Zebra, Mar 2002, 5.99
The accident left Matthew Brandon blind and a recluse refusing to allow the world to see him. His despondent brother Adam begs family friend, psychologist Jeff Sanders, to fly across the continent to California to see Matthew. Though willing he cannot leave his wife pregnant with complications at this moment. Jeff asks his partner Sara Hamilton to fill in temporally until he can arrive. Sara believes Matthew contains the same negative traits as her ex-husband and wonders how she can overcome her own obvious bias to help the author who has already devoured four West Coast psychologists. Still no one, including her, refuses Jeff.
Sara travels to California only to hit the Great Wall as Matthew refuse to see her. Like a crash dummy, Sara consistently bashes his emotional defenses until they begin to crumble. He counters by shattering the locks around her heart. Will these two injured beings find solace in their love for one another or will they continual to relive the past that controls the present and the future?
PARADISE FOUND is a potent contemporary tale that stars two hurting individuals that begin to heal through love. The story line could have been a trite retelling of love heals all, but author Mary Campisi never lets the melodrama take control. The audience deeply feels the angst and pain as if it is their own as Ms. Campisi acknowledges that her own first hand dealing with illness and pain is imbued inside her two wonderful lead characters. This furbishes an ardent novel that never loses its focus on the essence of humanity.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner