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Marin Cole has never: Seen the ocean Climbed a mountain Taken a risk on love ....But if her sister's plan works, she just might do all three. Ever since her journalist mother died on assignment, Marin has played it safe, refusing to set foot outside the state of Tennessee. Her wild-child younger sister, Sadie, has trotted the globe as a photographer, living off of art a Marin Cole has never: Seen the ocean Climbed a mountain Taken a risk on love ....But if her sister's plan works, she just might do all three. Ever since her journalist mother died on assignment, Marin has played it safe, refusing to set foot outside the state of Tennessee. Her wild-child younger sister, Sadie, has trotted the globe as a photographer, living off of art and adrenaline. When Sadie returns from a tough assignment abroad and looks a little worse for wear, Marin reluctantly agrees to a sisters' spa weekend on the tropical island of Saba. But her lifelong fear of travel is affirmed when Sadie misses the flight, Marin's luggage gets mixed up with another passenger's, and an episode of turbulence sends her hurtling into the lap of Lucas Tsai, the handsome stranger who stole her sister's seat. For the first time in a long time, Marin has to step outside of her comfort zone as she explores the island with Lucas and learns what she's been missing out on. With each breathtaking new experience, Marin gets closer to her real self, the man she's falling for, and the heart-wrenching truth about why she's there in the first place.


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Marin Cole has never: Seen the ocean Climbed a mountain Taken a risk on love ....But if her sister's plan works, she just might do all three. Ever since her journalist mother died on assignment, Marin has played it safe, refusing to set foot outside the state of Tennessee. Her wild-child younger sister, Sadie, has trotted the globe as a photographer, living off of art a Marin Cole has never: Seen the ocean Climbed a mountain Taken a risk on love ....But if her sister's plan works, she just might do all three. Ever since her journalist mother died on assignment, Marin has played it safe, refusing to set foot outside the state of Tennessee. Her wild-child younger sister, Sadie, has trotted the globe as a photographer, living off of art and adrenaline. When Sadie returns from a tough assignment abroad and looks a little worse for wear, Marin reluctantly agrees to a sisters' spa weekend on the tropical island of Saba. But her lifelong fear of travel is affirmed when Sadie misses the flight, Marin's luggage gets mixed up with another passenger's, and an episode of turbulence sends her hurtling into the lap of Lucas Tsai, the handsome stranger who stole her sister's seat. For the first time in a long time, Marin has to step outside of her comfort zone as she explores the island with Lucas and learns what she's been missing out on. With each breathtaking new experience, Marin gets closer to her real self, the man she's falling for, and the heart-wrenching truth about why she's there in the first place.

30 review for Meet Me in Paradise

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    I’m truly emotional mess! I was expecting to read a sweet, entertaining, soft romcom takes place in exotic island but this book is so much more than that! It’s powerful, incredibly emotional sisterhood story! Two sisters who are polar opposites: Marin is uptight, analytic, a true worrier, planner, systematic, always likes to be in control. Everything is scheduled detailedly in her including the clothes she wears, her each meals, her daily routines. She lives in her cocoon, safe, secluded life w I’m truly emotional mess! I was expecting to read a sweet, entertaining, soft romcom takes place in exotic island but this book is so much more than that! It’s powerful, incredibly emotional sisterhood story! Two sisters who are polar opposites: Marin is uptight, analytic, a true worrier, planner, systematic, always likes to be in control. Everything is scheduled detailedly in her including the clothes she wears, her each meals, her daily routines. She lives in her cocoon, safe, secluded life without taking risks or trying new things. But her sweet sister Sadie she has literally raised after her mother’s tragic murder is a WILD CARD! She loves living spontaneously, dangerously, experiencing different things, taking less responsibility, crossing lines, having fun, traveling around world as photographer. It’s so adventurous lifestyle when you compare it with Marin’s boring advertising writer work and organized home life! Now sisters plan to getaway for a week to enjoy themselves at an exotic island trip. But at the last minute Sadie ditches Marin which is not quite surprising for her character and Marin finds herself traveling with handsome, mysterious, arrogant hotel tycoon Lucas Tsai: hot Asian Adonis who is also the owner of the hotel where her sister reserved for them on Saba Island. As Marin pushes harder to cut her travel short to go back to her home, something unexpected comes out! She finally finds herself trapped in this island but when you get trapped in paradise with an ultra sexy archangel, you get to learn the ways of having fun, experiencing new things like snorkeling, climbing rocks, trying new dishes, singing at traditional island karaoke nights (Sabaoke for islanders). Marin realizes she is attracted at Lucas a little too much but this is only one week trip and he still deals with his father’s loss so this cannot be more than a fling, right? Maybe you think this sounds like a classic romcom plotline but you can’t be so wrong! I’m not giving you so much details because I don’t want to ruin your reading experience. I can only warn you to stock napkins, toilet papers, any kind of tear dryer! You’re gonna need all of them! At some chapters I truly cried my eyes out and literally howled like a wolf! This is a sweet, heartfelt, tear jerker siblings, family, sacrifices, self discovery, taking second chances story! So meaningful, bittersweet but memorable earning my four ugly tears, adrenaline rush, divine sisterhood stars! Special thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for sharing this amazing digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chloe Liese

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Thank you to Berkley & NetGalley for this complimentary copy! All opinions are my own. Marin's been living a safe & small life. After losing her mother at a young age and growing up overnight to be her wild-child younger sister's stand-in parental figure, Marin's all but forgotten how to take risks, live for her happiness, and pursue her dreams. The subplot of this story is honestly heartbreaking. As Marin realizes who she's about to lose in her life, this story's pace accelerates brilliantly, a r Thank you to Berkley & NetGalley for this complimentary copy! All opinions are my own. Marin's been living a safe & small life. After losing her mother at a young age and growing up overnight to be her wild-child younger sister's stand-in parental figure, Marin's all but forgotten how to take risks, live for her happiness, and pursue her dreams. The subplot of this story is honestly heartbreaking. As Marin realizes who she's about to lose in her life, this story's pace accelerates brilliantly, a reflection of the desperation anyone who's lost a loved one to terminal illness will recognize: as if time is sand slipping through your fingers, as if there will never be enough hours to share and say and feel everything you need to. The romantic element of this story is gentle and reflective. There's an old flame who shows up and a new man who could be Marin's future. By the end of this story, Marin—true to this genre which is (women's) fiction first and foremost—beautifully chooses herself. And in her choice to live bravely, boldly, authentically, she finds her heart's choice revealed. Content Warnings: grief, loss of a parent (off-page), loss of immediate family to terminal illness (cancer, end of life days on-page and in detail).

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amy Clarke

    This was such a beautiful, heart-wrenching, funny gem of a novel. The romantic story is adorable and sweet (meet cute on a plane!), and the island setting was the perfect escapist getaway that I needed in my reading life! But the standout for me is the way this book explores the unshakable bonds between sisters—how they will make painful, selfless sacrifices to give the other joy. Make sure you have some tissues on hand when you pick up this gorgeous debut.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Corina

    Don't know yet how I feel about this one.... Full review ___________________________________ I received a copy of this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. You can find me on my blog and on Bookstagram Don't know yet how I feel about this one.... Full review ___________________________________ I received a copy of this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. You can find me on my blog and on Bookstagram

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ⓐlleskelle - That ranting lady ッ

    Meet cute on a plane ✈️ Need. This. Now! More reviews and book talk at : You can find me here too ☞ Meet cute on a plane ✈️ Need. This. Now! More reviews and book talk at : You can find me here too ☞

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    This was such a beautiful book!! Intense but fun. Sweet and romantic, but also heart-breaking. I recommend reading with a box of tissues and a fruity, tropical drink because you will feel all the things.

  7. 5 out of 5

    ♥Rachel♥

    Marin has been stuck in protective, safety mode since she lost her mother at the age of seventeen and had to be the adult for both her and her younger sister, Sadie. Marin’s sister took after their mother and is the risk taker, living life on the edge while traveling around the globe as a photojournalist. Marin hasn’t ever left the state. Sadie invites Marin to take a trip with her to recharge. A sort of sister spa vacation and Marin can’t say no to her beloved sister the only family she has left Marin has been stuck in protective, safety mode since she lost her mother at the age of seventeen and had to be the adult for both her and her younger sister, Sadie. Marin’s sister took after their mother and is the risk taker, living life on the edge while traveling around the globe as a photojournalist. Marin hasn’t ever left the state. Sadie invites Marin to take a trip with her to recharge. A sort of sister spa vacation and Marin can’t say no to her beloved sister the only family she has left. Marin is forced to take her life out of the safe zone, have fun, and live life. Something she hasn’t done since her mother died. Meet Me in Paradise is not the light, fluffy beach read it appears (from the cover) to be. It’s so much more. My emotions were all over the place! The story was at times funny, flirty, and silly, with outings of adventure that felt more like magical dates, but then it’d take a sharp turn into serious and heart wrenching! I must confess I sobbed! Ugly, snotty crying and I wasn’t expecting that at all! I don’t want to scare people, so know this: This romance junkie has a to have happy ending and I wasn’t disappointed but be prepared to break out the tissues! A copy was kindly provided by Berkley in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Everett

    Meet Me in Paradise, by Libby Hubscher, is a gorgeous book that walks/swims/boats the line between women’s fiction (or fiction, as I like to call it) and romance. For marketing ease, we tend to divide books into categories, but that means some of us miss out on treasures like this one. This is a story about loss and sisterhood, lust and love, and one woman’s struggle to wake up from a decade-long grief. The romance in MMIP is sweet, the hero is compelling, the setting is idyllic, and the seconda Meet Me in Paradise, by Libby Hubscher, is a gorgeous book that walks/swims/boats the line between women’s fiction (or fiction, as I like to call it) and romance. For marketing ease, we tend to divide books into categories, but that means some of us miss out on treasures like this one. This is a story about loss and sisterhood, lust and love, and one woman’s struggle to wake up from a decade-long grief. The romance in MMIP is sweet, the hero is compelling, the setting is idyllic, and the secondary characters are all well drawn and memorable. The overarching story, however, of Marin and her awkward, painful journey back to where she always wanted to be is what will keep this book in your thoughts long after you’ve finished it. Whatever prejudices you might have for either WF or Romance – this book will change your mind.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Elissa Dickey

    Meet Me In Paradise is an amazing, beautiful read that you won't want to put down. It's a story of a woman who travels across the world and finds not only true love but also herself and her own courage and passion for life. Most of all it's a tale of the strength and power of sisterhood. This book truly captures the unending love between sisters, with gorgeous prose that transports you directly to paradise, and a captivating story that keeps you turning pages. I adored this book; it is a triumph Meet Me In Paradise is an amazing, beautiful read that you won't want to put down. It's a story of a woman who travels across the world and finds not only true love but also herself and her own courage and passion for life. Most of all it's a tale of the strength and power of sisterhood. This book truly captures the unending love between sisters, with gorgeous prose that transports you directly to paradise, and a captivating story that keeps you turning pages. I adored this book; it is a triumphant debut, and I can't wait to read more phenomenal stories by Libby Hubscher!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lyn Liao

    I loved this book! And loved that the love interest is Taiwanese, something I have never seen before. The themes, about losing loved ones are sad, but handled so beautifully. And there is humor and light heartedness throughout, making it a very enjoyable read. It's so much more than just about Marin and Lucas' love story. There is an emotional underlining that drives the story forward and the bond between Marin and her sister Sadie is beautiful. A definite must read! I loved this book! And loved that the love interest is Taiwanese, something I have never seen before. The themes, about losing loved ones are sad, but handled so beautifully. And there is humor and light heartedness throughout, making it a very enjoyable read. It's so much more than just about Marin and Lucas' love story. There is an emotional underlining that drives the story forward and the bond between Marin and her sister Sadie is beautiful. A definite must read!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This one hit me like a punch to the gut. It had me laughing out loud AND crying in public. There's a great romance here (kind of a pat ending) but that isn't really what this book is about. It IS a love story. I hesitate to go into too much detail because I think the not knowing makes it that much more powerful. I'll be recommending this book to so many people. *the copy I read was an ARC provided by NetGalley This one hit me like a punch to the gut. It had me laughing out loud AND crying in public. There's a great romance here (kind of a pat ending) but that isn't really what this book is about. It IS a love story. I hesitate to go into too much detail because I think the not knowing makes it that much more powerful. I'll be recommending this book to so many people. *the copy I read was an ARC provided by NetGalley

  12. 4 out of 5

    book bruin

    3.5 stars CW: death of family member, cancer, anxiety, grief, marijuana use, airplane/boat turbulence Meet Me in Paradise was not quite what I was expecting. Even though the vibrant cover screams romcom, I knew from the blurb that it would be an emotional read. I was not prepared, however, for just how heartbreaking and gut-wrenching it would turn out to be. I personally don't consider Meet Me In Paradise to be a romance. I would consider it more a beautiful and moving novel about sisterhood with 3.5 stars CW: death of family member, cancer, anxiety, grief, marijuana use, airplane/boat turbulence Meet Me in Paradise was not quite what I was expecting. Even though the vibrant cover screams romcom, I knew from the blurb that it would be an emotional read. I was not prepared, however, for just how heartbreaking and gut-wrenching it would turn out to be. I personally don't consider Meet Me In Paradise to be a romance. I would consider it more a beautiful and moving novel about sisterhood with romantic elements thrown in. This book hurt my heart, but it also made me laugh and feel hopeful. I couldn't help but imagine my own sisters while reading Marin and Sadie's story. Emotions run high throughout and don't let up. I loved how the author used the past and present to weave the story together piece by piece. It did take me a bit to feel truly invested in what was happening, but once things started falling into place, I didn't want to put it down. Some things you can expect in Meet Me in Paradise: - A relatable and sometimes excruciatingly painful journey of self discovery. The depiction of Marin's grief and coping was so heartfelt. I was rooting for her throughout. - Wonderfully entertaining, generous, and loving secondary characters. I loved all the residents of Saba and of course, Felix. They brought some much needed levity to the story. - Found families. This ties back into the secondary characters, but I really was so touched by the incredible kindness displayed and how everyone pulls together in crisis. - A slow burn romance with a grumpy but swoony bajillionaire who can whisper sweet nothings to you in 12 different languages. Lucas's generosity and thoughtfulness were unparalleled. - A beautiful island setting, with gorgeous descriptions that made me feel like I was right there in Saba too. Some things that didn't quite work for me (possible spoilers): (view spoiler)[ - Deception plots just aren't my favorite. The secrets dragged on for too long. I understand Lucas was keeping his promise, but he really should have said something once things started to shift between him and Marin. - Lucas's wealth and ability to fulfill any request felt a little over the top at times. It was too convenient to answer any issue with a "Lucas took care of it" fix. - Ted. He helped drive home how far Marin had come and changed, but I don't think his reappearance was really needed. He added unnecessary drama to an already heavy story. I'm glad that things worked out the way they did, but it felt so anticlimactic considering how long he hung around in the story. - The ending felt a bit rushed. So much of the book focused on implementing Sadie's plan and Marin's journey, but we didn't really get to see Marin in all her new found glory. It's a hopeful closure for sure, but I think I wanted to see her thriving on her own a bit more. - As much as I liked the story, it was extremely sad. I enjoyed the writing a great deal, but I'm not sure my heart can ever take a reread. (hide spoiler)] *I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book*

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I loved this book. It is so much more than the cute romance cover leads you to believe. It's much deeper than you'd think. I don't want to spoil anything so I'll keep it vague. This novel is an exploration of grief and guilt and sisterhood and I laughed and cried my way through every page. If you are looking for a swoon-worthy romantic connection, that's there too. Just keep the tissues handy. I'm officially a fan of Libby Hubscher, can't wait to see what she writes next. Oh- and I'm now absolute I loved this book. It is so much more than the cute romance cover leads you to believe. It's much deeper than you'd think. I don't want to spoil anything so I'll keep it vague. This novel is an exploration of grief and guilt and sisterhood and I laughed and cried my way through every page. If you are looking for a swoon-worthy romantic connection, that's there too. Just keep the tissues handy. I'm officially a fan of Libby Hubscher, can't wait to see what she writes next. Oh- and I'm now absolutely OBSESSED with visiting Saba! Berkley gifted me with a free copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Libby Hubscher

    Meet Me in Paradise will be out in the world on March 23, 2021! It's a destination love story about family, facing fears, and finding yourself. MMIP is women's fiction with a strong romantic element. It's available to request on NetGalley here! Here's what awaits in MMIP: *Unbreakable sister bonds *Mischief, mishaps, and luggage mixups *Slow burn romance *Themes of anxiety, grief, and hope What people are saying about Meet Me in Paradise: "A beautifully moving mix of humbling self-discovery, heartfelt Meet Me in Paradise will be out in the world on March 23, 2021! It's a destination love story about family, facing fears, and finding yourself. MMIP is women's fiction with a strong romantic element. It's available to request on NetGalley here! Here's what awaits in MMIP: *Unbreakable sister bonds *Mischief, mishaps, and luggage mixups *Slow burn romance *Themes of anxiety, grief, and hope What people are saying about Meet Me in Paradise: "A beautifully moving mix of humbling self-discovery, heartfelt sister bonds & swoony slow burning romance that’s 100% pure pleasure!" --Priscilla Oliveras, USA Today Bestseller “Meet Me in Paradise is a stunning tale of love, loss, and the capacity for wonder...that left me laughing, crying, and unable to put it down.” --Denise Williams, Author of How to Fail at Flirting “Both a romantic escape and an ode to sisterhood, Meet Me in Paradise made me swoon, laugh, and then sneaked up on me and made me cry. Marin and Sadie are the beating heart of this story—I adored them in all their wild, wonderful messiness. A radiantly hopeful book.” --Rachel Lynn Solomon, Author of Today Tonight Tomorrow, The Ex Talk, Our Year of Maybe, You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone “Meet Me in Paradise will sweep you off your feet. Marin’s leap into the unknown is full of love, romance and adventure, and I felt like I was right there with her on the pristine beaches of Saba as she climbs mountains, dives for pearls, and learns how to open herself up to the possibilities of love.”---Sonya Lalli, Author of The Matchmaker's List, Grown-up Pose, and Serena Singh Flips the Script

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Jeng

    Despite the beachy vibes, Meet Me in Paradise is a read with substance. Right now, we're all Marin Cole, having been stuck in our quarantine routines for what feels like forever. Beginning-of-the-book Marin would be totally okay with staying home! However, her free-spirit sister Sadie has other plans. I so enjoyed the dynamic between the sisters. There's a (closed-door) romance, and don't get me wrong, Lucas Tsai is as smoking-hot a romantic hero as you could ask for, but for me the central relat Despite the beachy vibes, Meet Me in Paradise is a read with substance. Right now, we're all Marin Cole, having been stuck in our quarantine routines for what feels like forever. Beginning-of-the-book Marin would be totally okay with staying home! However, her free-spirit sister Sadie has other plans. I so enjoyed the dynamic between the sisters. There's a (closed-door) romance, and don't get me wrong, Lucas Tsai is as smoking-hot a romantic hero as you could ask for, but for me the central relationship was between Marin and Sadie. It's funny to see Sadie drag Marin kicking and screaming out of her comfort zone, but fair warning - by the end you will just possibly have ugly cried at least twice. If you're in the mood for swoony-but-sweet romance, fully realized side characters, and tear-jerking family scenes, all wrapped up in a book that scratches your tropical travel itch, MEET ME IN PARADISE might be your perfect staycation.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Blacke

    Wow. Just wow. I wish I could experience MEET ME IN PARADISE all over again from scratch. It's that good. Marin and Sadie's mother died when they were young, so they grew up fast and very different. Sadie is an adventuring adrenaline-junky. Her older sister is reliable. Predictable. Safe. But Sadie has a plan to draw Marin out of her comfort zone, and sends her sister on an adventure on a lovely tropical island. Within the pages of MEET ME IN PARADISE, I experienced love and heartbreak, devastation Wow. Just wow. I wish I could experience MEET ME IN PARADISE all over again from scratch. It's that good. Marin and Sadie's mother died when they were young, so they grew up fast and very different. Sadie is an adventuring adrenaline-junky. Her older sister is reliable. Predictable. Safe. But Sadie has a plan to draw Marin out of her comfort zone, and sends her sister on an adventure on a lovely tropical island. Within the pages of MEET ME IN PARADISE, I experienced love and heartbreak, devastation and healing. Beautifully written, it is both clever and heart wrenching, simultaneously playful and tragic. Be prepared to examine your own life while reading, and keep the Kleenex handy. NOTE: This is *NOT* a romcom. I read a couple of reviews saying reviewers were unhappy because they were expecting a comedy or a light romance for some reason. This book is a jewel, but it's not romcom.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ali Hazelwood

    Oh, this book. Oh, this magnificent, heartbreaking, heart-re-building book. I must say, I went in not really knowing what to expect. I knew it was going to be women’s fic with a strong romantic element. And boy, did the romance part deliver: I would like to formally announce that I will be shortly divorcing my husband and marry Lucas Tsai. Sorry. There is a bit of a mystery in this book that really keeps the pages turning, and the most amazing meddling little sister (yes, Sadie’s my fave and I lov Oh, this book. Oh, this magnificent, heartbreaking, heart-re-building book. I must say, I went in not really knowing what to expect. I knew it was going to be women’s fic with a strong romantic element. And boy, did the romance part deliver: I would like to formally announce that I will be shortly divorcing my husband and marry Lucas Tsai. Sorry. There is a bit of a mystery in this book that really keeps the pages turning, and the most amazing meddling little sister (yes, Sadie’s my fave and I love her), and the most #relatable anxious, control-freak heroine who learns to love her life and let go, and incredibly luscious settings that are exactly what I needed, and the perfect balance of laugh-at-loud and tearjerker moments. I cannot wait till this book goes live, so I can talk about all the little things I loved about it with everyone.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    This is like if Beach Read was mixed with Eat Pray Love and had a not-fun surprise cancer plot. (The writing is also aggressively fine)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    Received an ARC from Netgalley for an honest review. This book has a lot of stuff! I loved all the characters, even Ted. I wasn't sure where this story was going, but it was a great ride! Some sadness, but happiness too. Fun people that you want to know more about. An awesome story of love, loss and finding again. Received an ARC from Netgalley for an honest review. This book has a lot of stuff! I loved all the characters, even Ted. I wasn't sure where this story was going, but it was a great ride! Some sadness, but happiness too. Fun people that you want to know more about. An awesome story of love, loss and finding again.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Nowiczewski

    I would give this book 8 out of 5 stars if I could. It broke my heart. Read it when you need an uplifting cry. Plan on reading it in one sitting, beginning to end. You won’t want to leave Marin, Sadie, and Lucas. Trust me.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Andreajanel_reads

    4.5 Stars This book was so wonderful. It's about the many different kinds of bravery. It takes courage to carry on, courage to step outside your comfort zone, courage to let go. It's about the sacrifices we think we are making for those we love, but are actually walls we are erecting for self-preservation. It's about tearing down those walls brick by brick. It's about self-deception and erroneous assumptions. Marin agrees to leave her cocoon of ten years for a sisters' getaway. It turns into anoth 4.5 Stars This book was so wonderful. It's about the many different kinds of bravery. It takes courage to carry on, courage to step outside your comfort zone, courage to let go. It's about the sacrifices we think we are making for those we love, but are actually walls we are erecting for self-preservation. It's about tearing down those walls brick by brick. It's about self-deception and erroneous assumptions. Marin agrees to leave her cocoon of ten years for a sisters' getaway. It turns into another type of adventure altogether when she meets Lucas. As he shows her around the island, she doesn't recognize her flirty, forthright alterego. She takes risks, embraces danger, and loses her moorings. The reason behind Marin's solitary escape will turn her world upside down and result in an epiphany that changes her life. Recommended if you settle in with this spectacular debut: -A box of tissues within easy reach. -No early morning appointments because you won't be able to put it down once you pick it up.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bridget O'Toole

    *work perk*

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shamashtika

    Meet Me in Paradise by Libby Hubscher RATING 4/5 stars The last time I read a novel about sisterhood and loved it was You Have a Match by Emma Lord. Now it's this novel. The bond between Marin and Sadie was too adorable and the highlight of this novel. This novel revolved about living your life without restrictions. How do you live your life after tragedy, illness, and death? Marin lives a restricted life after the death of her mother while Sadie lives her life with no restriction or boundaries. Meet Me in Paradise by Libby Hubscher RATING 4/5 stars The last time I read a novel about sisterhood and loved it was You Have a Match by Emma Lord. Now it's this novel. The bond between Marin and Sadie was too adorable and the highlight of this novel. This novel revolved about living your life without restrictions. How do you live your life after tragedy, illness, and death? Marin lives a restricted life after the death of her mother while Sadie lives her life with no restriction or boundaries. Both sisters have vastly different priorities in life, but they have each other. However, that may not be the case anymore. It is here that Sadie decides to push Marin towards living a more full life and what follows is a journey of self-discovery for both girls. Sadie devises a scheme and sends Martin off on a vacation solo where she meets with Lucas Tsai, a resort owner and now a sorta vacation partner. Marin is the female lead, but Sadie was sprinkled throughout the novel. I loved Sadie's POVs, the way she looks at living her life, and how spontaneous she was. Grief, unfortunately, is something that we all experience in our lifetime but how we choose to deal with it can either make or break us. This novel encompasses a beautiful example of how to make it. “She doesn’t know what it feels like to swim naked in ocean water that glows with tiny, almost-magical algae, or to nearly explode from the heat of a passionate love affair. Marin lives like a nanny. She swims in a one-piece bathing suit. One-piece. She’s forgotten how to catch fireflies and go wild. There is nothing wrong with any of this. It’s just that sometimes I wonder how Marin breathes without air. I tried it once, on Everest, but I couldn’t go on without oxygen. This plan is an oxygen tank. Not just for Marin, but for me. Put on your own oxygen mask before helping those around you. Live so you don’t have any regrets.” Excerpt From: Libby Hubscher. “Meet Me in Paradise.” Apple Books.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Lanigan

    The stages of reading this book.... 1. Yes! I’m so excited I received this ARC I love rom coms! 2. @lovearctually choose this a group read. Yes! I love buddy reads. 3. Start reading 4. I love stories about sisters! They are yin and yang. Marin is an uptight older sister and Sadie a is creative, world traveler! 5. Sadie missed her flight. Oh boy hi jinks will ensue I know it! 6. Adorable meet cute on the plane for Lucas and Marin 7. GORGEOUS PARASIDE landscape 8. Counting the minutes until Lucas and Mari The stages of reading this book.... 1. Yes! I’m so excited I received this ARC I love rom coms! 2. @lovearctually choose this a group read. Yes! I love buddy reads. 3. Start reading 4. I love stories about sisters! They are yin and yang. Marin is an uptight older sister and Sadie a is creative, world traveler! 5. Sadie missed her flight. Oh boy hi jinks will ensue I know it! 6. Adorable meet cute on the plane for Lucas and Marin 7. GORGEOUS PARASIDE landscape 8. Counting the minutes until Lucas and Marin realize they are meant for each other 9. Wait a minute 10. Wait a damn minute 11. Is this not a rom-com? 12. Am I sobbing?? 13. Ok funny, flirty banter. 14. Holy crap this this is not a rom com. This book is tearing my heart out 15. Yup not a rom com. BRB crying 16. Ugly crying 17. Some moments of humor 18. Ok, I’m crying again 19. I love this book. Not at all what I expected but I still love it. It’s a beautiful story of friends, family sisters and love. 20. I loved the ending and yes, it made me cry again My take away this is not a rom com but it does have some moments. It’s a heartfelt book and I loved it. It is just beautiful and so unique, but make sure you have tissue nearby. . Thank you to #Netgalley and #Berkleypub . Get this on your radar for March 23rd!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Janet | purrfectpages

    Marin and Sadie are as close as two sisters can be, but they are also complete opposites. Where Marin is a reserved worrier, Sadie is a spontaneous free spirit. Their relationship has always worked because they balance each other out. When Sadie returns home from her latest exciting adventure, she seems a little different. But then she suggests her and Marin go on vacation together to a tropical paradise. Despite being afraid of travel, Marin gives in. Unbeknownst to Marin, however, this is all a Marin and Sadie are as close as two sisters can be, but they are also complete opposites. Where Marin is a reserved worrier, Sadie is a spontaneous free spirit. Their relationship has always worked because they balance each other out. When Sadie returns home from her latest exciting adventure, she seems a little different. But then she suggests her and Marin go on vacation together to a tropical paradise. Despite being afraid of travel, Marin gives in. Unbeknownst to Marin, however, this is all an elaborate gift from Sadie who wants Marin to truly experience living life before it’s too late. Although it’s pretty obvious where this story’s journey will take you, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have your tissues handy. This is a book that focuses on the importance of living life to its fullest, but it additionally pays tribute to the special bond so many sisters share. It also made me wish for the 99th time that I had a sister of my own, but I digress. Thanks to Libby Hubscher for writing such a moving story. Definitely check this one out when it releases on March 23rd!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cassie

    {Thank you to Berkley & NetGalley for this complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.} Don't judge Meet Me in Paradise by Libby Hubscher by its cover. The bright colors and carefree image don't do justice to the vulnerability and impact of grief and love in this story. Phew - I'm an emotional wreck after this book, and I absolutely love it! Perhaps it's because I've walked through a lot of the same in my life, but I'm drawn to reading novels that bare the heart of loss and grief. I'm de {Thank you to Berkley & NetGalley for this complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.} Don't judge Meet Me in Paradise by Libby Hubscher by its cover. The bright colors and carefree image don't do justice to the vulnerability and impact of grief and love in this story. Phew - I'm an emotional wreck after this book, and I absolutely love it! Perhaps it's because I've walked through a lot of the same in my life, but I'm drawn to reading novels that bare the heart of loss and grief. I'm deeply critical of their accuracy, and don't want something profound and life-altering to be reduced to a passing emotion. Hubscher does not disappoint at all, and really leans in to what sudden loss can do to Marin (the main character). If you're here for the romance, you'll get a little physical (closed-door) intimacy, and a whole lot of emotional support and deep caring. This is the devoted and doting side of love, while still finding humor and frustration between the moments of vulnerability. There's a reappearance of an old flame, and a new love interest as well, which makes for a great love triangle that forces Marin to inspect what she wants out of life. I love how the main characters have to find their way to self-discovery and healing instead of being rescued from grief by a new relationship. (I'm not spoiling anything by saying whether or not there's a happy ending...read it to find out!) There's a diverse cast of characters, and a few location settings that honor different cultures and perspectives, as well. Hubscher weaves this story as intricately as lace, and I'm in awe of the power of her story. This is a new favorite, and a must read! CWs: anxiety, grief, previous death of a parent (off-page), cancer, end-of-life days detailed on-page.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kaye

    Sweet, poignant, beautifully written. Read this book with comfort chocolate to eat and a box of tissues next to you. Sisters Marin and Sadie Cole lose their mother when still in school. Marin becomes the responsible homebody and Sadie the adventure thrill seeker. With the promise of a girls weekend Marin braves her fear of travel to go to Saba, a small Caribbean Island. But Sadie misses the flight setting up the a life changing adventure for Marin. I don't want to give away specifics but this is Sweet, poignant, beautifully written. Read this book with comfort chocolate to eat and a box of tissues next to you. Sisters Marin and Sadie Cole lose their mother when still in school. Marin becomes the responsible homebody and Sadie the adventure thrill seeker. With the promise of a girls weekend Marin braves her fear of travel to go to Saba, a small Caribbean Island. But Sadie misses the flight setting up the a life changing adventure for Marin. I don't want to give away specifics but this is a life affirming love story of sisters who sacrifice and give to one another. This can be categorized as women's fiction or chick lit with a side of romance. The characters are richly developed and the setting of Saba couldn't be more perfect. (I googled to make sure the location was real and now I want to go there.) I will definitely recommend this for my bookclub and friends. Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley-Penguin Random House for the ARC ebook in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Eliza Brazier

    I loved this deeply felt story of a woman’s journey of self-discovery— especially because her sister is the catalyst. MEET ME IN PARADISE is a moving and ultimately joyful story and I highly recommend it! 5 out of 5 Elizas!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Minx

    To all the other books I have loved before, kindly push over and make room because Meet Me in Paradise is joining the crowd! After finishing a story have you ever wanted to crush it to your chest and never let it go? If not, then you don’t get me, but it you have then you can understand what I mean when I say that I love this book. I can’t wait until I have a physical copy to crush to me because then I can carry it around and show it to everyone and demand that they get a copy so that we could t To all the other books I have loved before, kindly push over and make room because Meet Me in Paradise is joining the crowd! After finishing a story have you ever wanted to crush it to your chest and never let it go? If not, then you don’t get me, but it you have then you can understand what I mean when I say that I love this book. I can’t wait until I have a physical copy to crush to me because then I can carry it around and show it to everyone and demand that they get a copy so that we could talk about how utterly amazing the story is. Yep, that is going to be me. When I first started reading Meet Me in Paradise, I didn’t know if it was going to be a hit with me. I was intrigued by the synopsis and was fairly sure that I was going to like what was between the covers because it promised a loving sibling relationship, possible romance, overcoming personal fears, and a lingering secret. Sounds great, right?! To be honest, I am not usually a huge fan of secrets, or well intended deception, as part of a storyline but this story was written so well and the plot points were perfectly executed that the story flowed and I didn’t obsess (too much) about what being hidden. With that said, I will admit that there was one portion of this story that didn’t win me over completely but my mixed feelings on that was not enough to stop my enjoyment. From the synopsis you can glean that there is a romantic element, well, one side was clearly explained in the story but the other side was not and I wish I had been privy to understanding the other side. I can’t say the romantic element between the characters felt false, it just felt real and yet underdeveloped. I wanted more from it. Now, don’t let that bring you down because that was only one part of what made this story awesome! There is also another romantic element woven into this story that has my heart beating so hard and it is truly swoon worthy. What had me reading through a waterfall of tears was the story between Sadie and Marin. Neither one of these characters were perfect but they were real and connected and sisters. I point out ‘sisters’ because sisters can drive each other crazy and yet love each other madly and that was felt throughout Meet Me in Paradise. This story was about beginnings, endings, and all the messiness and wonder that living life creates in-between. Seriously, add this book to your to-be-read pile today, it is that good! This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lizzie

    Well it is a good thing I buy tissues in bulk because oh my word, I needed them. I will admit that I am an emotional hot mess on a good day. I wear my heart on my sleeves and have so much empathy that I can barely contain it. I cry often and if something gets me in the feels ( I am looking at you Cerulean Sea and Meet me in Paradise) then once I start crying, well I just don't stop. The blurb on this one is that Marin and Sadie are sisters, and their mother died on assignment as a journalist. Ma Well it is a good thing I buy tissues in bulk because oh my word, I needed them. I will admit that I am an emotional hot mess on a good day. I wear my heart on my sleeves and have so much empathy that I can barely contain it. I cry often and if something gets me in the feels ( I am looking at you Cerulean Sea and Meet me in Paradise) then once I start crying, well I just don't stop. The blurb on this one is that Marin and Sadie are sisters, and their mother died on assignment as a journalist. Marin, has always played it safe and raised Sadie. Sadie is a wild free spirit, who was literally hanging from the rafters at her mothers funeral. Sadie comes home from her latest wild photography adventure and convinces Marin to go on a girls trip to an island called Saba. Problem is Sadie has no intention of showing up on this trip and Marin has the worst travelling experience ever. In her hellish ride through the Caribbean, she falls into the lap of super hottie Lucas Tsai and he attempts to show her a good time on the island since her sister stood her up. Marin is confused and worried and trying to do as her sister asked because she knows she needs to step out of her comfort zone, but why is she on this island in the first place? The emotional roller coaster that is this book is one that made this old lady relate and feel all the sadness and all the love. I felt as though I was on this trip with Marin ( I wish hello tropical island in the best suite on the property) and I was getting to experience everything she was. The writing is great and I loved the character development. My only complaint is the pacing of the book. I felt it was a bit slow, but I did read it in one sitting. There is no shock in this book. You are fairly quickly introduced to the idea of why Marin is on this trip alone, you the reader knows but Marin does not. I loved this. I will recommend it highly. It is an emotional one. 4 & 1/2 stars from me. It broke my heart but put it back together in a very nice way. Thank you to Netgalley, the publishers, and the author for an advanced copy to read and review.

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