Journey to Paradise – Paula Greenlees

Genre: Historical fiction

Pages: 430

My Rating: ☆☆☆☆/5

Synopsis: Singapore, 1949. When Miranda steps onto the pier with her husband Gerry she hopes that their move will bring the fresh start she needs and a chance to heal the scars from her past.

Gerry’s role at the British foreign office affords them a beautiful house and invites the best parties in town. But their life feels worlds apart from England and true friends are hard to find.

When doctor Nick Wythenshaw encourages Miranda to work within the local community, she finds new purpose that opens her eyes to a new way of life.

But as riots erupt across the region and danger draws close to home, Miranda must make an impossible choice. Will she sacrifice everything she holds dear to find happiness?

My Thoughts: I would firstly like to thank NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I think we all know by now that I love historical fiction, and so when a debut historical fiction novel pops up, I’m not going to say no. I’d seen this book all over Instagram as there were some blog tours, but I didn’t get the opportunity to join in and I was so disappointed as the reviews were glowing. When I saw it still available on NetGalley I jumped at the opportunity, and I’m so glad I did.

Miranda and Gerry Lewis move to Singapore from England in the late 1940’s for a fresh start. For Miranda, escaping from England means that she’s escaping from the harsh reality of losing her baby, Henry, though she remains full of grief and mentally isn’t doing well. The writing in this book is beautiful – so descriptive and sets the scene well. This creates such a page-turner of a novel. I knew from early on that this was going to be a fantastic read.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish!

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