Sunday, 3 July 2016

Review: Where is Emma Butler's Life Plan? by Julia Wilmot

The Blurb

Emma Butler doesn’t know it but she is about to get bit more angelic help than she was banking on. Someone has messed up, or have they?

It appears that Emma is about to be ‘recalled’ to heaven but has completed none of the tasks she had set herself for this life time. They must be completed before she is recalled and time is running out. Arch Angel Gregory decides to take over. He will be her Guardian Angel to ensure it all gets done.

There’s a lot to do and a very short time to do it in. Gregory is determined that it will all be completed by hook or by crook. But where does that leave free will and what about Jack who has been chosen to be Emma’s love interest? How will this impact him? Jack and Emma have no idea what is going on, but it’s not going to be plain sailing.

My Thoughts

A sweet & funny read Where is Emma Butler's Life Plan? tells the story of Emma Butler just as her life begins to unravel. Emma has a good job, is happily single and she's content with how things are going in her life however it would appear that Emma's time on Earth is almost up and she's yet to complete any of her significant life tasks as laid out in her life plan. With the clock ticking to Emma's 'recall' date, Arch Angel Gregory decides that if you want a job done properly you should do it yourself so he takes over as Emma's guardian.

He's determined that Emma will achieve all of her life tasks by her 'recall' date just a few days away and he doesn't really care how much meddling he has to do to ensure her life plan is completed on time. Gregory's meddling is frowned upon by some of the other guardians especially as he is messing with free will when it comes to Emma falling in love. 

I loved the plot for this novel, it is unusual and a little bit quirky. A lighthearted, easy read that is laced with humour - a perfect beach read or given the weather at the moment, a great read for a rainy day.

About The Author

Julia Wilmot began her exploration of the spiritual life as a teenager at school. She was fortunate to meet a wonderful family who all practised Transcendental Meditation (TM) and her future was set. At the age of 15 Julia learnt TM and felt she had found her path in life. She was so sure that this path was the only one for her that she decided not to go to University and study law as she had previously planned but to devote herself to teaching TM and working within the charity that teaches the technique.

At 20, Julia was one of the founding members of a 300 people strong TM community in Skelmersdale, Lancashire and at 28 Julia became the Centre Chairman of the largest teaching centre for TM in Europe, which was based in Central London. Teaching Transcendental Meditation to people from all walks of life.

Julia began this novel in 1995 but it remained in a drawer for many years. She came across it again in the early 2000s and fitting in with becoming a mother in 2002 it took until 2015 to finish it.

Julia currently focusses her attention on her writing, blogging and looking after her family. Forty years on and she still practises TM, as do her husband and son and they live in the Chilterns in Buckinghamshire, UK.


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