Synopsis from Little, Brown and Company:
Secret lives and new loves emerge in the bright Caribbean sunlight, in the follow-up to national bestseller Winter in Paradise
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 American’s most beloved and engaging storytellers.
About: What Happens in Paradise is a chick lit written by Elin Hilderbrand. It was recently published on 10/8/2019 by Little, Brown, a division of Hachette Book Group, paperback, 336 pages. The genres are women’s fiction, chick lit, and mystery. This book comes from a series of two books so far: book one was Winter in Paradise and book two was What Happens in Paradise. According to the publisher’s website, “Our Vision: To be the #1 destination for authors, agents, customers, client publishers, and employees. To be a respected publisher that values diversity, nurtures talent, rewards success, and honors its responsibilities. To be market focused in all we do, and to lead change in popular culture. To anticipate change, foster creativity, and encourage risk-taking and innovation.” Please see below for more Information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading What Happens in Paradise on 10/24/2019 and finished it on 10/28/2019. This book is yet again a fantastic read! I love that twist on the mystery of Irene’s husband. His death has changed course and I’m hooked on wanting to find out what happened. Irene’s marriage is such a lesson learned. It’s so easy to be caught up in our own interests that we neglect our loved ones. I could say that I sometimes rather read than talk to my husband lol. I love Rosie’s view as well as everyone else. I like the reminder to experience more of where you live because I do regret not sightseeing places nearby Wisconsin and Georgia and now that I have moved away from there I will not have a chance to travel there anymore due to expenses.
This book is told in the third person point of view following Irene as she dreamed yet again of Russ, her husband of 35 years until his recent death. She dreamed that he’s still alive. The second view is Ayers. She’s back with her ex but can’t help thinking about Cash & Baker. The third view is Cash. He’s thinking to move back to St Johns and work at Treasure Island now that his business has tanked. The fourth view is Huck. He enlisted Ayers to clean out Rosie’s room and they both found the surprise in the dresser drawer. The fifth view is Rosie, told in first person via diary. Rosie talks about her life and how she met Russ. The sixth view is Baker. His wife is leaving him and he thinks to move to St Johns permanently. The FBI called and are conducting an investigation into Irene’s husband death.
What Happens in Paradise is an excellent storytelling by Elin Hilderbrand. I like the story of love in this book: “Love is messy, complicated, and unfair.” Ayer’s love story is a bit of a headache for her and it can be relatable to many readers. Then Rosie’s love story is another complicated thing as well as other characters in this book. Another cliffhanger ending, one I have guessed it just because of the where the money came from. I’m surprised Irene and her sons didn’t figure that out. It’s interesting how islanders are like small towners, the gossip mill is the only thing people with secrets are afraid of. I haven’t read too many women’s fiction but this book and the first one are definitely unputdownable and I highly recommend everyone to read them!
Pro: fast paced, page turner, twists, family, friendship, love, mystery
I rate it 5 stars!
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