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Winter In Paradise

(Paradise #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  22,004 ratings  ·  2,225 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
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Hodder & Stoughton
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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 return
    Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: kindle, netgalley, series
    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
    Paula Kalin
    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 husba
    Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
    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
    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
    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.
    Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
    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
    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 ...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 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
    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
    Debbie Oliphant
    Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
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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
    Kate ☀️ Olson
    🏖 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.”
    Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction)
    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
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    Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: womens-fiction
    Release Date: October 9, 2018
    Genre: Women's Fiction
    Actual Rating: 4 stars

    Elin Hilderbrand has quickly become a favorite author of mine. Her books have originality, relatable characters, and tackle real life issues (for the most part). Her writing style is also my favorite. She weaves her stories though the eyes of several different characters so readers can get a glimpse of everyone and everything involved in whatever is happening. I can't recall many authors who write like this (it's real
    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.
    Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I have only one question.... when can we expect the next book in this series?!? 😭😭
    Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: beach, contemporary
    I was pretty disappointed in this, which surprised me- I'm usually a big fan. There were a lot of the things that we've come to expect- beautiful houses/people, obviously favourite restaurants, the love of family.

    For a first I found a few of her main characters more than unlikeable- the sons were a right pair of miserable twits. Childish, selfish, not very interesting, and often mean- they acted like 12 year olds (much worse than the actual 12 year old in the book). Irene was pretty bland and i
    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
    Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    4.50 Stars
    Donna Hines
    Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley, arc
    Elin!!! You have done it again this time in PARADISE! I couldn't wait to be swept away and you didn't disappoint.
    Irene is living a nice cushy life until she gets word that there's been a plane crash on St. John.
    However, her world is about to become darker as her husband harbored some awful secrets including a hidden life she knew nothing about.
    A web of intrigue and lies awaits her arrival on this gorgeous island which in real life has just been coming together after terrible acts by mother natur
    Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Song for summary: I Will Remember You by Sarah McLachlan

    A deeply moving read! The characters are confused, lost, mourning, and relatable; while the plot is a touching journey that unravels the secrets left behind by those we love most. Winter in Paradise is a beautiful and bittersweet tale about the struggles a family must endure as they try to navigate through the grief, and misleading truths that surface following the suspicious death of a loving husband and father. This is the first novel of
    Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2018-reads
    Great story, but it ended very abruptly. I'm sure this was intended to hook us into reading book 2, but this had too many unanswered questions/loose ends for my taste. (And yes, I'll read book 2...)
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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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