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Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand
Contemporary fiction

Winter in Paradise

by Elin Hilderbrand

Quick take

An inspiring story about a woman who finds hope in trying times on a small Caribbean island.

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    Light read

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    Family drama

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    First in series

Why I love it

Etaf Rum
Author, A Woman Is No Man

As an author, it’s not a stretch to say that books are the one true love of my life. Though there’s magic in all of them, I am most captivated by plot-driven stories that deal with the mysteries of everyday life—stories that pose the question: What if everything you know is a lie?

Irene seems to have the perfect life as a wife, mother, and magazine editor. But when her husband dies in a mysterious helicopter crash in the Caribbean, she’s left to wonder: Was everything really as perfect as it seemed? Leaving the suburbs behind, Irene journeys to the Caribbean in search of answers not only about her husband, but also about herself—about the woman she wants to be and the life she wants to lead.

I was drawn from the start to this vivid story of heartbreak, betrayal, and the life-altering effects of being blindsided by love. Hilderbrand writes with such detail and clarity that I felt like I was on vacation in St. John right beside Irene and her family. Winter in Paradise is as well-crafted as it is compelling, and while—fair warning—this story ends with a cliffhanger, I can’t wait to read the sequel and find out what happens next to the Steele family.

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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. 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.

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Get an early look from the first pages of Elin Hilderbrand's Winter in Paradise.

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  • Manheim, PA

    I have read many books by this author and this is definitely one of my favorites. Character building was amazing and I loved the mystery behind the story. Can’t wait to read the series. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Tampa, FL

    Could. Not. Put. This. Book. Down! & I am so happy it’s a trilogy! Loved the different character perspectives and the love stories. It’s a mystery, but it’s also so good. Love Elin Hilderbrand’s work!

  • New Cumberland , PA

    I couldn’t put this book down! WOW! Didn’t realize it was the first of a trilogy and I’m anxiously anticipating the next book. Well developed and relatable characters. Great voices and plot. MUST READ

  • Pittsford , NY

    This book is sooo good! I didn’t want this book to end! There’s a cliffhanger ending that has me chomping at the bit for the next installment! It’s a trilogy. I loved the characters & the storyline!

  • Cheektowaga, NY

    Just like the first book in this trilogy, the story was interesting and gripping to follow. My only complaint with this series is the way they leave you hanging at the end. I can't wait for the lastbook

  • St Louis, MO

    I didn’t expect to get drawn into this book. I figured it’d be a good beach read, nothing more. I was wrong! By the halfway point, I was kicking myself for not picking up the whole series! BINGE READ

  • Colcord, OK

    When I first started reading the book, I was sure I wouldn’t like it because of the constant switching between characters. In the end, however, it was a really good read and I’m glad I stuck with it.

  • Los Fresnos, TX

    I honestly chose this book on a whim because the character’s name is my own..I’m so glad I chose it! Loved it! Had me hooked and wanting more! Need the next books to come out pronto!! I need to know..

  • Watertown, MA

    This book was unlike Elin’s other books because it was not based in Nantucket, but it was still great. Her level of detail and description makes you feel like you’re on the island with the characters

  • Jacksonville, FL

    SO. GOOD. I just finished this and I’m pissed that I didn’t realize it was part of a trilogy. I may have waited to read it. Super cliffhanger. I slammed the book shut when it ended. C’mon October!

  • Celina, TX

    The charcters are described so well, and it is hard to choose sides. It was hard to get into, but I’m glad I stuck with it. There was one big mistake I saw in the book- always a bummer on a good read.

  • Alexandria , VA

    The book was certainly difficult to dive into in the first section but I was captivated by the storyline and can’t wait for the second one. There was one error I found in the book that I had to reread

  • West Chester, PA

    I always enjoy the way Elin Hilderbrand tells a story. She always has many interesting characters. I’m not sure why I waited to read this one. The good news is, I can start the second book right away.

  • Miramar Beach, FL

    Loved this book although it took a bit of getting used to multiple characters telling the same story but from their view. Bizarre but believable plot and characters. I’ll be waiting for the sequel.

  • Milford, CT

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. I am so happy there are two more books; I’ve got to know what happens next! Elin Hilderbrand has an amazing way of making all her characters so relatable and real.

  • San Diego , CA

    It does have sort of a slow build but it’s not so bad because after you get to know the characters, she hits you with a cliffhanger. I’m ready for the next book which she has coming out in October.

  • Torrance, CA

    SPOILER*** I absolutely LOVE when books take you by surprise by ending with a massive cliffhanger and you find out it’s a trilogy. I loved the storyline. It always had my attention. Ready for book 2!

  • Denham Springs, LA

    Easy to read, much more engaging and less cliche than I expected. A fun, light read that wasn’t too over the top but still has me eagerly waiting to see what happens with these characters in Book #2!

  • Mechanicsville, VA

    This was such an interesting plot, and I can’t wait for the remaining books in the series. Different than her usual books in location, but the same wonderfully developed characters and descriptions.

  • Laveen, AZ

    What a page turner! Couldn't put this down from the moment I picked it up. Such a great beach read, I felt like I was at the beach every time I got a chance to reopen this book.Great characters&story.

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