Readers Fall for Local Author's A Sinner in Paradise

sinner in paradiseDURHAM, NC -- Light Messages Publishing is thrilled to announce the release of A Sinner in Paradise, an inspirational women's fiction novel by Durham-based author, Deborah Hining. Set in 1977 West Virginia, A Sinner in Paradise is a heartwarming, uproarious affair with love in all its forms.

Though Mrs. Hining has previously published financial books before retiring as a financial planner, this is her first novel. Mrs. Hining began writing A Sinner in Paradise over 20 years ago and since then the book has undergone numerous transformations before being published by Light Messages.

The novel tells the story of Geneva who, when jilted by her fiancé, watches her seemingly idyllic life suddenly fall apart. Bereft and desolate, she packs up her nine cats and leaves her home in Washington, DC, to return to her native hills of West Virginia where she plans to rest and heal from her heartbreak. When Geneva's ambition and machinations run up against rugged mountain ways, she finds herself flung from one perilous adventure and heartbreak to another. After facing illness, disaster in the wilderness, and courtships gone wrong, Geneva finally finds what she's been missing. Ultimately, Geneva realizes she must face herself before she is free to truly love and be loved.

A Sinner in Paradise is set apart by the incredibly beautiful sense of place the author brings from her own childhood in the Appalachian Mountains. The prose borders on poetic in certain moments of the book only to have the reader laughing out loud in the next moment, as if following the very twists and turns of the mountain roads celebrated by the author.

Mrs. Hining's debut novel is "An uplifting tale of redemption and forgiveness, bursting with lush imagery, enchanting prose and a healthy dash of laughter," says Jessica Nilsson of 2ThePointBooks.

Best-selling author Summer Kinard of Can't Buy Me Love, invites readers to "have a cup of tea" while they read, but offers a word of caution. "...don't be surprised if it grows cold when you fall for Geneva and her suitors in this glorious and hilarious mountain love story," she says.

A Sinner in Paradise is available in both paperback and ebook format wherever books are sold.  Deborah Hining is available for interviews. To schedule an interview, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For a review copy, please contact the publisher. To learn more about the author or to watch the official book trailer, visit

Deborah Hining lives at Corinne's Orchard, a farm in Durham County, North Carolina, with her husband, architect Michael Hining, daughter Mary Elizabeth, an artist, and son-in-law, Nick, a chef.  Her son, George, daughter-in-law, Julie, and granddaughter, Corinne, live just a few miles away.  You can find her most days working in one of the gardens, writing, being Grandma, and generally giving thanks for her abundant life.


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