I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and found myself giggling rather a lot as I read. Guardian angels discover there has been a mix up with Emma Butler’s life plan and that she is due to be ‘recalled’ imminently without having fulfilled the key tasks on her life plan. Cue her guardian angel being sacked and Archangel Gregory taking over to ensure that all her assignments are completed in the next few days. There’s a lot that needs to happen in these few days, including falling in love, but there is the small matter of free will to contend with. The angels can encourage their charges in a certain direction but aren’t allowed to force them to do things. Rosie finds that life takes a very different path than she has previously expected with love, accidents, new job prospects and foreign travel all suddenly on the agenda. Health food shop owner Jack finds strange things happening to him too as he is chosen to be Emma’s love interest.
This is such a fun read. Whether you believe in some kind of afterlife or not doesn’t matter as it’s just so entertaining. I loved the idea of the angels running around frantically wondering how Emma’s life plan had gone so wrong and trying to sort it out quickly. Reading about their arguments and petty squabbles with each other as they all try to do the best for their human charges sounded just like the kind of things that go on in any kind of office. This one just happens to have the ultimate Big Boss! I also liked the wise observations at the end of some of the chapters as God watches with amusement as his angels mess up. As he says “The only decision that ever needs to be made is to not do anything you know to be wrong.” A good mantra for angels and humans alike!
Emma and Jack were lovely characters and although brought together by the angels in a contrived way, they were genuinely attracted to each other. I’d like to think they might have found each other anyway. The way they dealt with all the strange things happening to them was believable and sweet. I enjoyed reading about the angels too and watching as they learn some valuable life lessons. I was also hoping that the mix-up would be discovered and rectified before it was too late for Emma and Jack! It’s a race against time and a battle of wills between the guardian angels.
With its unusual take on life and just who is in control, this book is warm, witty and hugely entertaining. Whether you have an belief in angels or divine intervention or not, it’s well worth a read. A well written story that had me totally caught up in the lives of the humans and angels.
Thank you to the author and Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours for arranging a copy of the book for me to review. Where Is Emma Butler’s Life Plan is available now in paperback and as an e-book and you can order a copy here: Where Is Emma Butler’s Life Plan?
From the back of the book
Emma Butler doesn’t know it but she is about to get bit more angelic help than she was banking on. Someone has messed up, or have they? It appears that Emma is about to be ‘recalled’ to heaven but has completed none of the tasks she had set herself for this life time. They must be completed before she is recalled and time is running out. Arch Angel Gregory decides to take over. He will be her Guardian Angel to ensure it all gets done. There’s a lot to do and a very short time to do it in. Gregory is determined that it will all be completed by hook or by crook. But where does that leave free will and what about Jack who has been chosen to be Emma’s love interest? How will this impact him? Jack and Emma have no idea what is going on, but it’s not going to be plain sailing.
About Julia Wilmot
Julia Wilmot began her exploration of the spiritual life as a teenager at school. She was fortunate to meet a wonderful family who all practised Transcendental Meditation (TM) and her future was set. At the age of 15 Julia learnt TM and felt she had found her path in life. She was so sure that this path was the only one for her that she decided not to go to University and study law as she had previously planned but to devote herself to teaching TM and working within the charity that teaches the technique.
At 20, Julia was one of the founding members of a 300 people strong TM community in Skelmersdale, Lancashire and at 28 Julia became the Centre Chairman of the largest teaching centre for TM in Europe, which was based in Central London. Teaching Transcendental Meditation to people from all walks of life.
Julia began this novel in 1995 but it remained in a drawer for many years. She came across it again in the early 2000s and fitting in with becoming a mother in 2002 it took until 2015 to finish it.
Julia currently focusses her attention on her writing, blogging and looking after her family. Forty years on and she still practises TM, as do her husband and son and they live in the Chilterns in Buckinghamshire, UK.
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