-- Jill M. Smith, Romantic Times --Romantic Times
"Paradise Found is an engrossing novel that had me glued to my seat from page one. Readers will feel strong emotions as the main character's haunting past is revealed."
Suzie Housley, MyShelf.com My Shelf
From the Author
Paradise Found was originally published in mass market paperback by Kensington Publishing in 2002. When I received my rights back and decided to bring it out in e-book format, I pretty much gutted the book and re-worked it. It was a long and arduous task but I'm very pleased with the results. Some might ask why I would do this when it had been been published, was an RT Top Pick and loved by many. My response is that as a writer, I am always working on my craft and saw an opportunity to improve the story.
I had forgotten that I wrote much of this book through periods of intense pain, but once I flipped open the acknowledgment on that old paperback, it all came back.. I thought I'd share it with you:
Paradise Found will always be special to me because it taught me what spirit and strength and will can do. Much of this book was written in pain - hours of it, days, months - doubled over,with a hot-water bottle pressed against my lower abdomen. The diagnosis was severe endometriosis and I underwent three surgeries in two months, the last of which was a complete hysterectomy.
Well. So glad those days are over!
And this is what I have to say about Paradise Found...
Paradise Found explores the delicate balance between 'blind' trust and hope, the development and nurturing of feelings--where physical appearances are non-existent-- and the inevitable fear that accompanies any relationship when the mask of politeness is discarded and the true self is revealed.