Midway To Heaven
What father ever thinks his little girl is ready to get married? Ned Stevens is convinced that his future son-in-law is too perfect. Athletic, good-looking, musical, spiritual . . . nobody could be that good. Ned is sure there's something fishy about this boy his daughter seems so crazy about. He just has to find out what it is before it's too late. But how far will he go...more
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I bought a copy last summer, having found it on the clearance table at my local Deseret Book, but I kept this book on my shelf for a few months, preoccupied with other reading. I finally picked this up a couple days ago as my reward for finishing a much meatier book … and then I subsequently devoured it. The main...more
Let me just start out by saying that I LOVED Dean Hughes's Children of Promise series. I've read them several times. I've made Utah Dad read them and my parents. They're really really good.
So, I had high hopes for Midway to Heaven, my neighborhood book club pick for May. After all, they made it into a movie.
I read the first chapter while I waited for Neal to get his bottom braces on at the orthodontist's office last we...more
Though I'm not an anxious father dealing facing the prospect of losing his only daughter to marriage to "The Perfect Man," Hughes' "over-the-top" portrayal of Ned Stevens (the main character) is nicely done. It's the extremity to which Ned goes, throughout the book, that provides the bul...more
Though I'm not an anxious father dealing facing the prospect of losing his only daughter to marriage to "The Perfect Man," Hughes' "over-the-top" portrayal of Ned Stevens (the main character) is nicely done. It's the extremity to which Ned goes, throughout the book, that provides the bulk of the comedy, and I think there probably are a good number of fathers who can relate to...more
The book deals with grief, young love, love after death or divorce, retirement, and hasty judgments. While i...more
And when it comes to the possibility of having my husband die on me, I am certain I will remain a widow. But I am equally as certain that if I die, he most...more
Ned is struggling with his daughter Liz' relationship with David. He's looking (to the extreme) for faults with this guy. So much so that he's getting himself in trouble with others. Liz handles his actions rather well. Ned's fortunate in that. To Liz, David is perfect. To Ned, too perfect and he's bound and determined to discover why that is.
A dad who is so sad at the loss of his wife he has a hard time meeting his daughter's boyfriend. I feel for the characters but after a few chapters I seriously was wondering if the dad actually needed to be seeing someone who could prescribe him medication for his actions.
Overall I felt MEH about this book.
However . . . fairly cute story, fairly likable characters but a very abrupt and choppy conclusion. And, of course, the final unsatisfying paragraph! (I even turned the page hoping to find some other conclusion but no luck.) Of course, I've seen the movie so perhaps that influenced my decision :-)