A Divinely Curious Satire
Raychel finds herself standing between the gates of heaven and hell and discovers that Free Will is a real thing. She is told that she must spend seven days on a visitor’s pass in each realm, and then after fourteen days, use her Free Will to choose where she will spend eternity. This is a humorous, quick read.
No swearing or use of deity as a swear word (dang, darn, and other substitutes okay)
May contain mild crude humor appropriate for preteens and up
No sex, or talking about having sex
May contain mild kissing
May contain brief description of non-sexual nudity
May contain brief violence or bullying (non-sexual)
No drug, alcohol, or tobacco use by minors
May contain mild use of drug, alcohol, or tobacco by adults
What Readers Are Saying:
"Just finished reading Free Will...A Divinely Curious Novel by Diana Kathryn Wolfe-Plopa. Good book, fun read. Buy it, you'll like it!!!" ~Barb Caldwell
"Raychel has a problem and an interesting dilemma. First, she's dead. And it's problem because everything she's been told the afterlife would be isn't quite living up to expectations. There's a choice to be made while staying at an inn in Purgatory, one that will decide where she'll spend her eternity. Will she choose to go to Heaven or Hell? To help her make up her mind--because the Powers That Be don't like mistakes--she's given two 7-day passes to spend upstairs and downstairs. Then, once her visits are complete, she'll be in a better frame of mind to decide her fate. Or will she?
My eyes were glued to the pages during Raychel's journey, mostly because I started to panic wondering what it would be like if Heaven actually was how it's portrayed in the story. Hell isn't much better and the strength of Diana Kathryn Plopa's Free Will is in making us uncomfortable by presenting readers with a perfectly valid "what if..." tale.
No spoilers here how it ends or what decision is made. There's a whole lot of imagination that went into Free Will and it shows. I actually wanted more and when I say that, I mean there were whole days spent in Hell that went unaccounted for. Many questions were raised, possibilities offered (the opportunity to look people up and talk to them), etc. that I wish had been explored more during the time that wasn't mentioned. It may have been an editing decision to keep the book down to a certain length. I don't know. What was felt to be missing was noticeable, though. Again, not a bad thing since it's better than wishing a story would end. As a reader, I wanted more.
Perhaps DKP will visit this world she's created again, only through the eyes of another newbie. It's certainly a fertile place for stories."
~ Kristoffer Gair
What Readers Are Saying:
"I must admit, that at first, I was slightly skeptical about reading this book, but I never turn down an opportunity to read a new to me author. So, I started reading the book. At first, the story seemed a little crazy and slightly off to me, and it's for sure not something I have ever read before. This story has quite a unique twist to it. I was just as confused about the story as the character, Raychel, was. I was actually kind of confused and yet intrigued by it all. I know that this book is fiction, but it really got me thinking about the real Purgatory, Heaven, and Hell. This story reeled me in so much that I was hanging onto every written word on the turn of every page. I couldn't put this book down. This author is a pure genius and the story-line really kept me guessing. Everything I thought I had figured out was wrong as each turn of events were unraveled. I loved Raychel and her attitude toward everything she saw. Absolutely nothing kept her from seeking out answers, even though some of them were vague. This author did a fabulous job bringing this book to life and making me feel as if it was real and all the events that happened were real. As the events unfolded, I was able to have a vivid picture in my mind of what was happening. I must say 'BRAVO' to the author for writing such a captivating story. I believe that this book would be fun to watch on the big screen and deserves an award for its uniqueness and originality. This book not only gets my five book review, but a standing ovation too. I highly recommend this story to all adults. It's memorable and fun read." ~Jenny Bynum
"Not as much a plot-driven novel as the author's version of The Afterlife. The characters exist - even after death - to project the author's tongue-in-cheek description of Heaven and Hell ... and that other place. The book is an interesting exercise in re-defining.." ~Harold
"This book had an interesting take on life after death and it was written in an easy to read format. It was quick to get through and somewhat fun to read." ~Chrisa
"A very cute story that reads almost like a modern Divine Comedy. Instead of boring, stuffy Dante, we follow Raychel after she meets her demise...and she can test out both Heaven and Hell to see what suits her better. With a colorful cast of characters that act as her guides, Raychel reveals very intricate worlds that are fun to explore.
This one was a lot of fun to read and definitely had some thought-provoking scenes. An easy read, rather light so quick to consume and enjoy." ~Chelsea Gouin
A Different Perspective on the Afterlife!
A very different perspective on the afterlife. I very much enjoyed going along for the ride. No spoilers here, but, honestly... I fell like I would have ultimately made a similar choice!