Why would I allow a fiction book to make me cry...But it also gave me lots of laugh out loud moments also. Can you believe I think I know all of these women!! They just came to life as I read about them in the pages. My husband had his copy and I had mine...I tried to finish before he did, but when I heard his hearty laughs near the end, I thought when I got there, now how great was the ending...You will love this book. Will actually take you on a vacation in Paradise.
"Hurricanes in Paradise" is Christian women's fiction. Since I don't think like any of the women in this novel nor have I had male-female relationship troubles similar to theirs (abuse, an affair, a widow having trouble letting go, and depression combined with alcoholism), I didn't connect emotionally with them. If I had, I think I would have really liked this novel since the characters did (mostly) deal with realistic problems.The author was very fond of using figures of speech and extensively describing every detail (significant or not) of every character's clothing, their physical appearance, and the details of the decor in every room of the resort. This created a slower pacing in the first 100 pages or so, but then it picked up.The target audience seemed to be Christian women or women with a Christian background. The first part of the novel hardly had any references to God, but each woman in turn had a supernatural experience of emotional healing (including wind where there shouldn't be any, an actual conversation with God, and similar experiences) and then the praying and references to God became more frequent. The main theme was about forgiving yourself and facing your fears.While the story was enjoyable enough once it got moving, I was left feeling a bit irritated at the author for something that happened at the end. It felt not-quite believable and wasn't necessary, so the ending didn't feel completely satisfying.There were implied references to sex in the character's conversations, but no sex during the novel. The minimal bad language was of the "he cussed" style. Overall, I'd recommend this as clean reading.I received this novel as a review copy from the publisher.
Thank you to Vicky Lynch at Tyndale House for my review copy. This fun novel is written in the third person voice of several of the female characters, which enabled this reader to see the various perspectives. I found myself fully engaged in the story line. I enjoyed meeting the characters, especially Winnie; the author sure knows how to write a Southern lady. I found the plot compelling. Because the setting is a five-star resort in the Bahamas, I envisioned myself enjoying a luxury vacation! However, there were some weak spots, particularly in Chapter 16. I found the balcony scene implausible, and the church service a bit contrived. It read as if written by another hand. In addition, the sappy ending disappointed. Nonetheless, I liked this story with its theme of friendships. Read it and decide for yourself. Discussion question are included.
I was thankful to receive a review copy of this fun, honest, and inspiring book. The story reminded me a little of the TV Shows Love Boat and Hotel. Each week theyd introduce new characters and their dilemmas. Everyone tried to have fun because they were on vacation. But life doesnt stop happening just because were on holiday!Denise introduces four very different, interesting, quirky characters that would never have talked to each other under normal circumstances. But, rules are different when youre on holiday. Time is of the essence, you may never see these people again.Denises main character is Riley Sinclair, a single mom and head of guest relations at the hotel, working hard at her new job. Tamyra, is a beauty queen just finishing up her tour; hiding out from everyone and holding a secret close to her heart. Winnie Harris, Sams widow of three years- is stuck in the past with Sam and is afraid to live. Then theres Laine Fulton, an author on a trip to get ideas for her new novel. She hates to eat alone and invites all of these ladies to dine with her, as she takes notes of their conversations. All of these ladies were in survival mode for one reason or another and life begins to get a little crazy as they all prepare for a Hurricane heading their way.Denises book touched my heart and soul. I enjoyed these ladies, I laughed, I was surprised at what these women shared and my spirit was moved as these characters faced their fears. You can tell this author has faced some fears of her own. Finding Hope Book Club is reading this novelI cant wait to hear what this group has to say about Hurricanes In Paradise. Its more than a great summer read. These ladies and their stories will stir your soul!Nora St. LaurentACFW Book Club Coordinator
A title with the word hurricane in it should be a HUGE clue about what is going to happen in this book. There is a a real hurricane, but the true storm comes when four women from an unlikely friendship. This is a a great example of women's fiction done well. Hildreth has yet to disappoint me with one of her stories. She lays down a complex web of layers for all of her characters and yet the book is easy to read. By the end of the book I wanted to gather my own friends together for an evening out to embrace the special thing called, 'friendship of women' there is nothing like it. All women need special friends to get them through the good and the bad times.What I like about Hildreth's books is she doens't pull her punches. If something bad is going to happen, should happen to her characters she lets it occur making her writing real. Tyndale provided this copy to me for review, but as I've said before if I don't like it I don't review it. As mama said, "Don't say something unless you can say something nice."