- Paperback: 266 pages
- Publisher: Rennie Road Books (March 21, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1942444362
- ISBN-13: 978-1942444367
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 152 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Goodbye Paradise Paperback – March 21, 2017
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It’s only March 21st, not even a quarter of the way into 2017, and already I’ve read quite a few books that I know will be some of my favorite reads for the year when December rolls around, and Goodbye Paradise will be right there at the top of that list. It’s so beautiful and touching, it’s a little overwhelming for me to think about.
I’ve not read another book quite like this one. Joshua and Caleb have been brought up in what is basically a religious cult- with limited interaction with the outside world, the “Compound” is really all these boys know. This has not been an easy life for Josh: he’s not as tough or as strong as the other young men; his birth father died leaving him vulnerable to the whims of his stepfather and the other men in the compound. But what truly made living in Paradise unbearable for Josh are the feelings he has for his best friend Caleb- because those feelings are not something the people there would ever accept or understand.
He was the last one I saw before I closed my eyes at night and the first person I looked for when I opened them again in the morning.
Caleb has always been there for Josh, protecting him, helping him, defending him. He’s known it was just a matter of time before Josh was cast out by the elders, but unknown to Josh, he had a plan all set in motion for when this happened. Caleb is so strong and protective, the care he takes with Josh reduced me to tears on numerous occasions. (And it may be happening again right now) He's the fixer, the care taker, the one you can always lean on.
“We’re going together. But if they toss you one morning and I don’t see it happen, I have to know where to find you.”
Once they've been set free of the confines of the Compound, not only do Josh and Caleb have to learn to navigate the real world, they’re finally free to express their feelings for each other, and that in and of itself can be quite a challenge for 2 people who have always had to hide their true selves. Their love story is a journey of highs and lows, but one that is so worth the ride.
”My whole life I’d wished for things. But I’d never known how confusing it might be to see my wishes come true.”
Goodbye Paradise is so unbelievably wonderful and lovely and just plain special. I don’t think my love for it can be adequately expressed in a few adjectives or sentences. This book is so much more than just two friends falling in love and finding their way in the world. It’s a true testament to the human spirit and how a little compassion can mean the world to someone.
Caleb Smith and Joshua Royce grew up together on Paradise Ranch, an isolated community run by a stringent religious cult in rural Wyoming. (Fans of Sarina will recognize it as the same compound featured in her bestselling True North series.) But Caleb and Josh have something else in common: a powerful forbidden attraction. They're forced to hide their feelings, even from each other, or face brutal retribution at the hands of their peers and elders.
Caleb, as a descendent of the Divine Pastor, is relatively safe in Paradise, but Josh always has been an outcast, considered weak -- a trait that also makes young men like him "disposable." It's only a matter of time before he finds himself taken from the compound by force, bound, beaten, and left on the side of the highway, far from the only home he's ever known. His only hope lies in a hastily whispered promise from Caleb -- to find him and escape the pain of Paradise together.
Their journey is deeply emotional, passionate, tender, and sometimes heartbreaking; but it's also joyful, funny, and heartwarming. You don't just read the story; you live it: every joy, every fear, every setback, every heartbreak, and every triumph. And then there's the sex. Initially tender and tentative, as they become more experienced and comfortable with each other, the heat rises to epic proportions, with a kitchen counter scene that might set your reader on fire.
Goodbye Paradise is a standalone novel with a happy-ever-after, but Sarina will make you sweat for it. The shadow of a lifetime in Paradise affects each character differently, sometimes putting themselves at odds with each other, or at war with their spiritual beliefs. And when a young woman from Caleb's past arrives, seeking refuge in their new home, their future is anything but certain.
From beginning to end, Goodbye Paradise is a hard-fought love story. It's also a story you won't soon forget, with a cast of characters that will stay in your heart forever. A standalone sequel (Hello Forever) will release soon, so get started with this stunning duet today.
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