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."
Hurricanes in Paradise by Denise HildrethHildreths book, Hurricanes in Paradise, is about four women who are struggling with their lives. Riley came to Paradise Island to forget her past and make a new future, Tamyra came to escape the knowledge that shes dying from HIV, Winnie came because her children made her in order to get over her dead husband, and Laine came to write her next novel. These four women come to terms with themselves with the help and support of each other and face their demons with the help of God.To begin with, I loved this book and found little wrong with it. The ending had an unpredictable twist to it, which made it even better. Oddly enough, the lack of background information on the characters kept you reading to find out more, rather than frustrated. Additionally, the book was very humorous and had many laugh out loud moments. Furthermore, the descriptiveness of the setting and characterization was artfully done in a way that allowed you to picture yourself as part of the story. I also loved how real and believable the characters were - they had actual pain and hurt that managed to get the reader to experience it with them. One last thing I loved was the Christian connotation to the book and how God helped mold the womens lives. There were a few typos, but thats expected with advanced reader copies. All in all, Hurricanes in Paradise was a wonderful book which I would definitely recommend you reading. Thank you to Tyndale House Publishers for providing me with this complimentary copy to review.-Review by Kady Garrett
Most people go on vacation to relax and kick back but some are trying to escape fear and despair. In Denise Hildreth's newest book (scheduled to be released in June 2010), four women have found themselves in Paradise Island, Bahamas. Each has secrets they are trying to either run from or hide from.As the four women try and survive their vacation wtih a hurricane coming towards the resort, each woman uncovers and confronts her struggle with the help of the others. As the women learn more about themselves and each other, they form life-long friendships with each other.The characters in this book were very likable and worth rooting for. Each character was struggling with big issues that were life changing. Hildreth does a wonderful job of individualizing each character and the turning point in each of their stories is powerful. Part romance, part mystery and all heart, "Hurricanes in Paradise" is a page turner that will not disappoint. ***An advanced reader copy of this book was provided to me by Tyndale House Publishers free of charge. I am in not compensated in any way for either a favorable or poor review of this product.