Paradise Book Summary and Study Guide

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Meredith Bancroft, a retail heiress meets Matt Ferrell, an ambitious steel worker and has a whirlwind night of passion to defy her strict father. Brought together in a hasty marriage, the couple is then broken apart by Meredith's father's interference and both walk away hurt and fearful of emotional closeness.
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Several years later, buisness brings them back together as they discover the deception that was played out on both of them in their youth. Gradually a friendship re-emerges despite other romantic relationships that both Meredith and Matt are involved in.
Friendship isn't enough for Matt who realizes he's always loved Meredith and still wants her. Now, a powerful affluent business tycoon himself, Matt gets what he wants and he goes after reclaiming Meredith as his wife.
The review of this Book prepared by ladyfriend

ISBN 0-671-71553-4
pp. 839

Meredith Bancroft threw caution into the air the night she was in the arms of Matthew Farrell, a magnetic, forbidden man her very own father had looked down on. She was just eighteen and a virgin, Matthew had been shocked and honoured. Trying to make her first experience with passion an unforgettable one, he had unwittingly made himself a father. It presented a dent in his career plans involving South America but he did not want to lose Meredith or their unborn child. He had to rely on the strength of their young love, however fragile.

Meredith went into labour prematurely after he left to prepare for her arrival. Hemorrhaging so much, not only was the baby lost, her life was at risk. Distraught, she had written to him about her condition but waited in vain for his visit. Finally, shocked, she had received a telegraph from him asking for a divorce. Emotionally spent and physically battered, Meredith had moved on but the wound in her heart was irreparable. Years later, the pair discovered their divorce was illegal and Meredith was already engaged to Parker, a banker. Matthew had become a successful millionaire but was adamant to cooperate.

Matthew had wanted revenge on the faithless Meredith and her hateful father. He had waited for Meredith to join him in South America but after months, he received only her rejection and the intense gnaw of pain in his gut-she had aborted their baby. Both Meredith and Matthew had yet to know the deceptive manoeuvre Mr Bancroft had made to keep the two apart. Deep inside, they both knew they would never love another like they do each other. Being enemies in the business arena, they had to overcome the hurdle of hatred, family deceptions and misunderstandings.
The review of this Book prepared by Sharren Khoo

the heroine grows up under her father's strict rules. at eighteen she sleeps with the hero and falls pregnant. they decide to keep the baby, get married but are forced to separate by her father's schemes. she loses the baby but her father tells her husband that she had an abortion. her father also tells her that her husband left her. they divorce but the lawyer her father hired turns out to be a fraud. they are actually still married after ten years when they meet again. deep down they love each other. they are sexually attracted to each other. after a while they are reunited. there is reference to their businesses which has an influence on their personal relationship.
The review of this Book prepared by Elena Theofanous

After a brief encounter that's haunted both Matthew and Meredith's lives, they meet again 11 years later when they are both vying for market superiority in the world of 1989 Chicago. First hostile toward one another despite the fact that they never forgot one another, Meredith and Matt duke it out in the business world, only to have skeletons brought out of the closet at the most inconvienient times. And just when they believe that all is lost- a secret long buried arises and rocks Mer and Matt's worlds, bringing them closer together than anyone thought possible.
The review of this Book prepared by Meredith Griffin

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   poor loving rich Marriage/Married    -   Yes Marriage subplot:    -   rekindling lost love Struggling with whom?    -   Dad If one lover chases another...    -   they alternate Children/Pregnancy    -   Yes Children/Pregnancy:    -   Get accidently pregnant Lovers are competitors    -   Yes Family focus?    -   Yes Family, hating    -   Yes

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   business executive Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   confident    -   blissful    -   sensitive    -   a better lover

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   business executive Effect of sexing    -   confident    -   blissful Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin    -   Frigid - would not even feel a jackhammer down there


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest City?    -   Yes City:    -   Chicago

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   90% How explicit is the sex?    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of sex    -   Weiner talk Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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