"Ted Atoka is a master storyteller who calls upon his own experience inhis latest book, Villa Paradiso. The story begins with an unlikelyfriendship between people from different generations, cultures andcountries who hatch a plan for a retirement facility in the unlikelybut-very-real town of Bowlegs, Oklahoma.
The story brings themface-to-face with the thorny patches of retirement and the razor-sharpedges of business as they strive to build a brick-and-mortar version oftheir vision. The problems they encounter - and conquer -- will make you groan, laugh or occasionally find yourself with moist eyes as theidiocy of the world washes over them.
You'll find yourself drawninto their plan and want to make suggestions to them. Few books make you want to applaud when things go right for the characters, but this isone of them. When you reach the last page, you'll want more.
You'll be glad you read this book, because it's one of the best this year." [Customer review: Will Carpenter, 3/15/13.]
From the Author
This book, believe it or not, is based onfact. People who drive by a retirementfacility can only imagine what goes on behind such hallowed walls. Lifecare facilitiesare here to stay. They are the retirement destinations of choice for many peoplewho have decided to transition from the burdens of home ownership, and opt for a more care free life style. The stigma of an "old age" home is notapplicable to the day-to-day operation of a contemporary living centerforsenior citizens. These folks make it their goal to actively participatein whatevereach new day has to offer. Theirs is an individual story waitingto be shared. Much like the unsinkable Molly Brown, they carry the banner that shouts "We ain't down yet."