“Paradise Acres” is an 80,000 word novel about an eclectic group of folks who live in a small trailer park and band together to rescue some horses abandoned during a flood. In the process, they also save Paradise Acres and a lifestyle they have come to treasure. Did I say trailer park? Excuse me. Mobile home. The inhabitants get a bit testy whenever they hear the word trailer.
A few of the characters….
Karl Kincaid … The owner of Paradise Acres who often greets folks with,“Hi. I’m Karl with-a-K Kincaid. Welcome to Paradise Acres. It ain’t exactly a paradise, and it ain’t acres, one and three-fourths, to be exact … but good folks live here.”
Zip … A border collie that shows up one day herding three geese. Described by the woman who adopts him … “He’s like a regular collie on high octane.”
Carrie, Robby and Mark … Three kids who are pivotal in convincing the adults to … “do what’s right, not what’s safe.”
Most of the inhabitants of Paradise Acres have been through a watershed event in their lives which brought them to this little mobile home park on the outskirts of St. Louis. They come with low expectations, but find a community of survivors, each of whom becomes an integral part of a complex tapestry rich in friendship and camaraderie.
The “feel good” ending of this character-driven story is just icing on the cake.
This isn't a hook. It's list of characters and the whisper of an event-saving horses. Focus.
Who is the main character? Who's opposing him/her/it? What are the stakes.
Back to the barn. Try again.