Monday, October 2, 2017

Divinely Yours by Karin Gillespie - #review

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.



How awesome would it be to be on the Welcoming Committee in Heaven???  Well, Skye Sebring could tell you about it.  You get to welcome people to...well, H.E.A.V.E.N.!

Divinely Yours is my first experience with Karin Gillespie's work, and I must say it is one of the most clever and unique works of fiction I have read in a while!

Skye enjoys her job.  And she is stunned to learn that she has been chosen for a special position, something never before offered to a 'first year'.  But there's a reason for that.

In a Heaven Can Wait-style oopsie, Ryan Blaine gets brought (sent?) to Heaven before his time.  Skye was assigned to greet him and he suddenly disappears from her cubicle..  So she starts watching him on W-EARTH-TV (it's not really called that in the book), and is a little...obsessed?  And there's a reason for that.

There are also scenes from earth, from Ryan's life (or covering events & people that impact his life).  Karen Gillespie is a master weaver, bringing all these threads of story lines together in a way that satisfies quite wonderfully.  The author writes stand-alone novels and series and I look forward to reading all of them.



Karin Gillespie is the national-bestselling novelist and has also written for the New York TimesWashington 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.

Visit her on her web site, her FB page or on Twitter. She is also on Good Reads.


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(Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book from the author and publishers via Great Escape Virtual Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.)

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