- Series: Paradise (1) (Book 1)
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (September 17, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316435538
- ISBN-13: 978-0316435536
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 662 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PRAISE FOR WINTER IN PARADISE:
"What do you do once you've become queen of the Summer novel and mastered the art of the Christmas novel? You start a new series, of course! This Fall, the incomparable Elin Hilderbrand brings us to St. John for the first novel in her new The Paradise series...Another compulsively readable hit by Hilderbrand."―Brenda Janowitz, PopSugar
"A new series from Nantucket author Elin Hilderbrand-that's set in St. John!"―Modern Mrs. Darcy
"With great verve, [Hilderbrand] has done it again with her latest novel, WINTER IN PARADISE, the first book in a planned trilogy. She is witty and engaging, and keeps her readers intrigued with a memorable set of characters...As always, she delivers a story with much detail, weaving her characters and storylines expertly...Be prepared to read a fast-paced and entertaining novel for several hours, which will keep you longing for the second book in the series."―Bookreporter
"The perfect vacation read."―Hasty Book List
"As she does in her books set on Nantucket, Hilderbrand excels at establishing a setting (the food! the luxury! the sea turtles!) that will inspire wanderlust...Hilderbrand is the queen of the summer blockbuster; her fans will be thrilled that she's looking to take on winter."―Susan Maguire, Booklist
"This fast-paced novel offers the voices of several different characters, as well as a hefty load of intrigue."―Nancy Carty Lepri, New York Journal of Books
About the Author
Elin Hilderbrand is: the mother of three three-sport athletes, an aspiring fashionista, a dedicated jogger, a world explorer, an enthusiastic foodie, and a grateful three-year breast cancer survivor. She has called Nantucket Island her home since 1994. Winter in Paradise is her twenty-second novel.
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There were sections at the beginning of the book where the story flow was interrupted with plugs for other authors’ books. This was jarring and pulled me out of the story, because it seemed disjointed and not relevant to the story.
After the rough beginning, I got into it, but after finally hooking me, the pacing slowed and the book lost momentum. I was frustrated that after slogging through parts, I didn’t even get the payoff of a satisfying ending. There was no resolution to numerous threads, and the author added a major plot development. Apparently, you have to read two more books to find out what happened.
Although, I liked and recommended some of this author’s previous books, I won’t be reading any more. Books are too expensive for authors to expect readers to invest time and money in three of them to get one story. I’ve yet to read any story worth $75 and very few stories worth the time and energy to wade through a thousand pages to find out how it ends.
So why the 3-star review?
This is not a complete book. It is 1/3 of a book. I don’t think it is okay to charge full price for a book that has no ending. It’s not really even a cliffhanger. It’s like a book was chopped in to 3 books. Now, theoretically we will have to pay full price for each of the thirds. I just don’t think it is okay to do this to the reader.
I do really want to know what happens next. But I think it is really greedy to expect people to pay for 3 books to get one story.
The author has rendered St. John with as much loving detail as does on Nantucket in her other books. I’m convinced that I would love it there. The main characters are distinct individuals. The character of Maia is under-rendered and under-developed; I hope we see more in the next book.
I just wish I’d been prepared for the cliffhanger.