Athletic career woman meets good-ole-boy for a five-day backpacking trek in the rugged North Carolina mountains. Appalachian born Wes triggers Suzanne's resentment and her desire amongst boars, bears and Girl Scouts. Suzanne's pack and old hurts lighten as Wes' easy charm helps her truly see the hope and allure of spring flowers, love and forgiveness.
This Appalachian hiking novel is a good read for any vacation – beach, mountains or back yard.
Maggie Bishop brings a vast knowledge of the Appalachian region . . . displays the unique ability to draw the reader into each setting with vivid description, to the point that the reader feels part of the scene. . . . well-paced, the characters deftly drawn, the chemistry . . . searing, and the romantic story teasing enough to leave the reader anxiously waiting for "the moment". – Christy Tillery French, Midwest Book Review
[D]elightful romance with strong main characters the reader will grow to like and admire. . . . Their hike through the mountains is the perfect time for love to bloom amidst the calm and beauty of the Appalachians, vividly described in colorful detail.
– Astrid Kinn, Romance Reviews Today
[R]romantic adventure that will touch your heart in all the right places. Ms. Bishop spins a beautiful love story that will make you laugh, cry, and sigh. It's about redemption, renewal, hope and taking a chance on finding the partner of your dreams if you're willing to take a chance on love. I'm putting APPALACHIAN PARADISE on my keeper shelf to reread whenever I need a lift. Yes, it's that good!
– Suzanne Coleburn, The Belles and Beaux of Romance
Maggie Bishop's novel "Appalachian Paradise" is a romance that gets off to a good start and maintains an exciting tension that manages to carry to the end. . . . A good part of Bishop's success is the set-up she's engineered.
– Rob Neufeld, Asheville Citizen -Times
A devil-may-care hero, a feisty heroine and rich Appalachian flavor combine to make Maggie Bishop's first romance a rewarding read.– Karen Rose Smith, award-winning author of 74 romance novels.
Wish you could spend days trekking over pristine North Carolina mountains? Put your feet up, instead, and follow this pair on their Appalachian climb with camp-out nights, bear sightings, and love-making under the stars.– Marian Coe, award-winning author of Once Upon a Different Time
Along the trail, Wes and Suzanne quarrel, bicker, banter, tease, learn, and, in the course of natural science, fall in love (and lust). Suzanne̓s flaws are such that we root for her to work them out, for Wes to wake her up, and for both of them to make each other happy. I can think of few better ways to spend a snowy day. A wonderful Mountain Beach Book. – Carolina Mountain Living
About the Author
"One Shot Too Many" (2011 mystery) features Detective Tucker with yesterday's regret haunts, leading to today's deadly fix. In "Perfect for Framing," trouble's a-brewing in the Property Owners Association where greed and a lust for power lead to murder in a clash of personal versus public needs. "Murder at Blue Falls" when her horse finds a body, CSI wannabe Jemma starts to investigate, Detective Tucker comes in and it twists and turns from there. "Emeralds in the Snow" involves skiing at Sugar Mountain, an emerald mine, and a cold case murder. Award winning "Appalachian Paradise" takes place on a five-day backpacking trip in the spring amongst the bears, boars and girl scouts. Maggie's fun book is "Meow Means Me! Now!" a rhyming feline allegory with poetry and photos. This gift book is a departure from her novels but sprang from her love of cats . Think Dr. Suess meets Marley & Me.
Maggie Bishop hikes, skis, climbs, swims, explores and writes in the mountains of North Carolina where she settled in 1993 with her husband and cat. Every time they travel, they seek out other mountains but none are as exciting as the ancient Appalachians. When asked, "What do you do?" her answer is, "Entertain with word pictures."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It's an enjoyable vacation for the reader - and it turns out fine for the characters in the end (it is a romance, after all.), but the complications along the way keep you turning pages - not so sure how this one's turning out. Like her other Appalachian Adventures, this first book features authentic details about the area and a few real local characters in minor roles.
Suzanne Bowers is an upper-management executive used to living a high-pressure life, a woman who has decided love is only a fabrication. When her therapist orders her to take a vacation, she decides to go to her uncle's cabin in the Appalachian Mountains, where she plans to begin a five-day hike through the mountains. Wes Avery is an easygoing man full of Southern charm who agrees, as a favor to Suzanne's uncle and unbeknownst to Suzanne, to accompany her on her trek through the mountains. When the two meet, sparks fly. Suzanne is fiercely independent and finds Wes to be an irritant, but finally decides it would be safer to have another person along for her venture into the mountains. During their five-day adventure, Wes realizes he is in love with Suzanne, but Suzanne initially wants nothing to do with the man. However, she is highly attracted to him, even though she does not want to be. The two slowly begin to know one another and become friends. They face danger together and share many visually aesthetic moments. Suzanne slowly begins to unwind and finds herself opening up to Wes. Before the trip is finished, their campfires aren't the only things sizzling in the mountains. However, upon their return, Suzanne is confronted with two unknown truths that Wes had not divulged and she flees to Baltimore, to her old lifestyle. But Wes is determined not to lose Suzanne and begins his own battle to bring her back to the Appalachians. Maggie Bishop brings a vast knowledge of the Appalachian region and its multitudinous array of horticulture to APPALACHIAN PARADISE. She displays the unique ability to draw the reader into each setting with vivid description, to the point that the reader feels part of the scene. The story is well-paced, the characters deftly drawn, the chemistry between Suzanne and Wes searing, and the romantic story teasing enough to leave the reader anxiously waiting for 'the moment'.
Appalachian Paradise is a story about how a person can change given the right circumstances. It is well written. This wonderful story is about the effects of what can happen when one person enters your life and how it changes it. This book is an inspirational story.
Yes, you do pick up some useful tidbits of information about plants and animals you might encounter if you took a five day hike through the Pisgah forest with the characters, but mostly this book is for fun. It's a bit spicy in spots, and that's a good thing.