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How steamy is it? Sizzling

Publisher's Summary

Capturing the distinct rhythms of Jamaican life and dialect, Nicole Dennis-Benn pens a tender hymn to a world hidden among pristine beaches and the wide expanse of turquoise seas.

At an opulent resort in Montego Bay, Margot hustles to send her younger sister, Thandi, to school. Taught as a girl to trade her sexuality for survival, Margot is ruthlessly determined to shield Thandi from the same fate. When plans for a new hotel threaten their village, Margot sees not only an opportunity for her own financial independence but also perhaps a chance to admit a shocking secret: her forbidden love for another woman. As they face the impending destruction of their community, each woman - fighting to balance the burdens she shoulders with the freedom she craves - must confront long-hidden scars.

From a much-heralded new writer, Here Comes the Sun offers a dramatic glimpse into a vibrant, passionate world most outsiders see simply as paradise.

©2016 Nicole Dennis-Benn (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Wow!!!

Oftentimes the best way to tell the truth is through fiction. There are many truths about the real Jamaica in this brilliantly written novel. I couldn't put this book down and bought both the eBook and the Audiobook to ensure continuity. Like many audiobooks narrated by non-Jamaicans, the narrator stumbled on a quite a few nuanced pronunciations that provided context to the story. The narration was otherwise quite good. The publishers and authors should insist on giving their works an authentic accent going forward as other Jamaican audiobooks are similarly flawed. Overall a fascinating story and a great read read.

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I feel empty...

Now that this book is finished! It is a very raw and uncensored image of post colonial Jamaica. There are so many layers to this story and the characters; I never knew what would happen next. Great read! Very well read by Bahni as well

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Meh!

The story is an interesting one. As a Jamaican and a dark skin Jamaican I can relate to the colorism and color-prejudice of Jamaicans. So this story is a bit relatable. The author does a decent job of allowing her audience to connect with the characters a little but not enough. Maybe my connection wasn't there because I'm a man and this book was written from a female perspective but a writer is a writer and their job is to make the audience connect with the characters.

As far as the story, I think it as good. Not the worst I have read. It had its interesting parts. I just didn't like the transitions of the chapters and the left hanging feeing I was left with after each section. The deeper I got into the book the less connections
I had Worth he characters. I understand the author cannot tell everyone's story but the wrap up for each character seems so much like an after thought. Not sure if it was done on purpose or through editing but sometimes you can edit your book so much that it looses it luster.

I liked this book but I don't love this book. It did nothing for me. I bought it so my wife, whom is not Jamaican, could actually read someone a bit more realistic and understand what some women face in Jamaica and by extension the men as well.

I don't hate this book and will read another from the author. I think this author is probably growing and developing. I will chalk. This one up as one of her books on her way to a great novel. This one though left me feeling a bit, Meh...

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More!

Awesome narration! Good story. I wanted MORE!! I don't know what will keep me as satisfied as this book!

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Great story...accent could be better

As a native Jamaican, I found the accent to be off with the narrator. This really bothered me initially and I had to set those thoughts aside to enjoy what was a great story. There were specific examples of emphasis on certain syllables not being as "sharp" as needed. Jamaican Patois is not as soft as other West Indian dialects.

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Good book...decent story

As a Jamaican, I was excited to listen to this book. The struggles, the politics I can understand and in some ways relate to. However, I felt that too much time was spent developing the story only for it to end so abruptly. I thought more would happen. Also, the narration was pretty bad. I understand the need to reach a wide audience but the narrator's mispronunciations were insufferable. Robin Miles would have made for more convincing narration.

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LOVED IT!

Loved this book! Would love to see it on the big screen! The author did a wonderful job.

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Execellent read!

This book was written with such clarity of characters and scenery I felt like a close observer standing by the sidelines going through every emotion and situation. I appreciated the language which at times read like eloquent poetry. Very good read!

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Narrator is Excellent

The author does a great job describing scenic Jamaica. A great story about poverty and the need to make a life for the underclass of women. I enjoyed the narration because it portrayed the accent of Jamaica to a tee. Another story of the unfortunate tactics underpowered women must resort to live. Also the Jamaican disdain for the gay population of the country. I enjoyed listening to this book better than I enjoyed reading it. I would recommend to friends and my daughter especially. I like showing my daughter the lives of other growing up in other environments and the choices they must make.

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Paradis Lost

An outstanding debut. The author eloquently takes us to the real side of Jamaica where the cost of living for the locals is weighted with poverty, homophobia, exploitation and the sickening reality that sex is the highest commodity.

Margot works at a resort which doesn't pay enough to support her ruthless, hard- hearted mother and her highschool aged sister. Margot makes far more behind the closed doors of the hotel, and then meets secretly with her lesbian lover, Verdeen, who knows nothing of Margot's 'overtime'. (Homosexuality is strictly verboten in their town and both women live in fear of discovery.) Margot is determined her sister will have a better life than her own. She is desperate to protect Thandi from a life of selling sex and works doggedly so Thandi can get good grades and go on to be a doctor and then they can leave the hell they are living in.

Thandi resents the expectations of her mother and sister and begins to explore teenage rebellion starting with trying to bleach the color of her skin so she can be "beautiful".

Written with heartbreaking honesty, it is impossible not to understand how each of the 4 main characters have developed into the people they've become. Evocative writing, rich characters, and an all too true setting to ever be called 'paradise' again.

I look forward to reading and listening to more by this author.