Winter in Paradise

Winter in Paradise

A Novel

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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A husband's secret life, a wife's new beginning: escape to the Caribbean with 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 plane 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.

Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316435512
0316435511
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: viii, 310 pages ; 25 cm

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cwt56let
Dec 16, 2018

Just finished this book. Horrible abrupt ending with no resolution. Guess what, you have to read two more sequels to finish the story. This is a really cheap way to assure book sales but very frustrating for the reader. I love Elin Hilderbrand but this is a real disappointment.

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NicciCarrera
Dec 14, 2018

Very entertaining but not as emotionally involving as I like and the characters did stuff that didn't make sense to me. However the plot and setting are really fun.

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namiha
Dec 03, 2018

First installment of the Paradise Trilogy, so yes there is a cliffhanger. Good character development and a mystery to be solved on the Caribbean island of St. John.

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KathyAG
Nov 16, 2018

I loved this book. I couldn’t stop reading. This is book one of a trilogy. I can’t wait for book two.

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AnneCarolineDrake
Oct 21, 2018

Wow! I love, love, loved this book! I've been addicted to Elin Hilderbrand's Nantucket Island series and was looking forward to her trio of St. John, USVI novels. Winter in Paradise has wonderful characters and is a delightful blend of family drama, unconditional love, mystery and romance.

The plot sparkled for me like the beaches and waters of the Caribbean.

I can't wait to wait to read how Russell Steele made so much money.

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ColoReader
Oct 17, 2018

Disappointing read. I've enjoyed this author in the past but this was below what I have come to expect from her. I did finish it, it is a quick read but just isn't very good.

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Bookbybook
Oct 06, 2018

Ends with numerous cliffhangers and a totally unsatisfactory ending. I don't recommend it if you're looking for a satisfying read. I'm not a fan of books with numerous cliff-hangers. It seems designed so that author can sell you multiple books for one story.

I was about a third of the way through and I realized that there were more and more subplots being developed, a lot of extraneous material that seemed to be padding and nothing seemed to be heading toward getting resolved.

So, with a sinking feeling, I skipped to the end. Yep, not only did nothing get resolved but even more new plot developments were thrown in. At the end! Turns out, after I did a little research online, that you have to read two more books (which aren't yet available) to find out how everything turns out.

So, with disgust, I returned it and will never read another book by this author again.

I think it's disrespectful to readers who spend time reading a book, are enjoying it and invested in it, but are then denied a satisfying ending.

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