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It begins with a 3:00 a.m. telephone call. On one end is Terry Bachelder, a closeted teacher. On the other, the suicidal teenage son of the local preacher. When Terry fails to prevent disaster, grief rips the small town of Crystal Falls apart.At the epicenter of the tragedy, seventeen-year-old Jonah Riverside tries to make sense of it all. Finding Daniel’s body leaves himIt begins with a 3:00 a.m. telephone call. On one end is Terry Bachelder, a closeted teacher. On the other, the suicidal teenage son of the local preacher. When Terry fails to prevent disaster, grief rips the small town of Crystal Falls apart.At the epicenter of the tragedy, seventeen-year-old Jonah Riverside tries to make sense of it all. Finding Daniel’s body leaves him struggling to balance his sexual identity with his faith, while his church, led by the Reverend Isaac Thompson, mounts a crusade to destroy Terry, whom Isaac believes corrupted his son and caused the boy to take his own life.Having quietly crushed on his teacher for years, Jonah is determined to clear Terry’s name. That quest leads him to Eric Jacobs, Daniel’s true secret lover, and to get involved in Eric’s plan to shake up their small-minded town. Meanwhile, Rev. Thompson struggles to make peace between his religious convictions and the revelation of his son's homosexuality. If he can’t, he leaves the door open for the devil—and for a second tragedy to follow....

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By That Sin Fell the Angels Reviews

  • Michael Halfhill
    2018-11-30 21:04

    This was an unusual book for me. Not because the topics of gay teens coming (or not coming), to terms with their sexuality, or self-loathing, or religious self-righteous bigotry, or mass hysteria and false labeling of gays as sexual predators, or teen suicide. All of these have been explored and dissected elsewhere in non-fiction and fiction. What struck me from the beginning was the sense of balance, the yin-yang, Jamie Fessenden strikes in "By That Sin Fell The Angels". The setting is a small New England town. The kind represented in movies where the lens is softly focused and where everyone knows everyone—smiles all around you.The story begins with Daniel, the only son of Isaac, a Christian fundamentalist preacher, committing suicide in a way that is startling, and dramatic.Schooled from boyhood in the Bible by his father, Daniel is devoutly Christian, and gay. From this dynamic flow two powerful, and seemingly irreconcilable forces. Forces that Daniel could not resist, so he ended them by killing himself in the very sanctuary of his church. The chief theme in this story is Isaac the preacher coming to terms with his God, and his understanding of that God. Yet there’s lots going on in "By That Sin Fell The Angels", however, Jamie Fessenden focuses not on the infectious bigotry pastor Isaac himself spreads among his flock, nor the triumph of the town’s acceptance of a gay teacher, but rather pastor Isaac’s wrenching journey of a soul in distress toward understanding that we are all fearfully and wonderfully created. From Daniel’s suicide, to the outing of his school teacher, as well as Jonah, another boy in the school, and of Eric, a boy who is very much out and about as a gay teen, Jamie Fessenden weaves a coat of many colors. Mr. Fessenden has written a book of deep understanding. As I read this, I got the sense that he has on some level experienced some of what he has expressed so well.

  • Lou Sylvre
    2018-12-08 18:40

    Jamie Fessenden’s By That Sin Fell the Angels is a literary novel that shines (five stars worth) by any standard. (I don't think there are spoilers here. If you disagree please let me know!)Published under Dreamspinner Press’ new Itineris imprint, many will classify Fessenden’s latest offering as genre fiction, because the story explores themes relating to being gay. Don’t get me wrong, I read, write, love genre fiction. But this book is bigger, broader, than genre. It explores themes that are particular and personal, but universal if we only allow ourselves to feel. Fessenden juggles pain and joy, belief and doubt, pitting extremist doctrine against the fundamental truth of a young man’s gay identity. The author is in company, for example, with Alice Sebold, who mined that emotional territory in a story surrounding a murdered child, or Jodi Picoult, who laid bare the heart of a girl born to be a donor child for her sibling. Completely different circumstances, but needs and fears equally deep, broad, and human.By That Sin Fell the Angels opens with a telephone call that a small town high school music teacher wishes he never got. Terry is a gay man who is not exactly “out” in his community—for good reason, and the caller is a young boy looking for help. The boy hangs up before Terry, against his lawyer boyfriend’s better judgment, can offer help, or even find out who the kid is, beyond the name, “God is my Judge.” He does figure out who the caller was when he learns of the boy’s dramatic suicide, staged at the small church where his father Isaac preaches.Another young man, Jonah, who is very closely tied to the reverend Isaac’s church, then takes center stage. In addition to Terry, Jonah, and Isaac, another important character is Eric, the only “out” gay teen in town and perhaps a bit flaming. Fessenden has the reader ride along with each of these individuals, all of whom seemed destined to spectacularly crash. Gradually, he shows us the shape of things that can be. This is a slow process that’s beautiful and excruciating and taken in stages like blowing glass or turning wood on a lathe. I constantly found myself thinking, “Oh! I didn’t know that.” Or, “I didn’t expect that!” Or sometimes, “Oh, I should have seen that.” And each time I felt that way, it mirrored a character’s experience.I appreciate the writer’s skill in realizing these characters. Fessenden used multiple third person points of view, and not at any time are they confused, or blurred. In telling the characters’ truth, he has favored none over the others. Yes, I want Jonah to come out with hope, and no I don’t agree with what Isaac believes. But when I’m reading from Isaac’s point of view, I see Isaac, and I know him as a fellow human; I still don’t agree with him, but I understand him. That’s high accomplishment.Bottom line, in By That Sin Fell the Angels, Fessenden has found a deeply relevant story and told it very well. This is five stars, but if it were possible to give more, I think I might.

  • Susan65
    2018-12-02 19:52

    The Blogger GirlsThis was such a difficult story to read, and I imagine it was just as difficult for the author to write, for no other reason than the sad truth that many LGBT youth and adults are still placed in such impossible to win situations. This didn’t read as fiction or a wild imagination, but more like the horrific reality of many of our gay friends and family when faced with extreme religious fanatics. To have one’s entire existence bashed, and their eternal soul condemned to hell on a daily basis, leaves very little room for growth, happiness, and in some cases, even a future.This is not a romance, but it is a love story…of sorts. There aren’t two main characters, but a plethora of victims..and a few victors, as well. It was a hard won battle and definitely a worthy read, but if facing the reality of the condemnation on our gay brethren by religious nut cases hurts your feelings, then I suggest you move on along. However, if you are willing to step out, for just a short time, into the shoes of Daniel, Eric, Jonah, Terry, and Jack, then I think you will walk away with a better appreciation of how humanity and love, is not always humane and is, for some, conditional.Don’t let my review scare you off. Yes, the subject matter is difficult and some of it was tragic, but the ending gives you hope. And really, that’s enough for me.

  • Sammy Goode
    2018-12-07 20:05

    Normally I would begin a review with the synopsis of the plot, carefully detailing some succinct information but not so much as to reveal too much lest it give the story away. But not this time. By That Sin Fell The Angels by Jamie Fessenden deserves something more than a tepid synopsis and short critique. To say that this book (a second edition re-released by Dreamspinner Press) is timely is a vast understatement. With the SCOTUS decision making the right to marry legal for all, this author’s novel sheds truthful light on the nasty underbelly of a nation at war with itself. All across this country there is both political and religious posturing condemning now lawful gay marriage. Once again the LGBT community finds itself under siege. And that in a nutshell is the plot of this amazing novel.In a small town, a gay teacher struggles to keep his sexuality and his love for a gay lawyer out of the public spotlight. Quietly he had begun a support group for other gay men but it has been three years since he placed a flier announcing that group in a public coffee shop and since then he and his group have kept to themselves. So, when Terry receives a phone call at 3am from a young man obviously distraught and needing to talk, he is wary to extend help. How could this teenager have found a flier that had not been posted in over three years? Little did Terry know then that the phone call he took would lead to devastating consequences for himself and others including three teen boys who needed a supportive hand but were only shown the cold retribution of a close minded Christian community.Jamie Fessenden’s novel opens wide the doors of bigotry and hate that currently hide in some (please note the word, “some”) supposed christian communities across this country. Through a changing point of view and a daily log of a town in turmoil this author uses incredible skill at unfolding a story that rings with truth and sincerity. My heart wept for these characters and every page had me understanding more how incredibly suffocating religious hate is to men and women in this country who simply ask to have the same right as you and I to love another person.I was drawn into this remarkable plot that followed a roller coaster of reactionary events that pushed its characters to the breaking point. Threats of lost jobs, attempted suicide, attempted murder all piled up on top of one another as a town lost its mind in a zealous effort to “protect its children from the pestilence of sin that is the homosexual lifestyle”. I wept as innocent victims fell under the hatred of bigotry and ignorance. I cheered as one teacher made the decision to stand his ground and fight against the intolerable weight of a community’s self-righteous shaming. And with every page I saw glimpses of our nation, and I shook my head in dismay.By That Sin Fell The Angels by Jamie Fessenden is not just some political rant or condemnation of all religion; rather it is a novel that begs the question of how we can stand and allow hate to continue to drive our country. Wrapped up in an smartly written and intriguing story, the truth that all people have the right to love whom they please cries out on every page of this novel.

  • Jaymie
    2018-11-22 20:01

    Hmm...there is just so much to say yet I am not sure if I can really express it. This book was just a tad bit different than I had originally thought but I have to say I was definitely drawn to the story. I tried many times to put it down but I couldn't.It is emotional and at times a little hard to read. I found myself feeling everything as I read it. Sadness, happiness, rage and disgust. There were parts that were funny and there were parts where I felt the tears building up. A phone call at 3 am and the suicide of the preacher's seventeen year old son irrevocably change the lives of an entire town. ***********(This May Possibly Contain Spoiler's)**********************Terry Bachelder the high school music teacher runs a gay men's support group in his small town where it is not widely known that he is gay, especially to those at the school. He knows what can happen if people in town find out he's gay and has been teaching their kids. The last thing he wants is to lose his job that he loves because of the narrow-minded members of his community.Daniel Thompson is the seventeen year old son of Reverand Isaac Thompson. He knows the bible inside and out and has a strong belief in God. He knows he is Gay and has come to accept it but he also is very unhappy and can't go on any longer the way he is. Daniel calls the number of the support group that he got off of a flier to tell Terry that it's all too much. Without giving anything away about who he is (although he leaves a small clue about his name) or his plan, he hangs up leaving Terry to ponder who had called him and whether or not he could have helped him more.The next day he finds out it was Daniel and that he killed himself in his father's church. He is racked with guilt that he wasn't able to do anything and wonders what will happen if anyone finds out he spoke with the boy before his death. He soon finds out and his worst fears come true as the schoolboard, parents and church set out to crucify him.Jonah Riverside was in Daniel's class, went to church with him, sang with him in the choir and admired him from afar. He and his mother's boyfriend discovered Daniel's body and now he can't get it out of his mind. He doesn't want anyone to know he is gay but he needs to talk to someone and he doesn't know where to turn. His only options seem to be the only openly gay kid at school Eric Jacobs and his favorite teacher Mr. B.Eric is the only kid at school comfortable enough to live out and proud but he is also tormented by everyone. He has no friends and is constantly being targeted by the school's homophobic students. No one knows that he and Daniel had secretly been seeing each other. No one knows the pain he is in now that Daniel is gone.As Terry goes through a police investigation, the possibility of losing the job he loves and having to deal with the town hating him for being gay he realizes things in this town need to change.Jonah has to go through the emotional turmoil of being gay and too afraid of the consequences of admitting it along with building a friendship with Eric the school pariah. Eric has in his possession something that can help clear Mr. B's name and convince everyone that he didn't have an inappropriate relationship with Daniel. Unfortunately what clears Terry in turn causes the entire town to hate Eric even more and has the potential to ruin his life as well as others. This book deals with it all: suicide, religion, drugs, sexuality, bullying and even murder. It also deals with love, forgiveness and redemption.

  • Max
    2018-11-25 16:58

    Having gone through some of the exact same situations in my youth, this was a very difficult book for me to read. I too was the boy who played the piano at church. I not only drank that kool-aid, I liked it! I some how survived, I was lucky, thousands of other gay teens are not. I'll never understand how someone can go to church and proclaim the love of God but can have so much hate in his heart for someone who has the gall to be different than he is.Jamie Fessenden takes a hard look at bigotry and stupidity in a small community, and religious fervor taken to a twisted and extreme degree. In the end we are left with hope, and for what more than that can anyone ask? This book is compelling and well written, but be prepared to be challenged by its themes. Several times I wanted to cry out, rant and physically shake a character until he or she saw the error of his or her way.

  • Brandilyn
    2018-11-28 19:04

    I do not feel worthy of writing this review. I will give it my best shot.I am not a religious person. I grew up in the church, but it was always a choice to attend. A choice I made each Sunday, consciously. As I grew up and learned more and more about religion and the bible, I turned from the church. I won’t get into my beliefs, or lack thereof. I only point this out to say don’t let your religious stance turn you off of this fabulous book. Whether you are a believer or not, the themes and characters in this story will pull you in and not let go.So let us focus on those characters for a minute. There are three major players in By That Sin. Isaac, Jonah, and Terry.Find my full review on Prism Book Alliance http://www.prismbookalliance.com/?pos...

  • Aurora
    2018-11-28 00:07

    By That Sin Fell The Angels is a compelling read from the first to last page when tragedy strikes at the heart of a small town in America. As the locals come to terms with the trauma of a young boy's suicide, emotions run high as the wounded seek someone to blame and long buried secrets begin to rise to the surface. Daniel, the son of the local preacher, takes his own life in his father's church and his body is discovered by another teenager, Jonah, who harboured a crush on Daniel. As the story unfolds, Jonah learns that Daniel was gay and having a secret relationship with Eric, an openly gay boy who is subjected to ridicule by the town. The loss of Daniel brings Jonah and Eric together, and although Eric may be more flamboyant than Jonah would like, the two boys begin to find common ground as Jonah finally confesses he too is gay. Jonah finds himself increasingly drawn to Eric but any hopes he has of pursuing a more physical relationship are soon thwarted by Eric who makes it clear he has no desire to be part of Jonah's experimentation. However, the boys soon have something more serious to worry about as their teacher, Terry Bachelder, is outed and becomes the focus of the town's wrath.Before Daniel committed suicide, he contacted Terry anonymously and the record of the call leaves Terry open to accusations of having corrupted the boy. Once Terry is revealed to be gay, Rev. Thompson begins to blame him for his son's death and his condemnation of the homosexual lifestyle from the pulpit threatens to destroy everything Terry holds dear despite his innocence. Eric has video evidence which not only proves Daniel was not having an affair with Terry but also reveals his state of mind just before his suicide, and by releasing it Eric hopes to clear Terry's name, however the revelations have disastrous consequences that threaten the lives of both Eric and Jonah. I love stories set in small towns where a tragic event leads to all sorts of secrets coming out of the woodwork, and Fessenden does a great job of maintaining the various levels of tension throughout as the truth is slowly revealed. The image of Daniel's body lying in the church is an extremely powerful one which stays with the reader and Daniel is very much a character in his own right despite his death, evoking our sympathy as he struggles with his sexuality and his faith. The questions surrounding homosexuality and religion are sensitively handled and Daniel's struggles are brought to the forefront once more through Jonah who finds himself in the same predicament. As you would expect, Rev. Thompson wastes no time in spreading his particular brand of bigotry but it is a testament of how good the characterisation is in this book that I could not find it in me to condemn Thompson wholeheartedly despite how much I detested his actions. At the end of the day, Thompson is a man who has been broken, firstly, by the death of his wife and, secondly, by the death of his son, and he is desperate for someone to blame. When Thompson realises he must share part of the blame for his son's death, the revelation is shattering and it rocks him to the core. While Thompson will probably never reconcile his faith with homosexuality, the conclusion of the book does force him to reflect on his own actions and he is definitely shaken by his confrontation with Terry. I'm not going to get into the whole argument over scripture as I'm a non-believer and that is best left to those who understand it better than I can. I liked the fact Fessenden allows the characters to speak for themselves and the townspeople are portrayed as ordinary people who are suddenly faced with a moral dilemma. I would've liked to have seen a bit more support for Terry, as those who care about him are all represented as gay with the sheriff sitting on the fence somewhat, however I do understand the small town mentality being examined here and the power of peer pressure. Fessenden doesn't come down heavily on the side of any character in the story, allowing readers to consider each point of view for themselves, a remarkable achievement in a genre so often populated with caricatures. Posted from BitterSweet Reviews

  • Christopher Moss
    2018-12-03 16:48

    When a small town preacher’s son commits suicide in the sanctuary of their tiny church, posed as for The Passion of Christ, the community is out for the blood of the high school music teacher they insist corrupted him. Most intent on his removal is the preacher himself stunned not only by the death but by the revelation that his son was gay, and, as he discovers other local boys are likewise gay, he is certain that God wants him to root out the evil. Young Jonah is as shocked as anyone about the boy’s death, and as shocked that the boy whom he’d been lusting after was gay all along. In the meantime the music teacher is torn how to cope to the threat to his career and, unbeknownst to him, h is life.This is an intelligent, compassionate and unflinching look at homophobia in a small town. At any point the novel could have descended into cartoonish characters, but Fascenden has crafted real human beings with conflicts that are not simplistic or easily resolved.The names of characters who are the crux of the moral and religious conundrum are a subtle part of the novel. Daniel, the name of the boy who kills himself, means “God is my judge”, hinting at the nature of “that sin” by which Lucifer and the angels fell, pride. “Judge not that ye be not judged” is one of the most overlooked tenets in the Bible. Jonah, who finds Daniel’s body, is the dove, perhaps of peace and reconciliation, and his friend Eric has the last name Jacobs, “Jacob” referring to one who holds another by the hand, leading him on his way. The preacher’s name, Isaac, is a puzzle for the reader to piece together, meaning “he will laugh”. Is it Isaac’s prideful laughter at God’s word, or a redemptive promise? The teacher, Terry, and others not central to the religious conflict have names that are not Hebrew.Two other insightfully used symbols are the hand painted image of Jesus and the willingness to sacrifice. The preacher painted the image, just as he created his own son, and both the Jesus in the painting and the son (of God?) resist the preacher’s interpretation and understanding. In the character of the teacher, Terry, the sacrifices he is willing to make to his own security ultimately lead to the resolution of the novel’s relentless plot.My favorite character in this novel is Jonah’s mother’s younger boyfriend, Bill. He is an Everyman, on the surface a hedonist and, therefore, a sinner, but someone who naturally does the right thing, acknowledging his own prejudices but realizing to insist on them as objective truth is prideful. He cares about Jonah and his mother and is always there when common sense and hard work are called for. He is also Adam, innocent of true sin, open and nonjudgmental.You won’t get simple answers in this novel but will puzzle along with the characters as they try to understand the moral dilemmas they are faced with. One thing for certain, this is one of the least predictable books I have read. Predictable can be comforting, reliable, but this book keeps you off balance, as any exploration of the human heart should. That's All I Read http://kitmossreviews.blogspot.com

  • Lena Grey
    2018-12-04 17:57

    NOTE: 1st Edition published by Itineris Press, August 2012.“I had ambition by which sin the angels fell; I climbed, and step by step, O Lord, ascended into Hell. Returning now to peace and quiet and made more wise, Let my descent and fall, O Lord, be into Paradise.” ~ W. H. Davies (Ambition)When Terry Bachelder, of 'By That Sin Fell the Angels' by Jamie Fessenden, answers his phone at 3:00 a.m., he suspects it will be bad news but he wasn't expecting a call from Daniel, one of his students and the local preacher's son. He knows he could get into a lot of trouble by talking to Daniel because of the repercussions involved in a teacher, especially a gay teacher, talking to one of his students outside of school; but the desperation in Daniel's voice makes it impossible for Terry to hang up. He tries his best to get Daniel to tell him where he is so he can help him, but he hangs up. When Terry finds out the next day that Daniel has killed himself in his father's church, no less, he beats himself up, wracking his brain about what else he could have done, regardless of the consequences. As it turns out, this event is just the tip of the iceberg.Everyone is shocked when Daniel commits suicide. The town sheriff zeroes in on Daniel getting Terry's number from a flyer for a gay group meeting and makes it a point to out Terry, coming dangerously close to harassing him and his friends, while accumulating circumstantial evidence that on the surface looks damning. When the town learns Daniel killed himself because he was gay, they can't believe it. Needing someone to blame for Daniel's “fall from grace”, the school board and many members of the town, especially Daniel's father, try to place the burden of guilt on Terry. Terry is not a stranger; this is his home town. He has always kept a low profile and has lived in this town most of his life, even coming back there after college to teach. Terry simply can't believe these people, who have known him for such a long time, could ever dream he could do such a despicable thing.Jamie doesn't shy away from the difficult subjects in life. Instead, he tells the stories which need to be told. Suicide, bigotry, and hate certainly qualify. Daniel, which means “God is my judge”, was an excellent name for someone who used the same phrase in his final cry for help. No one saw Daniel's pain and confusion, not even his own father, whose religious conviction were seemingly more important than his son's well-being. Far too frequently, the facts needed to avoid such a tragedy come too late to prevent it. If you appreciate stories with strong but flawed characters, needless tragedy, hard lessons learned, forgiveness, and redemption, you may want to read this book. Thanks, Jamie, for this compelling, thought-provoking story and, by the way, you owe me a box of tissues.NOTE: This book was provided by DSP Publications for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  • Aislinn
    2018-11-20 20:09

    This was a tough read. From the opening scene, where a troubled teen calls a number he's held in his wallet for three years, just before killing himself, it felt like hurtling toward a massive train wreck and being unable to stop it. Daniel's call to that number turned out to be his music teacher, Terry, a closeted gay man in a rural Maine town. His death sets off a series of issues for not only Terry, but two other gay teens in his school, as well as his fundamentalist preacher father and the community as a whole.Fessenden does a great job of allowing us into the different characters' minds, seeing the events through the lens of their beliefs and experiences. His use of videotaped events even gives us a glimpse into Daniel's thoughts and feelings from beyond the grave. The complexities of each character's actions are skillfully played out. The teens are everything teens tend to be - impulsive, self-involved, trying to figure out their way in life as separate individuals. Terry is a good hearted and somewhat naive man caught up in a maelstrom of controversy. Some of his choices had me screaming at the page "What are you thinking??", yet it was understandable for him to act as he did. Daniel's father is a man firmly entrenched in a belief system that has far reaching consequences.This a thoughtful, and I think respectful, exploration of the interplay of beliefs surrounding Christianity, homosexuality, fear and love. It had a strong sense of place, a stronger set of distinct and richly drawn characters, and a compelling and moving story. This one's going to stay with me for a while.

  • ⚣❣☙ Michaelle ❧❣⚣
    2018-12-12 19:03

    4 StarsJFC I think the universe (or maybe my Super-Ego) is out to break me this week...I can't explain why I'm picking these books otherwise.A heart-breaking and yet hopeful story of an ignorant religious town trying to come to grips with the suicide of what most would consider a Golden Child. Perfect in every way. Well, in every way they know. And that's the driving premise of the book.I'll admit I skipped some of the sermon scenes (I heard them enough growing up and seems like it's only getting worse with that bullshit, not better), especially after the first one. BUT. BUT. Holy hell (ha!) did I love that true "Come To Jesus" moment near the end.But that end...it felt so very abrupt. I didn't need an epilogue or anything but it didn't seem to fade out, it was just over. A style choice that kind of mimics both a suicide and (attempted) murder so I can appreciate the comparison, though.I'mma go hide under the covers and read some fluffy porn now, or something. I'm exhausted after my reads today...

  • John Sontag
    2018-11-29 20:56

    Tragedy and hope emerge from this story of lost love. The author revisits the compelling connection between homosexuality, religion, and acceptance. I found the story of the suicide of a homophobic evangelist's son and its effect on a community to be very compelling. To be honest, it is a subject that has been covered before in quite a few LGBT books, but never quite like this. Definitely, a MUST-READ!

  • Jen
    2018-11-23 22:07

    It was an interesting study of the struggle between religion and homosexuality. I don't typically buy stories with a strong religious aspect, but I think this one was handled well. What a mess of a situation that town was in. I liked the way the viewpoint changed from one person to the next. That helped increase the suspense of what would happen next. I actually wished it was longer so that we could see everyone get their HEA, but it's probably best that it ended where it did, though.

  • Jendi
    2018-12-11 18:49

    One of the best novels I've read in the "gay and Christian" genre. I enjoyed the realistic and funny characterization of the high school boys, and was deeply moved by the anti-gay minister's slow and painful journey toward belief in a God whose love is stronger than condemnation. This book would be appropriate for both YA and adult readers.

  • OkayKim
    2018-11-20 17:40

    The only reason this is getting a 3 star is because of the religious parts in the story. It really upsets me how people twists their beliefs where it harms others.I need to avoid these types of stories because it isn't fair to the author that I'm so bias.

  • Andrea
    2018-11-27 18:53

    This is most terrifying yet hopeful book I've ever read. I'm not a religious person but this wasn't too preachy for me. Sometimes a story just can't be told without bringing religion into it and this story had to be told.

  • Pat
    2018-12-10 20:58

    Wow. What a wonderful book that explodes the "homosexuality is against the Bible" myth through a very believable and tragic story.

  • Amy
    2018-11-30 17:49

    This was different from what I usually read but I really enjoyed it. It was an emotional story that I will think about for some time to come.

  • Malachi
    2018-12-06 15:41

    I love that Book. It made me cry not for the self-loathing or the closet cases or the undeniable psychological traumas, but by finding peace at the end & placing your feet on the right step.

  • Cathy Brockman
    2018-11-15 20:41

    Terry Bachelder receives a call at 3 am. The call is for his gay men’s group but is a young person troubled. Sounds like a student Terry is a closeted teacher in a small very religious town. His Boyfriends Jack, A closeted lawyer tells him to hang up. Terry keeps talking realizing this young man seems suicidal but he doesn’t know what to do. He hasn’t a name or has no idea where this person is or even if it’s for real. Jack warns him not to get involved in any of the kids problems he could go to prison as a sex offender if a parent presses it.Jonah finds Daniel one of his classmates dead in the church above his apartment. Jonah struggles with his sexuality. Seeing Daniel dead and naked still stirred feelings in him since he had a crush on him. There is one boy is school, Eric that doesn’t hide his sexuality and is picked on daily. Jonah friends him to find out Daniel was gay also and seeing Eric. Isaac is Daniel’s father and the preacher of the church that is above Jonah’s house. He doesn’t understand why Daniel would kill himself and expose himself as he did. Isaac also is dealing with the fact his wife died when Daniel was very young. She drank and was killed one night while out. He kept this all quiet. Events lead to the outing of Terry the teacher and implicate him in the life and death of Daniel. Isaac is out to destroy him.This book starts out with bloodshed and anonymous calls. From the first page I was hooked. I think I held my breath the entire three and a half hours it took me to finish. So be prepared to finish when you start. Each page is chilling or sad, or in some cases sweet and loving. It follows the life of a young boy struggling with his sexuality. The heart breaks he goes through, tragedy, pain and love. It also involves a teacher that is a good person just living his life loving his job and his boyfriend. One tiny little phone call practically destroys his entire life. Each character is well written and you feel their pain, their agony. The entire story is riveting and a page turner. If you’re looking for a happy ever after or super sweet love story then this isn’t one. I’d suggest you give it a shot anyways. Real life has pain and suffering. Real life has struggles. Tragedy is out there. I just hope that someone reads this book that has a closed heart or stubborn in their ways and sees how tragic their actions can be. I hope that somehow this book helps to wake up and warm some cold hearts. It’s a very beautiful yet tragic story. I gasped! I cried! I even shouted out loud a few times. My husband finally said, please stop that you’re scaring me! Just when I thought I had it figured out and I’d be all teared up and turning blue from holding my breath, another twist. I highly recommend this to anyone that likes something a bit different. A story full of excitement and twists. A good faith based story, coming out stories, hot gay teachers and lawyers and a sweet love story between adolescents discovering their sexuality .Don’t forget your Kleenex box.* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

  • Charlayne
    2018-12-10 18:03

    I just finished reading "By That Sin Fell the Angels." I've only gotten out of bed one other time after reading a book to write the author. Both times, it's been because what I read effected me so much I had to get up and say something right then and there. This is the second time it's happened. .So much of the characters, the setting, and the emotions are ones I know people close to me have gone through. So much, on all sides, is what life has been like for people that I know, that I love. And those who are making snap judgements on situations without really knowing, talking to, or understanding what is happening, they're there too and I recognize them. They exist, they are reality. What a wild ride. What an emotional roller coaster that still has me wondering if I really stayed on for the whole thing. And yes, I laid down, expecting to read a few pages before sleeping and ended up not stopping until the very end. Then I laid there, letting the emotion wash over me, letting the echos of the entire thing burrow deep into me.Very seldom does a book shake me to the core, grab me by the heart, and wring the very life out of me. "By That Sin Fell the Angels" did it. In spades. With tissues and tears. This, honestly, should be required reading for everyone who even thought about condemning someone, ever thought about questioning their faith, their sexuality, or their love of someone. Every teen should read it, not because they're gay, but because it's gritty, it's reality, it's the kid sitting next to them in class, the teacher down the hall, the parents of the kid three doors down. In the end, it's all about love. And you nailed it, Jamie, nailed it like no one else.Oh wow.

  • Joyfully Jay
    2018-12-11 18:47

    A Joyfully Jay review. 5 starsJamie Fessenden’s novel opens wide the doors of bigotry and hate that currently hide in some (please note the word “some”) supposed Christian communities across this country. Through a changing point of view and a daily log of a town in turmoil, this author uses incredible skill at unfolding a story that rings with truth and sincerity. My heart wept for these characters and every page had me understanding more how incredibly suffocating religious hate is to men and women in this country who simply ask to have the same right as you and I to love another person.I was drawn into this remarkable plot that followed a roller coaster of reactionary events that pushed its characters to the breaking point. Threats of lost jobs, attempted suicide, and attempted murder all piled up on top of one another as a town lost its mind in a zealous effort to “protect its children from the pestilence of sin that is the homosexual lifestyle.” I wept as innocent victims fell under the hatred of bigotry and ignorance. I cheered as one teacher made the decision to stand his ground and fight against the intolerable weight of a community’s self-righteous shaming. And with every page I saw glimpses of our nation, and I shook my head in dismay.Read Sammy’s review in its entirety here.

  • angelofthursday
    2018-12-11 00:06

    What a masterfully written story. The angst, the suspense, the story itself... breathtaking. These aren't just characters, but people lifted out of our lives and put onto pages. They have feelings, personalities, wants, and--what makes this story a pot of gold--struggles. Issac alone will make you want to throw this book several times, and he's just as horrible as some of the pastors we have to deal with today. But Jonah, Eric, Daniel, Terry, and Jack will make you want to hug it and maybe even cry a little. The struggle between all of them is painted so vividly, I couldn't help but feel their pain.Read this book. Even though there's a lot of angst, lots of religion, a horrible "Christian" man at the helm of the struggles, read it. It's worth it, and it gives us an important message. Especially "... to all those who struggle to reconcile their faith with who they are."Brilliant.

  • Avephoenix
    2018-11-28 16:46

    FASCINATING & INSPIRATIONAL! JAMIE FESSENDEN IS JUST BRILLIANT!By That Sin Fell the Angels by Jamie Fessenden is a fascinating story. A lesson of life. The story is compelling and well written. The way we were allowed into the characters' minds, seeing the events through the lens of their beliefs and own experiences was just perfect. The story is filled with skillfully drawn characters that are at times profoundly moving, and a heartbreaking dialogue. An eye opener to the reader.This story was Nicely and Respectfully done! It is truly an inspirational story, a true message of life! The author revisits the compelling connection between homosexuality, religion, and acceptance.I received a complimentary copy from the publisher thru Net Galley for an honest review.

  • Joan
    2018-12-03 23:09

    Not really my cup of tea. I am uncomfortable with overly religious stories in which the protagonistr seeks to overcome religious fanatics. I was going to give it 2 stars, but I liked Eric a lot, so I gave the extra for him!

  • Ingrid
    2018-12-14 22:51

    As I like Jamie's writing style I picked this one up. And it did not disappoint. A note of caution this is not a romance novel. It has a tentative HFN ending. People looking for steamy sex scenes should look elsewhere too. The book has none.

  • Elisa Rolle
    2018-11-29 16:51

    2013 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)

  • William
    2018-12-01 17:08

    Suicide and religion, didn't sound like a good mix being pro-life (in this case) and belief in "It Gets Better" but enjoyed the characters and thought it was handled with care.

  • Janice
    2018-11-23 21:10

    4.5 stars