Andy Kendrick has always dreamed of bigger things than tiny Eagle Bluff, Arizona. So when the opportunity arises to shake off the dust of his hometown and move to the tropical paradise of Hawaii, he grabs it. But he never imagined that a piece of his past would follow him to his new life . . . Kimberly Briggs has lived her life on the fringes of the crowd, timid and afraid since the death of her brother, but when she learns that Andy, her lifelong crush, is moving to Hawaii, she’s finally ready to step out of the shadows and take a risk. Kimberly is the last person Andy expected—or wanted—to see in Hawaii, but when fate incessantly throws the pair together, there’s little to be done but make the best of the situation. As the awkwardness fades and Kimberly begins to emerge from her shell, Andy realizes there’s much more to her than he realized. But even as they revel in the adventures of island life, drawn together by a growing attraction, an unforeseen peril threatens Kimberly’s life. Can the once-timid young woman now draw upon the inner strength Andy has helped her discover so the two of them can build a life together? Will Andy grasp that love knows no geographical bounds?
|Published||Covenant Communications (May 1, 2015)|
Trouble in Paradise is an enjoyable read. I read the author's book Reality Check a few years ago, and it was fun having a few of the characters from that book in this one.
The prologue of Trouble in Paradise is sure to catch your attention (unless you are heartless). It was somewhat heartbreaking, and really made me feel for Kimberly. I liked how she grew throughout the book. I also enjoyed the setting (hello-it's Hawaii). Kim's boss at the souvenir shop was a really fun addition to the story, especially since most of the other characters were not native Hawaiians.
I didn't really love Andy, but this came to me after I was finished reading. He had his ups and downs in the book, and his character grew at the end, but he wasn't a standout, loveable leading man. But, his relationship with Kim in Hawaii was entertaining. Especially initially where they kept running into each other.
If you are looking for a clean romance with a suspense, I'd recommend Trouble in Paradise. 3.5 stars.
I love Hawaii and I love books that take place there. Since I was just there last summer, it was very easy to picture where everything happened. In fact, I could almost feel the ocean breeze on my face.
Kimberly grew up watching Andy from afar in their small hometown in Arizona. When her brother died in an accident at a young age, her parents really sheltered her. I couldn't help but feel sorry for her. She always seemed to be on the outside, looking in, and her parents are extremely overprotective. A move to BYUH was exactly what she needed to break out of the shadows, but still, she's hesitant to take risks. I loved watching the changes in her and seeing the joys of her successes, especially with her art and her fears. I really liked that she's not a perfect character and has plenty of room for growth.
When Andy moves to Oahu to work for his sister and her husband, he's ready to find a tropical beauty and enjoy life. He comes across as very materialistic and shallow at first. Everything seems to be a competition with him. As the story progresses, I grew to like him and understand him more. The growth he goes through is amazing and fun to see unfold.
As I mentioned before, the setting is incredible. The story flows at a nice, laid-back pace that really shows character depth and immerses a reader in the culture. It was fun to see the characters from Reality Check in this story--I like to get past the happily ever after sometimes. I love the other side characters, chickens included, and the dash of mystery that really adds to the plot. I'm a sucker for a good, clean romance and I really enjoyed this one.
Content: mild romance (kissing); mild violence (murders, deaths--not graphic); mild religious elements (LDS missions, temple marriage, BYUH--not preachy); no language. Clean!
*I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
I really enjoyed this book! I loved the Hawaiian feel of the whole thing, kind of laid back just like the native islanders. I loved the plot, it was well-written and engaging and there were plenty of twists and turns to keep my attention.
And I really loved the characters! It was really fun that Lucy and Ethan from Reality Check were included in this book, I always love to see what happens to some of my favorite characters! I liked Kimberly and found myself hoping that Andy would stop treating her as though she were just always there and really look at her for the fabulous young woman she was. I liked Andy, in a world where young men seem to be unkind and care only for themselves, he really went out of his way to be a nice guy. I also really liked their various roommates and I hope that they make a return appearance in another of Karen Tuft's books really soon! I want to tell you that I thought that the chickens in this book were really fun too!
Make sure to check out this great book for yourself!
First off I just have to say that I was glad to discover when reading the book that Kim does not follow Andy to Hawaii like it says in the synopsis... she moved there first in fact! It relieved my mind to know that she wasn't that stalker-obsessed with him and their meeting again really was a true coincidence. I totally identified with Kim's unrequited crush from elementary and high school- there's something about confident and charismatic boys that shy girls really admire and fall for.
Kim and Andy both have great character arcs and help each other to stretch and become better. Kim has already started the process of living outside her tiny comfort zone and breaking out of the shell of fear and overprotective parents. Andy is a typical guy- I struggled a bit with liking him in the beginning since his inner thoughts make him seem shallow and insensitive, but I eventually appreciated the realistic perspective. Kim inadvertently helps him to recognize and overcome his selfishness as he learns to get over himself and the sibling rivalry that motivates him and appreciate her for who she really is. Once he realizes how great Kim is their friendship finally blossoms and the sweet moments they share propel their relationship into something more... which brings a whole new level of drama :)
As an art major I loved that Kim was an artist and one of the ways she took risks was through her artwork. The Hawaiian setting was awesome- the author did a fabulous job painting a picture of the environment, culture, and community. The bit of mystery and action spiced up the plot and created a nail-biting climax. Since the characters are Mormon there are some occasional references specific to the religion but I think any Christian would enjoy this book.
(Thank you to Covenant communications for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
I LOVED this book from the very first page!
I love how Andy and Kimberly both left their hometown to get away from their past--only to have it catch up with them as they both end up working together halfway around the world.
You will be inspired as you watch Kimberly gain confidence as she tries new things and especially with her art...wait until you see what she does... and how... SO INTRIGUING!
And it is adorable to watch Andy push Kimberly to be a little more brave each time they were together and how he always tries to slip in a little sight-seeing while they are on the job.
A FANTASTIC book!
I LOVED IT!
This author is fairly new for me, but I will definitely read more from her!
One thing I can really get behind right now is a book set in Hawaii. I'm dreaming of Hawaii and counting the days to our trip this summer. This book made me want to be there right now! I've been to Oahu before so it was nice to be able to easily picture most of the places talked about in this book.
Kimberly is an interesting character. She has been raised by overprotective and fearful parents so her wings have never been spread let alone learned to fly. She knows she is timid and easily frightened and she wants to change that. Her baby steps in the right direction help give her more confidence and it's nice to see the growth as she makes a conscious effort to change and experience what life has to offer.
I wasn't sold on Andy until almost the end of the book. I honestly couldn't see what Kimberly was so attracted to but he eventually grew on me. I was happy to see Lucy and Ethan from "Reality Check". It's always nice to reconnect with characters from previous books. (you don't have to read "Reality Check" to read this book, but you might like to)
This was a slow growing romance, mostly one sided for the better part of the book. I enjoyed the story and the characters. I was interested and invested. There is a slight touch of suspense though the book where you just know something is going to happen- and it does. The ending is made up of all things happily ever after so that made me very happy.
This is an LDS fiction book. Religious things like going to church are mentioned but there is no preaching. This book is clean with no swearing or sexual content.