Extraordinary Journey of Vivienne Marshall

cover_journey-vivienne-marshallThis is a moving story of journeys into the afterlife – to which most of us will have at some time given thought. Shannon writes in several genres: literary fiction, suspense/thriller, and young adult. Shannon is a member of International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America. Vivienne’s Journey is a departure from Shannon Kirk’s (The Method, reviewed here) crime genre, proving diversity as author.

Vivienne, after a strolling out into traffic while checking her FaceBook updates, ‘awakes’ near a bridge; at the other end is her long-deceased childhood sweetheart, Noah. He offers to show her the many opportunities she has. She awakens in the hospital, after hours of surgery. Her nurse is Marty, who in her lucid moments entertains her, calms her, and reassures her. She continues to pass between the hospital room and other heavens Noah chooses to show her, or she asks to see: old Lachlan (a child grown to a priest), Armadillo (archer turned artist), her father, Ivan’s (her eight-year old son) future heaven, and more. Her story includes her life, her memories, and her relationships, all bringing us closer to Vivienne.

The author’s concept of heaven being a personal choice is not a match for the Biblical concept of after the final victory over evil, Christians or believers in God Almighty will rise and live on earth, with God among their midst, and no non-believers left. It’s an imagined concept –quite believable, and even comforting. Within Vivienne’s journey, the author does nothing to challenge the Biblical concept of life ever after. It is a simple fiction; glimpses into future lives of people still living, coincidences, and hints of future events, intertwine with Vivienne’s memories.

All in all, a sweet story of love, and loss. If it doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, you have a cold soul.

First edition published September 2016 by Reputation Books

Paperback 978-1-944387-08-2;    eBook 978-944387-09-9

View the trailer at the Shannon Kirk’s site, and buy via Amazon, or Barnes & Noble

FYNN’s Mister God, This Is Anna

Mister God, This Is Anna tells the tale of (and by) Fynn and how at age 30 he rescued a battered neglected 5 year old young child. Taking Anna home that first evening to his Mum, when they bathed her and saw the bruising of fists and strappings they quietly took her in as their own.
She was a precociously bright child, often writing notes to her Mother, and questioning God – directly, or discussing Him with vicars, street walkers, dock workers, the cook at the all-night caf, and of course with Fynn.
Fynn had always been a tinkerer, had a home made oscilloscope, a crystal radio and other gadgets. He showed her the concept of infinity via two pocket mirrors taped as a book.
My favourite passage is when she’s explaining God’s presence…
“Well if God is everywhere, then He’s in me.
But if he’s everywhere, then you an’ me are in Him too.
Ain’t that neat, Fynn?”

The story has a tragic ending, softened by Fynn years later finding blooms flowering on her grave.

The Publishers also released Anna’s Book, purporting to be the collected notes Anna had written and kept in a shoe box. They may be, but the presentation seems artificial and fake.

Mister God, This Is Anna book coverMister God, This Is Anna is presented as a true account of London life around the docks in ‘tween-war England (1930s) I have not checked anywhere whether it is fact or fiction – I’m prepared to suspend disbelief and just wrap myself in the story.
Of all the books I’ve owned and mislaid, This is the one I’d buy again.

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