Setting: Heaven and Earth
Main Characters: Skye Sebring, hospitality greeter in Heaven; Ryan Blaine, son of a former U.S. President who meets Skye when he has a near-death experience
Plot: Skye never understood why new souls were so eager to go to Earth. After all, she lives in Heaven and what could be better? Readers meet Skye when she is introduced to a 13-year-old girl who has just died and arrived in Heaven. As Skye explains to the teen where she is and helps to get her settled in, readers get a unique look at Karin Gillespie’s version of Heaven. Life carries on for Skye and the souls behind the Pearly Gates until Skye learns that she has been selected to be “born.” She’s puzzled and troubled at the same time – even more so when she meets a new “client,” Ryan Blaine, who, after arriving in her guest chair, returns back to Earth. But Skye can’t stop thinking about Ryan – there’s something so familiar about him and she just can’t place the feeling.
Predictability: Medium – higher if you’re a Hallmark movie fan like me!
Wild Card: Divinely Yours is a sweet and funny romance story. It’s a quick read, too; mainly because Karin Gillespie hooks her readers into book with an inventive and witty take on heaven. This book is the literary equivalent of an ensemble film like “Love Actually.” I really liked the story overall – it was a joy to see how each of the characters fit together as the full narrative unfolded.
Divinely Yours by Karin Gillespie
Henery Press (September 26, 2017)
Paperback: 268 pages
E-Book – ASIN: B073GB1J29
Skye Sebring is a hospitality greeter inside the pearly gates of an unorthodox Heaven, where carefree and lusty angels get tipsy in the Live A Little Lounge, practice cloud art, and are guided by a brassy female deity who sounds and looks like Bette Midler. During the course of her duties, Skye meets lawyer Ryan Blaine, who has a brush with death due to a motorcycle accident.
It’s not Ryan’s time to die yet, so he returns back to Earth, but Skye can’t get him out of her mind. Why does Ryan seem so familiar to her and why does she feel an unexplainable attraction to him? She begins spying on Ryan’s life from her perch in heaven and even manages to follow him down to Earth. There she finds a world very different than Heaven, where drinking too much champagne results in hangovers, roses can prick fingers, and hearts are capable of being broken. All seems lost until she remembers that most of life’s lessons can be learned from the lyrics of five Beatles songs and one of the Fab Four’s songs might actually help win her the love of a lifetime.
Divinely Yours is a celestial romantic comedy about a love that crosses all dimensions.
Karin Gillespie is the national-bestselling novelist and has also written for the New York Times, Washington Post and Writer Magazine. She has an MFA from Converse College and lives in Augusta, Georgia and is a recipient of a Georgia Author of the Year award.
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