A Better View of Paradise: A Novel

A Better View of Paradise: A Novel

by Randy Sue Coburn
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Better View of Paradise 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
VioletVanderMeer More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous90 More than 1 year ago
Beautiful writing, compelling characters, and vivid setting. Enthralling from start to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It kept me interested and had things happen that I wasn't expecting.
sandy19 More than 1 year ago
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.
BrklynGrl More than 1 year ago
I didn't know this author, I was on vacation in Hawaii and I like to read books that take place where I'm on vacation but that are light vacation reads. This one fit the bill perfectly. Great themes, great grasp of the landscape and the culture. Perfect!
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