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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 Summer of '69 and The Five-Star Weekend and The Hotel Nantucket and The Identicals and What Happens in Paradise and Winter in Paradise.

by Elin Hilderbrand

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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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    Third in series

Synopsis

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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Troubles in Paradise

St. John

The gossip recently has been as juicy as a papaya, one that gives just slightly under our fingertips and is fragrant on the inhale, the inside a brilliant coral color, bursting with seeds like so many ebony beads. If you don’t fancy papaya, think of a mango as we crosshatch the ripe flesh of the cheeks with a sharp knife or a freshly picked pineapple from the fertile fields of St. Croix, deep gold, its chunks sweeter than candy. Like these island fruits, the talk around here is irresistible.

The drama began on New Year’s Day with tragedy: a helicopter crash a few miles away, in British waters. One of our own was killed, Rosie Small, whom some of us remember back when she was in LeeAnn’s belly. Because LeeAnn’s first husband, Levi Small, left the island when Rosie was a toddler, we’d all had a hand in raising her. We sympathized with LeeAnn when the cute Rosie girl we doted on turned into the precocious Rosie teenager LeeAnn couldn’t quite control. At the tender age of fifteen, Rosie dated a fella named Oscar Cobb from St. Thomas who drove the Ducati that nearly ran our friend Rupert off Route 107 right into Coral Bay. We were all overjoyed when Oscar went to jail for stabbing his best friend. Good riddance! we said. Throw away the key! A group of us took LeeAnn out for celebratory drinks at Miss Lucy’s. We thought we’d dodged a bullet; Rosie would not waste her life on a good-for-nothing man with shady business dealings like Oscar Cobb.

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Why I love it

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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Member ratings (5,903)

  • Katie F.

    Flower Mound, TX

    Such a great ending to the series! Elin writes in such a way that you cant help but love the characters & want to know their fates through this crazy tragedy! I just loved Ayers & Baker’s wrap up ❤️

  • Ciara K.

    Oregon City , OR

    I’m sad to say goodbye to these characters! They felt so real & as I was reading, I felt as if I was there with them on the island. Absolutely recommend this trilogy! I couldnt put these books down ☺️

  • Abbie P.

    Lincoln, NE

    When I read “Winter in Paradise” I was not prepared for the cliff hanger at the end. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on book #2 if this trilogy and it did not disappoint! Was good to be back in USVI!

  • Kiahna S.

    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.

  • Brittany U.

    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!

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