Item description for Stranded in Paradise (Women of Faith Fiction) by Lori Copeland...
Overview Tess Nelson feels she can juggle all the areas of her life and make a success out of any situation. That is, until the rug is pulled out from under her and she loses her boyfriend, a job promotion, and is sent on a trip to "get herself together." When a tropical storm hits her would-be island paradise, Tess meets a fellow traveler who possesses the peace, inner-strength, and courage her soul aches for. Will God use a stranded stranger to transform her into a woman who can joyfully face the unknown future _ a woman who yields control to God?
A funny-but-touching tale about everything that can go wrong...and what makes it all right
Tess Nelson is poised to take a well-deserved step up the corporate ladder when it's yanked out from under her. With no job and nothing to fill her days--just a nonrefundable ticket for a trip to Hawaii--Tess decides a tropical vacation is just what she needs. But Tess's journey to paradise is a disaster from the beginning. A sprained ankle at the airport is just the beginning. Then there's the lost contact lens and the lost luggage, the lightning storm at a luau, and the hotel fire. Not to mention the approaching hurricane. And the attractive, annoying young man who keeps crossing her path--and really shaking her up. All Tess wants to do is get her life back under control. But God, it seems, has something else in mind--like opening her heart to everything her life could be.
Citations And Professional Reviews Stranded in Paradise (Women of Faith Fiction) by Lori Copeland has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Romantic Times - 12/01/2002 page 71
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.46" Width: 6.38" Height: 0.67" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Sep 16, 2002
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Series Women Of Faith Fiction
ISBN 0849943787 ISBN13 9780849943782
Availability 0 units.
More About Lori Copeland
Lori Copeland had a relatively late start in writing, breaking into publishing in 1982 when she was already forty years old. Over the next dozen years, Copeland's romance novels achieved much success, as was evidenced by her winning the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award, The Holt Medallion, and Waldenbooks' Best Seller award. Despite her success in more mainstream romantic fiction, in 1995, Copeland decided to switch focus. Her subsequent books have been in the relatively new subgenre of Christian romance. She has also collaborated with author Angela Elwell Hunt on a series of Christian romance novels.
Copeland has been inducted into the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame. She and her husband of over forty years, Lance, live in Springfield, Missouri. They have three grown sons. Copeland and her husband are active supporters of mission work in Mali, West Africa.
Lori Copeland currently resides in Springfield, in the state of Missouri.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Stranded in Paradise (Women of Faith Fiction)?
For the record ... Dec 31, 2006
Overworked HR Manager Chick accidentally meets Overworked Air Traffic Controller Dude in Hawaiian-paradise-turned-disaster-area when Hurricane Alana hits & leaves lessons in faith, trust & God swirling in its wake ...
I was immediately drawn into this easy, fast, fun, light read about a woman who has a less-than-perfect vacation in "paradise" after being unjustly & unceremoniously fired from her much-beloved management job ...
But, unfortunately for someone (& I'm not quite sure who), I didn't realize until reading Copeland's note at the end of the book that "Stranded In Paradise" was supposed to be a comedy ... !
Because I've certainly been-there/done-that when it comes to hellacious vacations in "paradise" & being "let go" from hellacious jobs from ... um ... hell, but not one of the situations in the book ever managed to strike me as humorous ...
Poignant was more like it.
But, speaking of injustice, I do feel compelled to step up to the plate & defend Copeland from the unfair criticisms leveled against her, namely: That she did little-to-no research while writing this book ...
Because, first of all, while rare, heavy tropical storms DO occur in Hawaii in January (with Tropical Storm Sarah  being the most notable) -- & there is therefore no reason to suppose that it couldn't happen again ...
Also, Copeland provided a list (in the back of the book) of all the research that she did on hurricanes:
* United States Air Force Reserve * Fema for Kids: Hurricanes * Fema: Fact sheet: Hurricanes * Access Noaa: In The Eye of a Hurricane, Cmdr. Ron Philippborn, NOAA CORPS (retired) * USA Today; Weather Basics * Ask a Hurricane Hunter * Flight into a Hurricane * Astronomy and Earth Science: The Greatest Storm on Earth * ABC News: Birth of a Hurricane * Stages of Development: The Growth of a Hurricane
So, yes, it IS true that SOMEBODY didn't do his/her homework, but Copeland wasn't one of them.
What's wrong with you people? Apr 6, 2005
Not to be rude, but I just don't understand how the majority of you did not like this book! I thought it was very cute and sweet. Of course I knew when I started it that it was a light read, but knowing that, I thought it was a very good, well-written novel. It is about a young woman who has a rough couple of weeks starting with her losing her job. She goes to Hawaii on a vacation, and things continue to go downhill, but through all of this she gains several friends and a good life lesson. Despite the other reviews of this book, I do recommend this novel!
VAPID. Mar 22, 2005
This book was PAINFUL to finish.... In the beginning, I had high hopes of it being a fun, light-hearted & easy read. Instead, it was so predictable and cheesy with such a thin plot and even less substantial characters that I had to FORCE myself to read it each day, simply so I could be done with it and move on to something better. Sadly, most "Christian" novels that I have read have ended up this way.
Now, I don't want to leave you hopeless - If you want a Christian novel that will keep your attention, assume that you have the intelligence to handle a well-written plot & theology, and have you excited to turn each page, look up "Thorn in my Heart" by Liz Curtis Higgs. Please take my advice here.
Loved it! Jan 28, 2005
This is one book that I read almost all the way through the first time I picked it up. I love the way it is writen, the plot, and the characters. Not like the typical Lori Copeland novel. I wish there were more christian books out there like this one. It is a must read.
Despite the errors Mar 28, 2004
Yes, as you probably have read in other reviews, there are some errors in the writing of this book. It's a little simplistic and hurricanes don't happen in January, (and there are more...)but the story behind the mistakes is true and sweet.
The writing is easy to read. I read it in one sitting. The story is a sweet love story, and not exactly the kind of love story you would normally think of when I say that. It's a story about falling in love with yourself, as well as with God...oh, and the guy you meet in Hawaii, where you vacation to spite your boss.
Certainly Lori Copeland should have triple checked her facts, but...after looking back to make sure I had remembered right, I moved on. They didn't detract from the overall story.
It was a fun read. One I would recommend to my friends, with the warning that not everything adds up, but what in real life does, either?