THE DAY THE
Genre: Psychological Fiction / Christian
Date of Publication: September 5, 2017
Number of Pages: 320
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Shawn Smucker will capture readers’ imaginations with this masterfully written debut novel that combines elements of mystery and magical realism.
It was the summer of storms, 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.
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 novel, Shawn Smucker has carved out a spot for himself in the tradition of authors Madeleine L’Engle and Lois Lowry.
Praise for The Day the Angels Fell:
“Neil Gaiman meets Madeleine L’Engle. I read it in two days!”
—Anne Bogel, Modern Mrs. Darcy
“Shawn Smucker enchants with a deftly woven tale of mystery and magic that will leave you not only spellbound but wanting more.”
—Billy Coffey, author of There Will Be Stars
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The Day The Angels Fell – My Review
“We always think we have one more day. We always think tomorrow can do nothing but come around. It’s one of the great illusions we live with, that time will go on and on, and that our lives will never end.”
The Day The Angels Fell is the loveliest and most rememberable book I’ve read so far in 2017. The story takes a young 12-year-old Sam and his friend, Abra on an unbelievable journey after the death of Sam’s mother.
It’s a legendary story surrounding The Tree of Life, along with two angels that drive these young kids to discover the truth about it, seeing it for real, and knowing its true power. At the beginning of the story you wonder where author, Shawn Smucker is leading you as a reader. At the end of the story you want to continue reading it and not stop.
The story did not take me where I thought would. Yes – there was one part dealing with the lamb that I knew was coming in some form, but the story itself kept me wondering what was next page after page. It’s a story that downright enveloped me.
Death is always emotional no matter how it comes. The writing is highly poignant around the whole death concept, especially for a young boy. The passages dealing with loss are – no pun intended – dead on. Smucker writes the way most of us often feel about death. You wish you could bring back someone because you miss him or her so much. Yet, in your heart you know they are in a better place. It’s just hard for your heart to realize it in that moment in time. That’s the driving force of the main story – what Sam struggles with as a young boy wanting to see his mom again, to hug her and see her smile.
The legend part of the story brings to real life the two angels – one who is a protector and one not so much – who guide Sam to discover and grow The Tree of Life. A sword that can kill bad supernatural beings and change size is a big part of the story.
Also some of the most notable of Smucker’s writing in The Day the Angels Fell makes you feel the coming of a storm because it’s so well written. It’s as if you are right there with Sam experiencing the thunder, the winds, and the lightening with the author’s visually well-crafted words.
I’m looking forward to reading the next book and where it leads with Abra and her journey with the sword. And finding out why the sword chose her. And quite possibly what happened to that darn cat Sam saved.
Simply this is a fantastic story that will leave you wanting more…
Shawn Smucker lives with his wife and six children in the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The Day the Angels Fell is his first novel.
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Copy of The Day the Angels Fell + Ancient Tree Journal + $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card
2nd PRIZE: Copy of the book + leather bracelet charms
3rd PRIZE: Copy of the book + $10 Starbucks Gift cCard
September 17-26, 2017
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