Finished Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand. I received a copy for review.
Summary (from Goodreads):
“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 and love about an Elin Hilderbrand novel, plus a healthy dose of intrigue. Irene Steele’s idyllic life-house, husband, family-is shattered when she is woken up by a late-night phone call. Her beloved husband has been found dead, but before Irene can process this tragic news, she must confront the perplexing details of her husband’s death. He was found on St. John island, a tropical paradise far removed from their suburban life. Leaving the cold winter behind, Irene flies down to the beautiful Caribbean beaches of St. John only to make another shocking discovery: her husband had a secret second family. As Irene investigates the mysterious circumstances of her husband’s death, she is plunged into a web of intrigue and deceit belied by the pristine white sand beaches of St. John’s. This exciting first book in the Paradise series will transport readers to a new beach locale-another world that Elin knows as well as her beloved Nantucket-and have them longing for winter.”
I loved this book so much! The Elin Hilderbrand books I’ve read (I think this is my fourth) have all been really enjoyable books but this one felt different. Obviously a lot of that is because she changed the location and the time frame, but it’s also a different sort of book.
The idea of second families intrigues me. Does the second family know about the first? Were there really no clues at all? Wouldn’t someone’s absence on holidays tip you off that something was wrong? There were no answers to that in this book (we only hear from the first family, and Russ spent holidays with them) but I’m hoping it’s addressed in the sequel.
Although honestly, the ending was completely unexpected and I cannot wait for the sequel. (I would be excited anyway because I need to know what happens with everyone, but with the ending? TELL ME EVERYTHING RIGHT NOW.)
Highly recommended. (But be warned, you will probably want your own tropical vacation. I know I do.)