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Cally Taylor
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Book Description

15 Oct 2009

'What would I do without you, Lucy Brown?' he said, and kissed me softly. I held his face in my hands and kissed him back. I felt that life just couldn't get any more perfect. And I was right, it wouldn't.

By the end of the next day, I'd be dead.

Lucy is about to marry the man of her dreams - kind, handsome, funny Dan - when she breaks her neck the night before their wedding. Unable to accept a lifetime's separation from her soulmate, Lucy decides to become a ghost rather than go to heaven and be parted from Dan. But it turns out things aren't quite as easy as that. When Lucy discovers that Limbo is a grotty student-style house in North London she's less than thrilled. Especially after meeting her new flatmates: grumpy, cider-swilling EMO-kid Claire; and Brian, a train-spotter with a Thomas the Tank Engine duvet and a big BO problem. But Lucy has a more major problem on her hands - if she wants to become a ghost and be with Dan she has to complete an almost impossible task.

How the hell does a girl like Lucy find a girlfriend for the dorkiest man in England? IT geek Archie's only passions are multi-player computer games and his Grandma. But Lucy only has twenty-one days to find him love. And when she discovers that her so-called friend Anna is determined to make a move on the heart-broken, vulnerable Dan, the pressure is really on...


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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (15 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409103234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409103233
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 352,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cally Taylor lives in Bristol with her boyfriend, toddler son and their ridiculously large DVD/book/music collection. She shares her 'study' with the washing machine and ironing board and writes her novels in any spare moments she can squeeze in between the day job and her social network addiction . She started writing fiction in 2005 and her short stories have won several awards and been published by a variety of women's magazines. Her debut novel Heaven Can Wait has been translated in 13 languages and was voted 'Debut Novel of the Year' by chicklitreviews.com and chicklitclub.com. Home for Christmas is her second chicklit novel.

Cally also writes dark psychological suspense as CL Taylor. Her first psychological thriller 'The Accident' will be published by Avon Harper Collins in June 2014.

http://www.callytaylor.co.uk
http://writing-about-writing.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/CallyTaylorAuthor

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You'll find yourself laughing one minute and crying the next (CANDIS)

This quirky and enjoyable ghost story is Cally Taylor's first novel after finishing as runner-up in Woman's Own's 2006 short story competition. **** (4 stars) (WOMAN'S OWN)

Heaven Can Wait is, in all honesty, the best book I have read so far this year. I couldn't put it down, and quite frankly, have never read a book that made me literally laugh and cry all the way through. (Elle Symonds TRASHIONISTA)

The perfect blend of funny, smart and --sob -- pass the Kleenex, this might just be the best chicklit debut of the year. (DAILY RECORD)

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and found myself ploughing through it incredibly quickly because I just couldn't put it down¿ It's a great book to read, and one for the cold winter evenings to warm your heart. Brilliant. (CHICKLIT REVIEWS.COM)

The only thing I didn't like about it was the fact that it had to end. This is a very strong debut and one that I highly, highly recommend. (CHICKLITCLUB)

The story is told with a light touch and buckets of humour. Beware - once you have started it, you will not be able to put it down¿ This novel is a real treat to savour. (BOOKERSATZ)

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A fabulously warm, funny and romantic novel that will have you laughing and crying in equal measure.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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My newly found love of chick lit has brought me to this one by Cally Taylor and I loved it so much! I think maybe I still have one foot in the 'Paranormal' camp though because I seem to be drawn to the one's that have something magical about them. This one has ghostly going's on and despite the fact that the leading lady dies within the first few pages it's really funny. I especially loved the other characters. Stinky Brian was my favourite I think. Bless. He's got a rug in his room that smells like boiled cabbage and a Thomas the Tank engine duvet cover. Loved him!

Anyway, as mentioned Tess dies (on the eve of her wedding) and is given a choice - go straight to heaven or go back down to earth and become a ghost so she can hang around her husband-to-be Dan. She chooses to become a ghost so needs to pass her 'task' first and she's got 21 days to do it in. She shares a grotty bedsit in London with a couple of other Wannabe ghosts who also have their own 'tasks' to complete and it's impossible to not get dragged in to their respective dilemma's and feel for them. The characters are so well written that I pictured them clearly in my mind and couldn't put the book down until I knew how their stories ended. I really felt like I knew them.

Trainspotter Brian has his work cut out for him with his task and has some fantastically funny moments trying to solve it. Damaged Claire's has attitude and has erected a shield of bitchiness around herself to mask how vulnerable she really is (I felt really sorry for her). The IT guys are suitably geeky and it's like watching an episode of 'The IT crowd' when they get going (the boss especailly reminds me of the IT crowd boss).
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Reading this novel, for me, was like watching someone else's child graduating with full honours. I've followed Cally Taylor's process writing Heaven Can Wait and was very excited about finally getting to read it. I was a little worried about the supernatural content (as I've been disappointed with supernatural content in books before) but my worries were soon unfounded as from the first chapter I was hooked. The supernatural content was handled very well and it's a credit to Taylor's writing style that this is probably the best supernatural chicklit/womens fiction novel I've read.

Right from the beginning, I got sucked into the world of the main character, Lucy. I was able to connect with the character straight away. That for me is a sign that the book is a winner. I saw Lucy's traits in me; daft things she said, using wrong words and making silly mistakes...for a dead character she came across as very real!

I managed to read this book in little under 24 hours. But saying that, I did very little else but read in that time. I couldn't put this book down. Whenever I did put it down, I wanted to pick it up again immediately. I needed to know what happened next.

I laughed. I cried. This book made me feel very grateful for the people I have in my life. For you don't know when an accident could take them away.

All in all, this book is a fantastic read and I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't want it to end 19 April 2012
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Lucy is looking forward to marrying Dan but, on the eve of their wedding, she has a fatal accident. Ending up in limbo, Lucy is faced with a choice: go straight up to Heaven or return to Earth to complete a task to become a ghost. Lucy decides to complete the task so she can return to Dan and remain with him forever.

I'd already read Home for Christmas by Cally Taylor, which I enjoyed so I was looking forward to reading Heaven Can Wait. It was worth the wait. I'm a fan of chick lit and this was chick lit at its best. I warmed to the characters quickly and cared about what happened to them, particularly Brian and Claire (and Lucy, of course). I couldn't put it down but at the same time, I didn't want the book to end.

I'll be looking out for more of Cally Taylor's books in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from Ms Taylor 21 Jan 2012
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This is the second Cally Taylor book I have read and I have loved them both.

I laughed, cried and wanted happy endings for Lucy, Dan, Brian and Claire. To be honest I loved this book from the first page and finished it in less than a day, because I enjoyed the charactors and story line so much.

All I can say is that I cant wait for Callys third book to come out, as I think she is a very talented author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful book 30 Dec 2011
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A lovely story, and loved the super natural element. A great light read, funny, touching and intriguing. Just the things to get lost in on a winter weekend curled up on the sofa, when its cold and miserable outside.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "lovely ghosty story" with modern twist 24 Oct 2011
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Format:Kindle Edition
What would I do without you, Lucy Brown?' he said, and kissed me softly. I held his face in my hands and kissed him back. I felt that life just couldn't get any more perfect. And I was right, it wouldn't. By the end of the next day, I'd be dead. Lucy is about to marry the man of her dreams - kind, handsome, funny Dan - when she breaks her neck the night before their wedding. Unable to accept a lifetime's separation from her soulmate, Lucy decides to become a ghost rather than go to heaven and be parted from Dan. But it turns out things aren't quite as easy as that. When Lucy discovers that Limbo is a grotty student-style house in North London she's less than thrilled. Especially after meeting her new flatmates: grumpy, cider-swilling EMO-kid Claire; and Brian, a train-spotter with a Thomas the Tank Engine duvet and a big BO problem. But Lucy has a more major problem on her hands - if she wants to become a ghost and be with Dan she has to complete an almost impossible task. How the hell does a girl like Lucy find a girlfriend for the dorkiest man in England? IT geek Archie's only passions are multi-player computer games and his Grandma.
But Lucy only has twenty-one days to find him love. And when she discovers that her so-called friend Anna is determined to make a move on the heart-broken, vulnerable Dan, the pressure is really on...

I absoltuely loved this book - i got drawn in from the start - it was funny and sad and highly addictive. It said is was "supernatural" and that worried me alittle but i had no need to. It was a 2lovely little ghost story" with a mixture of humour, sadness, happiness and love all rolled into one. I thought it was well written and very "modern day" in its writing. I loved the characters and although it was abit predicatable i didnt gues the ending. 10/10 for me
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
I laughed and cried with this book. The first page sets the tone and grabs your attention, and you're glued to the pages until the very end. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Callejo Paterson
3.0 out of 5 stars Great ending
Lovely book, a little slow but a fantastic twist at the end which I really didn't expect. An easy read.
Published 7 months ago by Saill71
2.0 out of 5 stars An interesting idea, though overall a bit disappointing (2 and a half...
On the evening of her wedding to the man of her dreams, Lucy Brown falls from the attic, breaks her neck and dies! Read more
Published 9 months ago by little bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely read
I loved this story. Characters are lovely, really enjoyed reading this book. I would recommend this book to all of my friends xx
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ghostly love story
Wonderful tale that made me feel sad yet had the ability to make me laugh most of the way through the book. Read more
Published 13 months ago by F Keegan
3.0 out of 5 stars sweet
Not fan of chick lit I wasnt exepcting to like this but its good story and characters are interesting and funny its one for the beach to read easily should be film! Read more
Published 14 months ago by julie cunningham
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved it.
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It's the night before Lucy and Dan's wedding, and with Dan leaving Lucy alone, she decides to climb up to the attic to retrieve her gift for Dan. Read more
Published 16 months ago by ZPope
3.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Comedy
Heaven Can Wait is Cally Taylor's debut novel and it's a really entertaining read. The storyline is quite unique in that the lead character dies within the first chapter and the... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Lincs Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit Predictable but a good easy read
i did enjoy the book and i read it over two nights although it was a bit predictable it was a nice journey. Read more
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