A Kiss Before the Apocalypse by Thomas E. Sniegoski
Recently, I found myself running around a hotel and trying to hide so that I could just finish my book and no one would see me crying. Last week my son got married, and even though I am not very emotional my family kept saying “You are going to cry when he gets married. I know you will.” I kept saying, “I am not. I am going to remain calm and collected.” When a friend called to recommend a book, “A Kiss Before the Apocalypse,” I decided to take it with me to the wedding. It is about an angel, Remiel or Remy Chandler who decides to come to earth along with a few other angels to pretend to be one of God’s most beloved creations – Man.
However, while he is here he falls in love with a woman named Madeline and they marry. Since angels do not age and humans do, the book begins with Remy visiting his elderly wife who is dying of cancer in a nursing home. Everyone who works there believes that Madeline is his mother, but the reader soon becomes part of a magical love story of a woman and an angel.
Remy works as a private investigator in Boston and the book has the feel of a 1940’s PI novel. When a job surveying an unfaithful husband gets him is caught up in a homicide investigation, Remy begins to realize that something is going horribly wrong with the universe. When the murder victims come back to life, Remy begins to understand that Death is taking a holiday. The four horses of the Apocalypse – Hunger, Famine, Pestilence, and War – discover that Death is missing, and they make plans to destroy mankind.
This novel prompts the reader to think about the precious wonders of life and how love can last a lifetime. The book was a perfect compliment to my son’s wedding. I spent the whole weekend thinking about the wonders of a lifetime of love. The tears I cried while reading this book were because the love story was so touching. Just because the book made me cry didn’t mean that I wasn’t smiling at the wedding.