Fantastic story! One of the best books I have read in a long time. I also had seen the made-for-tv movie on this story and if anyone has not seen it this can be rented as there is a DVD movie out called "The Note"....and also a sequel to it called "Taking A Chance on Love"....both movies are wonderful ! 5+ stars
UPDATE: There is now a new DVD out which is now #3 in this series came out this week (July 10, 2012) and it is called "The Note 3"....if you are a fan of these stories and have Netflix or can rent a DVD then you may want to get that one as it continues this whole storyline.
This is the first book that I have read by this author and it won't be the last. It was very difficult to put this book down. Surprise twist at the end. I have the next book in the Note series on my wish list.
This is one story the reader will not forget. A tragic airplane crash leaves no survivors. But a note in a sealed baggy washes ashore. The woman who finds it brings it to a local reporter who is struggling with her column "The Heart Healer". With the note in hand, she sets out to find the recipient of the note. As she meets various people, their response to the note begins to change the way she views the note until the note completely changes her heart when she finds the true owner of the note. Don't miss reading this wonderful book from Angela Hunt.
Newspaper columnist Peyton MacGruder is proud of three things-her immaculate VW Jetta, her status as a strong single woman, and her ability to whip out her Tampa Times column, "The Heart Healer," in record time. But when her editor learns that "The Heart Healer" ranked last in a recent reader poll, Peyton is given only three weeks to change either her column or her job. then the unthinkable happens. PanWorld Flight 848, en route from New York's LaGuardia Airport to Tampa International, bursts into flame and crashes into Tampa Bay. All 261 passengers and crew are killed. For one week, Peyton and her fellow reporters cover the nation's worst air disaster with numbed emothions, and then try to move on.
As Peyton puzzles over how to attract more "Heart Healer" reader, a woman she's never met gives her a plastic bag that has washed up behind her house. the bag contains a note, almost certainly from the doomed flight, with a simple message:
I love you. all is forgiven
It's the perfect story to attract readers for Peyton's column. As the unfolding stroy gains statewide and then national attention, she combs through the passenger list to find victims whose children's names begin with T. She's determined to deliver the note to its proper owner. And if the story saves her column and lifts her to national prominence, so much the better.
But in her quest to discover the truth, Peyton uncovers lissons about love and forgiveness...and about hersolf. a pwerful allegory of God' love and forgiveness, The Note will help heal the hearts of every parent, child, and seeker.
I completely enjoyed reading this book. It is very heart warming. Does anyone know if there is a continuation to the story? It does not really drop off but I think there might be more that happens after.
I was disappointed in this book - maybe I had my hopes set too high. The premise was good but the execution was a bit lacking. The characters were not very relatable - especially the ones she visited about the note - I thought they responded very unrealistically. I thought it was slow moving and had an anticlimactic ending. But it was still just good enough for me to give this author another try.
Peyton MacGruder dutifully files her newspaper column weekly in the local paper, so dutifully it is about to cause her to loose her job!! She is given a few weeks to improve her column or move to a different dept. and be replaced. As she is trying to figure out what to do a horrible plane crash happens in her community. As the details of the accident are covered by her paper, "The Note" emerges from a fan of her column leading Peyton to not only examine the note and what it means, but what it means to herself and her community. Read a story that will touch you in many levels and cause you to reexamine what really IS important in life.
I enjoyed this book very much! A very believable story with an ending that was difficult to predict. Written by a christian writer, but the story line keeps it very "real life". I would highly recommend reading this one!