Holding Paradise by Fran Clark

Published June 10, 2014 by kerrysbookreviews

The Blurb
On a grey and miserable morning in 2008, London businesswoman, Angelica Ford boards a plane and flies off to the blues and greens of her mother’s island in the Caribbean. Angelica is desperate. She is looking for a way to save her marriage and win back her daughter. A web of lies has torn a hole into her seemingly perfect world and she is convinced that only her mother, Josephine Dennis, can help her turn her life around.

Josephine Dennis arrived in England by ship on a cold winter’s morning as a young mother joining her husband. She weathers a lifetime of secrets and betrayal, as she raises her family in 1960s London. A matriarch with strong family values, she told her children colourful stories to guide them through life. It is the wisdom of one of these stories that Angelica seeks. Josephine has one last story to tell – the story that could change both of their lives.

I have to admit this it took me a couple of chapters to really get into this book, but I am happy I persevered.

Written from two different viewpoints we find out why Angelica Ford feels the need to board a plan to the Caribbean to visit her mother, Josephine Dennis.

We learn that her marriage and family life is in trouble as a result of secrets, lies and misunderstandings. Can Angelica’s mother’s advice help?

Josephine followed her husband to England in the 1960s. Raising a young family and dealing with other family issues, Josephine is a strong woman. Strong enough to deal with her husband’s infidelities. Josephine is the strong woman sought out by Angelica.

I would have liked a little bit more drama in this story. Both women were a little to understanding and forgiving for me. However, I did like the plot line and Fran Clark’s storytelling style.


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