12 Hours in Paradise by Kathryn Berla – Review by Debi Kircher

12 Hours in Paradise12 Hours in Paradise by Kathryn Berla
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

12 Hours In Paradise, written by Kathryn Berla. I’m giving 5 stars and that is only because they won’t let me give more.
This is my first book by this author, and the first thing I did when I finished was pop her name in google so that I could look up all her other books to read. This is a standalone novel which had me wrapped from word one. Arash and Dorothy are two young adults (under 18) that have a chance encounter on Dorothy’s last day of a family vacation in Hawaii, thanks to Dorothy’s little brother Chester who embarrasses Dorothy in front of a group of guys in a cookie store. A good deed after this encounter brings Arash who is in Hawaii for a high school band competition, to Dorothy’s hotel where he accompanies Dorothy and Chester to the hotels Happy Hour for virgin drinks and snacks. It would seem the night would end there but as Dorothy settles in for the night sharing a room with her granny she receives a text, “Come out and play” which has her sneaking out of her hotel and meeting Arash for an adventure that is all their own. They start on a journey of 36 questions that is supposed to have them falling in love at the end of the last question. Both of them knowing their time is limited and could get them both in so much trouble for sneaking out they embark on their journey “in for a penny in for a pound”. This author’s writing style is amazing, her words flowed so beautifully that every word just felt right. How she brought these two characters to life in my mind had me falling in love with both of them. What happened to these two during the 36 questions was not only them getting to know each other but getting to know themselves. The adventures that they encountered along the way really made me want to go on an adventure just like this with my husband of 36 years. The only negative I can give about this book is that it was only 150 pages, I didn’t want it to end. Actually I was scared of how it would end all the way through as I fell in love with both of them. Is 12 hours and 36 questions enough for two teens to fall in love, and what happens when the night ends? Will they both get caught sneaking out? You have to read this book! I can not say enough about it or this author…This is going in my will read again over and over file.

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