Book Review: Strangers in Paradise by Barbara Dunlop

Posted May 25, 2022 by WendyW in Book Review, bookblogger, Uncategorized / 20 Comments

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Series: Paradise, Alaska Series #3
by Barbara Dunlop
Publication Date May 24, 2022
Published by Penguin
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Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Small Town & Rural
Pages: 320
Format: ARC

***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***

A woman bush pilot in Alaska finds love where she least expects it in this new novel from New York Times bestselling author Barbara Dunlop.

Hailey Barosse always knew what her wealthy family expected of her: marry an affluent Georgia man, run a charitable organization, and provide her parents with two or three grandchildren. But Hailey rebelled. Instead, she moved far away from that suffocating life, and for six years she's built her independence by flying bush planes in the tiny town of Paradise, Alaska. Then a suave, handsome businessman arrives, shaking up her world and reminding her of her controlling family. Parker Hall wants to invest in her boss's airline, but Hailey doesn't trust him at all. He might be confident and charming, but she knows all about self-centered cutthroat industrialists--and Parker is one of them.

Parker Hall prides himself on being a self-made entrepreneur. He earned his fortune by working day and night, expanding his gold mine and investing in new businesses that support his growing dream. His next opportunity is in Paradise, but his plans are quickly derailed by a fierce, beautiful pilot who both fights and fascinates him. The closer he gets to the feisty Hailey, the more she pushes him away. But Parker's not giving up, not on Paradise and not on Hailey. He's come a long way in life by being laser-focused on his passions, and this time is no different...

Strangers in Paradise by Barbara Dunlop is her third book in her popular Paradise, Alaska Series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone novel, as I did.  This is set in Paradise Alaska and is full of adventure and romance. 

Hailey Barosse is a bush pilot that flies out of Paradise, Alaska.  She left her family in Atlanta in search of adventure and to escape her somewhat smothering family and their expectations.  She loves to fly and is happy in Paradise.  

Parker Hall, a native Alaskan, is a businessman that has worked to polish his businessman appearance but is still an Alaskan at heart.  A self-made man, he mostly invests in mines but, is venturing out into other investments in Alaska.  When he goes to Paradise to check out a new opportunity, he is instantly attracted to the bush pilot, Hailey.   But, Hailey has had enough of men like Parker in her life, and she doesn’t trust that he has the best intentions for Paradise in his business dealing.  

I enjoyed this romance between Hailey and Parker and enjoyed their banter and their off-the-charts chemistry.  I liked that we got both Hailey’s and Parker’s POVs and I felt like I understood both characters’ motivations and issues so much better.  They both had preconceived ideas of what they expected from each other, and it was fun to see these ideas change as they each discovered the real people behind the exteriors.  

I love a small-town romance, and Paradise Alaska is a place I’d like to live.  (in the summer!).  I loved the author’s descriptions of Alaska and felt like I was there with Hailey and Parker. 

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book.  The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

About Barbara Dunlop

Barbara Dunlop is a ​​​​New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of fifty romance novels.

A three-time finalist for the prestigious RITA award, she is also a two time winner of the RWA Golden Heart award. An Unlikely Match, the first book in her acclaimed Match series, was a number one bestseller on Amazon. Barbara's Christmas novel, His Jingle Bell Princess, has been optioned for a TV movie.

Barbara makes her home in Yukon with her bush pilot husband and the moose and bears that wander through their yard.

20 responses to “Book Review: Strangers in Paradise by Barbara Dunlop

  1. I enjoy books set in Alaska and this sounds like a good one. The fact that the main female character is a bush pilot is also enticing. I just think it might be a bit too steamy for me. Great review, Wendy.

  2. This makes me think of The Proposal. I know Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock worked with a publisher, but just the small-town vibe and rom-com in Alaska. I’ll definitely picture Ryan as the guy when I read this, lol.

  3. Paradise Alaska sounds like a lovely place full of characters that are fun to read stories about. Excellent review, Wendy!

  4. Alaska is certainly an intriguing place and attracts a certain kind of person. I’d love to visit but not live there–cold and extremes of light and dark! Great review!

  5. I don’t know that I’ve ever read a book set in Alaska – so I love this setting. With Hailey being a bush pilot it reminded me of Maggie from the series Northern Exposure many years ago.

  6. Love Hailey’s job description as a bush pilot. I think this series seems to give one a great sense of place which I would enjoy. Lovely review Wendy 🙂