In a Town Called Paradox, a review by Di

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In a Town Called Paradox
Miriam Murcutt, Richard Starks

Prestwicke Publishing
February 3, 2021
285 pages

Once again I have proven the old saying wrong. They say you can’t judge a book by its cover. I was drawn to this book and by the title. Anything that takes place in a town called Paradox has to be interesting!

The storyline is very complex, as are the characters. It is difficult to try to summarize the plot without spoilers. The characters are all well developed and definitely three dimensional. The writing is vividly descriptive.

The plot takes several right turns which surprised me at the time. But, as I read on everything seems to fit. It seemed like a natural progression. But, still, the reader never knows which way it is heading.

I find this book a hard one to review. I enjoyed it immensely. It covers a wide range of subjects. The writing is outstanding. There are many threads to the story. It covers hardship, resiliency, a
love story, injustice towards the indigenous, Hollywood glamour, homosexuality, police corruption, Biblical beliefs vs scientific facts. When these threads are woven together they create this wonderful saga. Some heavy subjects are covered, all within relevance to the story.

Things I learned:
1. How to get a semen sample from a grumpy bull.
2. A lot about the stars in our galaxy.
3. What it is like to take a trip down the Amazon, deep,
deep, deep into the jungle.
4. The gospel truth isn’t always the gospel truth,
according to the gospels.

I was sorry to see this book end. The ending was satisfying but I still wanted more time with the characters. Paradox will stay with me for a long time.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an Advance Readers Copy of this book.

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