Winner of the 2017 New Apple Summer E-Book Awards category inspirational.
Natalie, a young French surgeon, has spent her life living up to other people’s expectations, including those of her possessive boyfriend, Jean-Marc. She flees Paris to visit her friend Simone in Los Angeles, hoping a long vacation will help her find peace with her intensely stressful life.
But while unwinding in Venice Beach and partying in Hollywood, she stumbles across a part of herself she’d set aside long ago. In sun-drenched Southern California, Natalie unleashes her passionate self, and is tempted by two very attractive and unique men who are determined to claim her for their own.
Still, the pull of the past and her left-behind love remains, and Natalie must make the most important choices of her life: does she return to the safety of the world that she knows, or does she embrace the promise of an unscripted and unpredictable future?
Winner of a 2018 Readers' Favorite International Book Award Honorable Mention in the Fiction - Inspirational genre.
Solo Medalist Winner of the 2017 New Apple Summer E-Book Awards category inspirational.
Solo Medalist Winner of the 2017 New Apple Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing category E-Book Romance.
"Paradise Bound is one of the most balanced and well written romance novels I have ever read.... Great dialogue, realistic people and situations... Pick it up and start it, one Friday night when you're not working the next day." -Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite.
Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
Paradise Bound is one of the most balanced and well written romance novels I have ever read. Not only does Rafaële Désiré know a lot about the Yin and Yang of romance, but she knows a lot about life. The characters are so real you expect them to walk out of the pages and introduce themselves. The protagonist is Dr. Natalie Dorel, a beautiful, strong, caring woman just finishing her residency at a Paris hospital. Never have I seen the spiritual and emotional cost of being a physician written so well. Natalie is brilliant and she has attained her lifelong dream. She has it all, including a good man, so what’s wrong? Rafaële Désiré shows us page by page.
Paradise Bound is all the more impressive because it is Rafaële Désiré’s first novel. I am in awe. I love how the reader is shown the value of art. Like Natalie, a lot of us get caught up in things that are concrete and are expected of us, to such an extent that we neglect the spiritual side. This can be costly and very difficult to understand or correct. Everything in Paradise Bound teaches us the value of life and love. When a story can teach so much and be so entertaining, I consider it a success and I look for that author’s name in my future trips to the book store. Great dialogue, realistic people and situations, and a perfect rendition of the fights, misunderstandings, and hidden fears that come between friends, family, and lovers make Paradise Bound a compelling read. If you love romance, pick it up and start it, one Friday night when you’re not working the next day.
Published by Clear Source Publishing
"As far as romance goes, this is the real deal." OnlineBookClub
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