My Rating: 3.5/5
Author: Jill Steeples
Title: Desperately Seeking Heaven
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Love always comes when you least expect it, at least that’s what PA Alice Fletcher tells herself as she looks forward to another Friday night of trash telly and wine-for-one. But what happens when the unexpected is daytime TV crush Jimmy Mack, and he’s sitting on your couch watching the news…of the accident that claimed his life? Soon, Alice finds her ordered life turned upside down by helping Jimmy right the wrongs of his life so he can cross over to the ‘other side.’ But most unexpected of all is Alice’s growing realisation that her gorgeous ghost has taken up residence in her heart as well as in her home.
Desperately Seeking Heaven is a story about a woman, named Alice, who stumbles upon a ghost of a famous daytime TV star, Jimmy Mack. No one else can see Jimmy but Alice, and Alice is somehow in charge of helping cross over into heaven. As Alice helps Jimmy Mack, she starts to fall in love with him. What will happen when Jimmy has to cross over? Will he cross over?
The story is written in first person following, Alice. Alice is kind of a loner, in that she doesn’t get out much. After a break up about three years ago, she has put a hold on her love life. Her only close friend is her sister who thinks she needs to go out and meet people. One day, coming home from work, she does meet someone. The only problem is that he’s dead. Jimmy Mack is popular television star – well, was. After a fatal car accident, he finds the only person that can see him is Alice. Taking up residence with her, he starts to fall in love as they try to solve the problem of why he is still on earth. Jimmy is a nice guy—chivalrous. Although not exactly sure why he is a ghost, he is making the best of the situation and having a little fun as well. I think I would have liked to see a few more characters/interactions in the story, especially when dealing with Alice’s work life, since her social life was limited.
The plot centers around Alice helping Jimmy find his way to heaven and why he didn’t move on. Jimmy is not your typical ghost but can appear solid to Alice only. He also needs eat and sleep, which is something new with ghost stories for me. He does have the ghostly ability of going to difference places within a blink of an eye.
Overall, I liked the book. If you like romantic ghost stories, then you might want to give this book a try.