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"It's true what they say, you know: If you talk to God, you're religious; but if you hear from God, you're schizophrenic."  When a car accident leaves a famous movie star in a coma, nurse Kemp McAvoy thinks he has found his ticket to the life he's always wanted. As a med school dropout who was on his way to becoming an anesthesiologist, Kemp has the knowledge to carry off"It's true what they say, you know: If you talk to God, you're religious; but if you hear from God, you're schizophrenic."  When a car accident leaves a famous movie star in a coma, nurse Kemp McAvoy thinks he has found his ticket to the life he's always wanted. As a med school dropout who was on his way to becoming an anesthesiologist, Kemp has the knowledge to carry off the crazy plan he concocts: adjust the star's medication each night and pretend to be a heavenly visitor giving her messages. He recruits her agent and a down-and-out publisher to make sure the messages will become the next spiritual bestseller and make them all rich. But his girlfriend's daughter, Leah, keeps telling people that she is seeing angels, and her mother and her teachers are all afraid that something is wrong. Before it's all over, they'll all learn a few things about angels, love, and hope....

Title : Wonders Never Cease
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ISBN : 9781595543097
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Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Wonders Never Cease Reviews

  • Karin
    2019-02-24 00:15

    This is the first novel I've read by Downs. It's praised as "a warm-hearted story of mistaken identity and unlikely redemption". I wouldn't classify this story as warm-hearted, and I struggle to find the redemption.The main characters are a lazy narcissist, a co-dependent single mom, and a six year-old who sees angels. Then add the child's teacher and school counselor, both non-believers in a Christian school, a self-center movie star, her greedy agent, a dishonest book editor, and a loan shark. The only genuine character is the janitor, who eventually turns to extortion to get his way.I found the story a bit depressing - it starts with lies and ends with lies. Instead of forgiveness and redemption, there's retribution and manipulation.The author attempts to touch on the issue of faith, commenting that there needs to be "a willingness to believe". While that concept sounds nice, a willingness to believe in angels doesn't redeem one's soul. It's the belief in and acceptance of Jesus Christ that redeems.The story is well-written, but it left me disappointed. The characters all continue on in their troubled ways, not learning lessons or repenting of their wrong decisions, but finally getting what they deserve. I found this story to be less about redemption and more about consequences - you reap what you sow.

  • Dani
    2019-02-25 21:25

    This book was a cute, comedic, quick read. I really hated the character Kemp and had a hard time finding redeeming qualities about him, but the other characters were lovable. Not my favorite book, but definitely a fun one!

  • Sally Andrews
    2019-03-24 19:25

    I hated the main character, but're supposed to! This was a really cool book. I'm not going to say too much. Spoilers and all. Just fun.

  • Wesley
    2019-03-25 02:59

    Outstanding bookThis kept me up late for several nights. I found it similar to some of Kristen Heitzmann's books. A touch of the supernatural. Highly recommended.

  • Tina
    2019-02-27 03:01

    Original review here: invest a lot of emotions when I read a book. I am very particular with characters, and strong characters always make a mark in me, even if the plot is typical. Most of the books I marked as favorite are books that leave me both sad and satisfied at the end, books that I felt that the characters were not only people inside a book, but people who have become my friends.When I saw Wonders Never Cease up for grabs at Book Sneeze, I grabbed it because I thought this is one of the books where I would find friends. I figure, it’s a book about impersonating an angel, and there’s got to be a lot of hilarious moments here, and redemptive moments as well. The blurb alone sounds like a movie, and it seems like a heartwarming read.I really wanted to like this book. I really, really wanted to. But somehow, as I read, I find myself feeling very, very annoyed at the sheer ridiculousness of the characters. Kemp McAvoy is a nurse with an MD, and he’s always been dissatisfied with his life. Natalie Pelton, Kemp’s girlfriend, is struggling to make the ends meet while raising her daughter Leah, who suddenly sees angels. Kemp shows no care over Natalie’s concerns, and instead chooses to focus on how Lattes with God, a book he found in the nurses’ break room can be so popular when he feels it’s full of crap. When he meets the comatose Olivia Hayden, he gets an idea to impersonate an angel and tell Olivia to write a book that will be published and be even bigger book than Lattes with God. This brings in a lot of complications because Kemp can’t stop only thinking about himself, and pretty soon there’s a sort of mafia-like guy in the deal (with a name that sounds even more mafia-like: Tino Gambitto), a janitor, a neurologist who suddenly disappears, not to mention a teacher who’s attracted to Natalie, and a school counselor who doesn’t believe in God.I never felt any connection to any character in the story, not even the “good guys” and the underdogs. I could give a bit of credit to the plot, but characters who I couldn’t like or relate to just made it blah, for me. I wanted to know: where were Natalie’s parents? Why is Kemp so stubborn? Is it only because of family? I felt that none of the characters were given enough depth just so the story can move. I couldn’t figure out who the real protagonist here was — is it Leah? Is it Natalie? I’m pretty sure it isn’t Kemp.Faith issues were poorly dealt with, too. I thought there would be a redemption scene at the end, but there was sadly none. Some characters discussed the kid’s visions of angels, and the idea of being willing to believe, but it felt weak, almost forced. I have a feeling none of the characters there were really even believers, not even Natalie, or Emmet the janitor. Furthermore, the repercussions of Kemp’s actions didn’t seem like it happened because it was simply wrong, but because he just wasn’t smart enough and he’s too greedy.The ending would have been heartwarming, if the money given to Natalie and Leah were not taken from extortion. I mean, seriously, the end doesn’t justify the means. Just because you’re giving money to help someone doesn’t excuse the reasons how you got it. Even if Kemp and his partners deserved to be conned, I don’t think it was an excuse to extort money from them, by wanting in in the operation and threatening them. I feel this sets a poor example to the readers. This is supposed to be Christian fiction, right? Or maybe I’m mistaken?I really, really wanted to like this book. I swear, I really did. But in the end, whatever wonder this book wanted to give just didn’t reach me. I give props to the plot with potential, but everything else just just felt short. Maybe this would have been better if it was made into a movie.

  • Amanda Deleon
    2019-03-23 03:03

    This book is amazing I finished it and it is amazing I love how the angel and lead and the teacher is teaching people things in life ( even though the teacher is supposed to be teaching something) but I don't think that Natalie needs to be dating a rude person like Mr. Kemp and I don't think that Leah has to be there to hear everything that they talk about and I am sorry Leah that your childhood was like that..

  • Wendy Hines
    2019-03-04 21:22

    Olivia Hayden is an aging actress who refuses to be type cast. She wants to keep doing her famous roles as a beautiful twenty-something. But when her agent sets her up for a meeting with a writing looking for an "alcoholic, fiftish mom", Olivia sees red. She races down the highway in her car at super speeds, and it doesn't end well. She finds herself in the trauma ward at UCLA Hospital.Kemp McAvoy believes he deserves more, of everything. He was kicked out of his residency on his third year, so he had to resort to nursing to pay the bills. His dad want's him to earn a living, but Kemp has always looked for a short cut to get what he wants. When he finds himself the nurse for the famous celebrity Liv Hayden, Kemp cooks up a scheme to get rich.Natalie is also a nurse at the hospital and is Kemp's girlfriend. She has a daughter named Leah who is a bright and imaginative child who loves to tell stories. But lately she keeps talking about seeing angels. The school things Leah may have a medical condition, but Natalie refuses to believe it. Kemp, though, jumps on the idea for his scheme.He'll bring Liv slightly out of her healing induced coma and act like an angel, just so he can get Liv to write a book and he could make millions. But he needs a partner, and a publisher, and Liv's agent on board to make it all work. But what he doesn't count on is the work of the Almighty and his own messengers to throw a kink in his plans.Wonders Never Cease is a well-told story with many messages of moral, kindness, and love. I read it in one sitting, I was so entranced with the story. There are a few twists that keep the story moving quickly. The characters are likable, or in the case of Kemp, quite deplorable. I felt compassion, humor, disgust, and hope as I read Wonders Never Cease and I am going to recommend it to many of my friends. Fantastic!

  • Katrin V
    2019-03-01 22:08

    Not as good as the Bugman series, but pretty gripping.

  • Lynn Dove
    2019-03-10 19:12

    My Review of : Wonders Never Cease by: Tim DownsTim Downs writes a light-hearted, at times laugh-out-loud story with Wonders Never Cease. When Kemp McAvoy, a despicable n’er-do-well comes up with a get-rich-quick scheme to impersonate an angel to a has-been actress, Olivia Hayden, the author weaves a tightly knit plot together that has a fairly predictable ending. Threaded into the story is a tender portrayal of a single Mom, Natalie, trying to raise her six year old daughter, Leah without any help from her selfish, live in boyfriend, Kemp. When Leah tells people she can see angels only the kind-hearted janitor at the hospital where Natalie and Kemp work seems to believe her far-fetched stories. I enjoyed Wonders Never Cease although I pretty much had the ending figured out by the fifteenth chapter. If the book has a draw back, that is the most glaring one: its predictable ending. That said, there were still some comical twists in the plot that captivated my attention enough to want to read to the end of the book. The villains are portrayed as buffoons for the most part and the manner in which they all get their comeuppance is applaudable. The author made sure any “violence” was mostly implied so the book is definitely family friendly. I couldn’t help but think the story would make a great Family Channel movie. Overall, I enjoyed reading Wonders Never Cease. It was a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. (I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.combook review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

  • Vanessa James-brooks
    2019-03-19 19:14

    When famed actress Olivia Hayden ends up in intensive care after a car accident, her nurse, Kemp McAvoy, seizes the opportunity to exploit the comatose star for his own personal gain. But while he's playing angel to the infirm celebrity, his girlfriend's daughter, Leah Pelton, claims she truly does see divine spirits. As the novel intensifies, the manipulation of one manufactured mystery becomes mired in criminal missteps; meanwhile, the other, possibly hallucinatory one, proves more difficult to refute. While Downs attempts to maintain the edge of a crime novel in this energetic drama, McAvoy's loutish nature, foiled by Pelton's endearing sincerity, makes for overly simplified characters in a sometimes stilted narrative. Nevertheless, fans of his previous books may find it refreshing to read this author's fast-paced novel set not in the South but in the greedy world of Hollywood.Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.NOW MY TAKE ON "Wonders Never Cease"I found this book to be addicting and I LOVE THAT in a book~! If a book does not catch me right away I am done, so if your like me and the book HAS to catch your attention right away this is a book for you. Olivia Hayden the character in the book is about to receive a visitor but the way she See's him is as an angel, Kemp McAvoy. Kemp decides to play along with it and adjust her meds so she really thinks she is being visited by an angel. She awakes thinking she really saw an angel, and that it was real but no one believes her.

  • Sandie
    2019-03-12 19:17

    Is there any such animal as a non-mystery Christian cozy beach read? If there is then WONDERS NEVER CEASE by Tim Downs would fit nicely into this category. Rather than give you a chronological account of this story, let me instead try to convey the general flavor of the book. At the heart of the story is a precocious six year old girl named Leah who insists she sees angels, much to the chagrin of the adults in her life. In addition we have the aging movie star, her agent, an opportunistic publisher, an arrogant nurse and an array of ludicrous situations featuring greedy adults, colossal egos, and a supposedly foolproof get rich quick scheme.Reading this book I felt a twinge of nostalgia for the old Damon Runyon stories…..the ones where the scumbag was a self inflated buffoon who thought that he was smarter than the average bear and the bad guy was more Sheldon Leonard as Harry the Horse in Guys and Dolls than James Gandolfini’s racketeer Tony in The Sopranos.Utilizing a couple of his characters Downs pushes his readers to question their beliefs and at least acknowledge the possibility of angels. Once we have taken that giant step, it becomes pretty comforting to think that we all have a constant invisible companion who is there to guide, protect and assist us as we motor down life’s highway.

  • Rebornbutterfly
    2019-02-25 19:09

    This had pontential of becoming like an episode of Touched By An Angel. In other words - cheesy, and extremely so. But Wonders Never Cease doesn't fall into that category - EVER. It's a lighthearted read, but has a lot of depth where it counts - unlike the messages the "Angel" Kemp is giving to Liv Hayden.The author, Tim Downs, is well known for his Suspense books (and even won a Christy for one!) But this isn't a Supense or Thriller, honestly i don't know what to call it! The best way i can think of describing it is as a medical mystery with a supernatural twist and a touch of Hollywood life, if that makes any sense at all!This book is definitely a stretch in genres but he still proves himself to be just as great a writer in this book as he is in his suspense novels. As many people have been saying about this book, it truly is one you can enjoy even if you don't like Christian Fiction. I'm looking forward to seeing more books of this genre from Tim Downs! :)Thanks to for sending me this book to review!

  • Judy
    2019-03-08 21:07

    The recipe for a fun read: Take an ethically-challenged rich kid, a divorced single mom, a loan shark, a pulp publisher, a washed-up actress along with her oily agent, and throw in an angel for good measure mix with 2 parts quirkiness, 3 parts action and a dash of drama. Seriously,Downs has a gift for turning out non-traditional stories involving exceptionally-flawed people in major roles. What I mean by 'non-traditional' is his books aren't the traditional serious-minded thriller variety, that put you on the edge of your seat. They also aren't the corny, comedy variety where the villain is a bumbling idiot. Instead there is a nice mesh of reality with dollops of humor, drama and irony and heaping scoops of action. The reason this doesn't get five stars is two-fold:1) It starts slower than any Downs book I've read --- There are only two I haven't read.2) I don't give out five stars unless the book is almost perfect in all regards.

  • Kelly Hager
    2019-02-25 02:20

    I requested this book because it reminded me a little of Jodi Picoult's Keeping Faith, but the two are really different.Natalie's daugher Leah keeps seeing angels (and, of course, nobody believes her). But Natalie's boyfriend Kemp* gets an idea--what if he engineers it so that movie star Olivia Hayden (who is in a medically-induced coma) thinks SHE sees an angel and writes a book about it? He gets a publisher and her agent in on it, and he figures he'll stand to make a ton of money.Except it turns out that it's not a good idea to pretend to be an angel. (And it's an even worse idea when you're greedy and an idiot like Kemp is.)This is definitely an interesting premise, and most of the characters are incredibly likable (except for Kemp and his partners in operation faux angel sighting.)* = Kemp is a total ass. And that's one of the nicer things I could say about him.

  • Hannah
    2019-02-24 00:04

    Coming from an avid fan of the Bug Man, Wonders Never Cease is completely unlike anything else Downs has written. A very fast, enjoyable read. I finished it in two days. The scenario is believable and interesting, and is a good reminder that not only are angels and supernatural powers very much at work in our world today, but a reminder to be careful of anything that--no matter how good it seems--contradicts God's Word even slightly. Kemp annoyed me to no end. I never ended up liking him, and from an author standpoint, loved that aspect, because sometimes it's a nice switch-up to have a central character that is unlikeable and yet, people want to read about him anyway. Natalie's backstory could have been alluded to more...I felt a little left in the dark about her background and would have liked to know more. The ending felt a tad rushed; I wish Downs had fleshed out the ending a big more, as some parts of it felt a little too ambiguous. Overall, a fun read.

  • Kelsey
    2019-02-27 20:56

    When I read the summary of Wonders Never Cease on Book Sneeze, I was intrigued. I couldn't put this book down! Each chapter flowed into the next, and every part was interesting (except when the criminal masterminds were talking about money...I am not a money person!).This book would not have been as great if it wasn't for the constant humor and sarcasm. Many times I had to stop reading because I was laughing so hard!Wonders Never Cease tackles a tough subject (are angels real?) and puts it in a modern context that we can relate to. Also, points for the uniqueness of the book. Kemp McAvoy is out to get money and he picks up a few money-snatchers on the way to dupe a celebrity...genius. I would definitely recommend this book.

  • Amanda
    2019-03-07 20:56

    2.5 stars.I only started this because I was trying to cull my too large, "probably won't ever get to" section of my tbr shelf of books. I successfully put a few books in the donate to goodwill or library box after testing the first few pages/ chapters. With this one I got to chapter three and was still interested and kind of entertained. It's a very light quick read, two hours later I had finished it. Hard to explain why really, there are few like-able characters, in fact they are pretty much all either spineless co dependent types or scumbags, there is very little character development, and the plot is quite ridiculous but I found it a cosy, escapist read. Probably in the same way watching a lifetime movie is, but once once in a while it's not a bad way to spend a few hours.

  • Ann
    2019-03-17 03:14

    In Wonders Never Cease, nurse (and egotist) Kemp McAvoy believes he’s found a perfect way to make a million dollars without having to work for the money. When a famous, if over-the-hill, movie star is injured in an automobile accident, Kemp is assigned to her care in ICU. His money-making scheme involves the movie star’s agent and the publisher of a runaway bestseller called Lattes with God. His idea seems foolproof, but then surprises arise. Wonders Never Cease is written with Downs’ trademark humor, and at the same time it touches on some serious issues concerning our modern tendency to lean toward feel-good spirituality. Wonders Never Cease is a quick read, and an enjoyable one. It’s a perfect choice for a relaxing weekend in the easy chair.

  • Freda Mans-Labianca
    2019-03-14 19:20

    This is one of those stories that is going to stick with me for a while. Even though it's fiction. Just the idea that seeing angels can lead people to believe what they do... there was once a time when I thought we were wrong not to believe in angels. At least with a christian upbringing that is what we are led to believe. So why not believe a child, so pure in heart, can see them. I think the idea is, well, heavenly.The writer knew how to get the story out, and make you think about what was in it.The other part of the story, is like the rest. Just a tale, with bad guys and bad ideas. Well put together though, because you get angry in parts where it's merited.That is the making of a great read!One for the recommendation list!

  • Linore
    2019-03-05 02:05

    It took me a few chapters to be sure I wanted to finish this book, but once I got hooked, it was a great ride. Inspirational, touching, surprising, and with an ending that Hollywood would adore, I highly recommend WONDERS NEVER CEASE. Downs almost hides his very capable hands as the plot seems to wend its way into places we don't like; but you'll come out grinning from this one, which I stayed up nearly all night to finish. (That, in itself, is a rave.) Bonus: There's no reason you can't give this to ANYONE on your gift list. There's no condemnation here for anyone who doesn't really, really deserve it. (That's a hint.)

  • Kathy
    2019-02-28 21:03

    I had been wanting to read this book because I really enjoyed Tim Down's bug man mystery series but didn't know if I would like this one as well so I had put off buying it. But when I found it for a dollar at Half Price Books it was the perfect opportunity to try it out. This book has an unusual cast of characters, a six-year old girl, a narcissistic male nurse, a loan shark, an actress in a coma, and an angel, just to name a few. This weird combination of characters actually work together to make an interesting though unusual plot. It was an enjoyable read. I still like the bug man series better but I really enjoyed this one too. I wish I could give it 3 1/2 stars.

  • Yen Peng
    2019-03-26 03:01

    Perfect for lightweight, lighthearted reading on days you don't want to wrack your brain or mess around with emotions. With an easy pace and breezy writing style, it makes an amusing story, but with that being said, Wonders Never Cease does come across as undercooked, having no real meat to sink in. As the main character's fool-proof plan to get rich slowly becomes undone by his own foolish doing, I can't help but to feel that the plot (both the scheme and of the novel) unraveled too conveniently. Overall, it's a sweet heartwarming tale on morality but underneath all that warmth, there's a niggling feeling of being shortchanged.

  • (not your)
    2019-03-09 01:17

    Unfortunately we’ll never know. Though Mr. Downs began with a great concept and a natural platform for exploration, he just never seemed to let go and really delve into faith and spirituality. That’s not to say I didn’t like the book. Wonders Never Cease is a fun, well-written read with likable characters and an amusing plot. Was it challenging? No. Gripping? Slightly. Entertaining? Definitely. Wonders Never Cease will make a fun addition to our church library and has made me curious about Mr. Downs other works.

  • Katie R. Herring
    2019-03-08 00:03

    I can honestly say that I don't think I've ever disliked a character as much as I disliked Kemp. Holy cow I wanted to cut him with a dull spoon. Jeez. He's so full of himself and cocky and horrible and stupid. (I could go on.) One thing I didn't like about the novel was the beginning and end; Leah telling the story and ending with the epilogue didn't make too much sense to me. She was the one telling the main story, so I feel like it didn't really flow. However, my insides got all fuzzy when Emmentt gave the "Shhh" at the end of the novel. I knew it.

  • Tori
    2019-03-03 21:25

    "Wonders Never Cease" is a wonderful story. It was light-hearted, but also serious. It was about how God is involved in so many ways we don't know about or understand, and perhaps only the pure, innocent ones like Leah ever could. It was about faith and the willingness to believe, two things most people forgot about a long time ago. (I especially liked the ending, where it turns out Emmet was the angel helping Leah all along.) I would definitely read this book again, and I recommend it to everyone: it's a great story for all ages, even for others of different religions.

  • Dexter
    2019-03-07 03:11

    In the beginning I was a little worried, because I really, really wanted to love this book (isn't the cover awesome?). But the beginning just felt a little silly and uninteresting.But oh did it get better.It ended up being surprisingly difficult to put down, and I could not stop grinning as I read the last few chapters. In fact, I'm still grinning now. One of the best Christian fiction books I've ever read, and it definitely has the best angels.

  • Becky
    2019-03-15 01:56

    Interesting story with believable characters. A little girl sees an angel and instantly treated as "troubled". In the meantime, an opportunist concocts a plan to fabricate an angel, so that he can "cash in" on the public's gullibility. I enjoyed this story, although I prefer Tim Downs forensic entimologist stories better. This story explores our understanding of human nature versus divine messengers - we prefer to hear what we want to hear rather than listen for the Truth.

  • Andrea
    2019-03-07 22:03


  • Catherine Richmond
    2019-03-24 00:21

    ICU nurse Kemp impersonates an angel while caring for an actress. Then he works with two other scoundrels, the actress's agent and a publisher, to spin a bestseller self-help book. It's been a long time since I disliked a character as much as I disliked Kemp McAvoy - great job, Mr. Downs!

  • Teri Smith
    2019-02-25 19:58

    Definitely not characteristic of Tim Downs' writing. I was quite disappointed in this book. The characters were not developed well, the story seemed thrown together. If you want to read something good by Tim Downs, go with any Bugman novel or Plague Maker.