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"In remarkably elegant and evocative prose, Jennifer Paddock reveals that it's not only the big moments that can change a life, but the deceptively quiet ones, like the eye of the hurricane her heroine passes through." — Leah Stewart, author of The Myth of You and Me
"A luminous celebration . . . filled with mystery, suspense, and beauty." — Michelle Richmond, author of Dream of the Blue Room
"Bold in its simplicity, honesty, and precision. You may be picked up off your feet and spun around, but Paddock's skill and heart will set you down just right." — Lisa Glatt, author of A Girl Becomes a Comma Like That
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By Jennifer Paddock
Twenty-seven-year-old Caroline Berry is living a life of drifting solitude in New York City, working two jobs while her dream of being a writer is slowly fading. Unfulfilled, a little lost, and suffering from an intensifying case of vertigo, she makes an uncharacteristically bold decision to leave her jobs in an attempt to jump start her life and writing career, which leads her to a retreat at a grand old Southern hotel -- a favorite of her late grandfather's -- in Point Clear, Alabama.
No sooner does she arrive than Hurricane Ivan strikes, and instead of evacuating with the other hotel guests, Caroline secretly cloisters herself there until it passes. When a man she chances to meet on the beach in the storm's aftermath ends up missing, Caroline can't help being drawn into his life as she tries to sort out her own.
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Posted November 27, 2007
Posted October 12, 2007
I grew up near Point Clear and know the hotel like the back of my hand. The storyline did not meet my expectations for a good read. I did not recommend it to any of my friends, especially those who grew up there with me.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 20, 2007
Great book - loved it. Engrossing story - easily piques and sustains the reader¿s interest. VERY clever ending. I'm glad I found this author - looking forward to reading more from her.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 12, 2006
Twenty-seven years old Caroline Berry left Oklahoma to attend the renowned NYU writing program. However, she drops out of the program as she struggles to earn a living. On top of her financial woes, Caroline finds she suffers from writer¿s block unable to put together two coherent sentences.---------------- She needs a change, but the opportunity finally occurs when she inherits some money from her late grandfather. Caroline leaves the Big Apple for three weeks at the Grand Hotel, a family favorite in Point Clear, Alabama where she plans to write the great American novel. She soon meets a young man Walker on the beach. However, her idle time is devastated by Hurricane Ivan¿s assault on the Mobile Bay area and Walker vanishing. With a theme in mind, Caroline begins to write Walker¿s tale even as she investigates what happened to him fearing suicide will be the ending of his and her tale.-------------------------- Caroline makes the tale as a wannabe writer who finds her subject. The story line focuses on her efforts to make it and cleverly offers the evolution of her work on Walker. Though everyone is super nice and cooperative and the action somewhat lacking, readers will enjoy following Caroline as she obsesses over THE SECRET WORD that will enable her to tell the world what led to what happened to Walker by writing about this apparent tragedy.----------- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.