The Paradise is a show that surprised me from the very beginning. First of all, I didn’t have much hope for it when it was added to Netflix because I had never heard of it before. (I had heard of Downton Abbey, but I still haven’t watched that one.) And I think we all know how bad unheard of things on Netflix can be! Still, the summary of The Paradise piqued my interest so I decided to give it a try. And I’m glad that I did.
The show begins in 1875 and is centered around the first English department store called The Paradise. John Moray, a widower, is the owner. And Denise Lovett has just arrived from Peebles, a small town in Scotland, seeking employment. Actually she was seeking employment from her uncle who owns a draper’s shop across the street from The Paradise. But he basically tells her that The Paradise is running him out of business so she’d be better off getting a job over there…with his competitor. Which is slightly funny, but also makes sense. At least one of them will be making money, right?
Denise immediately falls in love with The Paradise. And so do I. Everything from the architecture and intricate design of the building to the COLORS are simply beautiful. I just want to live there forever. Denise is hired as a salesgirl in Ladieswear and this is where the story begins.
What I love about Denise’s character is how ambitious she is. She sees The Paradise in a way that no one else does. She sees the potential. And while reluctant to speak up, she craves for the chance for her ideas to be heard and put into motion. When her ideas are finally realized, everyone sees that they’re brilliant. She has a true PASSION for fashion and business. The owner, Mr. Moray, takes notice of her talent and sees her as a rising star within The Paradise. This creates a lot of tension between Denise and her co-workers, but she never apologizes for doing what she loves and being good at it.
There is romance, but it’s not without complications, of course. A sort of love-triangle develops between the characters. There is also mystery, murder, tons of fun drama, and many BEAUTIFUL Victorian style fashions. The fashion within this show is definitely one of my favorite parts. I notice something new in every episode and fall in love with it.
My only complaint about The Paradise is that there are only two seasons. The show was cancelled before the third season which is a total bummer! But it’s still an amazing TV series that I would definitely recommend. So if you have a passion for Victorian fashion and style, can relate to Denise in your ambitions, or you’re just looking for a good romance to binge-watch on Valentine’s Day. Give The Paradise a try. I can’t get enough of it.