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Ten Days In Paradise by [Abbott, Linda]
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Editorial Reviews


"A fantastic, thought-provoking debut novel." -- Peg Glover, author of Discover New Authors, Reviewers & Great Reads

"A wonderful debut novel ... Abbott's prose spoke of the truths of human experience: the poignancy of aging, nostalgia, betrayals, all the messy things of human nature, as well as the beautiful and uplifting, family love and loyalty, the promise of eternal love, the beauty of reconciliation." -- Julia Grantham, author and reviewer

"Lest you think this was just a 'nice' read for me, let me disabuse you of that notion.  I had chills and tears aplenty.  When I say I cared about all of the characters, I mean just that.  I felt an emotional connection to each and every one. That doesn't happen all that much.  But it did here." -- Lloyd Russell, The Book Sage

"Abbott did a fine job of writing a first novel with compelling characters and a refreshingly interesting take on the lives of people over the age of thirty-five.  I found myself completely caught up in the story." -- Kim Hornsby, author of The Dream Jumper's Promise

"The characters are extremely interesting and believable, and the well-crafted descriptions are evocative of the spectacular Sanibel Island I remember from my many visits there." -- David Barton, author of Bringing Jane Home

"By far one of the best books I've read this year." -- Amazon Reviewer

Voted one of the Top 50 Indie Books, Readers' Choice, Indie Author News, March 2016.

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A new edition of Ten Days In Paradise was published on June 1, 2015 to ensure the best possible reading experience.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5060 KB
  • Print Length: 345 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: White Birch Publishing (December 7, 2014)
  • Publication Date: December 7, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692345507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692345504
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,135 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Kindle Edition
I was asked to review this book by the author and I actually was sent a physical copy which I so appreciated. Can't help it. I love the feel and smell of books. I had a couple of books to read prior to this one that were non-fiction so I was excited to be picking up a fiction book for a bit of escapism. I was not disappointed. Linda's choice of non-20-something primary characters made it very relatable for me and I am sure many more of us over 40/50 bunch. Characters ranged from young children to a couple celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

The plot line of the book revolves around family gathering at a resort to celebrate their parent's 50th anniversary. Don't just pick up this book if you are over 40 though. The story is enjoyable and worth sitting down with in your beach chair, arm chair or even just curl up in bed. By page 20 I was invested in the characters and wondering what was going to happen to them.

A couple of times I had to put the book down to either go to bed or get on with other tasks of daily life. When I came back to the book the characters jumped back to life as if I had my DVR on and had hit play to watch something I had recorded. The author has a gift for creating characters and plots that made me care about them and want to know what happens next.

Not everything closes nicely by the end of the book and the ending left me feeling a bit unsettled. There were a few too many characters for me that made me pause a couple of times to remember who was who to whom. I am thinking she has plans for a series with this book. If she doesn't, she should. I want to know what happens to everyone!

My favorite line from the book occurs on page 285 in the last paragraph.
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My Review of Ten Days In Paradise
By Linda Abbott

This is a wonderful debut novel by author Linda Abbott. She has masterfully woven together multiple plot lines to create a delightful, heartwarming story that explored the theme of family: love and commitment; parental issues with children, young and grown; sibling rivalries; marriages gone stale; infidelity; aging; loyalty, forgiveness, and reconciliation.

Set on the beautiful island of Sanibel off Florida, the lush locale was a character in itself. I could feel, see, and hear the tropical paradise, the pounding or gentle surf, the exquisite sunsets, the flora and fauna, the seashells and shorebirds. Environment mirrored the internal landscape: crashing waves reflected inner turmoil or a desperate search for a lost child; a gleaming splinter of light on an alter inspired religious meditation. I felt the conflict of year round residents with their tight community and love of the raw beauty of Sanibel versus wealthy interlopers walled off in mega-mansions and fancy resorts.

I loved Abbott’s poignant descriptions of family, especially sisterly love, so beautifully rendered, it was hard for me to read. I lost my two sisters in their prime and so her tender, evocative prose brought back all the raw emotions I felt of love and loss.

Abbott exquisitely conveyed the longing of the soul for love and intimacy, the need to feel noticed and appreciated, and the trouble that arose when a partner was disengaged. She wrote of the trials of marriage in the past or anticipated (dementia), how different couples handled these and continued to do so. She made me feel the strong pull and healing nature of family love; yet, also the power of family to hurt and damage.
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TEN DAYS IN PARADISE is Linda Abbott’s debut novel. Uncharacteristically for me, I found it difficult to “get into” the book. It took about until about chapter 39 (half way through the book) before I felt connected to the story. However, I am happy I stayed with it, because the second half was a very enjoyable read.
What I liked – The story centered on David’s family gathering to celebrate his parents’ 50th anniversary on Florida’s Sanibel Island. Even though there were differences between David’s sisters Julia and Maggie, David played mediator all the while he and his wife Marianne were at odds over how to raise their children. There was also a huge amount of personal time given by Ellen using her resources and knowledge to help save the chapel. When the story came together, I found that the characters had found a way to resolve their challenges, though you may be surprised at the outcome.
What I didn’t like - I felt there were too many characters and subplots, and I would have preferred to concentrate on fewer people and fewer issues. With so much going on, it would have been better for me, if the author had concentrated on just a few of the subplots, and saved the rest for development in another book.

Since my likes outweigh dislikes, I am giving this book three and a half stars.
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How do individuals not only change over time but also cope with that change as it occurs? And how do we cope with other people around us who are also changing gradually or dramatically? Linda Abbott has written a story that examines some fascinating scenarios for exactly those scenarios described above. The account of these people takes place on the gorgeous island of Sanibel Island located off Florida’s Gulf Coast, a place of such immense beauty and serene ambience that it relaxes visitors. As the rest takes root, it allows reflection which raises pleasures and pains in stark relief!
David and Marianne are at odds about how to raise their children. David thinks they are spoiled brats who can get anything and everything but just throwing a rousing tantrum and Marianne claims they are “Indigo” children with special needs that must be fulfilled in untraditional ways. Add to that the fact that David meets Ellen, a sexy-looking woman. Ellen is on a vacation from life, work, her passionless husband and a teenage son straight out of a horror story. Ellen is questioning whether this is normal, whatever that word means anyway, or a difficult transition she should abandon or faithfully endure!
David and his family are here on the island to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of his parents. That in itself may be in jeopardy as David’s Dad’s behavior is worrying his Mom, with his Dad’s mood swings and forgetfulness suggesting something is seriously wrong. Add to that his successful sisters are eventually going to be present, and the family definitely has problems with both of them.
Add to that a non-denominational Church that’s been given a date to either relocate their building or have it bulldozed! The urgency of the devoted members quickly becomes concerted, united effort!
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