Monday, April 27, 2015

Paradise Is Relative… by Tina Guyden

Thank you to Linda Abbott and White Birch Publishing for sharing a copy of Ten Days in Paradise in exchange for an honest review. Paradise can be a place, a tropical beach or a snow-covered mountain retreat. It can be a person, lover or friend. It can be anything that brings you a sense of nearly indescribable joy. But can you place time constraints on it? Can it last forever? Can you even be sure it’s real?


Ten Days in Paradise is set in Sanibel Island, Florida. David is visiting the island with his wife and three young children to celebrate his parents’ anniversary. Ellen is a married mother of a teenager.  She is on a solo trip to consider the state of her marriage and her relationship with her son.  What happens when a David meets Ellen?  How do you explain the inexplicable meetings between David and Ellen? David is also struggling with aging parents, mediating between his sisters, and the issues in his marriage. This leads Ellen to examine why she allowed the relationship to develop and what can she do to make amends. Playing in the background is the story of Grace Chapel, a small church on the island that is in danger of being relocated.   Gregory wants to build his new, younger wife Jennifer her dream mansion.  His wealth is his power which means he makes it at happen.

My Thoughts:

What I enjoyed most about Ten Days in Paradise is its sense of redemption and the importance of faith. I disliked that David and Ellen were unfaithful to their spouses. I loved that Ellen was able to forgive herself, and work towards healing the wounds in her marriage.  She also helped those working to save Grace Chapel. I also understood David’s frustrations with his marriage, and I hope that he too was able to find peace after his time with Ellen. Overall, my time in paradise was well-spent.

Rating: 4/5
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