Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Waiting of Wednesday: A Better View of Paradise

Hosted by Jill, at Breaking the Spine, Here's my pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection:

A Better View of Paradise: A Novel

AUTHOR: Randy Sue Coburn
PUB. DATE: July 14, 2009


Dramatic, moving, and exquisitely written, A Better View of Paradise explores the tender bond between fathers and daughters, ponders the delicate nature of healing, and celebrates the redemptive power of forgiveness and love.

Thirty-six-year-old Stevie Pollack has come into her own as a celebrated landscape architect. Her designs, famed for their evocative natural beauty, reflect her upbringing amid the splendor of Hawaii. But when critics blast her latest efforts and her boyfriend abruptly ends their relationship, Stevie seeks solace in her roots among the dazzling flowers, and comforting traditions of the islands and their calming waters. Still, in the back of her mind, Hawaii holds troubling memories of a childhood with Hank, her emotionally distant father, and a reserved British mother.

Despite her irascible father’s presence, the trip home promises Stevie a welcome departure from her trials on the mainland. But the shocking news that Hank is dying forces the pair’s reunion into high gear. As father and daughter attempt to rekindle their bond, Stevie discovers sides of Hank she never knew, including family secrets that have shaped their lives. And what started as a holiday escape for the beleaguered architect becomes a chance for transformation, one as exciting as it is uncertain. Inspired by her father’s insight, and energized by the attentions of an attractive local veterinarian, Stevie learns to surrender her inhibitions and seize the day.

What's your W.O.W. pick this week?


  1. That cover makes me long for a tropical vacation.

  2. I would love to visit Hawaii. The book sounds like a great read.

  3. This one looks and sounds great...and I hadn't heard of it before.

    And, I'm with you...I loved The Richest Season, so I can't wait for her latest!

  4. I've never heard of this one but it sure does sound good. The cover really reminds me of summer and I like that. My Waiting on Wednesday is here.

  5. This does sound like a good one. I hadn't heard of it before. Thanks for bringing it to my attention, Diane!

  6. Sounds like a book I would very much like to read. I am always interested in issues in parent-child relationship.

  7. Google Alerts told me about this swell posting -- I hope you all enjoy the new book!


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