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A Better View of Paradise

A Novel

By Randy Sue Coburn

Dramatic, moving, and exquisitely written, A Better View of Paradise explores the tender bond between fathers and daughters, ponders the delicate nature of healing, and celebrates the redemptive power of forgiveness and love.

Thirty-six-year-old Stevie Pollack has come into her own as a celebrated landscape architect. Her designs, famed for their evocative natural beauty, reflect her upbringing amid the splendor of Hawai‘i. But when critics blast her latest efforts and her boyfriend abruptly ends their relationship, Stevie seeks solace in her roots among the dazzling flowers, and comforting traditions of the islands and their calming waters. Still, in the back of her mind, Hawai‘i holds troubling memories of a childhood with Hank, her emotionally distant father, and a reserved British mother.

Despite her irascible father’s presence, the trip home promises Stevie a welcome departure from her trials on the mainland. But the shocking news that Hank is dying forces the pair’s reunion into high gear. As father and daughter attempt to rekindle their bond, Stevie discovers sides of Hank she never knew, including family secrets that have shaped their lives. And what started as a holiday escape for the beleaguered architect becomes a chance for transformation, one as exciting as it is uncertain. Inspired by her father’s insight, and energized by the attentions of an attractive local veterinarian, Stevie learns to surrender her inhibitions and seize the day.


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0345490363


Format: Book
Author: Coburn, Randy Sue
Summary: Unexpectedly dumped by her boyfriend at the same time her latest project is panned, architect Stevie Pollack retreats to her childhood home in Hawaii, where she meets a handsome veterinarian and reconnects with her terminally ill father.
Title: A better view of Paradise : a novel / Randy Sue Coburn.
Publisher Date: New York : Ballantine Books, c2009.
Subject: Parent and adult child -- Fiction Parents -- Death -- Fiction
Isbn: 0345490363
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 6
System Items Total: 6
Call Number: F Coburn
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Bib Id: 321494

Format: Book
Author: Coburn, Randy Sue
Summary: Unexpectedly dumped by her boyfriend at the same time her latest project is panned, architect Stevie Pollack retreats to her childhood home in Hawaii, where she meets a handsome veterinarian and reconnects with her terminally ill father.
Title: A better view of Paradise : a novel / Randy Sue Coburn.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Ballantine Books, c2009.
Description: 354 p. ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Parent and adult child -- Fiction
Subjects: Parents -- Death -- Fiction
LCCN: 2009020284
ISBN: 0345490363
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 6
Total Copies: 6
Call Number: F Coburn