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Wonders Never Cease by Tim Downs

Reviewed by Karri Compton

"As far as comedy goes, this is classic Tim Downs."

Olivia Hayden is one angry, washed up actress. She isn't as young as she used to be and everyone knows it, including her agent and herself. What starts as a fit of wild driving ends up with her in a coma. But that's not the end of the story. It's only the beginning.

Kemp McAvoy wants what's good in life. Basically, lots of money. He could have had it all, or so he thinks, and he's still out to get it—by impersonating an angel. With one grand idea, he sets himself up to win the mother lode, but will his out-of-this-world plan prove to be more than a mere mortal can handle?

Natalie and Leah Pelton are a single mom and her six-year-old daughter just trying to get along in the world. When Leah starts seeing angels, not only her teacher and counselor start to worry, but her mom as well. Is she just making up stories or can she really see the supernatural?

As far as comedy goes, this is classic Tim Downs. There are a lot of laughs to be had in this book, and times where the reader will shake her head at the antics of the characters. It's a cute story, though not one with much meat. Yes, it did bring up angelic visions and what messages from angels might or might not contain, problems with single parenting, commitment, money management, and dealing with children who may or may not be telling the truth. But they were minor forays into said subjects. The book did have a great ending, however. I won't say it turned out happily for everyone, but almost everyone.

What this book did most successfully was make me miss Nick Polchak and the Bug Man novels. I don't know if there are plans for more of those, but I think that was Downs' niche. Granted, Wonders Never Cease was funny, but not nearly as engaging as his Bug Man novels. I hope Wonders is not indicative of what lies ahead for Downs and that his subsequent novels will not travel the same road. I'm missing the good old days.

Karri ComptonKarri Compton, wife and mother of three teens, two cats, and a beagle, devours Christian fiction whenever possible. Her favorite genre is suspense/thriller, especially Ted Dekker and Steven James novels. Since promoting biblical worldview fiction is dear to her heart, she reviews on her blog, Fiction Fanatics Only! and is a staff reviewer for such sites as The Christian Suspense Zone and Fiction Addict. Her stab at writing a novel confirmed what a tough job it is, and so the work is shelved for now, allowing the pros to do what they do best. When she isn't reading and reviewing, Karri stays busy at church and performing in various community theater companies.