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Product Details

  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Brigham Distributing (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935217917
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935217916
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,782,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Just Shy of Paradise is a stirring tale that explores the lives of two people who must reconcile their differences that trace back to roots deeper than the Bear River soil. With a rich blend of Native American life, Swedish ancestry, and modern-day struggles that persist in the charming town of Paradise, readers will soon be caught up in the vibrant narrative and vivid characters, quickly becoming wholly devoted to Lily and Sky. --Heather B. Moore, winner of Best of State and Whitney Awards for Abinadi

Just Shy of Paradise is a well-told story of fresh perspectives and deep characters sure to help every reader reflect on his or her own pursuit of happiness amid the stumbling blocks none of us are able to steer clear of completely. --Josi S. Kilpack, author of the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series

Just Shy of Paradise is a well-balanced, fascinating read with powerful historical and cultural references that raises challenging implications for the present. It is permeated with a haunting sense of place and ancestry that causes the reader to reflect on the role personal heritage has played in the development of the individuals and nations we are today. --Janet Kay Jensen, award-winning author of Don't You Marry the Mormon Boys

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I'm a 50-something woman who loves the great outdoors. Besides writing, I spend my time roaming the hills and mountains in Northern Utah, making pottery, and enjoying life with my husband of 30 plus years.
My husband and I taught school in a K-10 two-room school with 24 students in the small town of Grouse Creek. The nearest grocery store was sixty miles away and most of the road was dirt and windy (still is). Much of my writing was inspired by the six years we spent living there. Now we live in Cache Valley, Utah.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Jensen on January 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
I just finished Just Shy of Paradise, and thoroughly enjoyed it! The last 100 pages were read in any spare moment I had because I was so into the story! I loved the relatable characters and the story. I loved how Native American history was explained and explored, bringing in great dedication and emotional aspects. Great book, as are the author's others!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janet K. Jensen on November 23, 2011
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Two stories are skillfully woven together in Just Shy of Paradise by Carole Thayne Warburton. First, there is a contemporary obstacle-filled romance. When Sky Brown meets Lily Anderson and they learn of connections their ancestors had in Cache Valley, Utah, he "even wonders if his ancestors had orchestrated events so he would meet her." Soon after their first encounter on the Blacksmith Fork River in Cache Valley, however, ownership of a one-of-a-kind fly fishing rod comes into question, and becomes a symbol that will challenge their developing trust and cause them to question each other and their own belief systems.

Their story is played out in the very northern Utah valley where Sky's mostly peaceful Shoshone ancestors once farmed, hunted, and fished, until driven away by events such as the shameful Bear River Massacre, when hundreds of the natives were exterminated by the U.S. Army. While Sky tries to rid his heart of bitterness over this and other wrongs done to his people, he reflects: "It seems to me that our ancestors aren't exactly in another place---that they are right here with us - - - and that what happened to them happens to us." The words of Chief Sagwitch echo in his heart, though, and challenge the hatred he feels: "I have ever been an advocate for peace. I abhor war today. I want peace. I want peace today. I want to be at peace with all men . . ."

In a parallel experience, Lily finds and reads a journal penned by Emma, a young Scandinavian ancestor who struggles with the settlers' treatment of the Shoshone. When she meets a tall strapping young Shoshone, her account reads: "He held the sack of potatoes and said thank you slowly. And then he took off his bear's tooth necklace and gave it to me. Never have I had such a gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tmsneed on September 5, 2011
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Carole Thayne Warburton writes an interesting story using a refreshingly unusual protagonist. Lily Anderson is a blonde-haired, blue-eyed beauty - that's about all that is normal about her. She's painfully shy, prone to horrendous anxiety attacks, wide in the hips, addicted to ice cream, and overcoming an addiction to alcohol. She also loves fishing, and hopes one day to be in a romantic relationship. She meets Sky Brown, a Native American Shoshone, who is accused of stealing her grandfather's fishing pole worth a few thousand dollars. Throughout this tale, Carol weaves in bits of fascinating Shoshone history in a way that broadens the reader's perspective and understanding of the wrongs inflicted upon the Northwestern Shoshone. As the reader, we relate to Lily while hoping that she can rise above her fears and see the true beauty that has miraculously come into her life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dave13amy on April 4, 2011
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Love this fun tale! A little bit of humor, romance, history, and mystery all rolled into one! Also, a realistic story! The characters are life-like and make you wish you could really meet them. I stayed up until 1:30 in the morning just to finish it off! Thanks for the good-read!
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I may be a tad biased, because this author also happens to have been my 8th grade English teacher. That said, I found Warburton's "Just Shy of Paradise" to be impossible to put down, from the first page! Before you pick it up, get snacks and settle down with a comfy quilt. You won't want to stop until the last page is done! Lily is a stunningly beautiful twenty-something, but doesn't know it. She lives in her late grandmother's home in the beautiful town of Paradise, Cache Valley, Utah. She is known as the town's miracle child, because she was saved from drowning on her fourth birthday, by a rescuer still unknown to the town or to Lily. She also suffers from a social anxiety disorder, but is on the mend, thanks to a good therapy group. In a short period of a few days, she keeps crossing paths with Sky, a recently divorced thirty-something man with intense blue eyes, and a noble, generous spirit. He also happens to be half-Shoshone and half-Swedish, and carries a weight of sadness on his shoulders, the source of which Lily can't identify.

Central to the story is the discovery of a rare bamboo fishing pole that belonged to Lily's grandfather, which unbeknownst to Lily, is of a rare quality, and constructed by Sky's father before he died, years earlier. Once it is discovered in the town that Lily, who has never learned to fish, possesses this rare item, numerous others seek to buy it from her, for exorbitant amounts. But then when it is suddenly discovered to be missing, Lily and Sky are thrown into an investigation process that yields surprising and unhappy results. As these two join hands and become good friends, they are able to see new possibilities for their lives. As they help each other through the painful process of learning to trust, and then forgiving when needed, they discover that healing and pure love awaits them. Looking forward to reading other books by the talented Carole Warburton!
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