Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Book Review: "Hurricanes in Paradise" by Denise Hildreth Jones

This was the first e-book I downloaded for my new Kindle. In many ways, it's a lot like some of the stories I write, although it is written from a Christian perspective (without being preachy).  I typically don't read Christian fiction, but I'm glad I read this one because I really liked the story. The underlying theme is that no sin is unforgivable, and that love really can heal a broken heart. I believe that.  I may quibble with the details of how that may be accomplished, but I agree with the author that at the end of the day, you have to accept forgiveness and, just as importantly, you have to manage to forgive yourself.

The setting is Paradise, literally: Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Specifically the story takes place entirely inside the Atlantis Hotel -- which is plenty big enough to hold a novel.

The main characters are four women who are thrown together for a week: a divorced recovering alcoholic who works at the hotel; an elderly widow who is struggling with grief; a beauty queen with HIV and a stalker; and, a romance novelist doing research for a story.  They are very different personalities, with radically different backgrounds and they range from early twenties to mid-seventies. Almost immediately they begin to do what women do:  fight and bicker, and they also take care of one another.

Oh, and a hurricane hits the island during their stay. 

It's an engaging story with interesting characters that I cared about. I don't think there's one swear word in the whole book.  There is some violence. There is some sexual attraction, but no actual sex. I'd share this story with a friend, and my daughter.

I probably wouldn't read this one again, but I do want to read her Savannah books soon.

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(Dear Denise: Winnie deserves a novel of her own!)

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