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Winter in Paradise de Elin Hilderbrand
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Winter in Paradise (2018 original; edició 2018)

de Elin Hilderbrand (Autor)

Sèrie: In Paradise (1)

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A husband's secret life, a wife's new beginning: escape to the Caribbean with #1 New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand. Irene Steele shares her idyllic life in a beautiful Iowa City Victorian house with a husband who loves her to sky-writing, sentimental extremes. But as she rings in the new year one cold and snowy night, everything she thought she knew falls to pieces with a shocking phone call: her beloved husband, away on business, has been killed in a helicopter crash. Before Irene can even process the news, she must first confront the perplexing details of her husband's death on the distant Caribbean island of St. John. After Irene and her sons arrive at this faraway paradise, they make yet another shocking discovery: her husband had been living a secret life. As Irene untangles a web of intrigue and deceit, and as she and her sons find themselves drawn into the vibrant island culture, they have to face the truth about their family, and about their own futures. Rich with the lush beauty of the tropics and the drama, romance, and intrigue only Elin Hilderbrand can deliver, Winter in Paradise is a truly transporting novel, and the exciting start to a new series.… (més)
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Títol:Winter in Paradise
Autors:Elin Hilderbrand (Autor)
Informació:Little, Brown and Company (2018), 320 pages
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Bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand introduces readers to a vibrant, complicated, and endearing cast of characters in the first volume of her Paradise Series.

Irene Steele has devoted her time to renovating the beautiful Iowa City Victorian house she owns with her devoted husband, Russ. Thanks to his promotion to a well-paying job with a boutique investment firm, their financial situation improved dramatically, but required him to travel extensively. Now the house is a showpiece, and when at home with Irene and spending time with their two grown sons, Russ is a doting, sentimental husband. The kind other women wish their own husbands would emulate. Which is why Irene finds herself unable to tell any of their friends in Iowa about the mysterious circumstances surrounding her husband’s demise.

But tragedy strikes. Irene is notified that Russ has been killed in a helicopter crash on the Caribbean island of St. John. But the news is baffling. Irene has no idea what Russ was doing there when he was supposed to be on a business trip. She has no inkling as to what kind of business would have led him to a tropical paradise.

Ayers Wilson, a waitress at a popular restaurant on St. John, rings in the New Year without her best friend and coworker, Rosie, who is spending the evening with the Invisible Man. That’s the name ascribed to the mysterious boyfriend Rosie spends time with when he is on the island. She does not reveal any details about him, and Ayers has long suspected he is married. When Ayers learns that both Rosie and the Invisible Man have been killed in a helicopter crash, she is devastated and heartbroken for Rosie’s stepfather and her lovely young daughter, Maia.

Irene and her sons immediately travel to St. John to attempt to make sense of Russ’s untimely demise. There, they are shocked to learn that Russ had been leading a double life. He owned a gorgeous, secluded home that he was obviously sharing with another woman. Irene sets out to learn the full extent of Russ’s deceit and, in the process, finds herself drawn into the magical, spiritual island culture.

Hilderbrand’s new series is off to a fine start. Employing her signature style, Hilderbrand creates multi-layered, fully-developed, believable characters. Most importantly, every character, including the deceased Russ, is flawed, but sympathetic. In addition to Ayers and Irene, the cast includes Rosie’s stepfather, Huck, a gruff but charismatic widowed fishing captain who puts the well-being of young Maia above all else, even as he and Irene develop a strong connection, founded on grief. Nick is the longtime unfaithful boyfriend with whom Ayers broke up. Irene’s sons, Cash and Baker, both become smitten with Ayers, but have left their own complicated lives back in the U.S. to accompany their mother on a journey of discovery about who their father really was and the way he was living his life when apart from his Iowa family.

The action moves at a brisk pace, never stalling or stuttering, as Hilderbrand pulls readers into the complexities of the characters’ lives and their struggle to come to terms with the secrets Russ kept. They also strive to understand how and why Rosie came to be in the helicopter with him and lost her own life. There are many questions about Russ’s financial dealings, the business interests of the mysterious company where he was employed, and what the future holds for Irene and her sons, not to mention Maia. Hilderbrand injects details about the beautiful island, a place she knows well and clearly loves.

The combination of the lush tropical setting and Hiderbrand’s intriguingly compelling characters mesh perfectly into an enjoyable, engrossing story with a jaw-dropping ending that sets up and leaves readers clamoring for the next installment, What Happens in Paradise.

Thanks to NetGalley for an Advance Reader's Copy of the book. ( )
  JHSColloquium | Apr 13, 2022 |
I devoured this book in a single day. The thing I love about Elin Hildebrand novels is she always packs them with fascinating characters and then you get drama, drama, drama and the twists just keep coming! This one is set in both Iowa and the Virgin Islands. After the death of Russ, a businessman who is often away, his Iowa family discovers he’s been keeping a HUGE secret down in the Virgin Islands. The characters are really great, and there are hints Elin Hildebrand may yet be able to turn this story of marital disaster into something of a hopeful note one day as lost characters from the states meet lonely souls on the island.

I found myself falling in love with the way she wrote the island and the characters, even as I found myself a little wistful for snowy Nantucket and the uber-Christmas scene of the “Winter Street” series, which will always be one of my favorite Christmas series of all time. Still, this book on its own is an absolute delight, particularly in the lush descriptions of the islands, the fishing, the rivalry between the two brothers (so believably written! But Cash, dude, you were SUCH a jerk there at the end!! You have some major improvements to do before I can pull for you! ), and the way two families are forced to confront what has been going on behind their backs for over a decade. Amazing! And of course the twists keep coming in this one right until the end. I will definitely be reading on in the series.
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  KatKinney | Mar 3, 2022 |
I love Irene. She found the words to describe what it feels like to be married and cheated on , and I couldn’t have it put into words better myself. That page I think I read over and over. If you’ve felt that pain before. When you read it you sit back and close your eyes and think yes. That’s exactly what it feels like. ( )
  amandasgoodbooks | Jul 3, 2021 |
I enjoyed this story, even though it was a bit predictable in places. Looking forward to reading Paradise #2. ( )
  BookLove80 | Mar 12, 2021 |
A friend recommended this because she's dying to read the next book. Every time we met, she had to bring up it up. I gave in...It was good. Best of all, I only have to wait 2 months for the next one. Family, romance, secrets, heartbreaks and MYSTERY! ( )
  xKayx | Dec 14, 2020 |
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A husband's secret life, a wife's new beginning: escape to the Caribbean with #1 New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand. Irene Steele shares her idyllic life in a beautiful Iowa City Victorian house with a husband who loves her to sky-writing, sentimental extremes. But as she rings in the new year one cold and snowy night, everything she thought she knew falls to pieces with a shocking phone call: her beloved husband, away on business, has been killed in a helicopter crash. Before Irene can even process the news, she must first confront the perplexing details of her husband's death on the distant Caribbean island of St. John. After Irene and her sons arrive at this faraway paradise, they make yet another shocking discovery: her husband had been living a secret life. As Irene untangles a web of intrigue and deceit, and as she and her sons find themselves drawn into the vibrant island culture, they have to face the truth about their family, and about their own futures. Rich with the lush beauty of the tropics and the drama, romance, and intrigue only Elin Hilderbrand can deliver, Winter in Paradise is a truly transporting novel, and the exciting start to a new series.

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