Having never read Mitch Albom’s books before I was’t sure what to expect. Jenn Im recommended this as it’s one of her must reads and it didn’t take any more than that for me to hit the purchase button on my kindle. This isn’t a new book (published in 2003) but more of a hidden gem and I found that many see it as a classic throwback.

What I loved about Mitch was his ability to break down a complex narrative in much simpler terms. It was a quick happy read but the message hits you hard enough and I know for sure that for it will linger in my mind and I’ll be thinking about it for a while. This is definitely not a preachy book and does not focus on religion or faith despite the title.

No spoilers – the book is about a man named Eddie who is a maintenance worker at a place called Ruby Pier. He’s worked there for several years and is dissatisfied with life. He is living this dull, meaningless life and boom on his 83rd birthday he dies in a tragic accident at Ruby Pier trying to save the life of a little girl. He wakes up in heaven where he meets five people that were connected to his life in someway or other and they each have a lesson to teach him…..and so the journey begins.

My absolutely favourite part was when he meets the fourth person. Tears just trickled down my cheeks as I awwwww’d the whole way through. It is a happy book I swear.

Life has to end,” she said “Love doesn’t.

I guess some may find it a tad bit corny but I thoroughly enjoyed it and it was just the perfect pick me up book during this lockdown. I’d give it a solid 4.5/5

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