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The Island of Heavenly Daze

28 Jan

Island of Heavenly DazeLori Copeland and Angela Hunt

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: 2001

Paperback: 272 pages

Book Blurb:

To a casual visitor, the island of Heavenly Daze is just like a dozen others off the coast of Maine. It is decorated with graceful Victorian mansions, carpeted with gray cobblestones and bright wild flowers, and populated by sturdy, hard-working folks-most of whom are unaware that the island of Heavenly Daze is not just like the other islands of coastal Maine. The small town that crowns its peak consists of seven buildings, each inhabited, according to divine decree, by an angel who has been commanded to guard and help anyone who crosses the threshold.

Unexpected hijinks and heart-warming results occur when mortals and immortals cross paths-and unaware visitors to the picturesque establishments of Heavenly Daze discover that they have been entertained by angels.

Stand alone or series: One of five and I was so glad there were more.

Why I read this book: In my ever-widening search for new and different Christian novels I ran across this series and it intrigued me.

Review:

If you’ve read Jan Karon’s Mitford series or Thomas Kinkade’s Cape Light series, you’ll find yourself on similar ground to the story set in Heavenly Daze. The main difference being that on the island of Heavenly Daze, angels don human flesh and walk among the mere mortals. I found this a fascinating premise and wanted to learn more.

There are twenty-nine residents on the small island off the coast of Maine—only twenty-two are human. For me, I can’t really tell who I like best. The humans, much like me, are flawed. So the conflict of the novel comes from them. But the challenges they face are not an ending world, an impeding hurricane, or other “great” misfortunes. They are problems that you and I would face—a stubborn garden, an unyielding maternal figure, a bald head. Not monumental in a total sum and yet, it mattered to me. And the lessons they learned were all the sweeter for being applicable to my own life.

The angels make up the other contingent of the island. These creatures have an insight I envy and a peace that so often eludes my grasp. Yet while I read of their lives here on earth and in heaven that peace crept into my own live. I used their joyous point of view as my own.

I grew quite attached to the inhabitants of Heavenly Daze and devoured the rest of the novels just like I gobbled up this one. I was sad when I finished, yet content that they’d touched my life in such a simple and intimate way. I encourage you to check out the Heavenly Daze series. In fact, I encourage you to buy them and pass them around as I have done. This is a wonderful series that’s got a little something for everyone and is a joy to read.

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