- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Conch Pubns (November 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0967372127
- ISBN-13: 978-0967372129
- Package Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #841,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Desiring Paradise... a true story of succumbing to the dream
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"In Desiring Paradise, first time author Karin has packaged their trials and tribulations in a book that is proving as popular as 'Don't Stop The Carnival' [Herman Wouk] for St. John visitors and residents alike." "This is a must-read for anyone who loves the tropics and anyone and everyone who dreams of paradise." -- St. John Tradewinds, November 29-Dec 5th, 1999
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Desiring Paradise captures a slice of life in the islands and explores the realities of making a drastic change in lifestyle. The beauty of the islands comes through along with the special things that make St. John a paradise for many. I'm sure there will be a sequel someday.
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Don't get me wrong, anybody in the same situation as me will definitely get info and tips out of this book but it seems more of an instruction manual than an entertaining read. That being said, I still got enough ideas out of the book that it was a worthwhile purchase.
It wasn't too far in that I realized Ms. Schlesinger is a very self-absorbed woman - I didn't count the number of references to "I" but "I" got sick of reading about inconveniences - she seemed more to want us to feel sorry for her, having to move to St. John! Get over it! The number of people she inconvenienced along her way to paradise far outnumbered her own inconveniences - I felt sorry for her poor husband.
The few references to St. John, the island, the beaches, lifestyle etc. were wonderfully refreshing - it was reliving the pure pleasure we experienced on our first short visit.
We just returned from our 2nd trip and I decided to re-read the book to again relive our trip. I was struck again, even harder this time, that this book is more about the author than St. John. Who cares?
Skimming through the book to find the few times we are actually introduced to the life on St John, I read every word and enjoyed it all. If someone is interested in learning about St.John this is NOT the book to buy.I gave it 2 stars only because of the references to the island, not her writing skills.
I would have enjoyed reading this much more perhaps, had it been written by Mr. Schlesinger, who seems far more down to earth and less selfish!