- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Indigo Dreams Publishing (April 14, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1909357138
- ISBN-13: 978-1909357136
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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Holding Paradise Paperback – April 14, 2014
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From time to time, we all have situations in our lives that are hard to deal with and/or put into perspective. Fran shows the value of family, love & friendship. She also teaches us about paradise ... that one thing we should prize above all else. Once we have found it, we need to hold onto it.
Her characters are fantastic and the situations they find themselves in are frighteningly real. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It's beautiful! I can't wait for her next one. Congratulations Fran.
Angelina and Josephine are both wonderful characters and readers will easily connect with them. The chapters in the book do alternate between the two characters and it may feel a little hard to follow at first but this has become a common POV and readers who are already familiar with this style shouldn’t have any trouble. The alternating character style feels similar to Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline with the shift in not only character but also in time. Holding Paradise is an engrossing story of love and friendship amidst struggles with issues like racism and adultery. If you start to feel troubled by the shifting perspectives please push through because this really isn’t a novel you want to give up on.
It is a very easy novel to feel emotionally invested in while reading. Angelina and Josephine were obviously written and developed with such love and care by Clark. They are very three-dimensional with lovable qualities and flaws alike; this makes both characters very relatable. They aren’t perfect but real people aren’t and that is why I loved them so much. Angelina feels as though her world is crumbling and she’s desperate to keep her life from falling apart. Who among us hasn’t felt that way at one point or another? Readers will enjoy reading about Angelina’s journey and love Holding Paradise.
Please pick up a copy and enjoy Holding Paradise. It is amazing that this is a debut novel; Clark is a very talented storyteller.
Review by Ashley LaMar
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