Shadows Over Paradise

Shadows Over Paradise

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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For readers of Kate Morton and Jamie Ford comes a captivating novel of two very different women, struggling to come to terms with the ghosts from their past--by the internationally bestselling author of A Vintage Affair and The Very Picture of You

Sometimes the only way forward is through the past.

Jenni Clark is a ghostwriter. She loves to immerse herself in other people's stories--a respite from her own life, and from a relationship that appears to be nearing its end. Jenni's latest assignment takes her to a coastal hamlet in England, where she's agreed to pen the memoir of an elderly farm owner named Klara. Jenni assumes the project will be easy: a quiet, ordinary tale of a life well lived.

But Klara's story is far from quiet. She recounts the tale of a family torn apart by World War II, and of disgraceful acts committed against a community in the Japanese prison camps on the Pacific island paradise of Java. As harrowing details emerge and stunning truths come to light, Jenni is compelled to confront a secret she's spent a lifetime burying.

Weaving together the lives of two very different women, Isabel Wolff has created a captivating novel of love, loss, and hope that reaches across generations.

Praise for Shadows Over Paradise

"An excellent choice for fans of Sarah Jio and Kate Morton." -- Booklist

"Shifting focus from the present to the past with ease, this novel brings to the page the reality of the horrors of the Japanese-run internment camps in vivid and gory detail. Wolff's latest will please fans of women's stories that include a realistic depiction of life during wartime and the ability to overcome adversity." -- Library Journal

"Beautifully written . . . an outstanding book club selection . . . If you liked Jamie Ford's novels [then] you'll like Shadows Over Paradise ." -- Huntington News

Praise for Isabel Wolff

"With a wide cast of realistic, wonderfully drawn characters, a deft blending of the past with the present, and a seemingly effortless managing of several plots at once, this charming novel . . . deserves a place in all popular fiction collections." -- Library Journal (starred review) , on A Vintage Affair

"Captivating, seductive . . . This novel reflects how beauty exists in all facets of life, especially in people." -- RT Book Reviews , on The Very Picture of You

From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York [New York] : Random House Inc., [2015]
ISBN: 9780345533173
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Jun 11, 2016

This was a good story - I like all of Isabel Wolff's books. It had some historical education in it as well as a good story.

booklady413 Jun 30, 2015

This book's theme is about WW II in the pacific. It relates the atrocities that the Dutch people in Java endured during the war. The main character, Jenni interviews Klara, a Dutch woman who was a child during the Japanese occupation of Java. Jenni realizes that Klara and she have secrets in their past that they are carrying alone. An interesting read.

T1mothy Jan 03, 2015

An excellent book that gives insights into the plight of women and children in Java. Something about history that I did not know. The style in which this book is written is excellent and made for a very enjoyable read.


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