Winter in Paradise

Winter in Paradise

Book - 2018
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Irene Steele's idyllic life-house, husband, family-is shattered when she is woken up by a late-night phone call. Her beloved husband has been found dead, but before Irene can process this tragic news, she must confront the perplexing details of her husband's death. He was found on St. John island, a tropical paradise far removed from their suburban life. Leaving the cold winter behind, Irene flies down to the beautiful Caribbean beaches of St. John only to make another shocking discovery: her husband had a secret second family. As Irene investigates the mysterious circumstances of her husband's death, she is plunged into a web of intrigue and deceit belied by the pristine white sand beaches of St. John's.
Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316435512
Branch Call Number: F HILDERBRAND
Characteristics: viii, 310 pages ; 25 cm


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Sep 17, 2020

A generic my husband did me wrong story. I found two errors. A shame it wasn't better edited. Apparently the author can't remember who she's writing about. On page 201 and I quote "Huck knows that their relationship went on longer than 3 years. Rosie met the Invisible Man right after Rosie died - - 5 years ago." It's quite interesting that this miraculous Rosie was able to meet a man after she died. It should have read "Rosie met the Invisible Man right after Leanne died."

A similar problem exists on page 206. The two brothers are chatting. "What kind of errand" Baker asks. "The only kind of errand there is" Baker says. I doubt that Baker answered his own question. It should have read "what kind of errand?" Baker asks. "The only kind of errand there is," Cash says.

The author brags about being a graduate of the Iowa writers School. I seriously doubt that. Graduates of the Iowa Writers School are real pros like TC Boyle and John Irving who would be horrified the readers could easily find errors this simplistic. The editors should also be ashamed of such sloppiness.

Jun 22, 2020

Elin Hilderbrand’s first in her new series, Winter in Paradise, takes a break from cozy Nantucket and whisks us away to sunny St. John!

Irene Steele is the main character that has it all. We know the one- fantastic husband, kids, the job, and home. That perfect facade has cracks, though, when her children are grown and don’t need her as much, her husband is distant, and her job is pushing retirement. The cracks shatter when she receives the late night phone call no one wants. Her husband has been found dead under mysterious circumstances. He was found far away on the island of St. John…

Irene flies to St. John with her two sons to figure things out, and she is confronted with more unexpected news: her husband has a second family.

Even with all the deceit staring her in the face, Irene won’t give up until she finds out the truth.

May 31, 2020

I really enjoyed this book. It was full of characters and surprises. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Mar 08, 2020

I stumbled upon this book because of the cover, anything to do with the beach during winter months just makes me happy. This story is so unbelievable and the characters are supposed to be adults but act like 8th graders when it comes to love, attraction and decisions, so unrealistic. It definitely reads like an advertisement for St. John, I guess that was the goal? I'm going to read the 2nd book to see if it ties up loose ends and maybe the characters will have more depth?

Jan 26, 2020

Ellie recommended

Sep 07, 2019

Elin is upping her game......I loved this and am excited for the rest of the trilogy! I love the recent additions of some intrigue into her stories!

Jul 24, 2019

Irene Steele is living the "good life" until she learns her husband has been killed in a plane crash while away on business. Irene discovers that things are not always as they seem... First book in the Paradise trilogy.

Jul 15, 2019

Enjoyed this book, refreshing new characters and setting. Just be advised it is a trilogy. Pleasant surprise but also leaves one wanting more. The next book is on order by the library.

esmom1 Jun 18, 2019

This was not a disappointing read..... great lead up to the rest of the series and one you could read year round; not just in winter. I enjoyed the new characters and setting of the story. I am looking forward to the next installment.

Apr 12, 2019

Elin Hilderbrand did exactly what she promised to do with her 'Author's Note' in 'Winter in Paradise', which was to celebrate her beloved St. John, USVI. She did it beautifully with explicit and dream worthy descriptions. For that 'Winter in Paradise' gets an A+. I believe that was her major goal with the story line secondary

I wish her unlikely and somewhat unlikeable story lived up to those descriptions. There is just nothing realistic about 'Winter in Paradise' from the trite plot to the falling in love of every major character. Some grief/grieving. Everything about the story is fantastical - not uninteresting just unbelievable. Have the characters ever heard of DNA testing, especially in lieu of the surrounding mystery and non-answers to questions they occasionally bother ask? Even the title is simply wrong as it's not a WINTER but only 7 days 'in paradise'.

I think 'Winter in Paradise' is merely a vehicle to introduce us to the Virgin Islands and clearly the prologue, as unsatisfactory as it is, to the sequels.

3.5 stars and I will give the sequels a chance with the hope they live up to Hilderbrand's other works as this one did not.

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