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Better View of Paradise: A Novel

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  • Posted December 17, 2009

    A Better View of Modern Fiction

    As a devoted member of three book clubs, it's not often that I immediately care about the heroine of a new novel. But Stevie had my heart from Chapter One. Randy Sue Coburn's A Better View of Paradise then takes off with the kind of poise, attention to detail, emotional authenticity and straight-up fine cultural detail work that defies its "REDBOOK Red-Hot Summer Read" status. And yet, the story is, indeed, a red-hot read heated and honed by smoldering familial micro-dramas and the eternal (and eternally important) search for a mate. We know about these things. And Randy Sue's rendition rings true as true love. So does her astoundingly natural ear for dialogue. And when she evokes the fire-power of Madam Pele it's just the right touch of island enchantment...and girl-grit! Not to mention her super-smart throw-away lines. Now who would expect this in a "beach read": "The Welsh got all the consonants, but the Hawaiians got a better deal with all the vowels." That's because A Better View of Paradise is no beach read. It's a small masterpiece of intimate modern fiction that has you caring all the way to its bittersweet sweet ending, which I loved. And that's rare too, with all the cop-out gut-punches passing for literary conclusions these days. This book is #1 on my Christmas List for Smartest Girlfriends...and on my 2010 to-reads for all my book clubs!

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  • Posted November 4, 2009

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    Great book club choice

    Beautiful writing, compelling characters, and vivid setting. Enthralling from start to finish.

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

    Aloha and Mahalo nui loa

    First time I've read this author's work. She did a wonderful job, I'm looking for more from her. I could picture myself in the places she wrote about and put myself in her shoes. She brought Kauai back to me in her writing describing the places and people. As a frequent visitor to the islands, I love to read anything that takes me back - she did a wonderful job in that. Keep up the good work and do more with the Islands in the stories.

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