Heavenly writing, earthy characters, and humor that is wicked as hell.
Heidi is seventeen. Insecure. Unkissed. Unremarkable, she thinks, in every way but one: She has a guardian angel, Jerome, who whispers in her ear all day long, amusing her, confusing her, but hardly ever saying anything that might help her discover who she's meant to be.
Jerome is also seventeen (for the seventeenth year in a row.) There is only one thing he needs to do to graduate from heaven's soul rehabilitation program for wayward teenagers: Follow the 10 Commandments for the Dead, and in doing so, keep Heidi safe. Instead, he accidentally lets her drown.
Plucked from her body before she ever truly lives, Heidi wants more than anything to say goodbye to her family and best friend. Jerome, afraid he's going to be sent to the lowest level of Hell, wants to sneak her into heaven before he gets caught.
Neither realizes that Heidi has only 24 hours before her soul dissolves forever. And that might not be enough time for them to figure out how they were meant to live.
This book is comic relief from cover to cover. There are, of course, plenty of the "more serious" conversations and events in this book, but the author manages to keep the tone light for the most part. I read Devine Intervention after spending three hours in a zoology lab where I was classifying pinecones (I know, weird. I was doing botany in an animal laboratory). Brockenbrough’s book brightened my day and helped me stop categorizing ever bit of plant life I saw on my way home from college. Heidi is able to hear the voice of her guardian angel. Jerome, Heidi’s guardian angel, is still in training and practically incapable of giving her decent advice, but she truly appreciates his presence. After a disaster, Heidi’s soul could be lost forever and Jerome could be sent to Hell, unless they are able to work together to figure out how to save themselves.
I really loved Brockenbrough’s writing. I hate being bored, and while reading this book, I was more than entertained. There are so many twists in this novel that the reader may guess at, but never assume will happen. Devine Intervention could be read and enjoy by any female with a sense of humor. I give this novel, five stars!
*Reviewed by Kristin*
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