Review: The Contract by John Howell and Gwen Plano

The Contract

Full disclosure: I’m a sucker for anything about angels, redemption, universal love and honour. So The Contract, by John Howell and Gwen Plano, had me ‘at hello’ – or ‘chapter one’ as they say in the literature world.

This is a truly unique book – a cross genre meeting of spiritual, action, thriller and romantic minds. One part evocation of spiritual growth and destiny, one part thrill ride through a rollicking mystery and political action rampage, one part one of the loveliest and most affirming romantic stories I’ve read in years. I’m not giving anything spoilery away by noting the story is about two souls that willingly contract to go to earth and avert a political disaster. But how this all unfolds is delicious and should be read by the reader, not told by the reviewer here.

I must say I’ve been a long time fan of John Howell’s writing. It is fun, fast paced, warm and engaging – much as I suspect the author would be.  The fascinating thing here is how seamlessly his style and Gwen’s mix.  I truly couldn’t tell which parts were written by which, so well did they merge from one to the other.  It was very much like a harmony of two perfectly attuned instruments in a symphony.

They are the ideal writing partners to tell the story of two other perfect partners – of a different kind – as they fulfil their heavenly contract. ( And I loved the meta tip of the hat to this at the end of the book -very clever!)  This makes me want two things: that they quickly do the sequel they promise at the end, and also I want to check out some of Gwen Plano’s other writing too now.

I thoroughly recommend this book to one and all – its genre mixing offers pretty much something for everyone, and by the end you will have enjoyed a wonderful, action packed, politically on point thriller that is also a romantic and life affirming ride.

As I said at the outset, I’m a sucker for honour and the spiritually uplifting, so I shed a few happy tears indeed in the final chapters. If this isn’t what the spiritual world is (and I for one hope it is) then it should be! Don’t miss out on a sublime experience – get your copy now!


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17 Responses to Review: The Contract by John Howell and Gwen Plano

  1. Gwen Plano says:

    Oh, Helen, I’m so moved by your beautiful review. Thank you very much. I’m overwhelmed. ♥

  2. Thank you so much for this review, Helen. You have made my day and maybe tomorrow as well.

  3. Reblogged this on Fiction Favorites and commented:
    A beautiful review of The Contract by a very special writer and poet, Helen Valentina. I am so pleased and very grateful. Thank you so much, Helen.

  4. Mae Clair says:

    What an awesome review! And so well deserved. I’ve enjoyed John’s books and Gwen’s memoir as well, plus I loved The Contract. As you said, it’s seamless and I couldn’t tell who wrote which parts. Like you, I am looking forward to the sequel. John and Gwen? You need to get busy writing!!!

  5. What a lovely review, Helen. I really enjoy Gwen and John’s book, but you said it much better than I did. 🙂

  6. Soooz says:

    How lovely to see another superb review of ‘The Contract’. I’ve long been a fan of both John and Gwen’s work. To read a book co-authored by such gifted authors is an enjoyable and uplifting experience. Thank you so much for sharing your review, Helen.🌹

  7. Baydreamer says:

    What a beautiful review. I am about to begin reading and can’t wait!

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