The Five People You Meet In Heaven is a book about Eddie, a war veteran who has spent the better part of his life fixing seaside amusement park rides....moreThe Five People You Meet In Heaven is a book about Eddie, a war veteran who has spent the better part of his life fixing seaside amusement park rides. On his 83rd birthday he saves a young girl from certain death by pulling her aside from a falling cart. However he was killed in the process. What follows is journey for Eddie into the afterlife and the 5 people he met in heaven who influenced or was influenced by him. Simplistically short and very moralistic, I liked the idea of the novel but for me it lacked real depth. Built around flashbacks of Eddie’s life revolving around his Birthday’s I found this particularly annoying. Overall, while the idea had the potential to tug at one’s heartstrings, the problem was that the author seemed to work too hard to elicit these intense emotions. The book aims to tell a simple story with a far-reaching message, but doesn’t quite get there for me.(less)
For One More Day is a book about Charley “Chick” Benetto and his once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to relive just one more day with his deceased Mother....moreFor One More Day is a book about Charley “Chick” Benetto and his once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to relive just one more day with his deceased Mother. When Chick tries to commit suicide, he wakes up in a world between life and death where he gets to spend the day with his mother, who passed away 8 years earlier. Chick was supposed to be with his mother the day she died, and he still harbours guilt because he wasn't. The story moves back and forth between memories of Chick's childhood and adolescence, and the narrative taking place between Chick and his dead mother. Very similar to his other book The Five People You Meet In Heaven with the moral of the story about redemption and making peace with one's past. I only read his 2 books as a friend gave them to me saying she loved them. I have to admit that I really wasn’t that interested in them. The stories were interesting enough but the emotion in them felt too forced and at times over the top. A good read if you’re seeking a quick/inspirational story.