Passing Through Paradise #BookReview

Susan Wiggs | pub 2002 | 422 pp

If the saying ‘putting $20 on $10’ was a book, this would be it. 🤦🏾‍♀️ Ok gang, I read this one in late January, with high hopes. Last year, I discovered the author by reading The Lost and Found Bookstore and fell in love. It was a cute romance with a suspense twist and I thought Id pursue more of the authors work. Well, that doesn’t always go well.

Sandra and Victor are married living in his hometown where he is a well liked politician and coddled son of rich parents. One night, after a party, Victor dies in a car accident while Sandra is driving. Immediately the townspeople turn against her, holding a trail and accusing her of murder. We meet her just as she’s been acquitted of any criminal wrongdoing but preparing for a civil hearing from Victors parents. The story revolves around her meeting hunky construction guy Mike Malloy, falling for him (while trying not to), and Mike attempting to find out what happened the night of the accident.

Con: Thats right, Mike is trying to find out what happened because no one believes the story Sandra is telling. Unfortunately, while it would be easier to tell the truth, she fails to do so, and literally risks it all. Im not sure which version is more boring- the truth or the lie. 🤷🏾‍♀️ Im no fan of miscommunication tropes. I find them to be ridiculous and this one was no different. Loads of who’s on first style conversations because everyone believes something completely opposite of what is actually the truth. And trust me, ‘the truth’ is completely predictable. 🤦🏾‍♀️

Pros: Eh, its a well written story. The developing relationship between Sandra and Mike is satisfying: stolen moments, sexual tension, all encompassing care in the face of denial.

Overall, definitely a lesser than book than The Lost and Found Bookstore. If the whole, protagonist lying when the truth would more interesting, for 90% of the book is ok with you..have at it. Two stars from me. ⭐️⭐️ Book 9/2021.


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