David Galloway is uniquely cursed—or is it blessed? Simply put, he can't die. Formerly a soldier, and now a humble book shop proprietor, David is a 167-year-old who will forever look like he is 35. He has loved and lost, and the pain of those losses has taken its toll. If you peered into David's eyes, you would now find walls with “keep out” signs posted on them. Holding people at arm's length has become his modus operandi, but it has not come without a cost. Why would God so afflict him with seeming immortality? What is the divine purpose for his extraordinary longevity? These questions and more plague David's mind. Then a daredevil falls from a tightrope and doesn't die. “Caught up by an angel,” the headlines proclaim, but David learns more. He is not alone in his affliction. Finding others who are like him is a relief that finally offers David a community where he doesn't have to constantly lie about his past and who he is, but can they be trusted? David slowly begins to open his heart to others again, particularly with Tiana, a dear friend who works at the book shop, but a shocking turn of events pose David with one of the greatest challenges he has ever faced, and his strength alone will not be enough to make it through this time.
Do you ever feel that you have read all of the good books, and wonder if you will ever find another one? No Less Days by Amanda G. Stevens will cure that feeling in a hurry! From the very first page, I was mesmerized by this book. I couldn't put it down because I had to find out what would happen next! Stevens is a talented author who finds just the right blend between the action and the drama, the “showing” and that little bit of necessary “telling.” While in the Christian fiction genre, No Less Days is in no way preachy. Stevens' characters are real, likable, and relatable. Her protagonist is not without his flaws, although he has had 167 years to hone some remarkable skills as well. I was deeply invested in both David and Tiana's lives, and cared greatly about what would happen to them. When the last page was turned, this book stuck with me for days after, and I will definitely be reading the sequel as soon as it is available.
My one complaint about No Less Days would have to be the abrupt ending. Not a cliffhanger exactly, but some major action is yet to happen, and the characters are still reeling from what has already happened. Since a sequel will be forthcoming, this kind of ending is understandable, although I would have loved to see a bit more of how the main characters processed what they had just been through—more of a debrief in a sense. Perhaps that debrief will be detailed further in the next book.
If you're looking for your next great read, I highly recommend No Less Days, and I look forward to reading whatever else comes from the pen of Amanda G. Stevens.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Barbour Publishing through NetGalley. The opinions I have expressed are my own.