Joanna Nadin
A move to a small seaside town gives Billie a chance at a new lifand new love — until the underof the past pulls her toward a shocking secret.When sixteen-year-old Billie Paradise unexpectedly inherits her grandmother’s house, it couldn’t come at a better time. With her stepdad abroad and her mom starting to lose it, moving from their cramped London apartment to an old house by the sea seems serendipitous. Maybe Billie, as she navigates the small-town social scene and falls for a certain intriguing older boy, can even find the father she never met. But her mom’s remote childhood home, which she left in haste before Billie was born, harbors hints of suspicious long-ago deaths and family secrets. As Billie’s story unfolds, flowing back and forth in time and through alternate points of view, it becomes clear that while people may die, the past lives forever.

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  • Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Joanna Nadin's "Paradise" takes place in several parts of London. Billie, a teenage girl, moves with her mother and little brother to a small seaside town after her grandmother dies, leaving them with a very big home filled with secrets and lies. While Billie is living in this older home, she is determined to find out what happened to her mysterious father whom her mother never tells her about. The main character finds love and experiences heartbreak and betrayal as well.

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Billie Paradise, her mom, and her brother move out to a strange house in a town full of secrets. While Billie explores the town, she meets a boy and falls in love with him. Many new people and many new mysteries unfold as Billie looks more closely at this unusual town. Billie’s mother has many secrets of her own, including the identity of Billie’s dad. Family secrets unravel and murders are solved. Even the cute new boy has something to do with the town’s many unknowns.

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