It’s always exciting when a new series appears and The Thousand Tiny Miracles of Living Twice by Katarina West is the latest to hit the shelves. I have been really lucky that the KappaCino Book Club was picked to review the book.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if your prayers were answered? Have you ever wondered why angels don’t get involved with human affairs? Two women are about to find out why there shouldn’t be anyone meddling in their lives. Irene lives with her husband and mother-in-law in Finland. Her husband is never there and she is left to care for mother-in-law. Irene has given up everything for her selfish husband and his mother, so when she discovers that he is having an affair on her 50th birthday, she feels like her life is over. Hearing her desperate cries, one angel decides to play a joke and have her switch bodies with someone. That someone is Mimi Kavanaugh, an up and coming movie star.
Thoughts on the story
This is not your typical story. There are three very distinct story lines for each character which carefully tells their individual journey. Although this type of story line has been done before, I’ve only ever seen it done to provide context for a situation from another character, not as three parallel storylines for three main characters. The Thousand Tiny Miracles of Living Twice deals with lots of different issues. Human trafficking, wealth, health, body image are just a few of the things which are brought to light. The story also highlights the importance of going after what you want.
Thoughts on the Author
Katarina West is a trained psychologist and this is evident in this book. Writing should inspire and highlight you. This book does all of that while being up social issues. It is possible to go after what you want and still help others. You can help others with a variety of issues. And just because something looks pretty, doesn’t mean that there isn’t the seedy underbelly of corruption beneath the surface. Like all great psychologists, Katarina West has done her best to highlight perception. It is not the problem which is the problem, it’s your attitude about the problem which is the problem.
This book is only the starting point for a much bigger series. It’s great to see complex female leads in a book that is still chick lit at heart. This is the perfect book for any time of the year. Summer reading on the beach or as Christmas present. This is a great book if you want some depth to your reading. It’s very funny in places as the characters discover what it is like to be someone else. This is definitely a series to keep your eye on as it grows.