What if you could choose your heaven now? Go on a celestial shopping trip of sorts? Thirty-five-year-old Vivienne does just that, as she lies dying in the ICU; a fatal walk into the path of a truck. In her final week of life, Vivienne treks through the Heavens of a priest, a best friend, a homeless child, and a lover who never was. Vivienne’s guardian angel, Noah, who may just be her soul mate, escorts her through selections of Heavens and through the confusion Vivienne experiences as she flounders between a doubt of life and the certainty of death. Although her visits to varied afterlives provide peace and beauty, choosing proves not so easy: Vivienne’s love for her young son and her earthly father pull her from her colorful journey—and from her divine love of Noah.
The nature of love, the variety and magic of life, unending hope, and the importance of saying goodbye are central to this uplifting tale.
Shannon Kirk is the awarding-winning author of the international bestselling Method 15/33 (psychological thriller--bestseller in Colombia and Spain, will be lead title in Italy, 2017) and Heavens (Literary Fiction). Method 15/33 has received multiple accolades: 2015 Foreword Review Book of the Year (Suspense); Winner of 2015 National Indie Excellence Award, Best Suspense; 2015 USA Best Book Finalist; School Library Journal's Best Adult Books for Teens (2015); and Finalist in 2013 William Faulkner William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition (when a Novella). Method 15/33 is optioned for a major motion film and has sold to nineteen foreign rights.
When not writing, she is a practicing lawyer, residing on Massachusett's Cape Ann with her husband and son and two cat writing accomplices, Marvin Marquez (in honor of Gabriel Garcia Marquez) and Stewie Poe (Edgar Allen Poe).
Shannon enjoys writing in several genres: literary fiction, psychological thriller, young adult, and poetry. She has been honored three times by the William Faulkner William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition.
The Extraordinary Journey of Vivienne Marshall was simply an amazing book. Before I go farther however I want to say the one thing I really loved is that this book really showcased how texting can be dangerous to not only drivers, but also pedestrians. Vivienne Marshall’s inattention to her surroundings due to her texting while walking led her to a place between life and death. While the story that follows her texting decision is a story of the beauty of heaven and is amazing all by itself the book still serves as a warning to people.
That aside the author did such an amazing job with writing this book that I wonder if the author has ever had a near death experience, an out of body experience, or if she has ever died and been brought back. The author truly makes heaven out to be a beautiful place and yet she also gives Vivienne Marshall reasons to choose to stay in her Earthly model. I won’t ruin the story by telling you which choice Vivienne Marshall decides on, but the decision itself is heart wrenching in its beauty.