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A Sinner in Paradise Paperback – August 15, 2013
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Deborah Hining believes that life is pretty much perfect as long as it holds a sense of destiny. Her destiny has led her to be many things: wife, mother, and grandmother, and also actress, award-winning playwright, theatrical director, college instructor, and Certified Financial Planner (or as she calls it, Financial Fairy Godmother). Now she is a farmer and author. Deborah lives at Corinne's Orchard, a farm in Durham County, North Carolina, with her husband, architect Michael Hining, daughter Mary Elizabeth, an artist, and son-in-law, Nick, a chef. Her son, George, daughter-in-law, Julie, and granddaughter, Corinne, live just a few miles away. You can find her most days working in one of the gardens, writing, being Grandma, and generally giving thanks for her abundant life.
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Deborah Hining's novel is considered Christian fiction, yet is in no way preachy. The inspirational themes are just that, inspirational. The character of Holy Miracle Jones is wonderful. The scenes where Geneva visits with him were some of my favorite parts of the story. Geneva's faith was genuine and added to the plot in an organic, important way.
I thoroughly enjoyed A SINNER IN PARADISE and look forward to reading more from Deborah Hining.
I enjoyed the changes that came over Geneva and her quest to be a better person. I liked the religious tone of the book. It was a part of the people and who they were and didn't feel preachy or condescending like so many books can be. I loved a lot of the side characters and it was easy to see why she loved her home and her people.
It got a little ridiculous with all these men hot after Geneva. She just had to walk into a room and had men falling at her feet. What woman wouldn't love that? Some of her silly antics in the beginning of the book seemed like a bad episode of Three's company. It got much better as the second half of the book had some laugh out loud funny things. It just felt like the author's writing improved as she moved further into the story.
For me, it was about human nature essentially, in all its selfishness, center of the universe ego-centrism to the selflessness that sometimes comes around and surprises us. The writing is spunky and peppered with good humored southern hospitality and quirkiness. It is about Love. It is about Hate. And everything in between. And like some books with pronounced Christians, it doesn't preach at you, but gently whispers in your ear if you choose to listen to it.
Stories like this don't come along every day. This one is very complex and has such beautiful pictures of this area I could almost smell the flowers. I'm grateful you finally finished it. Good luck with your next.