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Reviewed by Molly Edwards for Readers' Favorite
Chasing Paradise by Cindy Patterson is book one in her Paradise Novel series, and it is one that should not be missed. As I sat down to read this book, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I knew it would be Amish. I knew it would be Christian fiction. I knew it would be romance. What I didn't count on was a lesser known author capturing me so completely with her words, her complex characters, and a plot line that will blow you away from the start.
Chasing Paradise by Cindy Patterson is beautifully written. Her words are captivating, pulling the reader into the heart of the story instantly. Her characters are filled with flaws, yet they are chiseled perfectly. They are true-to-life in their setting and really made the story line pop in my opinion. The emotions that Ms. Patterson weaves into the story wrap the reader up, making them feel as if the story is about them. The pain and heartache can be felt as if its your own. The love and hope fly off the pages of this tender story of finding paradise in a world where paradise seems unattainable.
Paul and Rachel's characters will forever be a part of my heart. I will turn back to this book many times over, when I need a reminder that hope is not always lost, that when you need someone's approval, the only approval you need is from God. Ms. Patterson added the perfect amount of tender romance to this story and created a five-star read. Wonderfully done, and I can't wait until I read the next book in this amazing series!