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Who Needs Paradise? by [Harrold, Paula]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1132 KB
  • Print Length: 395 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008WFHMF6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #615,058 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Loved it. Any book with "romance" in the description conjures up images of fuzzy pink covers and the standard "girl meets boy, japes ensue, outcomes painfully obvious after 30 pages" but luckily when this book says "not your average romance" it's really not kidding. Well paced, with great characterisation and an engaging story. I genuinely cared about the characters and wanted them to get their happily ever after. At 85% I thought I'd figured it out but it kept me guessing right til the end - and I nearly forgot to get off the train as I was so engrossed!
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Probably the most engaging and unusual love story I have ever read. It's very amusing, but also incredibly thought-provoking, as it goes into some light discussion of various philosophical ideas. However, it doesn't go into so much depth with those ideas that it detracts from the storyline, it simply adds a different dimension to it instead, one which can be appreciated however familiar you are with those ideas.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and whole-heartedly recommend it, especially if you like something a little out of the ordinary.
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As the blurb promises, this is not your typical romance. The will-they-won't-they couple in question are Father Daniel O'Reilly, a dead Catholic priest, and one of his parishioners, Mildred, also dead. The action takes place mostly in heaven, with a brief trip to hell and a ghostly return to Earth. Mildred is searching for her lost love, Tom, and Daniel helps her, while developing an unexpected crush.

It's an entertaining read, and the unusual premise breathes fresh life into a genre I don't normally have much interest in. It also gives plenty of room for interesting speculation about the nature of religion and the afterlife, which is really well handled. Some of it's purely humorous, and some of it's really thought-provoking.

I particularly liked the way hell is handled - since Jesus washed away our sins, nobody can be sent there any more, but some choose to go anyway to atone for their misdeeds. I found the image of isolated men crying for centuries in an almost deserted hell to be quite powerful. There are also some great observations on the doctrinal differences between different religions/sects, and how none of them has the "right" answer but none are wrong either.

As I was reading the book, I actually thought it would work well as a play. Because it's set largely in heaven, a lot of the scenes are in fairly blank, static locations that feel like empty stage sets. The plot also moves forward largely through dialogue rather than action, as Daniel and Mildred navigate their way through heaven and hell, being told by angels and demons how things work. This kind of explication sometimes felt long-winded in a novel, but I could see it working well on-stage, particularly because there's plenty of humour.
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Totally unexpected, not what i would normally read but loved it, didnt want it to end! The characters drew you in, i really cared about them all especially SLUG. If it not your usual reading matter then please take a chance, so glad i did!.
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What a great read! From Earth to Purgatory, Heaven to Hell (and Hull) this story takes you on an amazing journey, one that gets increasingly more unexpected and entertaining with every new obstacle that appears in the path of true love. I don't generally choose to read romances, but this was recommended by a friend and I'm really glad they did. I particularly enjoyed the constant vein of surreal humour running through it - if Neil Gaiman had got together with Katie Fforde instead of Terry Pratchett, this might have been what Good Omens turned out like!
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