Book Review of Paradox, by JoAnn Carter
by Joanne Troppello
Author: JoAnn Carter
Lilly Holland is doing fine running her own business, a flower shop and enjoys bringing the beauty of flowers to peoples’ lives. An unexpected phone call throws a monkey wrench into her plans and she goes back home to her family’s lodge in the small town of Paradox. Her character is engaging and draws the reader into her story. You can’t wait to find out what happens with the family crisis and ensuing romance with Ric Walker, the lodge’s groundskeeper.
I must confess that I don’t usually read novellas but as soon as I got immersed into Paradox, the author, JoAnn Carter got me hooked on the sweet romantic story between Lilly and Ric. It was a fast read, but that did not detract from the detailed telling of this tale of healing and hope in God. Ms. Carter creates interesting characters that have depth and are very real—you believe every word she writes, and you live the story with the characters.
For such a short book, this novella seemed like a full-fledged novel. When reading shorter works of fiction, it’s more difficult to combine detailed storytelling and character development within the confines of the limited word length. However, Ms. Carter has succeeded with flying colors. I read through this story quickly, but came away from it, feeling as if I read a full-length novel, fully satisfied with this wonderful tale. I highly recommend Paradox. You won’t be disappointed with this one.
About the Author
JoAnn Carter is married to a fantastic husband who has been in youth ministry for 27+ years. The Lord has blessed them with four children. Currently residing in Vermont, she enjoys being with her family & friends, writing, reading, exercising, and cooking. For her “day job” she keeps busy working as a Licensed Practical Nurse. The love of writing was something she discovered after her children were born. She writes to encourage readers of all ages and to strengthen their faith in our amazing God. Please feel free to check out her website.
About the Reviewer
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel. Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel. Check out MSS Live Well Corner.