Eternal Press (2015)
Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (12/15)
“Matched in Heaven” by Angela Page is a story about romance and redemption, through interference from the spiritual world, as deceased spouses play matchmaker for the loved ones they left behind on Earth.
Father Mateo was a bad priest. During his time on Earth, he fathered several children with the parish maid in a Peruvian village, and swindled the village natives of all their possessions as payment for his “services.” He contracted typhoid fever at the age of 35 and upon his death, was sent to spiritual rehab by the Heavenly Council. During Father Mateo’s rehabilitation, he came up with the idea to provide matchmaking services for guilty priests who left behind destitute women and children. This initiative was so successful, the services extended to all guilt-ridden departed spouses. Father Mateo, now called Marcel, guides and counsels these spouses on climbing the spiritual ladder by taking care of their unfinished business on Earth from the lofty heights of Heaven.
Jake and Mimi, both deceased, and seeking solace for their spouses to ease their own guilt, play matchmakers and with Marcel’s help, hook their spouses up with each other. Samantha and Syd have a whirlwind blossoming romance until fate steps in and their whole plan threatens to unravel in the most devilish manner.
I absolutely loved this story! Such a unique plot, very different from anything I have ever read before. Angela Page is a brilliant satirical writer and is not afraid to push the envelope. I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style; colorful comments, drama, and some indecent language to drive home a point, all add to the wit and charm of the story. The characters are hysterical! I did get my feathers ruffled at times when Syd showed his chauvinistic side one too many times, but that’s just the kind of guy he is, and it truly does add to his character. Humor isn’t the only dimension of the story; there is plenty of drama, dealing with loss, sickness, greed - all kinds of issues that move the story along at just the right pace. For me though, the book ended entirely too quickly. It was so fun to read, I did not want it to end.
I highly recommend “Matched in Heaven” by Angela Page for a refreshing, witty, and humorous spin on life and romance, in this world and the next.