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In Stranger in Paradise, the first book of Eileen Goudge’s bestselling Carson Springs series, an unlikely wedding upends the tranquil California town. It isn’t easy to watch your daughter marry a man who’s twice her age, but Samantha Kiley holds her tongue. Wes seems like a good man, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s also a billionaire. She has no idea that she will soon be caught up in a May–December affair...
In Stranger in Paradise, the first book of Eileen Goudge’s bestselling Carson Springs series, an unlikely wedding upends the tranquil California town. It isn’t easy to watch your daughter marry a man who’s twice her age, but Samantha Kiley holds her tongue. Wes seems like a good man, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s also a billionaire. She has no idea that she will soon be caught up in a May–December affair of her own that will set tongues wagging and complicate her idyllic small-town life.
In Taste of Honey, a former nun revisits a decision that changed her life three decades ago. Gerry Fitzgerald kneels before the altar, moments away from the most important decision of her life. She is about to take her vows in the sisterhood of God, and yet she is not at peace. Doubt fills her heart and she is torn with guilt. She found illicit passion in the arms of Father Jim, and now she is pregnant with the baby they conceived. Is she ready to give up on having a family?
And in Wish Come True, a young woman fights for freedom after being arrested for the murder of her sister. The world loves Monica Vincent, and her sister Anna has always tried to love her, too. Anna’s life is devoted to the Hollywood star; as her sister’s personal assistant, she spends her days answering Monica’s fan mail and catering to her every whim. But Monica is cruel, and when a car accident leaves her in a wheelchair, her treatment of Anna gets even worse. When Monica is found floating facedown in the swimming pool at her mansion, the police see the star’s sister as the likely culprit. To keep herself from jail, Anna digs for the truth, desperate to learn who killed the sister she hated.
Posted September 24, 2012
The Carson Springs Trilogy Stranger in Paradise, Taste of Honey, and Wish Come True by Eileen Goudge
The reason I selected this book is because it is a finished series-3 books, one right after the other. I don't have to wait a year for the next book to be written. It's easy to follow reading it back to back.
Stranger in Paradise, This book is about Samatha and her life, her new boyfriend, her daughters: Alice and Laura, and other relatives.
Smaatha's daughter Alice had just married West Carpenter-he's only a few years older than herself, 50's. Her sister is Audrey and she's at the wedding festivities also. Very detailed descriptions of the countryside, flowers, orchards, etc. Very lush ground.
Love the little shops throughout the town, as Sam walks by and remembers her past life.
Pleasantly surprised with the lovemaking in this book.
Laura has taken in Flinch and is in no rush to get rid of her, She helps out at the farm.
Alice is back and she and Laura go to their mothers house and ask why is she dating a man young enough to be her son. They have a discussion and move on.. It's only been a few years since her husband has been dead.
Ian Carpenter makes Sam feel youthful again, more energy and she loves how he is with her, just the things he does. With her age of 50 and no periods for a while she doesn't think they need protection..
This book is also about Finch, it first starts out with her journey from the east coast to the west coast and how she settled in Carson Springs.
All of their lifes are webbed together in this town where everybody cares for one another.
Love hearing of the nuns and their daily life and how they are able to earn money. Proverbs about flowers and spices are a nice touch. Always love to learn new things.
Love the romance, the mystery and the travel, new places for me and the very detailed descriptions of the houses, furnishings, gardens, trees, layout of the town-the stores there and the people.
Sam travels to spend the weekend with Ian in New York as he oversees a mural being put up. She finally tells him of her secret and he needs a bit of time to digest it all...
Story goes on as we follow people's personal and work lifes and it's easy to keep the characters straight. Nice mix of narrative and dialog.
Besides a murderer on the loose there are illnesses, pregnancies and economy issues to deal with.
Love how it all come together in the end, everything has been ironed out...
Taste of Honey
This family and others continues with Gerry's story. From when she first entered the convent, and had a baby that she gave up she regretted her actions. She's very good friends with Samatha.
Now that she's on the outside with a family, Andie and Justin for children and divorced living in Carson Springs she's reminded so much of her lost daughter. She had hired a PI to track her down and even knows her name.
Her best friend Sam is pregnant and she wishes she had what Sam has.
Love hearing of the towns traditions especially around the holidays and about the knit and crochet projects for the new baby.
On Christmas day Gerry called to set up a meeting with the daughter she had given away, and Claire had answered. She's in a serious reltionship with Bryon who's attending college to be a doctor. She is a laywer and she'd rather be cooking. She agrees to the meeting after talking to her friend and calls Claire back to set it up.
Gerry is now involved with the orchestra leader.
Andi is friends with Simon and they both share that their fathers had walked out on them, and divorced.
She is also friends with Finch, who Laura adopted.
Gerry works at Blessed Bee right at the convent where the nuns live. It's a thriving business.
Love hearing all about the happenings with the others in town, it's so easy to follow them from book to book as their new lives progress.
They do meet and Claire is able to spend a few days visiting and meeting the others in Gerry's life...
A mystery surrounding who Claire's father is after she's talked to who Gerry told her it was...
Pregnancy, cooking ideas, wedding, decisions about work, sex and births all come together to make this a really good read.
So fascinating to read about the bee business.
After the accident things will never be the same. Glad to see this book come full circle for so many..
Wish Come True
Book 3 continues with the family saga in Carson Springs.
This book starts out with Anna Vincenzia, Monica's sister who was a celebrity but after a car crash was in a wheelchair.
After Anna's father died, she left college to tend to her mother, and then to Monica. She was overweight but now was on a mission to get in charge of her life.
Life in Carson Springs continues with a baby christening and getting the latest on the local shopkeepers and all their families.
We learn what Anna really does during the day taking care of Monica, not only answering her fan emails which she loves to do, it puts her into another world, but the daily hassles of a chair bound young woman. She's put her life on hold to tend to the needs of her mom and her sister.
When Monica ends up hospitalized due to her excessive drinking Anna thinks it's time to put her in rehab....
Finch sticks up for a new student and they become friends.
Anna meets Marc-the counselor, married, wife in an institution, at the rehab center and he agrees to go with her to see into facilities for her mother. Anna is to bring Monica home that day also. Love the sex scenes, they come at just the right time.
Anna finds herself locked up in jail for her sister's murder. what else can the cops possibly be thinking?
Love the ideas the community come up with to help Anna... and to come up with leads to solve the mystery of who did kill her sister..
Love all the twists and turns just when you think you have the whole plot figured out.