Synopsis from Little, Brown and Company:
After uprooting her life in the States, Irene Steele has just settled in at the villa on St. John where her husband Russ had been living a double life. But a visit from the FBI shakes her foundations, and Irene once again learns just how little she knew about the man she loved.
With help from their friends, Irene and her sons set up their lives while evidence mounts that the helicopter crash that killed Russ may not have been an accident. Meanwhile, the island watches this drama unfold — including the driver of a Jeep with tinted windows who seems to be shadowing the Steele family.
As a storm gathers strength in the Atlantic, surprises are in store for the Steeles: help from a mysterious source, and a new beginning in the paradise that has become their home. At last all will be revealed about the secrets and lies that brought Irene and her sons to St. John — and the truth that transformed them all.
About: Troubles in Paradise is a mystery women’s fiction written by Elin Hilderbrand. It was recently published on 10/6/2020 by Little, Brown and Company, hardcover, 352 pages. The genres are contemporary, mystery, chick lit, and women’s fiction. This book belongs in a series called Paradise where book one was called Winter in Paradise, book two was What Happens in Paradise, and book three was Troubles 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 Troubles in Paradise on 12/12/2020 and finished it on 12/18/2020. This book was a great read! Made me dreamed of being wealthy one day so that I could live or travel to one of those luxurious islands. I enjoyed reading each character. Their troubles are easily relatable to many readers. The humor was fantastic. I liked how each family members of the Steele easily adapted themselves to becoming from tourists to locals. Makes me wonder if it’s that easy in real life. I guess it might if we aren’t picky about the jobs being offered at the Caribbean. There are a variety of things going on in this story that either made you grin or made you felt for them when the characters were feeling vulnerable because of the complications of love: wealthy guys fasting, Baker felt like he’s on a reality TV shows, love troubles at any age, male/female pining after someone, etc. I liked that there are background stories for everyone even Huck’s fling, Teresa and Baker’s Houston school wife, Ellen.
This book started out with a recap of what happened in St. John. Then the story began with Irene, 57, told in the third person point of view as she woke up and found herself at Huck’s house. Irene is now homeless because the villa in paradise and her house back at the states had been seized. Her husband’s secrets are now being revealed and she’s left with a lot of questions. The second view was Baker, Irene’s son. Baker decided to uproot himself and his 4 year old son out of Texas and moved to the Virgin Island for good. He wanted to start a new life with Ayers and live at his dad’s villa with no knowledge of what’s been happening. The third view was Huck, step grandpa to Maia and step dad to Rosie who was the mistress to Irene’s husband Russ. He reminiscenced about the women in his life because now he felt like he might just found himself a new one. The fourth view was Cash, Irene’s second son. He has gotten himself a job and a girlfriend but unexpected things happened and now his dog Winnie is homeless. The fifth view was Maia, 12 as she realized that her mom was right about love, how it’s messy and complicated. The sixth view was Ayers. She just broke up her engagement with Mick and now found herself with an unexpected news. Each character has his/her troubles and they all were pulled together by the recently deceased couple with an unsolved mystery.
Troubles in Paradise was well written and a fast paced read! The mystery was only of the mystery jeep with tinted windows so the read was mostly easy going of people vacationing. I liked the reminder about the value of things. Irene put so much time and efforts into renovating her house with antiques and expensive things and realized that she’s ok without them now. The mystery in this book was less than the first two books. It’s more about the characters and the islands. I loved the first two books for the mystery and humor, but this one I loved it for the characters pouring out their heartaches. An excellent series to read altogether and I do recommend everyone to read it.
Pro: fast paced, page turner, well liked characters, mystery,
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’s website).