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Debbie Macomber dazzles in a contemporary update of Snow White. Despite the picturesque view, it’s a kiss that turns an unlikely pair into a fairy-tale romance.   A mountain cabin. A moonlit night. And not a stepmother around to spoil the moment. For a burnt-out grad student looking for a little fun, this camp is paradise . . . well, almost. With seven mischievous girls in Debbie Macomber dazzles in a contemporary update of Snow White. Despite the picturesque view, it’s a kiss that turns an unlikely pair into a fairy-tale romance.   A mountain cabin. A moonlit night. And not a stepmother around to spoil the moment. For a burnt-out grad student looking for a little fun, this camp is paradise . . . well, almost. With seven mischievous girls in her cabin, Sherry White barely has time to whistle while she works. Then there’s the camp director, who may be the most gorgeous man Sherry’s ever met—and the most serious too. Even after they share a perfect kiss under the stars, Sherry wonders whether they’ll ever see eye to eye. When Jeff Roarke founded his camp for gifted children, he had a vision of rigorous education and self-improvement. Now Sherry is about to ruin everything with her insistence that kids need to let loose and play. Sherry’s minions are driving him crazy, but the worst part is, Jeff’s beginning to think that resistance is futile. Because Sherry is messing with his agenda, his head . . . and his heart. Praise for Debbie Macomber “No one tugs at readers’ heartstrings quite as effectively as Macomber.”—Chicago Tribune “The reigning queen of women’s fiction.”—The Sacramento Bee “It’s impossible not to cheer for Macomber’s characters. . . . When it comes to creating a special place and memorable, honorable characters, nobody does it better than Macomber.”—BookPage Published by Debbie Macomber Books


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Debbie Macomber dazzles in a contemporary update of Snow White. Despite the picturesque view, it’s a kiss that turns an unlikely pair into a fairy-tale romance.   A mountain cabin. A moonlit night. And not a stepmother around to spoil the moment. For a burnt-out grad student looking for a little fun, this camp is paradise . . . well, almost. With seven mischievous girls in Debbie Macomber dazzles in a contemporary update of Snow White. Despite the picturesque view, it’s a kiss that turns an unlikely pair into a fairy-tale romance.   A mountain cabin. A moonlit night. And not a stepmother around to spoil the moment. For a burnt-out grad student looking for a little fun, this camp is paradise . . . well, almost. With seven mischievous girls in her cabin, Sherry White barely has time to whistle while she works. Then there’s the camp director, who may be the most gorgeous man Sherry’s ever met—and the most serious too. Even after they share a perfect kiss under the stars, Sherry wonders whether they’ll ever see eye to eye. When Jeff Roarke founded his camp for gifted children, he had a vision of rigorous education and self-improvement. Now Sherry is about to ruin everything with her insistence that kids need to let loose and play. Sherry’s minions are driving him crazy, but the worst part is, Jeff’s beginning to think that resistance is futile. Because Sherry is messing with his agenda, his head . . . and his heart. Praise for Debbie Macomber “No one tugs at readers’ heartstrings quite as effectively as Macomber.”—Chicago Tribune “The reigning queen of women’s fiction.”—The Sacramento Bee “It’s impossible not to cheer for Macomber’s characters. . . . When it comes to creating a special place and memorable, honorable characters, nobody does it better than Macomber.”—BookPage Published by Debbie Macomber Books

30 review for Almost Paradise

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Drumm

    A lovely read, makes me miss the summer and camping trips.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Destiny Sanderson

    great love story love when a camp is included in the fact that she didn't think she would ever be attracted to him was great

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Chiapparine

    I picked up this book in the Nook store on my tablet because it seemed interesting and it was on sale for $1.99. My personal review of the book is as follows: In my personal opinion this book felt like "Christian Grey" type love storyline(without sex) set within a "Snow White" theme. I can't really explain more without giving away pretty much the whole book. I wish that the characters would have been stronger. To me personally the book as whole felt like a basic "dime store" romance. Overall I pe I picked up this book in the Nook store on my tablet because it seemed interesting and it was on sale for $1.99. My personal review of the book is as follows: In my personal opinion this book felt like "Christian Grey" type love storyline(without sex) set within a "Snow White" theme. I can't really explain more without giving away pretty much the whole book. I wish that the characters would have been stronger. To me personally the book as whole felt like a basic "dime store" romance. Overall I personally rate this book a 3 and half out of 10.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    Another book I picked based on cover alone. This one was strange, I liked the female MC enough but, for me, the male MC was less than likable. I didn't feel ANY chemistry between the two at all but yet somehow they fell in-love. I think the romance was supposed to be the main focus of this story, but the more interesting part of the story was the camp and the kids attending. Because like I said, there wasn't any romance. Not really.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Vibliophile

    Consistently mixed bag [modified review based on the one for Fairytale Romance: A Collection of Debbie Macomber Classics] This, according to some reviewers, was apparently originally written earlier in Macomber's career. "Almost Paradise" is the weakest of Macomber's Fairytale Romance collection. The premise is fairly fun, & the characters are interesting & a little less stereotyped than the 2 previous stories. However, the relationship development is not just insta-love like "Cindy and the Prin Consistently mixed bag [modified review based on the one for Fairytale Romance: A Collection of Debbie Macomber Classics] This, according to some reviewers, was apparently originally written earlier in Macomber's career. "Almost Paradise" is the weakest of Macomber's Fairytale Romance collection. The premise is fairly fun, & the characters are interesting & a little less stereotyped than the 2 previous stories. However, the relationship development is not just insta-love like "Cindy and the Prince", it's pretty much completely pulled out of thin air. And the inconsistencies/hypocrisy of the 2 protagonists are virtually gasping by the end. The story was all the more disappointing because it had so much squandered potential for better. Most of it reads like YA fantasy. A mix of possible with implausible & occasions of cringe. And a lot of manufactured angst. I almost quit reading part way into it, but began skimming some as I was trying to decide. I did wind up reading the ending. Despite a lot of stereotyping, even early Macomber is good at quick-sketching fairly likeable characters. And even with all the dross, there are clever and funny things that she incorporates into her story. I liked the unexpected turn she took with Prince's mom. I found that skim-reading let me skip a lot of the extraneous & redundant material (which I found included most of the kissing scenes, sadly), and focus more on the actions & dialogue. The relationship development is pretty insta-love, but there were a few amusing elements. So, this qualifies as a tolerable time passer when you've nothing better, but if you're checking Macomber out for the first time to find out why she's so popular, this is definitely not where you want to start. *Clean romance level: passionate kisses

  6. 5 out of 5

    Deb Blackbourn

    I loved this book! Once again, Debbie Macomber did not disappoint! The story centers around a camp for gifted children. Because these children are geniuses, the camp has daily, structured classes, similar to being at a boarding school for the summer. Jeff Roark is the founder of Camp Gitchi Gumie. Sherry signed on as a counselor for 7 girls, ages 9-10. Sherry understands the children are there for specially designed classes for them. Sherry thinks the children need some activities that stimulate I loved this book! Once again, Debbie Macomber did not disappoint! The story centers around a camp for gifted children. Because these children are geniuses, the camp has daily, structured classes, similar to being at a boarding school for the summer. Jeff Roark is the founder of Camp Gitchi Gumie. Sherry signed on as a counselor for 7 girls, ages 9-10. Sherry understands the children are there for specially designed classes for them. Sherry thinks the children need some activities that stimulate their imaginations. As Sherry initiates these activities with her cabin, she goes against the rules of the camp & upsets Mr. Roarke and a male counselor. As the summer progresses, Sherry continues her activities. Mr. Roarke & Sherry both realize they both experience “inappropriate feelings”. They both try to hide their interest. But will Sherry constantly going against the camp rules & Mr. Roarke, lead to more or will her activities get her fired? I guess you better read the book to find out? You won’t be disappointed!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sydney

    My rating is 3.5 stars. This was a quick read about Sherry experiencing the rewards of being a summer camp counselor for intellectually gifted children and finding love. "There seemed to be an underlying sadness in Jeff Roarke, too, one that robbed his life of joy, stole the pleasure of simple things from his perception. The important things in life were found in education. Learning was the challenge. He should know. By age twelve, he'd been a college student, graduating with full honors three yea My rating is 3.5 stars. This was a quick read about Sherry experiencing the rewards of being a summer camp counselor for intellectually gifted children and finding love. "There seemed to be an underlying sadness in Jeff Roarke, too, one that robbed his life of joy, stole the pleasure of simple things from his perception. The important things in life were found in education. Learning was the challenge. He should know. By age twelve, he'd been a college student, graduating with full honors three years later. There'd been no time or need for trivial romance. Like every other female in this camp, she had fallen under his magical spell. For one timeless moment she'd seen him as the others did. Attractive. Compelling. Dynamic.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Angela Hayes

    Sherry, a graduate student, gets a summer job as a camp counselor at a camp for kids who are highly intelligent. Jeff, a child prodgy himself, is the camp director. Similar to Debbie Macomber's "Way to a Man's Heart," the two main characters disagree on just about everything, but are frustratingly attracted to each other. Sherry challenges Jeff's all academics no fun theme of the camp. He demands that she stop reading fairy tales to the girls before bedtime stick to the academics. If Sherry does Sherry, a graduate student, gets a summer job as a camp counselor at a camp for kids who are highly intelligent. Jeff, a child prodgy himself, is the camp director. Similar to Debbie Macomber's "Way to a Man's Heart," the two main characters disagree on just about everything, but are frustratingly attracted to each other. Sherry challenges Jeff's all academics no fun theme of the camp. He demands that she stop reading fairy tales to the girls before bedtime stick to the academics. If Sherry doesn't start follow the camp rules and guidelines of the camp, she could be fired. Can Sherry convince Jeff that learning can be fun? If Jeff is this upset about Sherry's teaching methods, what will he do when he finds out that Sherry lied in her interview and on her references?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Patti Fischetti

    Funny and endearing! I was not sure about this book but as I continued to read it I was laughing and felt like I needed to read on until the end. Trying to escape from her beloved stepmother, Sherry decides to take a summer job as a camp counselor in California. There she meets her charges and the man, Jeff who runs the camp. At first, they fight the attraction but they eventually succumb to it. In the meantime, Sherry is rearranging camp life and becomes the hero among the campers and councilors Funny and endearing! I was not sure about this book but as I continued to read it I was laughing and felt like I needed to read on until the end. Trying to escape from her beloved stepmother, Sherry decides to take a summer job as a camp counselor in California. There she meets her charges and the man, Jeff who runs the camp. At first, they fight the attraction but they eventually succumb to it. In the meantime, Sherry is rearranging camp life and becomes the hero among the campers and councilors alike. A cute and funny story. I think you'll like it for the short and frivolous read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    P.J.Masonsbcglobal.Net

    A rare find... at first I didnt get it Is your life ok, but you are worried deep down, that this may be is "As good as it gets?" Read on and you will realize that Life, Fun, and Love are just around the corner... and it is up to you to look for them and truly see what a joy life can be, seen with the human heart and newly opened awareness to others and God's beautiful creation and creative imagination he gave to us all! This book is about more that the obviouus... it is a beautiful gift to those A rare find... at first I didnt get it Is your life ok, but you are worried deep down, that this may be is "As good as it gets?" Read on and you will realize that Life, Fun, and Love are just around the corner... and it is up to you to look for them and truly see what a joy life can be, seen with the human heart and newly opened awareness to others and God's beautiful creation and creative imagination he gave to us all! This book is about more that the obviouus... it is a beautiful gift to those who open their eyes and hearts to receive it. Thanks, Debbie!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shirley

    Opposites attract. Jeff, the director of Camp Gitch Gumee, is uncompromising, rigid and likes the camp for intellectually gifted kids to be focused on learning. Sherry, a counselor new to the camp, is everything Jeff is not and believes children need to be children and that learning can be fun. Jeff demands she stick to the schedule, but Sherry applies her own twist to the lessons. Who else would think of teaching the girls how to play gin rummy, hearts, and canasta for a class on statistics? Sh Opposites attract. Jeff, the director of Camp Gitch Gumee, is uncompromising, rigid and likes the camp for intellectually gifted kids to be focused on learning. Sherry, a counselor new to the camp, is everything Jeff is not and believes children need to be children and that learning can be fun. Jeff demands she stick to the schedule, but Sherry applies her own twist to the lessons. Who else would think of teaching the girls how to play gin rummy, hearts, and canasta for a class on statistics? Sherry and Jeff butt heads numerous times, but the attraction is undeniable. Sweet short story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kristina | A Christian Reads

    I always enjoy Debbie Macomber's sweet contemporary romances and this Snow White inspired story was no exception. Sherry White becomes a counselor at a summer camp for gifted children run by the stoic, yet handsome, Jeff Roarke. The two initially clash over their different opinions of how a child's summer camp should be managed, but ultimately find themselves falling in love. Their story alone is adorable, but the supporting characters and campers are also a treat to read about. I'm glad Macombe I always enjoy Debbie Macomber's sweet contemporary romances and this Snow White inspired story was no exception. Sherry White becomes a counselor at a summer camp for gifted children run by the stoic, yet handsome, Jeff Roarke. The two initially clash over their different opinions of how a child's summer camp should be managed, but ultimately find themselves falling in love. Their story alone is adorable, but the supporting characters and campers are also a treat to read about. I'm glad Macomber has written so many books because I will never tire of her writing!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    This is a fun, happy-go-lucky romantic comedy that I really enjoyed. A misfit character get hired on to be a camp counsellor at the Gitche Gumee camp for intellectual children. She quickl realizes that the program is all work and no play with exciting workshops on the study of mold. Sherry determines that her group of 11 year old girls should have fun too, and she sets about seeing they do. However, gorgeous camp director Jeff Roarke is unconvinced. What follows is a sometimes hilarious clash of This is a fun, happy-go-lucky romantic comedy that I really enjoyed. A misfit character get hired on to be a camp counsellor at the Gitche Gumee camp for intellectual children. She quickl realizes that the program is all work and no play with exciting workshops on the study of mold. Sherry determines that her group of 11 year old girls should have fun too, and she sets about seeing they do. However, gorgeous camp director Jeff Roarke is unconvinced. What follows is a sometimes hilarious clash of wills.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Another older Debbie Macomber book that was definitely dated. It was ok but it did hit on a pet peeve of mine.......having the hero called by his last name. It may be something guys do with each other but it's not a female trait - esp not with men they're involved with. It's ridiculous and to me implies a lack of intimacy. Overall though, ok storyline but I'd suggest just focusing on the author's more recent books which are fantastic.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Linda A.

    Fun, Laughter, Love This is a totally delightful love story. The reader roots for the two main characters to come to admire and accept each other and then call in love. My only criticism is that I felt the female lead needed more of a reason to give so many lies to Rourke. Her dad could have been a rich philanthropist or her stepmother a famous retired actress - something other than wanting not to be over-patented for her to lie to Rourke. Still, it is a fun love story

  16. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Refreshing for a children's story coming to life. I wish I could have gone to a summer camp with a counselor like Miss White! Oh, what fun with a friendly ghost, learning finance and the human body parts. I can't forget about not being able to have pets with you, but the rules didn't say a mascot. I was sad it ended so soon. I didn't want to stop with the story. Now it's off to Cinderella or Wonderland, etc. Thank you, Mrs. Macomber!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kiki Z

    Yeah, this book was published in 1988 and it doesn't age well. There's next to no romance, a fight at the very end that isn't remotely resolved but leads to a marriage proposal, and very little interaction between the main characters. Also, it's trying to be a modern day Snow White story except there's nothing Snow White about it but her name and seven girls.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Doug K

    Sweet romance I chose this rating because I really enjoyed this book! I lived the humor and light-heartedness of the story. Ms. Macomber brings each character to life and makes me wish I could be friends with them. Definitely a sweet read..did not put the book down until I read the last page

  19. 4 out of 5

    Emilie

    Really juvenile I might be missing something as to the popularity of this author's novels but for me the writing was really Elementary and one dimensional. I appreciate that it wasn't overly sexual but it swung too far the other way. Flat characters. Really redundant phrasing. Uninspired. Not for me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tommie Morris

    Almost Paradise This captivating story is one of Debbie MaComber’s earlier books.... I had no idea she has several out that I haven’t heard of! This one is a summer camp for over achieving children, or, genius young people !! A very, cute story........it’s different from her later stories , but a great read from an awesome author....

  21. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    Thoroughly enjoyable Debbie Macomber books are always fun and enjoyable to read. She had a wonderful way of making you happy for the people in the story and feeling good about your own life all at the same time.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shiyai

    I decided to give 3 stars because towards the middle, I feeling like, "Meehhh... Boring". And instead of 'couldn't put the book down' because the story is interesting, I 'couldn't put the book down' because I want to finish it quickly and done with it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Siermienski

    Almost Paradise Good book. I have read almost all of your books and although I enjoyed this book, it wasn't as good as the others. Maybe it just didn't have the wow factor that the others did. But it was a cute story.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Sweet romance Another classic love story from this author. Have been a fan for years and still find a book i haven't read yet. So glad she has such a vast array of books to discover.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Wright

    Another good one Debbie Macomber, writes love stories with fun, excitement, & mystery so roll into an unique plot. You may guess the endings but not the road she takes. Enjoy a good fun filled book. Another good one Debbie Macomber, writes love stories with fun, excitement, & mystery so roll into an unique plot. You may guess the endings but not the road she takes. Enjoy a good fun filled book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann Engel

    Want to go back to this camp. Sherry and her 7 wizards share with you 2 months of summer camp with laughs, tears and a handsome camp director. Would love a sequel of this sweet romance book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michele Manwarren

    Almost Paradise Another good romance from Debbie Macomber. I would recommend it to my teenage granddaughters to read and not have to worry about too much smut. Those kind of romances are hard to find these days

  28. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    Excellent! As with all of Debbie Macomber's books, I fell in love with her main characters and adored the storyline and all of the supporting characters. A really wonderful read!👍👍💞💓💕💖💝

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Jones

    Feelin,g super down today Feeling super down today, needed a light sweet book...I went right to my Debbie Macomber book..and finished in 3 hrs...I'm from Spokane, love the references of places etc. in the Northwest 💜

  30. 5 out of 5

    Janet Miller

    I haven't read a Debbie Macomber book that I didn't enjoy. And this one is no exception. Smooth, quick reading, with likable characters. Can't wait for the next of her books I pick to read. Always highly recommended.

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