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Winter in Paradise

(Paradise #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  4,798 Ratings  ·  552 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
Published October 9th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company
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Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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.
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
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Me reading this book......

Me having to wait for the next one in the series.... 5-A4-BA704-EFDF-4-C10-A8-A5-AE7-C23-C50446

Jamie Rosenblit
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
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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
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.”
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
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
Oct 10, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melanie by: Lilly (Lair Of Books)
This was my October 2018 Book of the Month pick!

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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
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Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Sheyla ✎

*My review will contain spoilers*

I want to know why Elin went with this particular ending. To say that I was disappointed it's an understatement.

Winter in Paradise tells the story of Irene Steel. A woman in her fifties, married to Russ and who has two grown children, Cash and Baker.

She recently received a promotion at her job but she understands it really leads to an early retirement. She is very unhappy about this news when she receives a phone call after New Year's telling her that her husba
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have only one question.... when can we expect the next book in this series?!? 😭😭
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.50 Stars
Donna Hines
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
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
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hilderbrand is out of Nantucket and into the Caribbean. Winter in Paradise is written in her classic style and I loved every bit of it. The characters have heart and are immediately likeable, though brothers Cash and Baker come off as little, bratty siblings though they are grown men. Actually, to be honest, that is exactly what they are. Holding grudges since college, these two will undercut each other at every chance given. Especially when it comes to Ayers. Holding a special place in my heart ...more
Cassidy (Cassidys.Bookshelf)
I was so excited to hear that Elin Hilderbrand was coming out with a new trilogy to sort of fill the gap that the Winter Street series left in my heart. I devoured that series last winter after succumbing to bookstagram pressure and I'm so sad I don't have any more of the Quinn family to read. But unfortunately, Winter in Paradise didn't quite hook me like Winter Street did.

Here's what I liked: I liked that it was formatted like the Winter Street series. You got to read in the voice of multiple
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

We start the "Winter in Paradise" series on New Year’s Day, the first day of a whole new year, laid out before us, untouched, as if each day comes in a shiny bag, to be selected one by one like candy.
Irene Steele of Iowa City, Iowa starts her day in her beloved Victorian style home, all fully refurbished and redecorated, thanks to the generous income from her husband’s Russ’s job of the last thirteen years, she encouraged him to accept. Unfortunately, a great deal of travel came with that great
Julie Barrett
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand
Starts out where all are stateside based. There are many and they don't appear to be connected til you read further.
Wish there was a list of characters at the start-feel lost.
Love the details, very descriptive of the island and the culture...
Like how everyone is connected and you learn over time just how close they are. Liked being on island time and how the tourists adjust.
Love hearing of the different jobs on the island.
Interesting how the two brothers are
Irene and her sons travel from Iowa to the Caribbean where her husband has died in a helicopter crash but what they find shakes them to their cores. This is the start of a new series with newly created characters and instead of Hilderbrand's usual Nantucket, it is set on St. John. As usual, the characters are appealing (except her sons could be a little on the annoying side) and the intrigue about her husband's death and the family dynamics kept me turning pages.

A fun new series that leaves one
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had my thoughts about what was happening in this book and just as she always does, Hilderbrand leaves you hanging to find out more!
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it

4.5 Stars!!!!

Ladies and gentlemen, Elin Hilderbrand has done it again. In Winter in Paradise, Hilderbrand delivers a page-turning, deliciously juicy tale chock full of lies, deceit, and passion with a side of sun, sand and refreshing cocktails. I have to admit, I wasn’t sure I was going to love this novel as much since it’s Elin’s first trip away from Nantucket Island. I LOVE Elin’s Nantucket. It’s a truly special treat to travel there with every one of her stories set on the dusty beach roads
Amanda McGill
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
For full review - The Limit of Books Does Not Exist

I love it when novels are set on islands! Hilderbrand sets the perfect image of the island of St. John’s in the US Virgin Islands. I want to book a trip to St. John!

Irene receives a phone call saying the worst possible news…her husband has been involved in a plane crash and has died. Irene is shocked and unfortunately her husband’s death comes with lots of questions, such as what was he doing in St. Johns? Why does he have a house on the island?
Neelam Babul
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing, superb, splendid and intriguing. I loved every moment I spent reading this story. The characters are easily relatable and the setting is beautiful.

Irene Steele has it all, a loving and caring husband, two kids, a good job, and the perfect home. That perfect facade gradually starts crumbling down as her children grow up leading their own lives, her husband is distant - always busy with work and traveling, and her job is nearing retirement. She has been pushed to a lower po
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hilderbrand's books just get better and better and better (and they were REALLY good to start, years ago). Winter in Paradise is book number one in her new series. This one, Winter in Paradise, is irresistible. I could not stop reading it, read most of it in one sitting, and then finished it up the next day. It's a mystery (though not a thriller, and there is no violence) along the lines of Anita Shreve's The Pilot's Wife. This theme has been done by Shreve and others, but in the hands of Hilder ...more
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3.5? 4? Idk. I need a minute 😒
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Book of The Month: Winter in Paradise Discussion 3 28 Oct 03, 2018 01:47PM  
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.
“She had lived in eight different countries growing up and had visited dozens of others. To most people, this sounded cool, and in some ways, Ayers knows, it was cool, or parts of it were. But since humans are inclined to want what they don't have, she longed to live in America, preferably the solid, unchanging, undramatic Midwest, and attend a real high school, the kind shown in movies, complete with a football team, cheerleaders, pep rallies, chemistry labs, summer reading lists, hall passes, proms, detentions, assemblies, fund-raisers, lockers, Spanish clubs, marching bands, and the dismissal bell.” 0 likes
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