Title: Meet Me in Paradise
Author: Libby Hubscher
Length: 328 pages
Publisher: Berkley Books
Release Date: March 23, 2021
Source: Once Upon a Book Club VIP influencer program
Content Warnings: terminal illness, death of a loved one, grief
Marin Cole has never:
Seen the ocean
Climbed a mountain
Taken a risk on love
….But if her sister’s plan works, she just might do all three.
Ever since her journalist mother died on assignment, Marin has played it safe, refusing to set foot outside the state of Tennessee. Her wild-child younger sister, Sadie, has trotted the globe as a photographer, living off of art and adrenaline.
When Sadie returns from a tough assignment abroad and looks a little worse for wear, Marin reluctantly agrees to a sisters’ spa weekend on the tropical island of Saba. But her lifelong fear of travel is affirmed when Sadie misses the flight, Marin’s luggage gets mixed up with another passenger’s, and an episode of turbulence sends her hurtling into the lap of Lucas Tsai, the handsome stranger who stole her sister’s seat.
For the first time in a long time, Marin has to step outside of her comfort zone as she explores the island with Lucas and learns what she’s been missing out on. With each breathtaking new experience, Marin gets closer to her real self, the man she’s falling for, and the heart-wrenching truth about why she’s there in the first place.
On the surface this seems like a fun vacation romcom, but it will gut you in the feels with surprisingly heavy topics. I may have cried a few times before the end, but I also laughed a lot. I don’t think this book did the best job of balancing the funny and serious moments.
Marin was a relatable MC who likes to play it safe. I loved her journey of self-discovery and how she learned to stop holding herself back for the sake of others and finally pursue her dreams. However, Sadie was actually the worst. She was so incredibly selfish, and it took away from that sister relationship.
I also wanted a bit more from the romance between Marin and Lucas. It started off strong, but overall it was meh. The pacing of their relationship was inconsistent, and there were some unnecessary obstacles in their way! The ending felt a bit rushed, but it was overall satisfying.
Thank you to Once Upon a Book Club for sending me this book in a gifted subscription box.