What happens in paradise : a novel / Elin Hilderbrand.
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- ISBN: 9780316435567
- ISBN: 0316435562
- Physical Description: 1 online resource (vii, 323 pages)
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York : Little, Brown & Company, 2019.
- Copyright: ©2019
Sequel to: 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 plane 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.
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Publishers Weekly Review
What Happens in Paradise
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Hilderbrand's captivating follow-up to 2018's Winter in Paradise, continues the chronicle of Russell Steele's family as they start over in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, after his suspicious death and the discovery of his hidden second life. After learning that Russ fathered a child with Rosie, a St. John waitress who died with him, in the first book, Russ's widow Irene leaves her life in Iowa and accepts an offer to work on a fishing charter with Rosie's stepdad, Huck. Huck and Irene instantly click, despite the odd circumstances. At the same time, Irene's younger son Cash rethinks his aimless existence after hearing from Rosie's best friend Ayers about an opening on a boat. Cash and his brother Baker, both in their 30s, are smitten with Ayers, who has gone back to her cheating boyfriend Mick. Baker also considers St. John. The group--Irene, Cash, Baker, Huck, and Ayers--rally around 12-year-old Maia, Rosie's daughter, as she navigates tweenhood and her loss. Ayers discovers and hides Rosie's diaries, which detail plenty of evidence regarding Russ's illegal dealings and a motive for his murder. The book ends on a cliffhanger, setting readers up eagerly for the next book. Those who want a sweet page-turner that's more than just beach fare will want to take a look. (Oct.)
What Happens in Paradise
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
After the events of Winter in Paradise (2018), everyone is back where they belong. Irene Steele is in Iowa City with her younger son, Cash; older son Baker is in Houston negotiating a custody arrangement with his soon-to-be ex-wife; and boat captain Huck, free-spirited Ayers, and 12-year-old Maia are still on St. John. But the events of the previous New Year's, when Irene discovered her husband's secret life in St. John after he and Maia's mother, Rosie, were killed in a helicopter crash, are not over, and now the FBI is involved. Irene still feels drawn to the island, so when Huck offers her a job, she jumps right in, joined by Cash and Baker, both of whom are in love with Ayers. Once again, Hilderbrand demonstrates her mastery of immersive escapism with a carefully deployed pineapple-banana smoothie or the blue tile of an outdoor shower. The cautious steadiness of Irene and Huck counterbalances the drama of the younger cast (honestly, Baker!), though there are plenty of complicated feelings to go around, especially when Ayers discovers Rosie's diary. The absolute pleasure of the reading experience combined with a cliff-hanger ending will have readers anxiously awaiting the conclusion to the trilogy.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: One bestseller in Hilderbrand's enthralling trilogy ensures another.--Susan Maguire Copyright 2010 Booklist