A little about the author…
Julia Wilmot first discovered Transcendental Meditation (TM) as a teenager at school. She was so sure of her path that she decided not to go to University and study law but devote herself to teaching TM and working with the charity that teaches the technique instead! She’s been a founder for a TM community and the Centre Chairman of the largest teaching centre for TM in Europe, based in Central London.
As for this novel, Julia began it in 1995 but it remained in a drawer for many years. She came across it again in the early 2000s and finally finished it in 2015!
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 whom she lives with in Chilterns, Buckinghamshire.
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‘Where is Emma Butler’s Life Plan?’ is spiritual from the very start. Its whole concept is based on the idea of rebirth and the idea that all souls have a plan that is completely forgotten once they are reborn. I love how each person on Earth is accompanied by a guardian angel and team of spirit guides that they can’t see.
It’s not possible for there to be a mistake in a world governed perfectly by the Divine. Mistakes are what we humans perceive when our vision is obscured.
It’s interesting that the word ‘death’ is never actually mentioned in the novel, it is always referred to as a “recall” of the soul and that the aim of one’s ‘life’ is to complete everything left to do in life, except unlike a bucketlist, the tasks which each soul has to complete every time are pre-chosen.
Emma Butler only has one week left to live – a fact which set all my fear of death anxieties off – 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 so Arch Angel Gregory decides to take over. He will be her Guardian Angel to ensure it all gets done.
Wouldn’t it be nice if people were given a bit of notice so that they could get their affairs in order, say all those things that so often remain unsaid, heal all those old wounds…
The concept of this novel is fantastic in my opinion, I loved that Wilmot’s concept of heaven in the novel had a modern corporate twist i.e. Guardian Angel Control Room, files of all the souls, a hierarchal system of angels, and arranged meetings with GOD (reminds me of the 2010 film Tooth Fairy!)
This novel had lots of little quirks which made me giggle, the jokes about heaven not being computerised yet, and Gregory’s assistant,the clumsy Josh! As well as this, there was the physicalisation of figurative concepts e.g literal thinking caps.
He trolled out the events as though he was placing an order for a take away.
As well as being a fascinating concept which I hadn’t encountered in literature before, I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Where is Emma Butler’s Life Plan?’ as it was well paced with timed humour and comic references to aspects of Western modernity such as health crazes and details about daytime reality television. I felt like this kept it current as well as funny.
His ego was so large that it needed it’s own LinkedIn entry.
Books seemed to be written about every awful thing that one human being could do to another in any and every continent of the world.
There is a giveaway of one of three paperback copies of the book to one lucky reader. Click here to be in with the chance of winning! (bear in mind that the giveaway is tour-wide)
Thank you very much to Julia Wilmot and to Neverland Blog Tours for providing me with a copy of the novel, and letting me take part in the blog tour!