Where will you go when you die? Your answers will most likely depend upon your personal beliefs. But, if you lived as a character in this book, you’d most certainly land on a counter stool in Magnetic Ice Cream Parlor and Diner with Penny Briscoe serving you a bowl of ice cream and encouraging you to go to The Light. Just ask Jake Thatcher. He was driving his motorcycle one moment on the snakelike Arkansas mountain roads and the next moment he was face to face with Penny and several others at the diner. But Jake would have nothing to do with The Light. None of these at the diner had gone either, and they all have their own stories of why.
Instead, Jake chose to cause chaos. He’d been a biker in life and now in death, he takes bikes on a little spin. It puzzles the guys at the biker bar how their motorcycles can end up so far from where they parked them. Then, out of sheer boredom, he moves their drinks and watches as one will blame the other and end up fighting. But, Jake is curious about Penny. Why doesn’t she ever leave the diner? She’s always there and the owners know she’s there. This is her heart-warming story.
This is a ghost story, but it is not scary at all. Most of the characters in the novel are ghosts and they are easy to relate to and fall in love with. Penny was seventeen when she died in the 1950’s and still looks like a teen of that era with pony tail and poodle skirt. The author does a great job of giving the reader a bit of each of their lives without overpowering the book with flashbacks. Very enjoyable! Rating: 4.5 out of 5.