Paradise – Judith Mcnaught (Second Opportunities #1)

I should probably put a disclaimer that if you’re never read a Judith Mcnaught book and you are planning to there is going to be angst, pain, most like a second chance romance and the story will stay on your mind for a long time after you’ve read the final chapter. I’ve noticed in the books I’ve read there is a routine which goes like background story, misunderstanding/breakup and then years later a chance at reconciliation. I love her books and even though I know this, I love reading them as she has a way with words. For me it’s all about the happy ending and I know Judith Mcnaught delivers this, well she has in the books i’ve read so far. 



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.

A cool, poised executive in her family’s legendary department store chain, Meredith had once defied her father for the sexually magnetic, intense Matt Farrell — and their brief, ill fated marriage was the disastrous outcome. Now, as the Bancroft firm is threatened by a hostile takeover, Meredith is forced to confront Matt. As tensions build between them, bittersweet memories rise to the surface, leaving them suspicious, restless, and uncertain. Will they be able to believe in each other — and grasp the tender miracle that is before them?

Rating: 5 Stars


For me the sign that I love the book that I’m reading is when I get emotionally involved with the characters and story. I was so emotionally invested in this story that when Matt and Meredith talked about their misunderstanding at the farm I bawled my eyes out.  I’m not talking about one or two tears, I mean a proper cry with red rimmed eyes and snot running (lovely image right?). This book was just so good, it was emotional at parts but it was also well paced, well written, didn’t drag and a really good story.

“Some people feel love in their hearts, Julie. Some of us feel it all way into our souls. We’re the ones who can’t forget.”

Both the main characters deserved their happy ending and second chance. I liked both Matt and Meredith, their characters developed throughout the book. The secondary characters weren’t focused on so much but they also were well written and what I liked most is that Lisa stuck by Meredith throughout it all as her friend and Meredith did the same. Usually you find that in books this does not happen for drama, so it made a nice change.

I love the writing in this book Judith Mcnaught is such a great writer in my opinion, the synopsis draws you in but it’s the writing and story that makes you want to what what happens without putting the book down to take a break. This book was just so amazing, I cannot say that enough.

“You can’t outwit fate by trying to stand on the sidelines and place little side bets about the outcome of life. Either you wade in and risk everything to play the game, or you don’t play at all. And if you don’t play, you can’t win.”

The only drawback for me with this book though is how Meredith felt about her father, I don’t understand why she could never stop trying to make him happy. This sounds horrible but she forgave her father so much after all he done and I just do not think he deserved it. I think Judith tried to explain that her father loved her in his own gruff way but that just did not wash with me. In that way I think Meredith was too perfect in that sense, I don’t know if I’m being too unforgivable but I feel if a father or mother lets say put someone through what Meredith went through then there would be a grudge or atleast a distance in the relationship.  I was glad when Meredith stood up to her father, she needed to do that.

I won’t say too much about the story because I want you to discover it yourself but I can say it will stay with you after you’ve read the last page and put the book down.

Happy Reading!!

P.s. Has one read this book and have an recommendations of books like this?


Best buys!

I am on a book buying ban so paperback books are a no go for me at the moment. Instead I have been checking out the Top 100 on Amazon and downloading books on to my Kindle instead. I have purchased some books that sound really interesting that were either free or not that expensive on the kindle. What I noticed though were these are books I would have overlooked if I only brought paperback books, because either that they are a few years old, not being talked about on social media, written by a new author or a self published author who has just released an ebook rather than a physical book. I love the Top 100 on Amazon as you can specify the genre and see whats popular. I’d recommend checking them out!

I have linked the pictures with the book on Amazon, if you want to find out more information.

These are my best buys:

  Always – Ellery Rhodes (New Adult). Price: Free 

 The Governess Club: Sara – Ellie Macdonald (Historical Romance) Price: £0.49

 Sweet Revenge – Katherine Allred (Romance) Price: £0.37

 Sweet Addiction – J Daniels (Adult Romance) Price: Free 

 Beast Part 1- Ella James (Erotica) Price: Free

 Her Sudden Groom – Rose Gordon (Historical Romance) Price: Free

These are some of my best buys but not all the books I have purchased. This list would go on forever if I wrote about them all. Honestly check out the Top 100 on Amazon, especially the Top 100 free as you’ll find some gems 🙂

Happy Reading!

P.S. I am in no way associated with Amazon or any of these authors. I am making no money from this post. I just wanted to share my best buys so you all can get a good deal too.

Finding what to read…

I did a blog post previously on my book lists, you can click here to read it. The multiple lists contains books that I want to read, am excited for and need to be read. I try to organised my lists in ways, so I will keep books I’m excited for but haven’t been released in one list, books that have been released and I’m excited to read on another list, books I need to read (these are in my TBR jar now), books that have the same theme that I’m loving and what I want to buy because the book has been recommended to me. The list I want to talk about is the books that have the same theme that I’m loving

Why keep a list like this? The reason I like to keep a list with these books on is I that I would have read a book before that contains the same theme and have enjoyed so much I want to read books that have the same sort of theme. Usually genre is not important in this list. For example I read Archer’s Voice and so wanted to read books that follow the same theme and deal with one of the main character’s having a disability. I do sometimes also try to find books that are in the same genre, I like Historical Fiction and so will search for books that come under this genre. I have multiple lists with all these books on and bookmark the pages on the internet where I get my recommendations from so I can see if any new recommendations have been added or to help tick off which ones I have already read.

How do I find these? I used Goodreads and Amazon to find books to add to this list. On Amazon I look for lists on Listmania!. For example I like reformed rakes stories and so have a list that I have bookmarked that I refer too, to check it out click here. I use/check out the other lists recommended on the right hand side too. I also use Listopia, I search on what theme I’m looking for to find the recommendations. I have bookmarked lists on Listopia aswell, for example I like Beauty and the best themes and so I bookmarked a list that cover this, click here.

Why do I like doing this? By doing this usually the books that are on the list are ones I am more likely to enjoy, I’m not saying this method if foolproof as I have read books I did not like at all that were on a list and followed the same theme I had read before.

Happy Reading! Leave a comment if you do anything like this 🙂