Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Paradise Guest House by Ellen Sussman

Returning to beautiful Bali and reliving a nightmare was something Jamie had to do.  The previous year she was injured in and her boyfriend was killed in the bombings in a night club in Bali.   She still hadn't forgiven herself for saying no when her boyfriend, Miguel, asked her to marry him and for being the cause of Miguel's running into the night club that was bombed.  Jamie also had another mission.  She had to find Gabe, the person who saved her and helped her heal. 

The book went back and forth in time right inside a sentence or paragraph...very clever.  It was a bit tricky to keep track of what was going on, though.  The writing was mostly dialogue.  Each character had a death to deal with whether it was a child's death or another loved one, and each character felt responsible for the death.

THE PARADISE GUEST HOUSE is a book about healing, caring for others, and believing in another person.  Despite this, it was just an ok read.  The author did do a wonderful job with descriptions of the beautiful Bali landscapes and its caring people.  3/5

This book was won in a giveaway on Library Thing's website and in exchange for an honest review.


  1. It was a quick read, but not my normal genre of interest.

  2. It sounds like a lovely setting for the book.

  3. I don't always like it when books jump around and keep the reader guessing. Sometimes a really accomplished author can do it just right, but in this case, it sounds as if there was just too much confusion. I can see why this one wasn't a favorite.

  4. This one does sound good...love that cover, too!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  5. Interesting review - it's helpful to know your reservations. They can't all be great books can they!

  6. An interesting story line, too bad it was just o.k.,

  7. The premise sounds really good, but it didn't seem to grip you. Maybe I'll skip this one.

  8. Sounds like a nice read. Thanks!

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