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A Pocketful of Paradise Mass Market Paperback – January 15, 1997

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Kane (Charms) once again displays her remarkable talent for unusual, poignant plots and captivating characters. Zachariah is a Soul collector in deep trouble with his superiors, the Minions (as in heavenly) for falling down on the job. When a soul collector fails to collect a soul on time, the possessor of that soul lives on and throws the whole system out of wack. By way of punishment, Minions send Zachariah to earth to live with the humans for a month, setting him down on a small horse ranch in Nevada owned by a pretty young widow and her six-year-old son. The humanizing of Zach is great fun and the love scenes sizzle (he's a quick learner); but, because of the nature of his job, death is also a real factor and brings some emotional contrast.
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"Kathleen Kane infuses her novels with the wonderful sense of warmth and sweetness that makes you feel toasty right down to your toes."--Romantic Times

"Ms. Kane creates all her characters with care and surrounds them with action, great dialogue and strong feelings of love."--Rendezvous

"Nobody can capture the essence of Americana heart and soul quite as well as Kathleen Kane."--Affaire de Coeur

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (January 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312960905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312960902
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,583,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The paranormal historical romance, A POCKETFUL OF PARADISE by Kathleen Kane, was a pleasant surprise. I'm not a fan of Kane, so I didn't think I'd like the book, but boy was I wrong! I read this book non-stop, I found it so engrossing.

The premise of the book is that Death is punished to serve one month among humans in the wild west, and not only does he learn about his own humanity, but he also falls in love. His love interest is a widow who runs a ranch and has a little boy in desperate need of a father figure.

The story was sweet and unbelievably touching. I enjoyed all of Zack's responses to being human, and thought his relationship with Rebecca and her son was realistic and appropriate. I also thought secondary characters like the ranch foreman Buck and sick little girl, Ellie, were nicely portrayed.

The only thing I didn't like was the fact that the horse rustler was obvious, but I could forgive it. The horse rustling wasn't the most important part of the books. The relationships were, and they worked for me.

If you'd like to read a sweet historical romance that deals with the afterlife, then I'd recommend reading A POCKETFUL OF PARADISE. It's somewhat similar to the Brad Pitt movie "Meet Joe Black," but is set in the wilds of Colorado in 1875.

Please note this book can be purchased under the alternative title, THE SOUL COLLECTOR.

***If you like historical paranormal romances, I'd also recommend reading IMAGINE by Jill Barnett, THE WOLF OF HASKELL HALL by Colleen Shannon, THE SELKIE by Melanie Jackson, or TO CATCH A WOLF by Susan Krinard.***
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By Psboston7 on February 18, 2002
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I read this book a few years ago and from time to time will pick it up to read again. Wonderful storyline poignant from beginning to end. I've seen this plot several times since then but still no one has done it with so much meaning and feeling as Kathleen Kane. You won't regret purchasing this one. If you read this I also recommend "The Outsider" by Penelope Williamson.
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P>Every now and then I'm lucky enough to come across a very special book that demands my attention and captures my heart. A book whose characters refuse to leave my mind once the last page is turned. A book that is filled with everything that I love about reading romance. A POCKETFUL OF PARADISE is my idea of a dream book.
Immortal spirit Zacariah has been a soul collector for eons and is getting a little lackadaisical about his duties. His job is to collect the soul of a dying human and usher it into the afterlife. Because he has a little problem showing up on time for his "collections" he has altered more than one human life span. His superiors are furious with his blatant disregard for human life and have decided to teach him a lesson. Hoping he will learn to respect humans, his punishment is to spend one month on earth as a mortal man and at the end of that time make a collection ON TIME!!
Zack appears in a haze of mist and clouds before the startled eyes of widow Rebecca Hale. Rebecca is determined to save her son's inheritance, the Hale ranch, even though someone has been stealing her horses at an alarming rate. A bit wary of this stranger who appears to have a strange sort of amnesia she agrees to take Zack on as a farm hand because he'll work cheap and she desperately needs some help.
Rebecca struggles to protect her heart from this drifter but there is something irresistible about him, a kindness buried beneath the gorgeous exterior. When she sees him treating her son with the compassion, respect and attentiveness he craves she becomes all the more determined to protect them both from heartbreak. But as an innocent kiss leads to a scorching attraction Rebecca finds it difficult to resist this desirable man who awakens feelings she didn't know existed.
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Kathleen Kane has set herself apart from other romance novelists, because of her unique slant on romance writing. Her stories come with a twist of the supernatural which gets you hooked in the first chapter. If you like the unexplained and the powers that be, or have wondered if there is anything beyond this life, this book gives you a look at what might be.
This book has it all, not many books have the effect on me that this one did. In some parts my heart was beating twice its pace as if I were there myself, I couldn't read without my face reflecting the emotions of the characters, engrossed is the best way to explain it, and that doesn't even come close.
This is a must read, especially if you have read many romances and they're all becoming the same. Kathleen Kane's writing is fresh, unique and engaging. I would also recommend THIS TIME FOR KEEPS, another brilliant example of her work.
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