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"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."
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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.
- File Size : 1157 KB
- Publication Date : January 15, 2014
- Publisher : Mary Campisi; 2nd edition (January 15, 2014)
- Print Length : 255 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Enabled
- ASIN : B0096HXWQC
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #237,115 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Because the author did "show" parts of the story unfolding, it was hard to see all the "telling" she was doing, but she did it a lot. She would just drop information on us and go on her merry way. I couldn't put my finger on my mounting anger until I realized what she was doing.
Sara Hamilton had to go to California in place of her boss, Jeff to help a friend of his, Matt, adjust to life as a blind person. Jeff's wife was pregnant and having a tough time of it. Having said that, this excuse was used three times to keep Sara in California, yet at the end of the book, the baby only gets a passing comment, the wife, none. Contrived.
Sara arrives and hasn't done one thing yet within minutes of arrival everyone at the house is smiling, you know, those "knowing" smiles. Of course. Since the author knows the ending, her characters do, too.
Matt is wondering, "how did she get me to open up?" I have to wonder that myself. I've read the scene two times. She shows up, tells him why she's there. She doesn't put on a magic show, she's doesn't allude to some technique she's developed, when suddenly, 5 pages later Matt is angry because he's sharing with her and can't figure out how she's gotten him to do that. Well, neither can I.
There was no growth in anything. No development. The author simply wants the two to be attracted to each other so she makes them be attracted to each other. Contrived.
And his last female shrink attempts to have sex with him, and he doesn't get all up in arms when Sara sneaks around his room at night after three days? Instead of throwing her out of the house, he kisses her? WTH?
There it's no motivation anywhere, just complete non-sequiters. I'm fed up and I've only gotten to page 66! My patience is wearing thin.
On page 71, Adam is describing Sara to Matt and using descriptions that the author hasn't deemed worthy to include us in. How on earth does Adam know so much about her? "Her smile lights up a room. She's honest to a fault. Not a classic beauty, you don't focus on that with her." Again, there was no development of this knowledge, the author just drops it on us.
There was so much potential her if only Ms Campisi had an editor who really read her work and helped guide her to close the gaps and work out the kinks. These are adults, yet both were so petulant at times it made my skin crawl. Sara is a psychologist. If she'd been recommended to me at a time I might have needed one, I'd be calling the APA to question her ethics.
I realize one has to suspend one's disbelief, but this was too much.
Sara has been requested to got to CA to work with an individual who has recently become blind. Slowly she gains his trust and their relationship becomes more. Yet, they have different opinions on the meaning and expectations of what that means and constitute.
A realistic and engaging read. Heartwarming and a great look at the love and strength these two individuals posses. An excellent group of characters that the reader will relate to and fall in love with.