I recently made the decision to stop reviewing short stories here on Joyful Antidotes. They just aren’t my thing and I feel I am doing the author an injustice by even trying. However, there is one author whose amazing stories I just can’t step away from.
The Celestial Assignment by Theresa Braun
After a sudden death, Will, a misguided angel, is tasked with protecting a baby girl. Watching over her as she grows up and navigates the world appears a harsh punishment for his past failings. Can he redeem himself, or will he fall further from grace?
On the surface, The Celestial Assignment is a story about an unlikely angel. As I’m not long finished watching and reading Good Omens, this appealed to me. Theresa Braun does supernatural well, and this is no exception. The story is just the right amount of believable to take it seriously, and enough fantasy to help me disconnect from reality for a bit.
Theresa Braun also produces a wonderfully witty main character, and a well-paced story that is wrapped up in a neat bow in just under 30 minutes. With not much space to work with, you wouldn’t be angry at the author for creating a one-dimensional book. But she didn’t. The Celestial Assignment is also a touching story about understanding yourself and truly seeing yourself for who you are. This extra layer made this a short story worth shouting about on the internet.
Read The Celestial Assignment here.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.