This wasn't my type of story, but I was still able to appreciate it and even enjoy certain aspects of it.
Jane Lebak takes you on a journey of the tortured soul. She shows us how hard it is to live with the decisions we make even if we believe they were the best ones to make at the time.
Tabris is just one of many Guardian Angels sent to Earth to help guide their charges and lead them into a righteous path. No one could predict the peril and disorder that occurs during his watch.
He commits a heinous crime, but to his dismay he is given a second chance that he doesn't feel he deserves.
Raguel, another angel offers him help and advice but it's not going the way anyone hoped. Tabris is surrounded by other guardians but feels utterly alone in his own turmoil.
Throughout this entire story you feel the pain, heartache, and regret on every page. It's easy to imagine the beautiful scenery so vividly described by Janet. Heaven is as peaceful and serene as you'd imagine. This is truly a Christian book, and will leave you feeling closer to God when you finish. This is not a genre I usually read, but I was able to enjoy the message from the story. Life is ours to live, regrets are ours to make, and forgiveness is always there waiting to be given and received.
No one knows why Tabris, a guardian angel, killed the child he vowed to protect. The boy Sebastian got into Heaven, but the angels don't understand why Tabris isn't in Hell. Instead God's given him a second chance. Another assignment. Another guardianship.
Although he struggles to help this new child, a ten-year-old girl named Elizabeth, Tabris can't escape what he did with Sebastian. Elizabeth's co-guardian doesn't trust him at all, which makes sense because even Tabris doesn't trust himself. Everywhere he goes, the angels all know what he's done, and the only angel who seems to want him is a friend from long ago, now a demon.
Shame and guilt follow Tabris like a shadow, but it's only the memory of the dead boy, and even though Sebastian still needs him, Tabris cannot face him. After what he's done, there's no way he can make it right. But his bright spirit is growing darker, and the other angels have realized that if Tabris can't accept the mercy he's been given, then he's going to fall forever.