Ten Days In Paradise, by Linda Abbott
345 pages, with a 4.2-star rating from 70 reviews

"This is by far one of the best books I have read this year. I was truly impressed with the number of characters and story lines … I was even more impressed when I discovered that this book is a debut book for this author. No character was shown as perfect however; which I found kind of refreshing. Each and every one had their own idiosyncrasies and problems but they also all had their own triumphs and capabilities as well. A truly well-rounded story … I would gladly recommend this book to anyone wanting to read a truly awesome book set in an awe-inspiring locale. Two thumbs up for Ms. Abbott. " -- Amazon Reviewer
Vacationing on beautiful Sanibel Island off Florida's Gulf Coast, Ellen Bennett has never felt so guilty-or more alive.
This wasn't the way things were supposed to turn out. The 45-year-old successful career woman, wife and mother traveled to the island paradise for solitude and a much-needed break from her family. But a chance encounter with a fellow traveler sparks a powerful attraction, forcing Ellen to make a decision that could change her life forever.
Against an idyllic backdrop of white sand beaches, azure waters and lush palms, Ellen struggles to subdue a firestorm of emotions. David, the father of three young children, confronts the fault lines in his own marriage that lead to a stunning revelation.
Their relationship unfolds as David's family gathers on Sanibel to celebrate their parents' 50th wedding anniversary. Tensions are running high. David's mother is worried about her husband's strange behavior and inexplicable memory lapses. His sisters, Julia, an over-achieving corporate exec, and Maggie, a hard-partying renegade who just announced she's gay and leaving her husband, haven't spoken for months.
On the island, a small congregation battles to save a beloved seaside chapel to make room for a lavish oceanfront mansion. Ellen takes up the cause when she meets 76-year-old Liz Taylor, a vivacious widow with a sparkling wit and a secret passion of her own.
A compelling and heartfelt novel, Ten Days in Paradise masterfully explores the inner landscapes of marriage and family relationships.

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Meet the Author

Linda Abbott's love for Sanibel Island shines through her debut novel, Ten Days In Paradise. Though she worked for many years as a professional writer-first as an award-winning journalist and then in public relations-Linda is a late bloomer to fiction. She found the muse while vacationing on Sanibel, where she wrote the opening chapters of her novel. Linda's writing career took another turn last year when she founded Never Forget Legacies & Tributes to write life story books for individuals and families. She feels blessed to have two new careers and can't wait to get started on her next novel. A Chicago native, she lives in Middleton, Wisconsin with her husband.