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Date of Review: 07/18/02
I became a romance novel fan after reading this novel! It's simply a wonderful, terrific story of two persons from extreme backgrounds. Meredith is the only child of a leading departmental store president while Matt comes from the rural part in Indiana. They have absolutely nothing in common, sharing perhaps just one night of passionate lovemaking that binds them together. They have fallen in love but one cruel, bitter twist in their lives separate them, causing only grief, pain and bitterness. Without disclosing too much of its plot, 'Paradise' shows how life experiences affect and change two persons over a time span of more than ten years. They become stronger in personality yet they are still vulnerable in certain aspects in life. They hate each other but they can't deny the never-fading attractions they felt for each other. With so many misunderstandings between them and little trust and understanding they have for each other after a decade of (bitter) separation, the different priorities in life, their fight for a future together proves to be a hard road. A determined, tough, ambitious hero who strives for excellence and aims for the best, Matt isn't the typical Mr. Nice Guy with a warm friendly smile but he shows a different side of him when he's with Meredith, the caring and possessive lover who is willing to give anything to his loved one as long as that makes her happy. He showers her with his love and gives her his attention to listen to her problems. The perfect man of your dreams, isn't he ? (Not to forget he is also very sexy). Meredith, the beautiful girl who has caught his heart in her teens and the even more enchanting woman when he meets years laters, is now a level headed business executive (with a golden heart) who wants to prove her capability to her very stubborn father. To some, the topics on companies' takeovers, mergers, restructuring and other top management related issue may seem a little tedious and boring but other than that, the desire to see the couple reunite and stay together is so strong that you simply can't put the book down. The two may have gained great success their careers but only when they are together will they be truly contented and happy, only in the presence of each other, will they become a better person. They just have to be together and you just can't put the book away until that happens. I love this book. You can read and re-read over and over again and still love it.