The Paradise Guest House: A Novel

The Paradise Guest House: A Novel

by Ellen Sussman
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The Paradise Guest House: A Novel 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
anovelreview_blogspot_com More than 1 year ago
The tragic night club bombing in Bali was life altering for American adventure guide, Jamie Hyde. The novel opens up a year after the bombing, as Jamie returns for a ceremony to mark the anniversary. She isn't really sure if she's ready, but she is really interested in finding Gabe Winters. For Jamie coming back to Bali is about closure from the attack and a possibility of opening up her heart. The novel begins with Jamie's return, we get to know current day Jamie and those around her in Bali. I wasn't sure at this point about the book, it was ok but wasn't really drawing me in. Then in part two Sussman takes you back to Jamie's first trip to Bali--to the night of the attack. You get to relive the experiences for Gabe and Jamie, the bombing, what happened after. You also get to know Gabe in this part of the story, find out what brought him to Bali. I was totally hooked by the end of part two. You know she is returning to Bali, you know he is still there, so there is a build up as to what happens between them. Then coming back to present day. Can there be resolution after so much time, so much pain? I felt this was a perfect way to tell her story, she was coming back to face what she left...so she would need to go back not only physically, but mentally and emotionally too. I absolutely loved THE GUEST HOUSE. I'll be honest, I figured I would enjoy the book. I had some preconceived ideas of what would happen. I can't say I was totally off the mark, but I will say I hadn't expected to be so caught up in the story of Jamie and Gabe. Mid way through the book I didn't want to put it down. The stories of the bombing, I hadn't expected them to bring tears to my eyes. I can't imagine anyone not falling in love with this book, I highly recommend you grab a copy before you take off for any summer vacations!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not only did this story let you explore another country, another culture, another time, but the love story at the heart of it was seductive and moving. For anyone who likes travel memoirs, women's lit, and great storytelling.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book to read in Bali (because that is where it takes place) but I had to put it down. I just couldn't get into it. There was too much petty talk, and the character's problems were revisited too much. The whole time I was thinking "yes I get what happened in their past and it was very troubling for them but lets move on with the story"
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This novel left much to be desired. I felt that the character development was poor and the ending abrupt.