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Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite
Ernie Price lives in the tiny town of Hubbell, Michigan. He took care of his parents until their death, then he filled his days running the local service station and his evenings volunteering at the church, or working to repair toys so that he can give them to the less fortunate at Christmas. He is always looking for ways to help others, his kindness is truly a testimony of his faith. When crime comes to the tiny town, something happens that allows Ernie to get a glimpse of Heaven, but he is given a choice whether to stay or to return to earth to take care of unfinished business. What will Ernie's decision be?
Service Station Angel by Lisa J. Schuster is a book that grabs the heart and doesn't let go. It's a story that transported me back to simpler time, to a small tight-knit community where everyone sincerely cares about each other. I really felt like I had stepped back in time, becoming a part of the community as I read this story. The people, their emotions, and their faith was so real, I could feel their hurt and heartache, but I could also feel the love and strength in this community. Ms. Schuster truly captures the essence of small town living. Ernie was such a remarkable character. I felt like he truly lived his faith. As the story unfolds, Ernie's life intertwines with the many secondary characters we are introduced to, including the so-called villain of the story. I say so-called, because I really didn't want to like the person who had brought crime to Hubbell, hurting those dear people, but the author allowed me to understand why he did what he did, which enabled me to feel compassion for a hurting soul! An emotionally stirring story that took me on a journey to a simpler time and place. While a work of fiction, there is no way not to be spiritually uplifted by reading Service Station Angel by Lisa J. Schuster.