A husband's secret life, a wife's new beginning: escape to the Caribbean with #1 New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand.
Irene Steele shares her idyllic life in a beautiful Iowa City Victorian house with a husband who loves her to sky-writing, sentimental extremes. But as she rings in the new year one cold and snowy night, everything she thought she knew falls to pieces with a shocking phone call: her beloved husband, away on business, has been killed in a helicopter crash. Before Irene can even process the news, she must first confront the perplexing details of her husband's death on the distant Caribbean island of St. John.
After Irene and her sons arrive at this faraway paradise, they make yet another shocking discovery: her husband had been living a secret life. As Irene untangles a web of intrigue and deceit, and as she and her sons find themselves drawn into the vibrant island culture, they have to face the truth about their family, and about their own futures.
Rich with the lush beauty of the tropics and the drama, romance, and intrigue only Elin Hilderbrand can deliver, Winter in Paradise is a truly transporting novel, and the exciting start to a new series.
"I will just say that, 24 hours after I started this book, I purchased its sequel, What Happens in Paradise, and I did not leave either book to be enjoyed by strangers at the end of my vacation." —Elisabeth Egan, New York Times
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Winter in Paradise is Elin Hilderbrand’s first departure from her beloved setting of Nantucket. But fear not, beach lovers. The novel unfolds in a gorgeous villa on the Caribbean island of St. John, nestled among tropical palms and blessed with outstanding views and sumptuous comforts. Imagine that you only found out about this family oasis after your husband’s sudden, mysterious death. That’s what happens to newly widowed Irene, who heads to the Virgin Islands in search of answers. The first book in Hilderbrand’s romantic mystery series blends a luxurious setting with devastating secrets and a compelling plot.
Hilderbrand's breezy family drama, the first of a series, plays out against the pristine beaches and sparkling waters of St. John in the Caribbean. Pragmatic Iowa City magazine editor Irene Steele has finished restoring her beloved Queen Anne home, leaving her eager for another project. Her doting husband, Russ, travels often for work and her adult sons, Cash and Baker, juggle jobs and family. When she gets a call that Russ has been killed in a helicopter crash in the Virgin Islands along with a woman named Rosie Small, she's devastated and shocked to learn that he owned a lavish home there. Accompanied by Cash and Baker, Irene heads to St. John and discovers that Russ was leading a separate life, causing her to question everything she thought she knew about her marriage. As usual, Hilderbrand's characters are as familiar as old friends, and her smooth prose is as tender and welcoming. The questions surrounding Russ's death and double life provide suspense, and readers will be happy to lose themselves in paradise while getting to know these irresistible new characters.
I enjoyed this book and it kept me guessing. It felt realistic or even possible the as events rolled out. I continued on with the 2nd and 3rd books. But really wish it was all rolled into one book.
Winter in Paradise
I am really disappointed that I spent $14.99 on this book. Unlike able characters (with stupid names) unbelievable story line and poor editing makes me say don’t waste your time or money on this one or the two others that are supposed to follow. I know I won’t be reading them.
Fun read, but . . .
Much telling, not showing - that irritated me about the writing. It’s abrupt ending was a disappointment, but reckon it’s the first offering in a trilogy.