The author of the perennial favorite The Christmas Box hooks readers again with this soul-searching look at one man's sudden ascent to fame. Angels, mortality and the true meaning of happiness all come into play in this cleverly crafted heart-wrenching read.

While Robert and Allyson Harlan live contentedly with their daughter, money is pretty tight. After Robert loses his job at the radio station, Allyson is forced to go back to work and he decides to write the great American novel.

Countless agents reject his manuscript, based on the day his wife spent with her father before he told her of his fatal cancer, until he secures one who lands him a publisher. Allyson supports Robert's book and the exposure of her life, but his success is fast and furious, taking him on a tour that distances him from the hearts and lives of his family.

An unusual twist of fate has Robert taking a serious look at his sudden fame and the promises he made long ago to his family. (Oct., 240 pp., $22.95)

Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick