Paradise Peak is really well written with some really strong characters and beautifully described scenery.
What Happens in Paradise Peak?
Neil Travis Alden spent over half his life in prison after a drunk driving incident, which resulted in the death of the other driver. After being released from prison, Neil travels on foot to find Margaret Owens, the mother of the girl Neil had killed. As he traverses the mountainside, he meets Red Bartlett, one of the owners of Paradise Peak Ranch.
Red decides to give Neil a ride and, after Neil helped with some chores, Red offers Neil a night at the ranch. Unable to confront his own sins, Neil lies to Red about his identity, introducing himself as Travis.
On the ride up, Neil finds a picture of Red’s niece, Hannah Newsome. With a twist of fate, Margaret Owens is a co-owner of the ranch and meets Neil, however, she does not recognize her daughter’s killer. From there, Neil learns to love and forgive himself, but he isn’t able to be relieved from his guilt until he admits his sins to Margaret.
Who Are The Characters in Paradise Peak?
Travis Alden is the main protagonist of this novel. He is a calm, mysterious man with a dark past that plays a large role in his current personality. He is searching for a new beginning when he meets Red.
Red is a kind-hearted man that loves his family more than anything. He is the co-owner of Paradise Peak Ranch, and it is his pride and joy. He is more than welcoming when he meets Travis, but Hannah is not.
Hannah Newsome is Red’s niece, and she is stunning. Her kindness and beauty are masked by a troubled past that has put her into a protective shell. She is super defensive with Travis, but she begins to open her heart again.
Paradise Peak Review
Romance novels have never been the type of novels that I have enjoyed; however, this novel hit differently for some reason and I wasn’t able to put the book down. Now, it wasn’t a crazy page-turner where I wasn’t able to sleep at night, but it was still an enjoyable book, nonetheless.
Although there were some instances where the story was predictable, the core elements of family bonds were still strong. This story explores a lot of themes of love and forgiveness and the difficulties of letting go and moving forward.
The best parts of this novel are the themes and the characters. Neil Travis Alden is the lowest of the low. He was an addict and a murderer. But his redemption story inspires hope that there are second chances. The other characters on the ranch also have their own issues and the methods of watching them grow were very enjoyable.
The only issue with this novel was the predictable points in the plot. Although there are moments where the plot was obvious, it was still enjoyable to read how other characters respond to different situations.
Overall, this novel was an enjoyable read. It wasn’t the most difficult and featured great characters and strong themes. For those interested in romance novels, I recommend this novel to you. Even those who are not really into romances can still enjoy the novel.