Winter in Paradise (Paradise, #1)4 Stars

Published October 9th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company

Elin Hilderbrand is one of my go to authors, especially when it comes to island settings. This is a great introduction to a new series, taking place on St. John. This book, like her others, is full of relatable characters, real issues (although not issues I would ever have to deal with) and an original mystery storyline. The story is told through several character POVs and that gives the reader a full insight into what is happening. Each of the six characters that tell this story have connections to Russ Steele.

It’s New Year’s when Irene Steele receives a phone call that rocks her life. Irene is a mid-western magazine editor, with two grown sons, who is embarrassed by her husband’s outward showing of affection. She is happy spending time alone in her huge Victorian home while her husband Russ is off working throughout the U.S. When the news of her husband’s death in a helicopter crash over the water of the Virgin Islands, with an unknown woman, hits her, she heads off to his island home to find out what is going on. Her sons, Baker and Cash, who are both dealing with their own personal issues meet her there. Once in St. John’s both sons fall for Ayers, the best friend of their father’s mistress and that ratchets up the competitiveness that the boys have dealt with all their lives.

Winter in Paradise is the first book in what is going to be a Trilogy. There were so many questions in the first book and they were not all solved. The relationships discovered were shocking and a bit scandalous. You will be transported to a beautiful island that is richly described to the point that I really want to go and see it for myself. The ending also leaves us with another detail that had me saying “what?” I started this book in the morning and read it straight through until I finished it late in the day. I am looking forward to where Elin Hilderbrand will take us next. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

About the Book: Spend the coldest days of winter on a Caribbean beach with New York Times Bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand.

Join New York Times Bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand on the stunning beaches of St. John for the beginning of her thrilling new winter series-The Paradise. Welcome to Paradise, the first book in the Paradise series, has everything that readers have come to know and love about an Elin Hilderbrand novel, plus a healthy dose of intrigue. 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. This exciting first book in the Paradise series will transport readers to a new beach locale-another world that Elin knows as well as her beloved Nantucket-and have them longing for winter.

Elin HilderbrandAbout the Author: Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children. She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for her five previous novels. Hilderbrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa.

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