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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  2,035 ratings  ·  148 reviews

When the unthinkable happens . . .

En route from New York's LaGuardia Airport to Tampa International, Flight 848 bursts into flames and crashes into Tampa Bay. All 261 passengers and crew are killed. For one week, newspaper columnist Peyton MacGruder and her fellow reporters cover one of the nation's worst air disasters in years with overwhelming and numbed emotions.

Then a

Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2001)
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Not as bad as Lolita, but I have to tell you, the fact that I finished this one is a testament to the sheer power of human determination.

En route to Tampa from NYC, a flight crashes into the Gulf of Mexico, killing all on board. Several days later, a note reading "T, All is forgiven, I love you. Dad" washes up on a beach and a woman gives the note to struggling journalist Peyton MacGruder, who uses the note to jumpstart her failing career as "The Heart Healer", a sort-of-advice columnist. MacGru
B Dittrich
The book began very slow. Nevertheless, as interviews began to pick up, so did the pace of the book. The message intended to impress readers was a bit too contrived. But as a summer novel, I rather enjoyed the story and the surprise ending.
Juliet Davis
What a gem this book turned out to be. A great book about second chances, an intriguing mystery to solve, and a romance, all in one. Although the surface story itself is a good one (about a note found after a plane crash, and the search for the intended recipient), it is also an allegory with parallels to the Gospel (a message of love and forgiveness that came from above, from a Father to a child). It shows the various responses to the message: one who didn't think he needed forgiveness, one who ...more
I began this book just prior to the 10th anniversary of September 11, and found it fitting, an appropriate touchstone of remembered grief and healing surrounding that day of remembrance. That wasn't the reason why I read it, however. I picked up the book after seeing and enjoying the Hallmark Movie Channel adaptation and hearing the author speak about bringing the story to life. After loving the movie, I was drawn to discover the author's original intent as the book was published first.

The novel
If you check my Goodreads account, you'll see that I have very few five star books. You'll see the same thing if you check my Amazon reviews. I rarely give five stars to a book because I think if I do so very often, there is no rating for the exceptional book. The Note by Angela Hunt is a five star book.

It is sometime prior to 9/11/01--because a small part of the action takes place in the World Trade Center in New York (and the book was copyrighted in 2001). A jet went down near Tampa. As the m
Over the waters of Tampa, Florida Flight 848 bursts into flames. Everyone on board is killed. After a week of many news outlets covering the story and believing the people are tired of the subject a woman approaches The Heart Healer for the Tampa Times, Peyton MacGruder, with an artifact that has washed ashore from the wreckage. It is a note from a father to his child declaring all is forgiven. To T, signed Dad.

Given a two week notice because Peyton's Heart Healer has shown no heart in her writi
Peyton MacGruber is a columnist for “The Heart Healer” in the Tampa Times, who strictly writes facts with no nonsense. She is about to lose her job as a columnist if she can’t find a way to gain more readers – she has the lowest readership of all the columns. When PanWorld Flight 848 goes down in the bay, Peyton witnesses the loss and sorrow and does her best to help out. When a woman, who reads her column, gives to her a handwritten note of a father’s forgiveness that was salvaged by a plastic ...more
Rebecca Curtis
So the book is about this plane that crashes just before landing in Tampa FL but just before the plane blows up (a loose screw sparked the fuel line) one of the passengers wrote a note on a napkin and slipped it in a plastic bag and stuffed it in a fold of the seat in front of him. The Note says: T- I love you, all is forgiven. Love Dad. almost 2 weeks after the crash the note washes up to a lady's backyard and she takes it to this reporter for a local newspaper to find who it belongs to. Peyton ...more
Hannah Harvey
This is a book that I started a long time ago, and then gave up on before I finished it. So when I put together my list for Kate's summer reading challenge, and one of the books to read, was a book you'd started but never finished. I grabbed this one from my shelves, and gave it another go. And finished it!

My thoughts;

I found that the book started off really slow, I didn't really get into the story. However it does pick up pace towards the end.
I liked the general idea of the story, however the e
The story itself was alright, but mixed in with the sometimes aggravating main character and the beyond frustrating ending, I just couldn't bring myself to say I truly enjoyed this book. The concept itself is interesting enough, and the whole searching for the owner of the note was fine, but everything else was just plain frustrating. I mean, come on, main character-whose name-I-don't-even-remember-because-she-didn't-make-a-lasting-impression! If you don't want St. Clair in on your story, then w ...more
Michelle Polk
Don't think you know what is going to happen just by picking this book up. It is an awesome book and should be on everyone's book list! Angela Hunt weaves a story that is filled with questions until the end and then leaves you with an AHH! Great Book!
Found this quite a heart-wrenching novel. Great unexpected ending that brings the book full circle. Second book that I've read by this author and I think I'll really enjoy reading more.
Nora St Laurent
Great novel! They made this into a movie too. It worked well for film but of course the book was more detailed.

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Terri Durling
A friend of mine lent me this book after recommending it to me. It was an OK read and certainly has a message since it is a "Women of Faith" book. It is a story of forgiveness and second chances. It's an easy read and, although the subject matter is very serious (a plane crash and the consequences of that), the style of writing is not particularly sophisticated and somewhat lacking in my opinion. In any case, I got something from it as I usually do from any book I read and that is that everythin ...more
Eileen Carter

This book hooked me right away, but I never expected it end like it did. The raw emotion you felt when reading this book at times was so much that you had to stop reading for a moment to collect yourself. Through the years there have been many devastating airplane disasters which effect hundreds of people. This book starts out with airplane crash, a possible lost of position in at a well known newspaper, and a past that Peyton wanted to forget. Angela takes you through Peyton's though proc
another reviewer that gave this one a 5
Peyton MacGruber is a columnist for “The Heart Healer” in the Tampa Times, who strictly writes facts with no nonsense. She is about to lose her job as a columnist if she can’t find a way to gain more readers – she has the lowest readership of all the columns. When PanWorld Flight 848 goes down in the bay, Peyton witnesses the loss and sorrow and does her best to help out. When a woman, who reads her column, gives to her a handwritten note of a father’s forg
I would actually rate this book 4.5

The Note had an exceptional ending. When I started this book, I was expecting that kind of brilliance to shine through the entire book. Unfortunately I felt, the first half of the novel was a bit slow paced. I mean could put the book down without picking it up for another 5-6 hours. That should explain why it took me so long to finish it. The writing style was not very catching. But after Peyton goes to meet the first candidate, the pace began to pick up and I
Corey Rupert
Everyone wishes for a second chance at some point in their life. The Note by Angela Hunt allows its reader to experience what it feels like to have a second chance.
Angela Hunt is an accomplished author who has won many awards including the Angel Award and the Christy Award. She has written over one hundred books and has sold over four million copies worldwide. The Note falls under the Christian fiction genre and its theme is God’s forgiveness. It was also made into a very successful Hallmark
I picked this book while reading the book The God of Second Chances. What a wonderful story it was. I would like to use this in my Youth Group. A plan crashes in Tampa Bay, Florida. Amongst the wreckage a reporter is given a note with the following inscription "all is forgiven T. Than the real fun starts. A newbie reporter goes on a quest to find the recipient of the letter. A great twist at the end. Very enjoyable and a tale of reconcilation.
Rachael Baggett
The story is a simple one: a note is found along the docks behind a Floridian neighborhood after a tragic plane crash claimed more than 200 lives. Peyton MacGruder is a journalist who works at the Tampa Times, trying to resurrect her failing column called "The Heart Healer." The focus of the book is trying to figure out the recipient behind the note. The story was told in third person, interrupted by various characters' thoughts about Peyton and the note, thus changing to first person. Personall ...more
Maryann Fox
Interesting and moving story about a passenger who pens a note to his estranged child while on a plane that crashes. Against al lodds the letter survives intact and a journalist becomes the "keeper" of the letter and sets out to find the estranged child. What occurs during the search for the "rightful owner" is not without surpises into the family lives of the three possibilities.

There is a surprising emotional twist at the end.
I was in a ship already when I got to the climax of this book. I was with my father during that time, and with a figurine called St. Uriel - my brother's angel. We were headed home and all fast crafts were in crap-mode and hence I had the chance to finish the book right there.

In The Note, an airplane crashed and a note was left signed 'Dad'. In my head I imagined what would my father do if we'd face the same terror in that ship. Would he write a note too? Nah, I bet he'd try to save me knowing I
Peyton MacGruder has hit a dead end with her career and is given three weeks by her editor to turn her column around or be busted back to beat reporter. When she is presented with a note that survived a major airplane crash she sets out to see that it is delivered to the person for whom it was intended, with only a few small clues to go on. As Peyton unravels the mystery, interviews prospective recipients and fights for a way to keep her scoop on the story, she comes to grips with deeply-buried ...more
Joanne Ramey
This is a must read book, as it says "it is a story of second chances". " If you had one last message to leave your child what would it be". Thought provoking & the twist at the end is great. I am definitely going to read more books by this author.
Peyton MacGruder’s newspaper column, The Heart Healer, is not doing well, and she is given two weeks to gain more readership. When she is given a note alleged to be from the remains of the Tampa plane crash, her column has a good prospect of becoming more popular. But will the memories they dislodge be worth it? Will her organized life fall to pieces . . . or will her heart begin to heal?

This allegorical story is of hope and forgiveness, with a stunning revelation at the end.

There is one part I
Payton MacGruder is a features journalist with the Tampa Times. Her boss is not happy with the response to her column "The Heart Healer." She has taken the column over from the original journalist who has passed away. The problem-Payton is just not sharing enough of herself in the column. Her information is correct, but too impersonal. When a plane crashes in Tampa bay, a plastic bag with a simple note is given to Payton. This simple note will change her life as she tries to find the person the ...more
Dorothy Bentley
I met Angie Hunt at a writers' conference in Edmonton. She is a great lady, and a gifted writer. This story is tightly woven, and has a surprise ending. She doesn't give many, if any clues to the ending... I kept looking back and checking out people and names mentioned earlier, so see where she was going. On the surface, it doesn't seem like a deep story, until one reads that Angie wrote it as a parable. Then the brain gets lost in trying to identify one's self within the story. Where am I? If t ...more
"A journalist finds herself as she searches for the anonymous writer of "the note" -- this is a great book with sold characters and a plot that doesn't let up." (My review from 8/5/2004.)
Very quick read. A touching story of love, forgiveness and second chances. The movie is very good also. The story in the book takes place in the summer, and the movie uses the Christmas season as the setting. Warning: Have tissues ready for the book and the movie. Wonderful Christmas movie. Genie Francis is fabulous.

In the special features of the movie, Angela Hunt says her stories are like an onion. They mean one thing on the surface, it is still a nice story on the surface, but as you peel awa
Alison Lake
This book was entertaining and I read it quite quickly because I wanted to know what happened. It's about a journalist who finds a note from a plane that exploded midair. She is determined to find the intended recipient for the note and it sends her on a journey where she ends up learning mostly about who she is as a person. It's fairly predictable toward the end and things tie up a little too neatly, but it was enjoyable to read. Even though Hunt writes "Christian" fiction, it's not overly reli ...more
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Christy-Award winner Angela Hunt writes for readers who have learned to expect the unexpected in novels from this versatile author. With over three million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the best-selling author of more than 100 works ranging from picture books (The Tale of Three Trees) to novels.

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“And let me tell you - carrying sad memories will wear you out. You've got to put them down walk away. Do whatever you must to put emotional space between yourself and your past. That's the only way you're going to make it through.” 8 likes
“What would you say to a loved one if you had only a few seconds to impart a last message? What language does love speak?
Some of you speak love with wine and roses. For other, "I love you," is best said by breakfast in bed, carefully set aside sport sections, or night out at the movies, complete with buttered popcorn.
Children spell love T-I-M-E. So, I think, do older folks.
Teenagers spell it T-R-U-S-T. Sometimes parents spell love N-O.
But no matter what the letters, the emotion beneath the wording must be tangible, demonstrable, and sincere.”
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