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Title:
Stranger in paradise
Author:
Goudge, Eileen.
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Edition:
[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
571 pages ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780786234462

9780786234479
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Eileen Goudge was born July 4, 1950 and grew up in the San Francisco bay area. She began writing at the age of eight. At eighteen, she dropped out of college, ran off with a man dodging the draft, and got married. Two years later, she was divorced, with a baby, and had to go on welfare. She decided to become a professional writer, started writing non-stop and managed to sell a few articles. In the early eighties, she was chosen to help launch a new line of teen romances, which became the successful Sweet Valley High series. She now had enough money to end another bad marriage and move to New York City with her two children. She continued to write the Sweet Valley High titles while working on a novel. Her first novel, Garden of Lies, was sold in 1986 to Viking for nearly one million dollars. Since then, she has written over thirty novels for young adults and over ten works of women's fiction. Her other works include Thorns of Truth, The Diary, and Once in a Blue Moon. Her title The Diary is a New York Times bestseller.

(Bowker Author Biography) Eileen Goudge is the author of "The New York Times" bestseller "One Last Dance", & "The Second Silence" as well as "Garden of Lies", "Thorns of Truth", "Trail of Secrets", "Such Devoted Sisters", & "Blessing in Disguise". She lives in New York City.

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Eileen Goudge was born July 4, 1950 and grew up in the San Francisco bay area. She began writing at the age of eight. At eighteen, she dropped out of college, ran off with a man dodging the draft, and got married. Two years later, she was divorced, with a baby, and had to go on welfare. She decided to become a professional writer, started writing non-stop and managed to sell a few articles. In the early eighties, she was chosen to help launch a new line of teen romances, which became the successful Sweet Valley High series. She now had enough money to end another bad marriage and move to New York City with her two children. She continued to write the Sweet Valley High titles while working on a novel. Her first novel, Garden of Lies, was sold in 1986 to Viking for nearly one million dollars. Since then, she has written over thirty novels for young adults and over ten works of women's fiction. Her other works include Thorns of Truth, The Diary, and Once in a Blue Moon. Her title The Diary is a New York Times bestseller.

(Bowker Author Biography) Eileen Goudge is the author of "The New York Times" bestseller "One Last Dance", & "The Second Silence" as well as "Garden of Lies", "Thorns of Truth", "Trail of Secrets", "Such Devoted Sisters", & "Blessing in Disguise". She lives in New York City.

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Reviews 6

Booklist Review

Carson Springs, California, is a town draped in bougainvillea and nestled in rolling green hills, but enjoying the breathtaking scenery is not the only diversion the townspeople enjoy. Fresh gossip is always a welcome addition to a predictable day, and Sam Kiley provides just that when she falls in love with a much younger man. Sam is caught in a whirlwind of her true feelings, the expectations of two grown daughters, and fear of a town that might not forgive her indiscretions. Things become even more interesting when Sam's daughter takes in a willowy teenage runaway with a mysterious demeanor and a tight lid on her past. When the mangled body of a transient turns up in the hills, speculation as to who could be capable of such a murder has everyone's nerves on edge. Goudge's first installment in the Carson Springs trilogy is tinged with just the right blend of humanity, romance, and suspense to produce an intelligent page-turning read with a storyline that is enticingly unpredictable. --Elsa Gaztambide


Publisher's Weekly Review

"A woman alone is no good to anyone" could be the rallying cry for bestselling author Goudge's kickoff to a new series, the Carson Springs trilogy (following One Last Dance). Situated east of Santa Barbara, Calif., Carson Springs and its Spanish-style architecture and orange groves provide the scenic backdrop for a tale about second chances, focusing on 48-year-old Samantha "Sam" Kiley and her daughters, Alice and Laura. As the story opens, Alice is about to marry Wes Carpenter, a Ted Turneresque entertainment mogul nearly 30 years her senior. Then Wes's son, Ian, takes a shine to Sam and the two become romantically involved, alarming Sam's daughters and setting the gossipy town abuzz. Laura, divorced because she couldn't bear children, and given to taking in strays, gets a new lease on life when she provides shelter for 16-year-old female runaway Finch, introduced to the reader in the prologue as being on the lam following a violent incident in Brooklyn. Goudge's fictional test of one of society's great inconsistencies that it's okay for a man to be with a much younger woman, but not the reverse is interesting, but the supposed scandal caused when Sam reveals she is pregnant is dated, given how increasingly common it is for older women to bear children. Despite Finch's dramatic appearance in the prologue, her story line is incidental, forgotten for long stretches of time and, when it is finally wrapped up, like everything else in this Fiction Lite territory, it's in a too-neat package. Agent, Susan Ginsburg of Writers House. (June 25) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Goudge launches a new trilogy set in lush Carson Springs, CA, with the story of a woman's passion for a much younger man and the havoc it wreaks. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

Carson Springs, California, is a town draped in bougainvillea and nestled in rolling green hills, but enjoying the breathtaking scenery is not the only diversion the townspeople enjoy. Fresh gossip is always a welcome addition to a predictable day, and Sam Kiley provides just that when she falls in love with a much younger man. Sam is caught in a whirlwind of her true feelings, the expectations of two grown daughters, and fear of a town that might not forgive her indiscretions. Things become even more interesting when Sam's daughter takes in a willowy teenage runaway with a mysterious demeanor and a tight lid on her past. When the mangled body of a transient turns up in the hills, speculation as to who could be capable of such a murder has everyone's nerves on edge. Goudge's first installment in the Carson Springs trilogy is tinged with just the right blend of humanity, romance, and suspense to produce an intelligent page-turning read with a storyline that is enticingly unpredictable. --Elsa Gaztambide


Publisher's Weekly Review

"A woman alone is no good to anyone" could be the rallying cry for bestselling author Goudge's kickoff to a new series, the Carson Springs trilogy (following One Last Dance). Situated east of Santa Barbara, Calif., Carson Springs and its Spanish-style architecture and orange groves provide the scenic backdrop for a tale about second chances, focusing on 48-year-old Samantha "Sam" Kiley and her daughters, Alice and Laura. As the story opens, Alice is about to marry Wes Carpenter, a Ted Turneresque entertainment mogul nearly 30 years her senior. Then Wes's son, Ian, takes a shine to Sam and the two become romantically involved, alarming Sam's daughters and setting the gossipy town abuzz. Laura, divorced because she couldn't bear children, and given to taking in strays, gets a new lease on life when she provides shelter for 16-year-old female runaway Finch, introduced to the reader in the prologue as being on the lam following a violent incident in Brooklyn. Goudge's fictional test of one of society's great inconsistencies that it's okay for a man to be with a much younger woman, but not the reverse is interesting, but the supposed scandal caused when Sam reveals she is pregnant is dated, given how increasingly common it is for older women to bear children. Despite Finch's dramatic appearance in the prologue, her story line is incidental, forgotten for long stretches of time and, when it is finally wrapped up, like everything else in this Fiction Lite territory, it's in a too-neat package. Agent, Susan Ginsburg of Writers House. (June 25) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Goudge launches a new trilogy set in lush Carson Springs, CA, with the story of a woman's passion for a much younger man and the havoc it wreaks. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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