Today is Book Launch Day for Fran Clark’s Holding Paradise. To learn more about the launch, please visit her excellent blog – Writing Women’s Fiction.


imageOn a grey and miserable morning in 2008, London businesswoman, Angelica Ford boards a plane and flies off to the blues and greens of her mother’s island in the Caribbean. Angelica is desperate. She is looking for a way to save her marriage and win back her daughter. A web of lies has torn a hole into her seemingly perfect world and she is convinced that only her mother, Josephine Dennis, can help her turn her life around.
Josephine Dennis arrived in England by ship on a cold winter’s morning as a young mother joining her husband. She weathers a lifetime of secrets and betrayal, as she raises her family in 1960s London. A matriarch with strong family values, she told her children colourful stories to guide them through life. It is the wisdom of one of these stories that Angelica seeks. Josephine has one last story to tell – the story that could change both of their lives.

As part of the celebration of the release of Holding Paradise, Fran has asked her blog friends to share what we consider paradise.

One of my favorite places on Earth is Hawaii. The week I spent there was magical. I got up in the morning, walked out of my hotel room, and snorkeled until lunchtime. The fish were amazing and I could float for hours without being more than a few hundred yards from the beach. I spent my afternoons hanging out with my husband poolside, then ate in some wonderful restaurants in the evening.  The weather was ideal – warm but not too hot – and the atmosphere was laid back. Paradise.