michael is coming home in a box. All it took to destroy a hero was a town full of bigotry and hatred. Reclaiming him will take strength of heart that neither Peter nor Bodi had six years ago. Since Michael left, Bodi has been lost and alone. Peter can try to make Bodi his and take the role Michael should have had, but first he and Bodi have to confront the past. They will need to face Michael, the good and the bad, the beauty and the sadness, and see his memory truly for what it was and not what it could have been. It's a simple act that may destroy them both: sifting through the flaming ruins of heaven is a sure way to annihilate a bleeding mortal heart.

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There are books you read and then there are books you live. Mourning Heaven is a book you live. I can't hear the title of this story and my heart not ache. Amy Lane mastered long ago the art of angst. She's the Queen of pain, heartache, and emotions.

When it was my turn to pick the Flashback Friday book I knew this was going to be my choice. It's one that has stuck with me for years and with each reading I feel those emotions like the first time.

This book is truly about loss. About that haunting feeling that festers in your bones when you lose someone and you never got closure. It's a story about mending bridges that lead to the unknown praying the destination is hope, peace, and love. Walking through this journey with Peter and Bodi is devastating and at the same time beautiful. We see the fragility of life and the power of loss and forgiveness. We see how paths turn and connect with someone else's. Sometimes we don't get to say goodbye and this story really makes you feel that.

I remember when I read this the first time I thought, "Sweet lord, how is Amy going to make it all okay again?" But she does. However, I was glad that even though there was closure and there was happiness, there was also the lingering sadness. It wouldn't have been realistic otherwise.

This is a book everyone should read. It reminds you to live your life. It tells you a story about darkness and hate and how in the end we find the sun and can enjoy it's warmth.

This book is everything.


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