I recently found myself on a beach during my family’s vacation with plenty of time on my hands and a perfect atmosphere to read a new book. By lucky discovery, I walked into a hotel store one of the first nights that we were away and saw one of my favorite authors on the book display. Despite my original intention of walking away and then buying the book when I returned home—which I knew would cost less—I later returned to the shop and bought Mitch Albom’s “The First Phone Call From Heaven”, which was the best decision that I made on that vacation.
My mother’s former English teacher, who gave me his copy of Albom’s “The Five People You Meet In Heaven”, introduced me to Albom’s novels. After reading “Five People,” I immediately fell in love with Albom’s style of writing and the various themes that appear and reappear in his stories. I have also read his memoir, “Tuesdays with Morrie”, which I finished four years prior to starting “The First Phone Call From Heaven”.
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