So I got into this genre of of books during my post graduation. Till then I was all about the fantasy books or mystery novels. I used to read the occasional Mills&Boon to satisfy my quota of romantic books. Non of them never really gripped my attention like the way this author has. Judith Mcnaught is a sensational author who knows how to express the emotion through words that grips the reader till the very last page. The first book I read of her’s was Something Wonderful that I will write a review on some day.
This is Paradise. Set in 1989 Chicago Illionis originally published in 1991 and re-released in 2003 by Pocket Books. The story revolves around a 18 year old young heiress Meredith Bancroft and 26 year old steel worker Matt Farrell. Introduced by pure coincidence at a country club and acting on a spark of chemistry unlike any the either have faced before.
Their brief ill-fated passionate marriage ends in heartbreak and tragedy which they blame each other for 11 years. When now successful Intercop owner Matt Farrell threatens to stall plans that Interim President Meredith Bancroft has for her company she is forced to confront Matt in an encounter that reveals the truth and lies that tore them apart over a decade back. Meredith must now face the heartbreaking prospect of having everything that her heart wants as opposed to her childhood dream of running the company she was meant to inherit.
This book for a contemporary romance is heart wrenching and heart warming in equal measure. Judith Mcnaught has penned the character of Matt Farrell as a dream man of every woman on the planet. The quiet strength, passion and determination of this dream character is portrayed in both decades during the book. Meredith is the sweet, loving and forgiving heroine who captures the heart of the hero on first sight. The book was published over 25 years ago, I would describe this book as an ever green book due to the story and writing style of this book.
The book is the first in the series of Second Opportunities. The following books are some what of a let down after the build up of this book. Another book I would definitely recommend is Every Breath You Take.