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Winter in Paradise

(Paradise #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  63,219 ratings  ·  4,897 reviews
Spend the coldest days of winter on a Caribbean beach with New York Times Bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand.

Join New York Times Bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand on the stunning beaches of St. John for the beginning of her thrilling new winter series-The Paradise. Welcome to Paradise, the first book in the Paradise series, has everything that readers have come to know
ebook, 320 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company
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Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“But love is messy, complicated and unfair.”

A sentiment fitting for just about everyone in this angsty start to Elin Hilderbrand’s newest winter series.

For readers looking to fill the void left behind after four holiday seasons spent with the Quinn family, brace yourselves. The enormity of the betrayal and questionable decision-making here is sure to go one of two ways. The curiosity of how things could play out—*spoiler* things end on a bit of a cliffhanger—may be enough to warrant a retu
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 sun kissed take me to the beach stars
Elin Hilderbrand heard the silent sobbing of her devoted readers after she ended the Winter Street series and has rewarded us by creating a new trilogy series set in the Virgin Islands; specifically St John. Irene Steele, second cousin to Winter Street's Mitzi Quinn, is at 57 facing a lot of challenges. It's the end of another year, her employer wants her to retire, her husband, Russ, is away on business, her mother in law is ailing and her two grown son
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Wow, this is how to start a series! 🏖 🏝 🏖 🏝 🏖

Elin Hilderbrand’s newest book and first in a series, Winter in Paradise, takes a break from cozy Nantucket and whisks us away to sunny St. John!

Irene Steele is the main character that has it all. We know the one- fantastic husband, kids, the job, and home. That perfect facade has cracks, though, when her children are grown and don’t need her as much, her husband is distant, and her job is pushing retirement. The cracks shatter when she receives the
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Beach lovers
Recommended to Paula by: Bookclub
This book is everything it should be!

Set in the islands it’s a perfect read for those of us in the midst of winter. What a wonderful escape from the cold.

I typically read serious books and this was an entertaining change!

When doesn’t the beach give us pleasure...

4 out of 5 stars
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Happy publication date to this book <3 <3.

Oh MY!! Ok.. my first thought is why in heck have I waited SO long to read a Elin Hilderbrand book?! No excuses! This was FANTASTIC!

I've got to go back to all her previous series and get going here! ;).

I fell in love with everything about this book. The characters are relatable, deep, emotional, and the setting is godly! haha. Hilderbrand I think you've just convinced me where I want to take my honeymoon with my new husband next year!

Irene's husband die
Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!

This was my first Elin Hilderbrand book. It certainly did not disappointed! It was exactly what I needed going into the holiday season: beach, love, loss, betrayal and mystery. What could be a more perfect combo?

Ireene has a great life. She has a successful husband who is away on business quite a bit but still makes time to send her flowers. She has two boys who are grown and out of the house. She has her dream house, which she just remodeled. She has great friends who she spends holiday
Larry H
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars, rounded up.

It’s never fun to find out your life isn’t what you think it is. At least that's what happens in Elin Hilderbrand's Winter in Paradise .

It’s New Year’s Eve. With her workaholic husband traveling for business, Irene meets a friend for dinner and then heads home for a quiet, solitary evening. But her peace is shattered when she learns her husband Russ has died in a helicopter crash near St. John in the US Virgin Islands.

What was her husband doing in the Virgin Islands when
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Confession time: I have never read nor really had the desire to read anything by Elin Hildebrand. Partially because I had no clue where to even begin and partially because my “poolside” types of reads tend to be a little heavier handed on tattoed alpha men than it appears would be present in her books. Buuuuuuuuuut, much like with every end cap I have ever passed at Wal-Mart or Target, this book was errrrrrrywhere on the Instagram and
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My feelings about this book have truly shocked me. I absolutely loved Elin’s last Winter books so to say I was excited about this new series is an understatement. Unfortunately, for me, this story was way over the top and at times a bit boring.

Irene Steele is celebrating New Years Eve at home alone and receives the worst news anyone can ever get— her husband, who is away on business, has died in a plane accident. When facts about the accident come to light, she realizes that her husband was lea
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I’m not an experienced Elin Hilderbrand reader, but I can say this...what a fantastic start to her latest series! I loved it!

What’s inside: The island of St. John, love, loss, deception and betrayal. A Caribbean setting AND juicy drama? I’m hooked.

I currently have major thriller burnout going on, so this book is just what the doctor ordered. The author did such a great job of creating relatable characters and relationship scenarios. You won’t necessarily like all of the charact
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Gosh. I’m so torn on this one. I’m a big fan of this author but this one just kind of missed the mark for me. I found the love triangle part really annoying and unlikely. I mean… both brothers fell head over heels in love with this girl immediately? And am I really supposed to believe that a day trading pothead from Houston would use the words “unwashed floozy”? Honestly both brothers seem like jackasses to me.Also I feel like there was a lot of telling us instead of showing us. I wish there was ...more
Lisa-Books Smiles
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so much fun! The characters are easily relatable and the setting is beautiful. My only complaint is that I have to wait for the second book to see what happens to these amazing characters.
Jamie Rosenblit
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Elin Hildebrand signature style of writing & a Caribbean island - what is not to love?! I devoured this book in one day and loved every single page. My only regret is now I need to wait a year for book two in this amazing Paradise series! When Irene receives a middle of the night call informing her her husband has died on St. John USVI, she is baffled - what was her husband doing there?! Irene along with her two sons, Cash & Baker (who both have quite a few issues of their own) travel to St. Joh ...more
It's New Year's Eve in chilly Iowa, and Irene Steele has just enjoyed a lovely evening with a friend--her husband away on business per usual. But Irene's idyllic life is quickly shattered when she receives a phone call: her husband Russ' helicopter has crashed on St. John island, in the Virgin Islands. It was carrying him, the pilot, and a woman. Irene had no idea her husband was even in St. John. So, she heads to warmth of the Caribbean with her two sons, Cash and Baker, and they are shocked to ...more
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-1
I devoured every word of this one. The thing I love about Elin Hildebrand novels is she always packs them with fascinating characters and then you get drama, drama, drama and the twists just keep coming! This one is set in both Iowa and the Virgin Islands. After the death of Russ, a businessman who is often away, his Iowa family discovers he’s been keeping a HUGE secret down in the Virgin Islands. The characters are really great, and there are hints Elin Hildebrand may yet be able to turn this s ...more
Theresa Alan
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Normally I don’t like books that end in cliffhangers, but I got addicted to this novel very quickly and am happy to keep reading about these characters in books two and three.

Irene lives In Iowa City, Iowa, in a beautiful home she spent years renovating. After her husband took his new job thirteen years ago, money has become no object. It does mean he’s gone for work an awful lot. One night Irene gets a phone call that her husband died in the Virgin Islands in a helicopter crash. When Irene and
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I used to think that Elin Hilderbrand's books were not for me. And then I read my first Elin Hilderbrand novel (The Perfect Couple), only a couple of months ago and I loved it!

3.5 stars
Winter in Paradise is another perfect light beach read, with plenty of family drama set in the beautiful surroundings of St John's (Virgin Islands). Irene Steele has been happily married to Russ for 35 years, and they have two grown up sons together. Russ is a successful businessman who is always away 'on busines
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
If you’re anything like me and were super sad when Hilderbrand’s last series came to an end then I’m sure you’re going to fall in love with this new series as well. Per usual the characters are immediately relatable and feel like fast friends and the setting is idyllic. It’s a departure for the author, it’s not set in Nantucket but in St. John and I’m currently trying to figure out how to talk my husband into taking me there for our tenth wedding anniversary!

Irene’s husband dies in a tragic acci
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
This book is an excellent read! I like the mentioned of Eileen Fisher and Montessori because my son attended that school and I took noticed of that brand of clothing due to its crazy high price tag. It's real and relatable how Irene's family is spread out across United States, just like my family. It's funny how small town people react when hearing the names of the islands in the Caribbean. I can imagine I feel the same way about the Virgin Islands. Cash's view is honest and cute when he reveals ...more
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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 real
Debbie Oliphant
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm a fan of this authors, and excited to read the first installment of this series. Whatcha love about her books is the detail and development of her characters. I could visualize this story unfolding in color.

The story begins with the news of Irene's husband of 35 years has died suddenly from a helicopter crash. This news prompts her and her two sons to go to St. John's where they learn he had another life and another family. They learn that there was another victim in the crash who was his mi
Susanne  Strong
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
Dramatic and Mysterious!

When Irene Steele receives a phone call informing her that her husband Russ has died on St. John, she is destroyed. Frantic calls to her sons Cash and Baker ensue with all three making plans to go to St. John immediately. Soon after, Russ’ secrets come to light. On St. John, Russ had a Villa and another family and as it turns out, the woman who was on the helicopter with him when it went down was his girlfriend.

After they arrive on St. John, the Steele family finds them
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I went into Winter in Paradise thinking that it would be the perfect beachy blend of mystery and family drama. Irene gets a phone call on New Years that her devoted husband has died from a helicopter crash while away on business. What follows is the dangling of the proverbial mystery bait, where hints abound that not everything is as it seems. And then some more bait dangling. And then the book just ends, on a cliffhanger, without anything being resolved.

Ugh! That was not at all what I expected.
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a quintessential Elin Hilderbrand read in a new setting: the island of St.John, BVI.

On New Years Day, Irene Steele learns that her husband, Russ, has been killed in a helicopter crash. Also dead are the pilot and a local woman. Irene and her two sons, Baker and Cash go to this paradise island to learn what exactly happened and why Russ was there. They soon learn that Russ was leading a double life, with a girlfriend, Rosie, and a magnificent villa. While there, they encounter Rosie’s be
Kate Olson
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
🏖 LOVED IT! Thx to @littlebrown for this free review copy 😘
Elian Hilderbrand has always been one of my favorites and her newest novel is no exception ~ I absolutely loved Winter in Paradise and am already mourning the fact that I’m going to have to wait a whole year to get my hands on the next in the series!
Set at first in Iowa City, Iowa and then on the tiny Caribbean island of St. John, with family secrets and drama and a mysterious death, this book doesn’t at all read like a suspense novel.
Engaging and enjoyable, Winter in Paradise introduces characters, explains relationship dynamics, sets a tone that women everywhere can appreciate, explores the harm of secrecy, and uses an epic cliffhanger to add mystery while transitioning to the next book in the series (which is unfortunately not yet released). This is a series I will be following!

My favorite quote:
“The CIA should hire women in their fifties,” Lydia says. “We’re invisible.”
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Last year after reading the last book in Elin Hilderbrand's "Winter Street" series I felt happy because the book was just so wonderful yet a bit heartbroken because although I love and adore my favorite queen of the summer beach read, her "Winter Street" books have always been my favorites. That is until now. Those books have huge competition for favorites after I just finished the first book in her newest series, Winter in Paradise! If the next two in the series are as good as the first, then I ...more
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic story with a lot of unanswered questions. I now realize that it is the first in a series so the questions will be answered in later books. I found parts of the book unbelievable, like the $15 million villa in St. John, Virgin Islands. Irene and Russ have two grown sons and Russ has a job that requires him to travel constantly. Irene never asked him any questions about his job so when his helicopter crashes she is stunned.the book is the family figuring out what actually happ ...more
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: release-2018
Enjoyed it! And the picturesque setting of St John in the Caribbean gave me ALL those tropical sunny vibes (while hearing we’re due for snow this weekend).. such a sweet escape from the chill outside. Elin’s detailed and in depth descriptions put me right there on the beach with her characters! I absolutely adore this author so I’m pretty excited to see her new Paradise series begin after the Winter series ended. I’m looking forward to finding out by what unethical means Russ acquired his money ...more
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. I couldn’t wait to get to the end to find out how the story ended, but was sad once it ended.

I have a huge stack of books to read but am bypassing those for the next in the series.

I felt like I was on the island, in the sand, eating the food with a tropical drink.

Great on audio!
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Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children. She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for her five previous novels. Hilderbrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa.

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