Listen free for 30 days

Listen with a free trial

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
Exclusive member-only deals.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
Buy Now for £17.39

Buy Now for £17.39

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

Angel Sands is an old-fashioned seaside resort of bed and breakfasts, cottages to let, and teashops. And with the best views of the tiny beach is Paradise House, home to the Baxter girls. With their mother taking time out to find herself, it’s down to them to maintain the smooth running of the family-owned bed and breakfast. Not an easy task given that their father - now that his wife isn’t around - has suddenly become a moving target for the opposite sex.…

©2003 Erica James (P)2004 W F Howes Ltd

What listeners say about Paradise House

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    83
  • 4 Stars
    44
  • 3 Stars
    20
  • 2 Stars
    6
  • 1 Stars
    5
Performance
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    73
  • 4 Stars
    34
  • 3 Stars
    25
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    9
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    77
  • 4 Stars
    38
  • 3 Stars
    19
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    6

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

a family saga

A family,although dysfunctional, living together through the years. Starting when Genevieve is a young child,growing up with all the usual anxiety of a teenager and then her life in adulthood. When her teenage boyfriend turns up at her door when she is running the family B&B she doesn't know what to do.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great story, poor narrator.

Narrator leaves a lot to be desired as she highlights the wrong words and gives an awful accent to the deaf person. I persevered as I enjoyed the twists and turns in the story.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Gentle story set in Wales

Didn't enjoy this as much as Erica James's other books. Thoughtful and gentle story, but quite long drawn out. The narrator I found a little irritating, sorry narrator! It's hard to listen to an accent for so long , even though I'm welsh myself.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Good story

Good story but think it needed a younger voice. The Midlands accent was diabolical and put me off, shame as Erica James books are amongst my favourite.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

narration

I enjoyed the story but felt it was let down by the narration. the sisters' voices weren't young enough and the Birmingham accent was troubling!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Not as good as other Eric's James

I did not enjoy it as much as I hoped from Eric's James , not as funny as some of her others and quite drawn out story I found

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Disappointing

Predictable storyline and irritating narration. This was very disappointing as I had heard good reviews about Erica James.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Every day Life!

A very good story so different from the last oneI read.but I enjoyed it just as much.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

Nice and gentle

Really enjoyed this book once I got into it. Its an easy pleasant read. You can picture the paradise house in your mind. A pleasure to listen too.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Enjoyable tale about managing life's struggles.

I enjoyed the story and it was refreshing to read about characters with less than perfect bodies but likable personalities negotiating their lives.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for richard/sharon
  • richard/sharon
  • 18-07-14

Wonderful read

This is a very lovely story. Don't be put off my a few mediocre reviews because they're wrong. This story is set in Wales along the coast at a family run bed and breakfast. The plot involves 3 sisters, their parents and grandmother with a few more additional characters. It's very involved and mostly centers on one sister. Shirley King reads splendidly with assorted Welsh accents. The whole book is simply delightful.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Fran Foster
  • Fran Foster
  • 28-01-16

Absolutely Horrible !!!

What would have made Paradise House better?

For me, nothing.

Has Paradise House turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes.

How could the performance have been better?

That's a mystery because I own other audiobooks performed by this narrator and enjoyed them. In this one, she reads as if each character were children.

What character would you cut from Paradise House?

I really cannot imagine the elimination of any one character making this an interesting book.

Any additional comments?

Having read other books by Erica James, it is difficult to believe this one was written by the same author. It is so juvenile, silly and boring, an hour listening is as much as I can endure. Obviously, I am sorry for wasting my money on this one, and disappointed that it cannot be returned.