Transit of Angels by Desney King. (2020).
**4 out of 5 stars**
Is there life after death?
Angelica is 34 when her beloved husband Bill is killed in a motorbike accident. She knows Bill is dead. Yet she yearns to be reunited with him. In desperation, she begs him for a sign. What happens next results in her leaving the city and moving to a quaint mudbrick cottage in a remote river valley where even the impossible seems sane. As Angelica delves further into mysterious realms she finds that not all is as it seems, and that grief – and life – have a way or carrying you forward, whether you like it or not.
It’s not often I pick up a book and am in tears within a couple of chapters, but that’s exactly what happened with this novel. From the very beginning, this story is an emotional tale that will hurt your heart at times. I thankfully have not experienced this kind of grief at this stage in my life, but the author has such a way with words that I believe she has successfully represented the utter despair one feels at losing a loved one, as well as how difficult moving forward with your life would be. Not being a religious person myself, I found Angel’s spiritual journey quite fascinating and food for thought.
Overall: While this one is extremely sad at times, it’s beautifully written and those with an open mind will find the spiritual aspects to it quite intriguing. This is a compelling debut for the author and I would happily recommend.