Spend your winter on sunlit shores in the New York Times bestselling follow-up to Winter in Paradise, as secret lives and new loves emerge under the bright Caribbean sky.
A year ago, Irene Steele had the shock of her life: her loving husband, father to their grown sons and successful businessman, was killed in a helicopter crash. But that wasn't Irene's only shattering news: he'd also been leading a double life on the island of St. John, where another woman loved him, too.
Now Irene and her sons are back on St. John, determined to learn the truth about the mysterious life—and death—of a man they thought they knew. Along the way, they're about to learn some surprising truths about their own lives, and their futures.
Lush with the tropical details, romance, and drama that made Winter in Paradise a national bestseller, What Happens in Paradise is another immensely satisfying page-turner from one of America's most beloved and engaging storytellers.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The second book in Elin Hilderbrand’s Paradise series is a beach read for all seasons, with tricky family dynamics, swoon-worthy romance, and a dreamy tropical backdrop. Don’t worry if you haven’t read its predecessor—this installment stands on its own. Following Russ Steele’s unexpected death (and the revelation of his secret Caribbean life), his widow and grown sons return to the Virgin Islands, where their own lives change course. The juicy details—unearthed diaries, a love triangle, free-flowing bubbly—are balanced by the characters’ emotional reckoning, told with Hildebrand’s trademark chatty candor. And the suspense left us eagerly scrambling to read every chapter.
Hilderbrand's captivating follow-up to 2018's Winter in Paradise, continues the chronicle of Russell Steele's family as they start over in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, after his suspicious death and the discovery of his hidden second life. After learning that Russ fathered a child with Rosie, a St. John waitress who died with him, in the first book, Russ's widow Irene leaves her life in Iowa and accepts an offer to work on a fishing charter with Rosie's stepdad, Huck. Huck and Irene instantly click, despite the odd circumstances. At the same time, Irene's younger son Cash rethinks his aimless existence after hearing from Rosie's best friend Ayers about an opening on a boat. Cash and his brother Baker, both in their 30s, are smitten with Ayers, who has gone back to her cheating boyfriend Mick. Baker also considers St. John. The group Irene, Cash, Baker, Huck, and Ayers rally around 12-year-old Maia, Rosie's daughter, as she navigates tweenhood and her loss. Ayers discovers and hides Rosie's diaries, which detail plenty of evidence regarding Russ's illegal dealings and a motive for his murder. The book ends on a cliffhanger, setting readers up eagerly for the next book. Those who want a sweet page-turner that's more than just beach fare will want to take a look.
Hi this was one of my favorites.
Keeps you on the edge
Absolutely definitely a great summer beach book! Absolutely love it. Elin Hilderbrand is an author wanting you for more ☕️👓📖
So fun. Can’t wait to find out what happens next.