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Troubles in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand
Contemporary fiction

Troubles in Paradise

Repeat author
Elin Hilderbrand is back at Book of the Month – other BOTMs include The Identicals and Winter in Paradise and Summer of '69 and What Happens in Paradise.

by Elin Hilderbrand

Quick take

Need more after What Happens in Paradise? This final book in the series is the cherry on top (of your piña colada).

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    Famous author

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    Light read

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    Third in series

Why I love it

Siobhan Jones
BOTM Editorial Team

It’s officially fall, which means it’s time for another breezy installment in the Paradise series. If you’re one of the loyal Hilderbrandies (do her fans have a name yet? Well, they do now.) patiently waiting to find out how this trilogy wraps, don’t neglect to add this final outing with Huck, Irene, Ayers, and the gang to your box this month.

When we last left our worthy heroes on St. John, they were forging friendships, occasionally indulging in love triangles, and trying to solve the mystery of that helicopter accident / possible instance of foul play. (If you’re new to the series, check out the first book and the second to get caught up.) Now at last, we have the satisfying conclusion in which secrets will out, lies will be laid bare, and soul mates will finally find each other.

We’re hard-pressed to come up with a better binge read than this pleasing story featuring flawed yet lovable characters wrapped in a picturesque escape to, well, paradise. Cheers!

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After uprooting her life in the States, Irene Steele has just settled in at the villa on St. John where her husband Russ had been living a double life. But a visit from the FBI shakes her foundations, and Irene once again learns just how little she knew about the man she loved.

With help from their friends, Irene and her sons set up their lives while evidence mounts that the helicopter crash that killed Russ may not have been an accident. Meanwhile, the island watches this drama unfold—including the driver of a Jeep with tinted windows who seems to be shadowing the Steele family.

As a storm gathers strength in the Atlantic, surprises are in store for the Steeles: help from a mysterious source, and a new beginning in the paradise that has become their home. At last all will be revealed about the secrets and lies that brought Irene and her sons to St. John—and the truth that transformed them all.

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Get an early look from the first pages of Troubles in Paradise.

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  • Inglewood , CA

    This was an amazing ending to a drama filled trilogy that will stay with me until the end of time! Hilderbrand’s love for the Virgin Islands and the people shine in this series. I’m so sad it’s ended.

  • Colorado Springs, CO

    This was a good farewell to the trilogy! The end seemed to happen really fast so I’m stil left wondering how Maia is doing, but for overall I’m pleased! Im glad we finally got to meet Ayer’s parents!

  • Arden, NC

    Loved it! Devoured this entire series. Sad it’s over but it is a series I will recommend to anyone who loves a good drama beach read. Thank you Elin! I will miss Irene, her sons, Huck, and Ayers. ❤️

  • Davidson, NC

    This book was the perfect conclusion of the trilogy! I was emotional knowing it is the end of the series and Elin’s winter releases! Perfect wrap up and the realism pushed it right to the top for me!

  • Atlanta, GA

    When your world falls apart, you have two choices (& a myriad in between) fall apart & not function or figure out a new life for yourself. I couldn’t put down this book & loved learning about St. John

  • Fredericksburg, VA

    A great last installment to this trilogy. It wrapped things up very nicely, but in a way that wasn’t too clean and fairy tale like. It was very fitting for the story. It ended on the perfect note.

  • Chesterfield , MO

    I spent 19 days in October in EH’s Paradise series. What a great vacation reading all three books. The characters are so real to me that I’ll miss them. Wish I had some lemongrass sugar cookies!

  • Youngstown, OH

    This was a fantastic ending to a well loved trilogy. I feel like all the characters storylines were wrapped up nicely & we even got visits from other well loved Elin characters. I’ll miss this series


    I really liked this third and final installment in the paradise series. EH did a great job wrapping up the story she kicked off in Winter in Paradise but I hope she revisits some of these characters.

  • Scarborough, ME

    The third book to end the series. It was similar to the other two; very fast moving. Always interesting. The characters felt comfortable at this point and I was just interested to see how it all ended

  • Sterling Heights, MI

    It felt so good to catch up with the characters. I feel like I have known them forever, but haven't seen them in months. The third book is just as delightful, interesting, and readable as the other 2!

  • Geneseo, NY

    I've finally taken a liking to Ayers in this novel. What an emotional roller coaster Elin has taken me on over these last 3 novels. I'm going to miss the USVI and all the characters I've grown to love

  • Old saybrook, CT

    LOVED the ending to this trilogy. It is the perfect beach read. There were moments that might have been a bit predictable, but I really liked these characters. Just what I needed. nothing too intense

  • Knightdale, NC

    Fantastic end to a fantastic trilogy. St. John is officially on my travel list. There were expected and unexpected twists in the story. The series helps remind that when one door closes, another opens

  • Salinas, CA

    So loved this trilogy! While I was sorry to say goodbye , the third book was a great wrap up to so many of the characters that came to seem like old friends. Hoping this story gets made into a movie

  • Medina, OH

    I was happy to read about how this story wraps up, but felt it was a bit rushed and that there was too much happening with the hurricane coming. Overall was a good read and would recommend the series.

  • Melbourne, FL

    This 3-book set was absolutely precious. I loved each and every character, and how you got to read about each one’s point of view throughout each story. Such an easy, fun read! Love, love, loved it.

  • Kissimmee, FL

    New to this authors books, and happen to pick up Winter in Paradise at the library. Wow loved it, then got book 2, then bought book 3 when it came out. Since I have read her winter series and more.

  • Lewisville, TX

    This is my favorite of her series. I was swept away by the vivid, vibrant setting of the Virgin Islands. I loved the characters, flaws & all, & the friendships and camaraderie of the island residents

  • Appleton, WI

    You jump right back into the drama of the Steele family on St John and don't want to stop reading until you get to the end. I loved the passage of time and the way you got to hear other characters.

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