Book Review: Desperately Seeking Heaven By Jill Steeples

Blurb: Love always comes when you least expect it, at least that’s what PA Alice Fletcher tells herself as she looks forward to another Friday night of trash telly and wine-for-one.

But what happens when the unexpected is daytime TV crush Jimmy Mack, and he’s sitting on your couch watching the news… of the accident that claimed his life?

Soon, Alice finds her ordered life turned upside down by helping Jimmy cross over to the ‘other side

But most unexpected of all is Alice’s growing realisation that her gorgeous ghost has taken up residence in her heart as well as in her home.

Jill Steeples takes us through the journey of one simple P.A and her celebrity ghost, bringing us tears, smiles and warmth on the way.

Desperately Seeking Heaven follows Alice, a twenty-something P.A highly efficient with her job, and equally redundant in her dating life (thanks to a shitty two-timing bastard of a boyfriend). Driving home from work, she encounters a fresh motor accident scene and leaps out of her car to check the extent of the damage. Her bravery rewards her with Jimmy, the celeb TV host of a Daytime show she's most of the time glued to. She's shocked at how a victim of such an accident could still look gorgeously unscathed, probably thinking he's a celeb with makeup artists at his beck and call even in the most unlikely situations, she takes him home with her. It's only then on the tube, she finds out he's a ghost. A ghost only she can touch, see and talk to.

Jimmy is one hell of a ghost. He cooks. He (shamefully) cleans (for Alice). He flirts (bet you thought you could only see such stuff in Ghost Whisperer)! If he wasn't hot he'd probably look like a perv but he is, and Alice is attracted to this ghostly figure who makes her heart skip beats as though she's about to die herself. Perhaps that's his plan.

Though Alice might be having the best times of her life after all those years in spinster jail, she can't let this not-so-troubled spirit stay. She has to let him go. And go he will, if he's even willing to. Alice has to help him crossover, a skill you wouldn't otherwise want to endorse on LinkedIn thanks to her chanting out in the open calling upon whatever spirits to come claim the wandering soul (which doesn't work). Soon she discovers the longer he stays the stronger her emotional attachment to him.

But who am I kidding? She's loved him since Day 1: his TV debut.

Jill Steeples has a way of making you feel all romantic, for something you wouldn't otherwise feel if you are in the shoes of the main character. One, she crafts Alice with a pure heart of gold who'd weep when you kill a fly. Two, creating a Flirty, hot and quite the domestic ghost. Why would such a pairing not make you swoon? It's unlikely, the very reason you'd want to read the more—★

The storyline is perfect. I digged the blurb once I read it. Again, something very unlikely, something brilliant, something well plotted. I have read ghost titles before ranging from Mysteries of Scooby Doo to Carolyn Aspenson's Unfinished Business, but I haven't encountered a storyline crafted from the ordinary girl meets tall, dark, drop-dead-gorgeous ghost. Also, the fact that we'd all want the gift to take a glimpse into the world outside ours made this book hold the luster that appealed to me—★★

I love paranormal chicklit . Mainly because it puts lightly all the brouhaha these dark, paranormal writers have introduced the world to with lots of humor. And this book had humor. Not humor that would make you crack a rib, but one that would make you chuckle. Especially some of the quirky antics of our lead girl and her funny voice. It would be hard for you to fall off your chair, but it wouldn't be hard to fall for this one—★★★

This book ended on an amazing note. So beautiful. So soothing. Something that filled me with warmth for quite sometime after reading it. Amongst all other things Jill Steeples teaches readers to dream, believe, love and live life to the fullest. Lessons like second coming drums in the fact that life is short and you might not get another chance to live it.—★★★★

It was annoying for a while I thought it predictable till things happened that threw me of course—especially the events that led to a tragic incident in our lead girl's life.

I almost, almost 'loved, loved' this book. But a part of it was a bit slow-paced, and I really wanted the humor and suspense to have been tightened.

Anyway it was a good read that gave me the whole chest expansion feeling when I ended it. Like a great chick-lit.

My rating: Four stars.

Desperately Seeking Heaven by Jill Steeples is available on Amazon UK. Amazon.com and Kobo

I recommend this title to anyone up for something unique. Anyone who wants to go in for a lovable heroine. Anyone who wants chick-lit that would make you feel all tingly on the inside. And of course, anyone who loves their chick-lit out of the natural order.

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