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Heaven Can Wait Paperback – 15 Oct 2009
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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)
A fabulously warm, funny and romantic novel that will have you laughing and crying in equal measure.See all Product description
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It was entertaining though, and I'll certainly try another book of Cally Taylor's.
What a clever, funny, though-provoking book Cally Taylor has written. I relished every page. I'm not surprised this book is flying off the shelves, it's a fabulous story right up to the unexpected, but brilliant ending.
I loved it and can't praise it enough.
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). Even the secondary characters are fleshed out and Sandwich Sally is like a little powerpuff girl - cuteness and sass all rolled into one. Love them all.
The only bit I wasn't overly fond of was the last chapter. I didn't care for how it ended. Really, given that this is chick lit it was the only way it could have ended but that doesn't mean I like it. The options were probably limited and another ending would have given a whole different feel to the book but I still wasn't keen on that last chapter.
That said though, I wish this was a series so that I could read more about other wannabe ghosts. I'd auto buy all the others if it was. I might even go back to this one for a re-read some time. I'd definitely LOVE to see this made into a movie!!
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
A good read, an original idea and a warm, funny heroine.
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Really enjoyed it and didn't want it to end!