Synopsis and Details:
Marin Cole has never:
Seen the ocean
Climbed a mountain
Taken a risk on love
….But if her sister’s plan works, she just might do all three.
Ever since her journalist mother died on assignment, Marin has played it safe, refusing to set foot outside the state of Tennessee. Her wild-child younger sister, Sadie, has trotted the globe as a photographer, living off of art and adrenaline.
When Sadie returns from a tough assignment abroad and looks a little worse for wear, Marin reluctantly agrees to a sisters’ spa weekend on the tropical island of Saba. But her lifelong fear of travel is affirmed when Sadie misses the flight, Marin’s luggage gets mixed up with another passenger’s, and an episode of turbulence sends her hurtling into the lap of Lucas Tsai, the handsome stranger who stole her sister’s seat.
For the first time in a long time, Marin has to step outside of her comfort zone as she explores the island with Lucas and learns what she’s been missing out on. With each breathtaking new experience, Marin gets closer to her real self, the man she’s falling for, and the heart-wrenching truth about why she’s there in the first place.
Genres: Contemporary, Women’s Fiction, Romance | Release Date: March 23, 2021 | Publisher: Berkley | Length: 352 pages | ISBN: 978-0593199428 | ASIN: B08BYTNBPS | Format: ARC | Source: NetGalley
Review with Rating:
To all the other books I have loved before, kindly push over and make room because Meet Me in Paradise is joining the crowd! After finishing a story have you ever wanted to crush it to your chest and never let it go? If not, then you don’t get me, but it you have then you can understand what I mean when I say that I love this book. I can’t wait until I have a physical copy to crush to me because then I can carry it around and show it to everyone and demand that they get a copy so that we could talk about how utterly amazing the story is. Yep, that is going to be me.
When I first started reading Meet Me in Paradise, I didn’t know if it was going to be a hit with me. I was intrigued by the synopsis and was fairly sure that I was going to like what was between the covers because it promised a loving sibling relationship, possible romance, overcoming personal fears, and a lingering secret. Sounds great, right?! To be honest, I am not usually a huge fan of secrets, or well intended deception, as part of a storyline but this story was written so well and the plot points were perfectly executed that the story flowed and I didn’t obsess (too much) about what being hidden.
With that said, I will admit that there was one portion of this story that didn’t win me over completely but my mixed feelings on that was not enough to stop my enjoyment. From the synopsis you can glean that there is a romantic element, well, one side was clearly explained in the story but the other side was not and I wish I had been privy to understanding the other side. I can’t say the romantic element between the characters felt false, it just felt real and yet underdeveloped. I wanted more from it.
Now, don’t let that bring you down because that was only one part of what made this story awesome! There is also another romantic element woven into this story that has my heart beating so hard and it is truly swoon worthy. What had me reading through a waterfall of tears was the story between Sadie and Marin. Neither one of these characters were perfect but they were real and connected and sisters. I point out ‘sisters’ because sisters can drive each other crazy and yet love each other madly and that was felt throughout Meet Me in Paradise. This story was about beginnings, endings, and all the messiness and wonder that living life creates in-between. Seriously, add this book to your to-be-read pile today, it is that good!
*Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group & NetGalley for this eARC of Meet Me in Paradise*
This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
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About the Author:
Libby Hubscher is an author and scientist. She studied biology at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and holds a doctor of philosophy in molecular toxicology from North Carolina State University. Her work has appeared online and in textbooks, scientific journals, and literary journals. Her short story “The Unwelcome Guest” was long-listed for the Wigleaf Top 50 in 2018. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, two young children, and a menagerie of pets.