OPEN YOUR HEART by author Ruth Cherry PhD is one of the most original and just flat-out interesting and charming novels I’ve read in a while. I’m not sure how to even describe it, as it is a fiction novel, yet doesn’t read like a typical one… more like a ‘real experience’ that a woman (the narrator Annie) has with her ‘guides’ that are part of herself and who help her change and grow. I’d read another book by this author last year (“Living in the Flow…” AMAZING book) but that one was nonfiction, and this one read more story-style, but with insightful and profound life lessons. I liked it for so many different reasons, first the writing was really fun and had great personality. The fluid, fast-paced narrative and witty dialogue makes it a very easy book to sink into. There are enough descriptions where you can picture everything perfectly, but not so much that it bogs down the pacing. The characters are super interesting and believable, even for being a bit odd (not really ‘real’) , and I like how they all had their own little stories and purposes to show Annie. Interesting to see how it all played out, and it is an insightful look at a character that we can so easily see ourselves in. Great editing and pacing and touches on many profound and insightful topics. Not a ‘self-help’ book, but very helpful (and entertaining) nonetheless. Recommend to fans of spiritual and metaphysical fiction. (5 stars)

-Gillian Hancock