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Sweet Life Paperback – September 2, 2008
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It's a sweet little story with great characters. You get interested in their lives right away and just have to know what happens. The main women are all so their own characters and you love them for all of it. The characters have integrity, morals and show that to be a good woman's book, you don't have to have steamy sex scenes but instead can focus on what most women want - a happy, healthy life and family. The struggle to make this happen and realizing when we've lost touch and are blind to it.
I really appreciated this book and it came along at a great time when I'm trying to reflect on and improve my own life. I wrote the author and told her how much I enjoyed it and got a very nice email in return. I'll be picking up her other books this evening and will have likely devoured them by this weekend.
However, Paul reacts the strangest as demands a trial separation so that he can "find himself"; as he feels he lost his identity to being provider, husband and father. To economically survive, Marissa takes in renters that lead to friendships; however, she also knows it is a time of reckoning. She has to decide Hawaii with a chance of Paul returning or New York where employment exists for her.
This entertaining tale focuses on what is a SWEET LIFE as the lead couple relocates to what each assumes will prove to be paradise only to find location is important, but people make their own "Eden". The story line is character driven especially by Marissa who is unsure what she must do for her and their kids. Although Paul is appallingly simplified to the point of stereotypical born again slacker, fans will enjoy this fine tale of a woman rediscovering just who she is.
So Paul wants to take this assignment in Hawaii. What does Paul have to give up though? Marissa must quit her job, become a full-time mom, leave her friends behind, and relocate to a completely different area that is so far removed from what she knows. Of course they agree to go down for the weekend look around and then discuss it as a family. However, Paul decides that he will take the assignment without consulting with Marissa. She finds out and gets very upset and he apologizes later on. Marissa agrees to go after all she is a real trooper, someone who isn't afraid to work hard to get what she wants.
They are in Hawaii in a fixer-upper house with cows living next door. Quite a step down from what they are used to. Paul expects Marissa to grin and bear it. That's not her style though. She gets up tight about things, she seems to lose her self esteem (after some of this seems to be based upon her success in her job, which she gave up to accept the transfer of his), and she draws in on herself. She believes that he husband is fooling around and Ms. King makes that seem very believable. She becomes suspicious when he goes on a skiing trip and doesn't return until late.Read more ›
My only complaint is the ending. While there is a happy ending there is not much discussion on how Marissa and Paul got their happy ending. I would have liked to have read about how they dealt with all the issues while trying to restore their marriage.
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Very good story. Mia is so great at making the characters seem real. Loved this book!Published 14 months ago by Patti A Palmer
This is a sweet little story - nothing complicated or surprising.Published 14 months ago by Biddy Mulligan
I would recommend this book to anyone that has ever thought, desired, wondered, or moved to aremote and/or tropical island. Read morePublished on November 29, 2012 by Leigh Ann Kowalsky
Marissa and Paul Price, along with their daughter, are moving to the Big Island of Hawaii, because Paul was promoted. Read morePublished on October 2, 2011 by Confessions of a Book Addict
This was a fun read. There were some parts that seemed to drag longer than other subjects, but otherwise I really liked how the book ended. Read morePublished on February 17, 2011 by B. Lee
I loved loved loved this book !!! I couldnt put this book down and read till late at night...i loved loved loved it !!!!!!!! i have to say its my favorite book ever !!!!!!!!Published on January 10, 2011 by T. K. King
This is a great book. I was happy with the service. I would reomment this book to everyone. Once you start it you won't wnat to put it down.Published on June 16, 2010 by DADS
I loved this book! Too often reviewers bash books for not being "real" enough. For those of us who have lived through heartbreak, set backs and marital riffs, it was nice to read a... Read morePublished on March 27, 2010 by Michellepio124
What better setting than Hawaii for a wonderful story about trying times, great friends, family and survival! Read morePublished on February 11, 2010 by Anne M. Alesauskas