When Riley Sinclair stepped into her new job as director of guest relations at a posh resort on Paradise Island, she felt the final pieces of her once-broken life coming together. But the waters become choppy when Riley discovers that some who come to the Atlantis Hotel are accompanied by paralyzing secrets and overwhelming fears. Riley and three guests are in desperate but unknowing need of each other, eventually forging unlikely yet powerful friendships. With a hurricane headed straight for the island, together they embark on a journey of laughter, heartache, and healing.
About the Author:
I'm a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in Journalism. Had I been wiser I would have waited ten years before I went to college in the hopes of being older and wiser and actually retained some of the things that I learned. Then I would have had ten more years on those student loans finding me too. But they were some of the best years of my life none-the-less.
Eventually the hills of Tennessee won me over and then a tall and striking young man won my heart and Tennessee became home.
Writing has always been a love of mine. For years I wrote for other people and then one day I realized I might want to see what I could create on my own. I figured I knew three things-at least college taught me something-I knew crazy people, the south and a thing or two about rigged beauty pageants. Who knew that would get me a publishing contract and introduce readers to a character I fell in love with and a city that I fell in love with, both named Savannah.
Granted "Goodnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" has been far more successful than my Savannah series, but it doesn't have Amber Topaz Childers anywhere on its pages of that I can assure you!
I can honestly say everyday, I remind myself of the extreme privilege of doing what I love. And every day my mother reminds me that I found the perfect calling in writing fiction because I was so good at telling tales as a child. I'm sure she meant that with all the love of a southern mother who still finds it necessary to sleep in her pearls. You know, "just in case". Never learned "just in case" of what....but I'm sure one day someone will figure out what it is and write a book about it!
Here's What I Think: This is my first experience with Denise Hildreth, but it will not be my last. She writes in a mystical style that manages to tackle some deep issues without being preachy or overbearing. She speaks beautifly of faith, family and friends but post of all Love. Additionally, there is plenty of comic relief to break up the serious stuff. Each character has a complete and lovable persona - my favorite of which Laine. I will say that a "purist" christian fiction reader might feel that the Christianity is a little too subtle. But this is how I prefer it, not that I don't like reading with religion, but I like it to be realistic and not a long drawn out sermon. I, personally, feel that Hildreth has done a great job telling an entertaining and engaging story with Christian overtones. If you are looking for a great beach read - this is it - just check the weather report before you head out =)!