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Passing Through Paradise

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,057 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
It's been two years since the mysterious accident took Sandra Winslow's politician husband, Victor--the favorite son of a town called Paradise--and left Sandra under a cloud of suspicion. She decides to sell her beach house on the edge of town and hires Mike Malloy, who touches her lonely heart. Can she trust a man with unbreakable ties to a community she's eager to leave ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 422 pages
Published February 2nd 2002 by Warner Books (first published January 1st 2002)
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Wicked Incognito Now
Aug 15, 2009 Wicked Incognito Now rated it really liked it
The story of a woman who's accused of murdering her husband, a well-liked politician in the small town of Paradise. His death has been found an accident, but the townspeople still consider her a murderer. Sandra is determined to fix up her broken down beach house and get the hell out of dodge.

This is normally the type of story I would steer clear of. It sounds like a murder/mystery--romantic suspense type-thing. I've read too many of those in my life to be interested in reading more. It also sou
Cynthia Bettinger
Oct 19, 2012 Cynthia Bettinger rated it it was ok
Did not care for the main female character- she was a doormat/ victim and just annoyed me. Main male character was a winner though. And the big "secret" was almost immediately apparent making me wonder why the lead character just didn't come out with it and stand up for herself, for crying out loud.
Kate Vale
Jun 11, 2015 Kate Vale rated it it was amazing
This book captured me so completely I could barely put it down. Sandra, like the house she inherited from her grandfather, is in need of fixing, but she hasn't the energy after her politician husband dies in the car accident that nearly claimed her life, too. She finally decides that she will have the house repaired, sell it, and leave the pergatory of her former friends' and the townspeople's accusations that she murdered their favorite son.

Sandra hires Mike Malloy. Coming off a divorce and wan
Jul 25, 2011 Marleen rated it liked it
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What I’ve always enjoyed about Susan Wiggs’ romance novels is the fact that she writes great male characters. Contrary to many other romance writers who follow the pattern of the conflicted, reluctant male love interest who needs 300 pages to come to his senses, Wiggs gives us men who are not ambiguous when they enter into a romance. So, yeah, it’s refreshing – really - to read about men who, when they give their heart, they really do, without doubt. Same goes for bringing to the page men who ar ...more
Apr 02, 2010 Ns rated it really liked it
Passing Through Paradise is a departure from Susan Wiggs' usual works. The novel delves into suspence that is immediately apparent from the start. What is constant and recognizable is Wigg's ability to evoke emotion and bring relevancy to relationships and family dynamics.

Although, having correctly identified the mystery early on, that fact did not discourage me from continuing. I was drawn to the characters and it was their personal journeys than discovering the mystery that captured my interes
Sep 20, 2007 LJ rated it liked it
Passing Through Paradise - G+
Susan Wiggs
One February night, the car of politician Victor Winslow and his wife, Sandra, skids off an icy bridge. Afterwards, Victor is missing and presumed dead, and his wife is widely suspected of his murder despite the official conclusion that the crash was an accident. Finding that her hometown ironically named Paradise is a haven no longer, a dazed and shocked Sandra decides to renovate and sell her old beach house in order to finance a move. Mike Malloy, the c
Ayu Wirdha
Jan 25, 2015 Ayu Wirdha rated it really liked it
Kecelakaan mobil yg membuat suaminya-Victor tenggelam & diasumsikan meninggal sedangkan Sandra baik2 saja. Tp seluruh penduduk Paradise menganggap Sandra membunuh Victor (krn Sandra yg menyetir mobil) tak terkecuali bpk ibu mertua yg sejak awal tdk setuju Sandra menjadi menantunya.

Awal2 cerita (hampir 1/4 hal) berjalan lambat krn bnyk berputar di lamunan Sandra atau deskripsi ttg keadaan sekitar. Lebih dr separuh cerita menunggu2 apa rahasia Victor dimana hanya Sandra yg tau. Karakter Sandra
Dec 22, 2010 Darcy rated it did not like it
This one was just a little to trite for me. I made it 25 pages before I gave it up. I just can't handle the story of the trophy wife whose husband was killed and everyone thinks she did it. And then the local hunk comes by to save her, bring her back to life, and redeem her in the eyes of the town. You just know that is what is going to happen and I am not up for it, this one just isn't for me.
Jan Mcleod
Nov 13, 2015 Jan Mcleod rated it it was amazing

By the second page, I was hooked on this book.
It is a murder/suspense/love story, but sooo different from others! I gathered, from clues, that Victor, the husband, was not dead, but I had to keep reading to find out what really happened the night of the terrible auto accident. One thing was bit of a shock near the end when all of the details were finally unraveled.
The characters are excellently portrayed, and even though their actions and thoughts may seem a bit odd at times, they reflect backgr
Apr 09, 2009 Tracey rated it it was amazing
This book was great! I was pretty sure I had it figured out about halfway through, but still wanted to read it to confirm my suspicion, and see how it all panned out. I didn't want to put it down!
Jan 10, 2015 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Once in a while, I find a really good book that I just HAVE to finish reading right away. Passing Through Paradise is that book for me. I was intrigued right from the start as I read the first paragraph about a woman whose husband had died in a horrible car accident when she had survived. Worse yet, she was under suspicion of murder. She, like all of us, had a lot of baggage and held back feelings. I could relate to her feelings and how she wanted to protect her husband even though he had died. ...more
Sep 09, 2015 Kshydog rated it liked it
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Destry Graves
Mar 27, 2016 Destry Graves rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful characters!

Five star love story, yes. The love story is just the icing on the cake. The story is more about a woman finding the courage to be herself. Her true self. Intelligent, brave, mighty, and many other words fit the description of Sandra. You hate for the book to end because you know her story is just starting and you don't want to miss a minute of it. That book is for anyone getting over an unfulfilling relationship and anyone who ever struggled to find a place in the world. Fo
Emily Higgins
Nov 03, 2015 Emily Higgins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Sandra and her husband, Victor, were involved in a car accident where the car went off the bridge into the cold river. Sandra survived but Victor's body was never recovered, so he is presumed dead. After an investigation, the incident is ruled an accident and Sandra is not charged. Victor's parents are not convinced and file a wrongful death suit. Meanwhile, Sandra hires Mike Malloy to renovate her house so that it can be sold. Then she will be able to leave this town where everyone seems to hat ...more
Apr 03, 2012 Betty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of contemporary romance/romantic suspense
Shelves: fiction, reviewed, romance
Mild SPOILER alert:Sandra Winslow was widowed when an accident took the life of her husband. His body was never found, and Sandra remembered little of the accident, so the entire town (not to mention the media) immediately suspected Sandra murdered him and hid his body... and that her so-called amnesia was just a little *too* convenient. END of SPOILER

With this kind of set-up, Passing Through Paradise definitely has elements of suspense in it, but I decided to shelve it as contemporary romance,
Rhonda Rae Baker
Apr 29, 2011 Rhonda Rae Baker rated it it was amazing
I love Susan Wiggs writing! This novel pulled me into the lives of the characters as I found myself rooting for the main characters. Knowing there was 'something' behind what had happened added mystery and suspense. Heated emotions, searching for direction in life, moving forward, but held back by the past. Family dynamics with loss and hurt. Real life three-dimensional people that I cared for. Susan traided POV perfectly and I enjoyed the children's side brought into the picture at just the rig ...more
Deborah Darsie
Nov 24, 2015 Deborah Darsie rated it liked it
Sandra went through a trial by water and her politically prominent husband's presumed death left her to get the brunt of disapproval from the community and from her husband's family.

She tried to honor his memory and secrets and as a few circumstances came to light, I suspected what the end would be...but I had not expected Max Malloy's active pursuit of his boyhood friend's story.

You never know what secrets an attic will hold!
Jun 07, 2014 Charis rated it really liked it
I loved the setting, the story of the restoration and the characters. I noticed from some reviews that some readers felt Sandra was a doormat however I saw strength and courage in her. Similarly in Mike. Also enjoyed the suspense mystery aspect of the novel as it added an element of excitement
This older book (2002) by this author. Whenever I see a Susan Wiggs novel I haven't read, I pick it up.This is a good story with interesting characters, yet it was somewhat predictable--in other words, not one of Wigggs' best, but well worth reading.
Jul 24, 2014 Sandra rated it it was ok
I'm sorry Susan, but I didn't find this to be one of your better books. I found it kind of plodding, and I figured pretty much right in the beginning what the big secret was. I was kind of glad when it was finished, as I did want to finish it, but found it kind of a hard slog.
Jul 10, 2014 Andreasoldier rated it liked it
An adult romance that explores the plus and minuses of living in a town where everybody knows your name and thinks they know your all business.
Note: Adult does not mean sex, although there is some of that!
Jul 24, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed this story. I love reading Susan Wiggs though I have only read a couple of her books. Passing Through Paradise was rather predictable due, I guess, to reading so many books by different authors...or maybe it is just simlply...Life!
Apr 08, 2016 Megan rated it really liked it
I really enjoy Susan Wiggs books, I couldn't put this one down. I did figure out the ending pretty early but still enjoyed the story.
Mar 26, 2015 IrishFan rated it liked it
I like Susan Wiggs, and got a bunch of her books from an estate sale. This one was good, the story drew me in as it went further along. I did guess the "secret", although it didn't ruin the story for me.
May 29, 2015 Jill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The mystery wasn't THAT mysterious but another good Susan Wiggs about family and relationships.
Apr 12, 2012 Tiffanie rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down!!! Page turning from the very beginning sandy an her politician husband are in a car accident that sends them off a bridge when sandy awakes she vaugley remembers the accident an they pronounce the death of her husband an accidental death. Nobody believes it an everyone thinks she killed him. shes an outcast in her town and shes desperate to escape. so w/the life insurance money shes fixing up her dilapidated family mansion to sell. but when she starts to fall in l ...more
Apr 11, 2014 Rflutist rated it really liked it
This book was a pleasant detour from the massive amounts of non-fiction I've needed to read, of late. The plot is not entirely predictable, but an astute reader will be able to figure out, well before the ending, a particular portion of the plot that is germane to the book, as a whole.

I have never been disappointed in reading a Susan Wiggs book, but will admit that this one was not my favorite. It's no "Marrying Daisy Bellamy," but it will get you through a pinch if several of her titles are mi
Aug 22, 2015 Cbeagle rated it really liked it
ebook very enjoyable
Sep 15, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it
A slow-paced, thoughtful read that was enjoyable, but much too predictable for me (I accurately guessed the complete mystery and denouement within the first three chapters or so). The setting and the hero's bond with his children elevated my rating from a 2 to a 3. Not my favorite by Susan Wiggs, but still an enjoyable read.
Jan 23, 2014 Cap39 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot. I sat down on a cold weekend, a few days ago and read and continued to read for the greater part of the weekend. I do so love Susan's books.
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