April 2, 2015 03:26 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
My favorite 5-star read for February was a classic, epic romance that was first published in the early 1990's. It's the story of two star-crossed lovers from opposite sides of the tracks. Matt has worked hard in the steel mills and as a mechanic for every penny he's earned to help take care of his family and get an education that will take him away from his impoverished life. Meredith is the daughter of a department store CEO who was born into wealth and privilege. The two meet by chance at a country club and share an unforgettable night of passion that leads to a pregnancy. He's more than willing to step up to the plate, but they only have one week to get to know one another before he must fulfill a contract to work in the Venezuelan oil fields for the next several years. Once separated, these two young lovers are unknowingly manipulated by her controlling father, until they both grow to hate one another and believe the other has sought a divorce. Eleven long years later, Matt has finally realized his life's ambition and earned his fortune. He's a powerful businessman who is every bit as wealthy as Meredith but finds himself restless with life. Meredith has worked hard to earn her degree in business and make her way up through the ranks of her father's store in hopes that he will appoint her as his successor. Now running in the same circles, the two finally meet up again. The attraction between them still burns hot, but can either of them ever forgive the other for their perceived betrayal?
I absolutely loved this book. At over 700 pages, it's one of the longest romances I've ever read, but I was never bored for a minute. Every time I had to put it down, I couldn't wait to get back to it and find out just how Matt and Meredith were finally going to overcome all the obstacles in the way of them reuniting and rediscovering their love for one another. Theirs is a truly beautiful love story that I would unhesitatingly recommend to all romance lovers. This book was romance at it's finest and I wouldn't have changed a thing about it. That's why I'm naming Judith McNaught's Paradise as my February Book of the Month. If you enjoy romance and haven't read this wonderful book yet, you owe it to yourself to give it a try. Or if your copy has become dog-eared from all the repeat readings over the years and you'd like a new copy for your keeper shelf, check out my contest below to learn how you can win a copy for your own library.
Corporate raider Matthew Farrell had come a long way from the poor, scruffy kid of Indiana's steel mills. A long way from the country club where, feeling like an outsider, he had dared to fall in love with a beautiful blonde named Meredith Bancroft, and known a once-in-a-lifetime passion and betrayal that sill haunted his memory... Now world leaders courted him, the media watched his every move, and he was ready to move in on the Bancroft empire.
Read my complete review of Paradise.
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