Hurricanes in Paradise by Denise Hildreth (Tyndale, May 10, 2010), 384 pages
Riley Sinclair’s new job at the fancy resort basically means she spends all her time taking care of needy, picky VIP guests. She’s mostly OK losing herself in her work, proving she can do it, but this week’s most-needy of guests, bestselling author Laine Fulton, gets on her last nerve. Oh, and a storm looks like it might be headed straight at them.
I enjoyed the reading of this book. The characters were amusingly quirky and flawed. Sometimes the over-the-top-ness reached annoying. But.
• The book’s metaphors were too obvious.
• The writing was so-so. Not horrible, certainly, but not spectacular, either.
• How many editors missed that an educated character in the book defined “craw” as “butt”? This is not accurate. Neither is the phrase “sticks in my craw” a particularly Southern thing. The writer character should have known the word, and the speaker should have known what it meant, and the book’s author (and editors) should have fixed it.
I didn’t actually dislike the book this much while I was reading it. I think most of that has converged in the days since I finished it.
About the author
Denise Hildreth is a novelist and speaker. She lives in Tennessee. Her next book, Flying Solo: A Journey of Divorce, Healing and A Very Present God is due out in either December or January, depending on if you believe Amazon or Hildreth’s website.
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