Moira just wants a normal life for her daughter, Penelope. And sometimes, it seems like she has achieved it. Penelope is a sweet, smart, and precocious four-year-old girl. However, she is also the product of Moira's affair with an angel. Her parentage gives Penelope strength far beyond what any child should possess. It also makes her the target of fallen angels who intend to use her mysterious powers as their way back into Heaven. Worse yet, one of those fallen angels is her own father. Now, Moira finds herself caught up in a terrifying struggle for Penelope's life against beings more powerful than she can imagine. And when Penelope's true power is revealed, it will shake the foundations of reality.
Suspenseful and action-packed, Heaven's Forgotten demonstrates the power of a mother's love against the longest odds in Heaven and on earth.
Moira has an intimate encounter with an angel and conceives from this union, bearing a half angel and half human. Little Penelope becomes a most wanted person, even to her father, Michael, who goes to lengths to kidnap her once he learns of her existence. Penelope is seen as the key to opening the gates of heaven, allowing the fallen angels to have access to heaven once again. There is quite the struggle between good and evil, and it isn't until Michael, her father, begins to fall in love with his daughter, that our faith in Good is established and begins to gradually grow.
Branden Johnson's Heaven's Forgotten offers an interesting take on Nephilims; Nephilims only existed during the Bible times (very early B.C.), so it's fascinating to read a different story about modern day Nephilims and fallen angels. The novel touches on several themes, one of which is the existence of good and evil. It's pleasing to know that good still always wins, even if this is all fiction-based. If we can find hope through reading books like these, then it's worth finding hope in our world, no matter the dire circumstances we may find ourselves in. We can only hope that good will eventually and ultimately win in this disaster-prone world we live in.
The novel also touches on the subject of redemption - the notion that it's never too late to turn around and become good, no matter what wrong you've committed in the past. The fact that Michael - who was a murderer and whose unshaken intention was to kill Moira without any hesitation - could turn around and offer his soul in place of his daughter's, demonstrates that self-sacrifice and selfless love can bring redemption to even the worst criminal. The title is also well-thought out and accurate; it fits perfectly with the themes covered within the story.
There were a lot of twists and turns towards the end, to the point where a reader might be tempted to skip paragraphs so as to know what happens next. Understandably, it's usually an author's way of creating suspense and intrigue, and given that every twist and turn ties back to the end result, it is not advised to skip any paragraphs!
A very well-written, enjoyable and action-packed read. If you're into para-normal stories, this is one believable fantasy you should definitely pick up. Enjoy!
OVERALL RATING: 8.75/10
COARSE LANGUAGE: Low
SEXUAL CONTENT: Low
Disclosure of Material Connection: I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.