Thank you to Berkley Romance for the gifted copy of Meet Me in Paradise
Do you ever go into a book totally blind other than the cover? That’s what I did with Meet Me in Paradise – and while I was expecting a tropical rom-com, it ended up being an emotional story about the relationship between two sisters that absolutely made me bawl my eyes out. With a side of romance.
Don’t let the sunny cover fool you – you will definitely need tissues for this story. What started as a fun rom-com starring a character seemingly prone to hijinks (losing her luggage, her sister missing their flight, etc), quickly turned into an emotional story of family and loss. Libby Hubscher is incredibly talented as a writer – she was able to tell a tragic story while still infusing romance and small moments of levity throughout.
My favorite part of Meet Me in Paradise was the relationship between Marin and her sister, Sadie. Ever since they were young, Marin had played the caretaker role for Sadie, whether she wanted her to or not. As they grew up and Sadie became more adventurous and independent, Marin stalled and stayed firmly in her comfort zone.
The main focus of this book is the shifting dynamics between the sisters as Marin finally began relinquishing her protective role and started stepping out of her comfort zone – with the aid of a little interference from Sadie. Getting to read about Marin finally going on an adventure and learning to experience the world was amazing – her character growth was off the charts and felt very well earned by the end of the book. I loved how she learned to be to roll with the punches and be more adventurous from her sister. Also, her relationship with Lucas Tsai, the mysterious businessman, was so fun – their chemistry was great and their relationship definitely helped Marin grow as a character.
Even though Meet Me in Paradise was an emotional blindside, it was still one of my favorite books of the year so far. It was a poignant story that focused on the importance of family and stepping out of your comfort zone all set on a gorgeous tropical island. This was definitely a five star read for me. If you’re looking for other tropical books, check out Float Plan or Simmer Down 5/5