The Here. The Now. And the Books!: Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles


I got this as a holiday present (Thanks, Kim!)…and I probably should have waited to open it. But curiosity took over, and I opened it. It being Return to Paradise, sequel to Leaving Paradise.

Caleb Becker left Paradise eight months ago, taking with him the secret he promised to take to his grave. If the truth got out, it would ruin everything.

Maggie Armstrong tried to be strong after Caleb broke her heart and disappeared. Somehow, she managed to move on. She’s determined to make a new life for herself.

But then Caleb and Maggie are forced together on a summer trip. They try ignoring their passion for each other, but buried feelings resurface. Caleb must face the truth about the night of Maggie’s accident, or the secret that destroyed their relationship will forever stand between them.- Taken from Goodreads

I pretty much love anything Simone writes, so I dropped the book that I was reading (trudging through…), and I decided to read this…took me a day.
I admire Simone for be able to write books that hold the reader’s attention through emotions and thoughts. Certain events happen, but it’s not just the events that keep you reading.
Throughout the whole book, I was captivated by Caleb and Maggie’s thoughts and feelings.
I assume this is the end of the road for the Paradise books…(If I’m wrong, tell me!) since it did have a pretty wrapped up ending.
The characters all brought a good element to the story.
I loved this one character named Lenny, he was a trip.
I also loved that Simone had all of her characters dealing with something from their past that affected them. Everyone was reeling from mistakes, no one was perfect.
The chemistry between Caleb and Maggie was hot and also sweet.
So, if you loved Leaving Paradise, you’ll love this. I recommend it entirely!


Kim said…

Surprisingly enough, I have never read this series…I probably should have held out a little longer and got you another book to go along with this -_- #impatientkimmie

We've missed your wonderful reviews, Lauren! <3

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