- Title: A Sinner in Paradise
- Author: Deborah Hining
- ISBN: 9781611530575
- Page: 173
- Format: Paperback
IndieFab Book of the Year Bronze Award Winner from ForeWord ReviewsA 1 Best Seller in Romance and an Book Club Pick Set in 1977 West Virginia, A Sinner in Paradise is a heartwarming, uproarious affair with love in all its forms Jilted by her fiance, Geneva watches her seemingly idyllic life suddenly fall apart Bereft and desolate, she packs up her nine cats and lIndieFab Book of the Year Bronze Award Winner from ForeWord ReviewsA 1 Best Seller in Romance and an Book Club Pick Set in 1977 West Virginia, A Sinner in Paradise is a heartwarming, uproarious affair with love in all its forms Jilted by her fiance, Geneva watches her seemingly idyllic life suddenly fall apart Bereft and desolate, she packs up her nine cats and leaves her home in Washington, DC to return to her native hills of West Virginia where she plans rest and heal from her heartbreak When Geneva s ambition, and machinations run up against rugged mountain ways, she finds herself flung from one perilous adventure, romance, crazy circumstance, and heartbreak to another After facing illness, disaster in the wilderness and an encounter with an old mountain man who teaches her that her soul needs than men, courtship, and adventure, Geneva finally finds what she s been missing Ultimately, Geneva realizes she must face herself before she is free to truly love and be loved.
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I was fortunate enough to read an advance review copy of this book. I admit that I was hesitant about loving the main character at first. Like any oldest child, I couldn’t help getting annoyed with Geneva (the protagonist) for some of her younger sister-style foibles. But she made me laugh and cry, and I loved her anyway! The setting in this book is beautifully written throughout, so that the sense of place shines through and carries the reader right into the story. The supporting characters a [...]
She left the hills of West Virginia to start her own life, but after being dumped by her fiancé, Geneva packs up her life in Washington, D.C. and heads back to family and the life she left behind. The fresh air, the welcoming arms of family and the chance to relive childhood memories seem to unlock some primal urge in Geneva that was fueled by her ex dumping her. She finds herself testing the waters of her femininity, her sex appeal and imagining romantic trysts with three men she meets, direct [...]
2thepointbooksWhen I picked up this ARC, I wasn't sure what to expect. Is it a romance? A smarmy cheesefest? A fictional memoir?Instead, I found it to be an uplifting tale of a woman named Geneva who journeys from the throes of immaturity to a life filled with wisdom and humility by eschewing city life and returning to her roots in rural West Virginia. I was happily surprised with how much I liked it!The writing was fluid and easy to read. I usually hate it when accents are phonetically spelled [...]
I bought this book purely because it was the amazon daily deal. The reviews looked good so I gave it a try. I had a hard time getting into this book. The first part of the book felt so disconnected with the rest. I struggled getting through the first part but I'm glad I stuck with it. It felt like this it was 2 different books. The first part was really a drag to get thru and felt choppy and awkward. But I kept at it and I would say that about 1/3 of the way thru it became an entirely different [...]
Geneva is quite a character. While my wife and I were continually amazed at how self-centered that the protagonist was, we were both also struck by how many people truly loved this woman. There must have been something charming and perhaps a little magical about Geneva to make so many people care for her. Perhaps it was God, as Holy Miracle said in the book, showing others that she was a special person. We enjoyed being taken away on Geneva’s many different adventures from helping her sister g [...]
The path of Geneva's search for true love goes from a sweet but annoying, superficially obsessed and manipulative young woman, to a character transformed. Her journey and perils are both internal and external, and develop with a twist in rhythm and readers' expectations, from an almost Harlequin Romance beginning - a phase which I found somewhat difficult - to a wildly adventurous, surprising and dangerous time. The open heart of Geneva, to passion and her own truth, are wonderfully done. Debora [...]
A SINNER IN PARADISE is a charming romance set in the beautiful hills of West Virginia. The descriptions made me want to sit on the porch swing with a cuddly kitten while the characters live out their fascinating lives. The main character, Geneva, has left her fast paced life in Washington, DC to spend some time with her family, who are a well drawn group of funny, real people that propel the story forward and endear you to Geneva. As the story progresses, Geneva collects suitors in the same way [...]
I must admit, I wasn't sure that I'd like this book. Though the writer's wit drew me in, Geneva, our heroin was a little self centered and a whole lot "too big for her britches". I didn't think that I was going to like her at all. In hindsight, her character is what kept me turning the pages. Perhaps a little "misunderstood?"Geneva is a planner and things don't seem to go as planned (whether good or bad). We have a heroine who has some growing up to do and Geneva's progression to understanding t [...]
I think that this probably deserves something like a 3.5 or 3.75, or maybe a 4. I say "probably" because I am not at all familiar with romance genre writing, so I imagine that it could be a very good example of its genre, but I just don't happen to prefer that genre.That said, I think that Hining is a great story-teller. The best parts of the book are very good indeed - the narrative, the exciting parts, some of the dialogue. I also think that the characterization is good. Hining captures the co [...]
Just a wonderful book. I have never read anything quite like it. It does not fit the mold for a "Christian fiction," because it deals with real-life situations. The heroine is not one of those sappy, sweet, virginal types who can do no wrong, but a real sinner, one that "Christians" would find objectionable. But the message here is that God loves sinners and can redeem anybody. Plus, it's really well written! Very funny, the characters are well-drawn and vivid. I loved all the side characters, e [...]
This book sucked me in from the start- a wonderful & engaging story. Loved it!
I liked this book. It's a bit Christain but not too much. I received this book for free through First Reads.
I guess because I thought this was Christian fiction, and it was NOT, I am rating it lower. It was very funny in parts, and there was talk of God and a mystic who clearly believes in God, and an older man speaking in tongues, but much of the storyline was not really what I'd call Christian fiction. The main character had no problem sleeping with the men in her life, and she talked about it. The main character has 4 men interested in her, and two of them are named Howard. Gets confusing for even [...]
I am not one who typically chooses the romance genre and I had a tough time getting into this book. I could not identify with the main character very well and I was itching for some adventure. I persisted because the book was written by an acquaintance. I eventually found the adventure I was hoping for. The authour does an excellent job of developing her characters and painting the background scenes with words. She is a gifted writer and I hope she continues to persuade her talent.
This is a fun light heart read.
This book was awesome! It carries you away as if in another time, another place; yet it is a fairly contemporary romance set in the 70's. You will be drawn into the main character's (Geneva) life bit by bit, little by little till you almost become her. The location setting in West Virginia is so aptly described you can visualize yourself right along with Geneva up in those hills reconnecting with life outside the big city.Reconnecting with home & family is prevalent in this book and very wel [...]
I loved this book! It was full of adventure, laughs, tears, and glimpses of God's grace. The vivid imagery describing the mountain scenes transported me right to the hills of West Virginia. The supporting cast of characters were fun and provided insights that can be found only in people who are part of the land and who love God with a simple faith.And the main character? What a hoot! I so enjoyed seeing Geneva transform from a silly, self-absorbed girl to a mature woman full of grace and wisdom. [...]
A beautiful story of a young girl seeking true love. She starts out with a broken heart that she tries to mend superficially. She flirts with all the wrong men, trying to manipulate them into wanting her. She has a lot of growing up to do and the author is kind and patient in letting her find out the hard way that putting her heart in the hands of someone greater than herself is how she will find true love.Colorful characters dot the landscape and the actual landscape of the WVA mountains is bre [...]
Interesting story but I really didn't like the ending - most of the book was tenderly written but the end was over the top comedic. Slanted my opinion of the book. Greatly enjoyed the West Virginia color.
If you like romances, you probably should ignore my rating. I don't really like romances and read this book accidentally (if you know what I mean, pushing that button on a good deal). Seriously, not 1 but 4 I love you totally guys for one gal?
I'm not sure why I even finished this book. I kept hoping it would get better. Very "cheesy".
Good story. Most of it was intriguing and beautifully written. I would have given it 4.5 stars, except the finale was like a slapstick skit from "Mama's Family".
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