View From Heaven

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic
The death of Reverend Jason Manning should have secretly been the best thing that ever happened to his family however eleven years later finds his adult children, Cecily and Ben, fighting to live and love in a world they never knew could be so cold.

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Prologue

Submitted: March 16, 2008

Prologue Cecily had once heard someone use the word surreal to describe an experience; she was unsure of the exact meaning at the tim... Read Chapter

Chapter 1

Submitted: March 16, 2008

Chapter 1 Nightmares are generally viewed as an infantile phenomenon; a figment of a slumbering child's imagination which causes her ... Read Chapter

Chapter 2

Submitted: March 17, 2008

Chapter 2 By the time Ben reached his Southside apartment half-an-hour later, he felt as if he had wasted away to nothing. During his... Read Chapter

Chapter 3

Submitted: March 17, 2008

Chapter 3 Hungry. The only thought, the only feeling, the only emotion Ben could perceive within himself was hungry. It was Monday no... Read Chapter

Chapter 4

Submitted: March 18, 2008

Chapter 4 On the short drive back to her apartment, rain began to fall softly outside. Cecily observed how the street lights glistene... Read Chapter

Chapter 5

Submitted: March 19, 2008

Chapter 5 The scene might have been a comical one, had it not been so overwhelmingly pathetic. After an all together successful first... Read Chapter

Chapter 6

Submitted: March 20, 2008

Chapter 6 Upon hearing his name exclaimed, Jamie's honey brown eyes snapped up from his menu in surprise. For what seemed like hours,... Read Chapter

Chapter 7

Submitted: March 23, 2008

Chapter 7 When Ben was very young, no older than six or seven, he developed a pretty rotten case of childhood asthma. It was somethin... Read Chapter

Chapter 8

Submitted: March 23, 2008

Chapter 8 Five o' clock at last. The muscles in Cecily's back cried out miserably with each bump, dip, jerk, and throttle of the #3 K... Read Chapter

Chapter 9

Submitted: March 23, 2008

Chapter 9 Cecily couldn’t believe her eyes. She had finally removed the unfortunate circumstances with Landon completely from her m... Read Chapter

Chapter 10

Submitted: March 24, 2008

Chapter 10 “Cosmopolitan straight up? Here you go, ma’am.” Cecily had lived the adult life for quite some time now, but she... Read Chapter

Chapter 11

Submitted: March 25, 2008

Chapter 11 She is startled from her restful sleep by the frightened whimper of a small girl not far off. Where is the sound coming fr... Read Chapter

Chapter 12

Submitted: March 26, 2008

Chapter 12 She was astonishingly beautiful, as William said. But beauty was not everything. Beauty had this penalty—it came too rea... Read Chapter

Chapter 13

Submitted: March 27, 2008

Chapter 13 “Did you ever notice how John Travolta dances in virtually every single one of his films?” “I never even thought... Read Chapter

Chapter 14

Submitted: March 28, 2008

Chapter 14 Tempo Cafsits near the heart of the city in a sharp, clean, eye-pleasing corner building. Famous for its twenty-four hour ... Read Chapter

Chapter 15

Submitted: March 30, 2008

Chapter 15 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be com... Read Chapter

Chapter 16

Submitted: March 31, 2008

Chapter 16 When he was only thirteen years old, Landon Chemeck resolved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was going to become an eng... Read Chapter

Chapter 17

Submitted: April 04, 2008

Chapter 17 Ever since a young age, Cecily possessed the quality of being rather perceptive. She couldn’t predict the week’s winni... Read Chapter

Chapter 18

Submitted: April 04, 2008

Chapter 18 “I’m a terrible person.” Cecily’s mother uttered the words in a strange, monotone register, as she might sound... Read Chapter

Chapter 19

Submitted: April 04, 2008

Chapter 19 Cecily had once heard someone use the word surreal to describe an experience; she was unsure of the exact meaning at the t... Read Chapter

Chapter 20

Submitted: April 05, 2008

Chapter 20 “So, Dee and I had spent two full weeks cruising around Los Angeles—in that new Lexus SC convertible I might add—a r... Read Chapter

Chapter 21

Submitted: April 06, 2008

Chapter 21 “Well, we meet at last,” Ben mused blandly, propped awkwardly on his side, lying on his makeshift hospital bed. He had... Read Chapter

Chapter 22

Submitted: April 08, 2008

Chapter 22 God dammit, his arms ached. He might as well have just traveled the past seven miles walking on his hands for the wretched... Read Chapter

Chapter 23

Submitted: April 09, 2008

Chapter 23 The taxi rolled into the Western suburb of Oak Park around nine in the morning. Cecily parted unhappily with the rather la... Read Chapter

Chapter 24

Submitted: May 04, 2008

Chapter 24 Four. Hundred. Thousand. Dollars. It didn’t seem like such a mind-blowing sum of money. People won a hundred times m... Read Chapter

Chapter 25

Submitted: May 04, 2008

Chapter 25 Of all the stupid, mindless, and nonsensical unpremeditated decisions Ben had made in his life, this one very well may hav... Read Chapter

Chapter 26

Submitted: May 04, 2008

Chapter 26 Ben jerked awake before dawn with an incredibly disturbing dream. It lingered in his mind, stirring his thoughts, disallow... Read Chapter

Chapter 27

Submitted: May 04, 2008

Chapter 27 Sleeping beside Jamie—lying in the strong and protective arms of the man who loved her was one of Cecily’s greatest co... Read Chapter

Chapter 28

Submitted: May 04, 2008

Chapter 28 Cecily sat Indian-style on her bed room floor encircled in a ring of endless paper—piles and piles of scattered leaves f... Read Chapter

Chapter 29

Submitted: May 04, 2008

Chapter 29 The rain fell, almost without reprieve, for three days straight. It was the kind of saturating and overwhelming rain that ... Read Chapter

Chapter 30

Submitted: May 04, 2008

Chapter 30 “This lobster is amazing.” “Yeah, have you tried the garlic roasted potatoes yet? They’re incredible.” ... Read Chapter

Chapter 31

Submitted: May 04, 2008

Chapter 31 “Whoever invented Peeps deserves to be shot. How can you control your gag reflex long enough to chew and swallow that th... Read Chapter

Chapter 32

Submitted: May 04, 2008

Chapter 32 Her eyes snap open, but she knows she is not awake. She has arrived once again, in that miserable place between wakefulnes... Read Chapter

Epilogue

Submitted: May 04, 2008

Epilogue Cecily had once heard someone use the word surreal to describe an experience; she was unsure of the exact meaning at the tim... Read Chapter

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