What Happens in Paradise

What Happens in Paradise

A Novel

eBook - 2019
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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.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown & Company, 2019
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780316435567
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (vii, 323 pages)

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Dec 05, 2019

2nd in a planned trilogy....I can hardly wait for the 3rd one! This one was very, very good and nice to be back with all the characters from the first one. This one also ended with a real cliff hanger! Elin, get that third one out ASAP!

Nov 25, 2019

I wish I had read my review of 'Winter In Paradise' before I wasted my time on 'What Happens in Paradise'. I won't make that mistake again.

I gave 'Winter in Paradise' only 3 stars because at least it was as interesting as it was unbelievable saying, "I think Winter in Paradise is merely a vehicle to introduce us to the Virgin Islands and clearly the prologue, as unsatisfactory as it is, to the sequels. 3.5 stars and I will give the sequels a chance with the hope they live up to Hilderbrand's other works as this one did not.".

'What Happens in Paradise' is a teenage romance for adults: everyone is hiding, lying, cheating, bouncing from lover to lover. FINALLY, at the end we get a hint of resolution to the mysteries surrounding Russ and his death, about which his survivors are just emotionless. If they are supposed to be in shock, you would never know it.

It's hard to tell if 'What Happens in Paradise' is a travelogue, a romance or a mystery. As with 'Winter in Paradise', Elin Hilderbrand again did a beautiful job of describing the island, its places, scenery and lifestyle that she clearly loves. Unfortunately, she did her story a disservice and it suffered greatly from her self-indulgence for the place.

I was angry after I stayed up to finish this book last night and even angrier I will be paying library fines to do so. I have 'Summer of '69' on my bookshelf waiting to be read. Frankly, I'm not sure I want to read it now.

2 Stars

Nov 23, 2019

I've read and enjoyed all of her books.....but not this one. Such a different style from her other books. I was very disappointed.


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