Her husband, a state legislator, is missing and presumed dead after a mysterious auto accide Sandra Winslow lives alone in a drafty old Victorian house on isolated, rocky Blue Moon Beach in New England. Her husband, a state legislator, is missing and presumed dead after a mysterious auto accident. Only Sandra knows what really happened that night -- or does she? She survived the crash, but her selective amnesia prevents her from remembering. Into her life comes Mike Malloy, who takes on the challenge of restoring Sandra's house -- and unearthing the devastating truth behind the mystery that continues to haunt her.
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Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Aug 10, Wicked Incognito Now rated it really liked it. The story of a woman who's accused of murdering her husband, a well-liked politician in the small town of Paradise. His death has been found an accident, but the townspeople still consider her a murderer. Sandra is determined to fix up her broken down beach house and get the hell out of dodge.
This is normally the type of story I would steer clear of. I've read too many of those in my life to be interested in reading more.
It also sou The story of a woman who's accused of murdering her husband, a well-liked politician in the small town of Paradise. It also sounds depressing and melodramatic. This paperback has set on my pile of "to be read" books for long over a year. It was left here by my mom, and I had no interest in it. However, I just read another Susan Wiggs book because I had heard some murmur over her being "one of the best," and I loved it, so I decided to read this. This is my second Susan Wiggs book, and I'm in love. I will probably go out and read everything she's ever written now.
She manages to hook me from the first sentences.
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Her writing is emotional and true. Despite being chock full of emotions, there is nothing melodramatic about her books. The emotions feel so fresh and crispso spot on. I can't get over it.
There are no wasted words, or stupid contrived plot devices. Her characters react realistically, in flawed ways, as humans do. Yet, these characters are so extremely likeable. The endings are heart-warming, hopeful. Jun 14, Rhonda Rae Baker rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction , family , own , romance , second-chance. I love Susan Wiggs writing! This novel pulled me into the lives of the characters as I found myself rooting for the main characters.
Knowing there was 'something' behind what had happened added mystery and suspense.
Heated emotions, searching for direction in life, moving forward, but held back by the past. Family dynamics with loss and hurt. Real life three-dimensional people that I cared for. Susan traided POV perfectly and I enjoyed the children's side brought into the picture at just the right time to add more depth and emotion. I am forever surprised at what Susan brings out in her novels. She is extremely talented at building tension that kept me on the edge of my seat, had me reaching for tissues, and shouting yeah!
Totally taken for a loop in the end even though I had some of the 'real' circumstances figured out. Pleasantly surprised and smiling from ear to ear. I do believe in second chances as my life is one that has turned corners and I'm living a dream come true. This novel brings out dreams we all have had and surfaced reminders of what a change life can be when we open up and learn to be ourselves.
Thank you Susan for, yet another, amazing read Jul 08, Kate Vale rated it it was amazing Shelves: contemp-women-s-fiction. This book captured me so completely I could barely put it down. Sandra, like the house she inherited from her grandfather, is in need of fixing, but she hasn't the energy after her politician husband dies in the car accident that nearly claimed her life, too. She finally decides that she will have the house repaired, sell it, and leave the pergatory of her former friends' and the townspeople's accusations that she murdered their favorite son.
Sandra hires Mike Malloy. Coming off a divorce and wan This book captured me so completely I could barely put it down. Coming off a divorce and wanting to remain close to his two children, this job may be his ticket to finding a place to live that the social worker periodically checking in on him will approve. In the course of fixing the house, which deserves to be restored to its historical roots, Mike begins to suspect that the accident that killed Sandra's husband and his former best friend isn't all that has been described.
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When he stumbles on some hints, he is determined that Sandra should confront what really happened, but can she do it? Will she do it? How each of these troubled individuals finds themselves and helps to heal each other is both affecting and reflective of the complexities of real life. Nov 08, Jan Mcleod rated it it was amazing.
By the second page, I was hooked on this book. I gathered, from clues, that Victor, the husband, was not dead, but I had to keep reading to find out what really happened the night of the terrible auto accident. One thing was bit of a shock near the end when all of the details were finally unraveled. The characters are excellently portrayed, and even though their actions and thoughts may seem a bit odd at times, they reflect backgr By the second page, I was hooked on this book.
The characters are excellently portrayed, and even though their actions and thoughts may seem a bit odd at times, they reflect backgrounds which were clearly identified. Nevertheless, all are likable and recognizable, and you can't help becoming involved emotionally with them. The descriptions of even the most trivial item are very realistic, evoking a vivid picture for the reader.
This new edition of Passing Through Paradise includes a discussion guide for book clubs. The themes are masterfully interwoven. His imagination invents word pictures that spark the mind to envision a screen larger than Hollywood is capable of. The second half of the title of the poem is from page seven of my passport. She is a contributing editor at Aster ix and Society Editions.
The condition of most of our lives is that of continuous flight, in some manner or form—flight from faulty logic, from place of birth to the place we alight, from situations that no longer serve us, from political precarity—flight, as in rupture. The writer on the space between poetry and prose, how fighting is like dancing, and the resonant symbolism of the idiophone. My impulse was to write the last black play ever for myself.