Winter in Paradise

Winter in Paradise

by Elin Hilderbrand

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A husband's secret life, a wife's new beginning: escape to the Caribbean with #1 New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand.

Irene Steele shares her idyllic life in a beautiful Iowa City Victorian house with a husband who loves her to sky-writing, sentimental extremes. But as she rings in the new year one cold and snowy night, everything she thought she knew falls to pieces with a shocking phone call: her beloved husband, away on business, has been killed in a helicopter crash. Before Irene can even process the news, she must first confront the perplexing details of her husband's death on the distant Caribbean island of St. John.

After Irene and her sons arrive at this faraway paradise, they make yet another shocking discovery: her husband had been living a secret life. As Irene untangles a web of intrigue and deceit, and as she and her sons find themselves drawn into the vibrant island culture, they have to face the truth about their family, and about their own futures.

Rich with the lush beauty of the tropics and the drama, romance, and intrigue only Elin Hilderbrand can deliver, Winter in Paradise is a truly transporting novel, and the exciting start to a new series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316435505
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Series: Paradise , #1
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 133
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Elin Hilderbrand is: the mother of three three-sport athletes, an aspiring fashionista, a dedicated jogger, a world explorer, an enthusiastic foodie, and a grateful three-year breast cancer survivor. She has called Nantucket Island her home since 1994. Winter in Paradise is her twenty-second novel.

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Winter in Paradise 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this read, but it seems to me a abrupt ending! Hopefully there will be a sequel. It left me wanting answers, it needed a better conclusion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Either there was no ending or it was not on my nook book version, I was left completely hanging! This is the most flagrant way to sell a sequel book I’ve ever encountered! The writing is fair for a chick book, a beach read as they say.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual She does not disappoint. Different setting but she introduces us to some interesting characters. Can’t wait for the next episode.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story. So glad it is the first of a trilogy because I wanted more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great detail throughout but ends without too many questions unanswered.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved all her other books but don't waste your time in this book. Horrible ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved Elin's books for years. I have met and read all her books but this is such a disappointment. You many loose ends leave you wondering everything. It's not a cliffhanger it's let's set up for another book. Not a fan of this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great if you know the USVI and BVI, but I feel that extending this book rather than creating trilogy would be better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was ok-
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don’t mind paying for books but this feels like a rip off. A measly 200 page part one of a trilogy seems very greedy. I’m left feeling used and unsatisfied. I’ve been an Elin Hilderbrand fan but won’t buy the next two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the plot is interesting, this story never seemed to go anywhere. Bland, uninteresting wife finds out her husband had a secret life after he dies so she takes her two unlikable sons to the scene of the crime. So many hints and innuendos about sub-plots that could have made this novel great but no, apparently the cliffhanger at the end means she's saving the interesting stuff for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was little disappointed at first, I fell in love with Nantucket because of her books. But about 20 pages in I was hooked. Def hate waiting a year to see where this goes!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In my opinion the book did not end well. However the thought the writing was just fine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Holy cow! I have to wait for the next one? Not fair Truly enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding, hard to put down. I want more. Can hardly wait for the next novel in the series.
RMeckley 15 days ago
This first book in a planned trilogy takes place on the island of St. John, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, rather than in the author's traditional location of Nantucket. Irene and her 2 adult sons learn that their husband/father has been killed in a helicopter crash on St. John, so they head there, although they didn't know he was there in the first place. That is just the first in a number of surprises that the family faces as they navigate the island and its people. Not all their questions are answered, plus there is a final question that arises at the very end, which leads to the sequel, coming out soon. I like the way this author writes - clear, fast-moving, strong characters - but I did get a little impatient when the story lines dragged a bit. Still, this is a very good read.
Anonymous 15 days ago
Winter in Paradise is about a woman in her 50's with 2 grown sons and a husband who has had a very successful job for the last 15 years. He travels a lot They are upper middle class and live in Iowa. He is killed in a helicopter wreck in the Bahamas on New Years day. And the true story of their life begins. On the whole the story could be possible and so I liked it for that reason. However the book had some serious flaws. For a woman who has been married to the same man for almost 40 years her emotions seem disconnected. No true anguish or sense of loss is expressed. And in the ensuing tragedy her emotions become even more bazaar. While I understand the whole family is in total shock their overall reaction is just disconnected. My main issue with the book however is that it ends like a series soap opera ( be continued) It quite OBVIOUSLY requires you to buy the next book to find out what happens. Are some authors now writing soap operas, requiring you to spend another $30 to get the rest of the story? I find this vey annoying and quite frankly a gimmick to make sure their books continue sell. When do the advertisements start showing up throughout the book? I will read the next book because the gimmick has unfortunately caught me also. But in the future I will be more cautious about getting engaged in any of her stories. I don't mind a series of stories about different people around a common theme, but I want the story to be complete with an ending, not a question mark
Anonymous 11 months ago
This book is a great escape to the island. Can’t wait for the rest of the trilogy.
Anonymous 12 months ago
looking forward to the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i am now very curious about the next installment....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
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.
JHSEsq More than 1 year ago
Irene Steele devoted her time to renovating the beautiful Iowa City Victorian house she owns with her devoted husband, Russ, thanks to his promotion to a well-paying job with a boutique investment firm that made their financial situation much easier even though it required him to travel extensively. Now the house is a showpiece and when at home with her and spending time with their two grown sons, Russ is a doting, sentimental husband. And then tragedy strikes. Irene is notified that Russ has been killed in a helicopter crash on the Caribbean island of St. John, but she has no idea what Russ was doing there when he was supposed to be on a business trip. Ayers Wilson, a waitress at a popular restaurant in St. John, rings in the New Year without her best friend and coworker, Rosie, who is spending the evening with the "Invisible Man." That's the name ascribed to the mysterious boyfriend Rosie spends time with when he is on the island. She does not reveal any details about him and Ayers has long suspected he is married. When Ayers learns that Rosie and the Invisible Man have been killed in a helicopter crash, she is devastated and heartbroken for Rosie's stepfather and young daughter, Maia. Irene and her sons travel to St. John to attempt to make sense of Russ's untimely demise and are shocked to learn that Russ has been leading a double life. He owns a gorgeous, secluded home that he has obviously been sharing with another woman. Irene sets out to learn the full extent of Russ's deceit and, in the process, finds herself drawn into the magical, spiritual island culture. Winter in Paradise is the first installment in a new series from best-selling author Elin Hilderbrand. And the series is off to a find start. Employing her signature style, Hilderbrand creates vibrant, complicated, but endearing characters. In addition to Ayers and Irene, the cast includes Rosie's stepfather, Huck, a fishing captain; young Maia; Nick, the longtime unfaithful boyfriend with whom Ayers broke up; and Irene's sons, Cash and Baker, both of whom are smitten with Ayers, but have left their own life complications back in the U.S. The action moves at a brisk pace, never stalling or stuttering, as Hilderbrand pulls readers into the complexities of the characters' lives and their struggle to come to terms with the secrets Russ kept, as well as understand how Rosie came to be in the helicopter with him and lost her own life. There are many questions about Russ's financial dealings, the business interests of the mysterious company where he was employed, and what the future holds for Irene and her sons, not to mention Maia. Hilderbrand injects details about the beautiful island, a place she knows well and clearly loves. The combination of setting and character mesh perfectly into an enjoyable, compelling story with a jaw-dropping ending that sets up and leaves readers clamoring for the next volume. Thanks to NetGalley for an Advance Reader's Copy of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago