I was pulled right in to the conversation between the angel and the woman at the outset of the book. But, is it an angel? Who is this woman? I have many questions and so I press on, intensely interested in how the answers would they reveal themselves.
This is not only a story of compassion; it’s an epic love story.
It is the love story of Maren and Sea (pronounced “Shay” for Seamus). Maren is different from other girls. She doesn’t get sick. The ‘magic brownies’ her peers are eating don’t have any effect on her.
Maren is also a girl whose reckless behavior has placed her at the brink of death many times in her young life. At the age of ten, she is assigned an angel who literally rescues her from death and then proceeds to watch over her. What is unusual is this: Maren can see him. Maren has always been able to see the ‘folks’, as she refers to them. She has always has this special ability, to be able to see behind “The Mystic Curtain”, as her mother refers to it.
This book is so much more than a “romance between a fallen angel and a lost girl” (p 169). It is also the story of parents’ love for their child. Of God’s love for us. It’s a brilliant exploration of what it means to be mortal and immortal, angel and human, and how we all fit together into the larger story of life. When life feels like a punishment, perhaps it’s because we can’t see the whole story.
Near the end of the book is a reference to a song that only Maren was hearing (P 282-283) .
“Maren stirred to its dreamy rhythm, understanding that this was the song of the world–the composition of creation.”
This sentence immediately brought a song to mind. To me, it felt like a perfect description of this song sung by Andrea Bocelli, Canto Della Terra (Mighty Sun).
There are several quotes that I loved at the outset of each chapter, including one from The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer, one of my favorite books ever (p 225), so it was hard to narrow it down to one favorite, but I managed.
My favorite quote from the book (P 214):
“The truth was that they were living out this story together; every heart in every age was essential and connected…and so their each and every choice mattered to the whole.”
I leave you with this invitation: Treat yourself and listen to this song undistracted.