I picked up this book on the sale table at Books a Million. Looked interesting, but it's not the sort of book I usually read. Well I went through this one in a day. What a cute story! I suspect this was some of this past summer's beach books--it's light hearted despite the subject matter---and an easy read. A little like "Heaven can Wait" with it's own twists. I enjoyed reading this one.
First time reading this author and liked the premise of the life after death / reincarnation theme. Holly is a likeable character who at first comes across as a little self-centered and shallow. I had to forgive her, however, because how is one supposed to act when they are viewing their own funeral and finding out that everyone thinks they committed suicide? Holly doesnt seem to adjust to Heaven very well and has brought all of her earthly baggage with her. One of the things that I liked about her was that even during the bleakest of times, she manages to weather it with determination to continue forward. She doesnt let all of the rules of Heaven drag her down and sets her mind to doing what she has to do so she can advance out of Level 1 and catch up to her parents. In order to do that, she has to return to Earth and occupy the body of a living human and resolve all of the issues she is holding on to. She doesnt count on being put into Vince Murphys body and that she would have to share his body with him. Apparently, he was supposed to die and she was going to take his place. I really enjoyed how they try to adjust to one another and though Vinces acceptance of the situation seemed to be a little fast (I dont think I would accept it so easily), they become a good team working together.
Vince was a great character. The saying dont judge a book by its cover came to mind many times while reading. On the outside, he appears to be a computer geek and maybe a little anti-social. Before Holly died, she barely noticed his existence and even turned him down when he asked her out a while back. I enjoyed getting to know Vince and discovering more to his personality with each turn of the page. Once Holly gets past the fact that he works with computers and works with other geeks, she begins to see Vince for his true nature and it doesnt take long before Holly realizes what a great guy he truly is. There were several humorous scenes. One of my favorites is Holly in Vinces body trying to talk to her best friend, Gemma, but Gemma doesnt realize its really Holly and she freaks out a little thinking hes stalking her.
Overall, this story was entertaining and enjoyable with a few surprises thrown in. If you like lighthearted romance with a paranormal theme, give this one a try.
I was very disappointed with the ending of this book. The book started out great, but it seemed like the ending was very rushed. The book itself is still a good easy read for one of those lazy afternoons.
Cute romance that was fairly predictable, but was still a fun read.