Synopsis from Little, Brown and Company:
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.
About: Winter in Paradise is a chick lit mystery written by Elin Hilderbrand. It was published 10/9/2018 by Back Bay Books, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company, paperback, 336 pages. The genres are chick lit, mystery, and fiction. There are two books in the series so far: book one is Winter in Paradise and book two is What Happens in Paradise. According to the publisher’s website, “Back Bay Books is focused on the publication of the nation’s best fiction and nonfiction.” Please see below for more info about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Winter in Paradise on 10/19/2019 and finished it on 10/23/2019. 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 that he’s like his mom’s daughter because he’s close to her. I like Irene’s family dynamic.
This book is told in the third person point of view following Irene, 57, editor at a magazine, as she busy being productive at home. At the end of the day, she went out to dinner with her friend Lydia for New Year’s Eve. The second view is Ayers, 31, a server at a restaurant in St. Johns. A busy New Year’s Eve night at work doesn’t get any better for her when her ex-boyfriend come strolling into the restaurant with his new girlfriend. Her friend and co-worker Rosie is out with her Invisible Man boyfriend. The third view is Cash, 28, Irene and Russ’ youngest son. His business failed and he felt free and relieved. He only opened the business to make his dad happy. The fourth view is Huck, 61, Rosie’s dad. He’s looking forward to spending New Year’s Eve with his granddaughter Maia. The fifth view is Baker, 30, Irene and Russ’ oldest son who is a stay-at-home dad. They all received the unexpected news of their loved ones after a night of celebrating New Year’s. The sixth view is a surprise. This book is divided into 3 parts.
Winter in Paradise is well written and a fast paced read! Baker’s view is hilarious, especially what he thinks of his brother Cash. I find this book entertaining when the brothers fight over a girl, both claim to love her at first sight. I like Ayers, the supporting character. It’s cool how her parents and her traveled around the world when she was young and for her to turn around and just go anywhere to live. That life is also risky because she doesn’t have family with her and totally on her own. I like the reminder of the power of friendship because without friends, Ayers life can be hard. The characters in this book are great to read. They sure don’t hold anything back in their views. That cliffhanger ending is awesome and I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
Pro: fast paced, page turner, humor, family, secrets & lies, Caribbean, outdoors, love, friendship
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Elin Hilderbrand is a mother of three, an avid runner, reader, and traveler, and the author of twenty-three novels. She grew up outside Philadelphia, and has lived on Nantucket for more than twenty years. (Photo and info obtained from Little, Brown and Company’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Little, Brown and Company for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.