Corabel Shofner Presents Almost Paradise


A big-hearted novel about trust, belonging, and the struggles and joys of loving one another, by debut author Corabel Shofner

Twelve-year-old Ruby Clyde Henderson’s life suddenly changes the day her mother’s boyfriend holds up a convenience store and her mother is wrongly jailed for assisting in the crime. Ruby Clyde and her pet pig, Bunny, hide out during the robbery, and then afterward, terrified and very much alone, they find their way to her estranged Aunt Eleanor’s home. Aunt Eleanor is an ornery, solitary nun who lives in a peach orchard on Paradise Ranch. Can Ruby Clyde and Aunt Eleanor heal old wounds, save Ruby Clyde’s mother, and bring the whole family back together again?


Corabel Shofner is a wife, mother, attorney, and author. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in English literature and was on Law Review at Vanderbilt University School of Law. Her shorter work has appeared or is forthcoming in Willow Review, Word Riot, Habersham Review, Hawaii Review, Sou’wester, South Carolina Review, South Dakota Review, and Xavier Review. ALMOST PARADISE is her first novel. Find her on Twitter @corabel, or online at



About the Book

AlmostParadiseBookCoverAdvance praise for ALMOST PARADISE:

It’s not often that a book gets everything so right … Shofner has taken all the established, important elements of a good middle-grade novel, given them a brisk shake, and served them up to readers in way that both entertains and enlightens.” -Booklist, starred review

“Rich in Southern flavor, loaded with biblical references and even a scattering of Dickens quotes: a rollicking read.“-Kirkus Reviews

“May all the Ruby Clydes of this world have an Aunt Eleanor to love them, and may all the Aunt Eleanors of this world have a Ruby Clyde to heal them.”
-Lois Sepahban, author of Paper Wishes

“What a joy to meet a spirited heroine like Ruby Clyde Henderson and to linger over Corabel Shofner’s glorious words.” -Augusta Scattergood, award-winning author of Glory Be

“ALMOST PARADISE is fresh, original, and unforgettable … It’s impossible to read without a smile on your face and, at times, a tear in your eye.”
-Dan Gemeinhart, author of Some Kind of Courage and The Honest Truth

“Reading this unique and unforgettable story about the power of love, trust, and healing isn’t almost paradise ­it absolutely is!
-Abby Cooper, author of Sticks and Stones