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4 May 2013
I enjoyed this book. It was fun with some interesting ideas thrown in. I wondered what genre it fits into, though. Is there a section called Fiction for Open-minded People?
A couple find themselves in Heaven, or more like a sorting house in the Afterlife, where you need to resolve unfinished business before moving on. It's divided into districts and you can live in your ideal neighbourhood - in this case they end up in the Limelight Quarter for people interested in the theatre. Things quickly go wrong when Allan's supposed soulmate, Warwick, runs off with another man. In case you hadn't guessed, yes, it's about a gay couple.
But I hope people wouldn't be put off by that. I'm straight and it didn't bother me at all. It's a very entertaining read. And there's so much more to it than most people would expect at first glance.
I wouldn't necessarily lump it into the Romance genre, either. Yes, it has romantic moments, but it is more a case of examining relationships and values in one's life. For example, the importance of communication and trust, or doing things without worrying about its popularity, but rather putting aside one's ego and doing what you believe is right or best. It also suggests that a true soul mate would always be there for you, even in the Afterlife.
Would it be classed as Humour? Yes, it's funny, with some wickedly hilarious lines, but it doesn't set out to be merely a comedy.
A cast of wonderful characters and not all gay. The character of Guy, Allan's guardian angel, was one of my favourites. A really cool angel who is not spotlessly white perfect, (much more human), but is like a best mate who listens calmly and quietly to your problems without adopting a holier-than-thou attitude and always responds selflessly with your best interests at heart.
It would be a sin if this book was merely relegated to gay fiction. Be a devil and discover this heavenly story.

by Simon Hugh Wheeler, author of Loosely Translated.
*Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes.
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