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This book is yet again a fantastic read I love that twist on the mystery of Irene s husband His death has changed course and I m hooked on wanting to find out what happened Irene s marriage is such a lesson learned It s so easy to be caught up in our own interests that we neglect our loved ones I could say that I sometimes rather read than talk to my husband lol I love Rosie s view as well as everyone else I like the reminder to experienceof where you live because I do regret not si This book is yet again a fantastic read I love that twist on the mystery of Irene s husband His death has changed course and I m hooked on wanting to find out what happened Irene s marriage is such a lesson learned It s so easy to be caught up in our own interests that we neglect our loved ones I could say that I sometimes rather read than talk to my husband lol I love Rosie s view as well as everyone else I like the reminder to experienceof where you live because I do regret not sightseeing places nearby Wisconsin and Georgia and now that I have moved away from there I will not have a chance to travel there any due to expenses This book is told in the third person point of view following Irene as she dreamed yet again of Russ, her husband of 35 years until his recent death She dreamed that he s still alive The second view is Ayers She s back with her ex but can t help thinking about Cash Baker The third view is Cash He s thinking to move back to St Johns and work at Treasure Island now that his business has tanked The fourth view is Huck He enlisted Ayers to clean out Rosie s room and they both found the surprise in the dresser drawer The fifth view is Rosie, told in first person via diary Rosie talks about her life and how she met Russ The sixth view is Baker His wife is leaving him and he thinks to move to St Johns permanently The FBI called and are conducting an investigation into Irene s husband death What Happens in Paradise is an excellent storytelling by Elin Hilderbrand I like the story of love in this book Love is messy, complicated, and unfair Ayer s love story is a bit of a headache for her and it can be relatable to many readers Then Rosie s love story is another complicated thing as well as other characters in this book Another cliffhanger ending, one I have guessed it just because of the where the money came from I m surprised Irene and her sons didn t figure that out It s interesting how islanders are like small towners, the gossip mill is the only thing people with secrets are afraid of I haven t read too many women s fiction but this book and the first one are definitely unputdownable and I highly recommend everyone to read them Pro fast paced, page turner, twists, family, friendship, love, mystery Con none I rate it 5 stars Disclaimer Many thanks to Little, Brown and Company for the opportunity to read and review Please be assured that my opinions are honest xoxo, Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com fordetails 4.5 StarsGreat storytelling, could not put down, what a cliffhanger.Review to follow Find all of my reviews at When we last met up with the Steele family they had all returned to the United States to recuperate from the shock of dealing with a a dead husband father, b a McMansion in St John no one knew about, c a love child samesies with the no one knew about her part , and d various potential romances In book two it s pretty much a given there s going to be a bunch of other crap pop up that wasn t disclosed in 1 It s also a given Find all of my reviews at When we last met up with the Steele family they had all returned to the United States to recuperate from the shock of dealing with a a dead husband father, b a McMansion in St John no one knew about, c a love child samesies with the no one knew about her part , and d various potential romances In book two it s pretty much a given there s going to be a bunch of other crap pop up that wasn t disclosed in 1 It s also a given that these folks are headed back to island life ASAP or else there wouldn t even be the need for a continuation of the story.If you are familiar with me you know I spend about 95% of my time on Goodreads talking about how I don t read past the first book in a series And yet here I am finished with 2 here and anxiously awaiting 3 What can I say In my defense I will say I probably would have never picked up Winter In Paradise if I knew it was going to be a series and a cliffhangery type of one to boot GRRRR But what s done is done and when I saw this release on the new and notable shelf on a day where it was 30 degrees rather than the near 70 degrees it was supposed to be I saidAnd today it s snowingDon t even come at me when I decorate for Christmas this weekend If it can fucking ice storm before Halloween I can Clark Griswald the crap out of the interior of my own house before Thanksgiving.Anyway, I m new to the Elin Hilderbrand Kool Aid drinkers club, but I assume this is pretty much her typical fare only set on a different island than her older stuff This is also pretty typical book two content These are always what I call the filler books You need additional info to move the story along, but there s not a whole lot of real action until book three It also would not work at all as a standalone, but it was a great way to escape reality and didn t require a lot of thinking on my part which is always a plus Bring on 3 Why I love itby Siobhan JonesWhat Happens in Paradise is Elin Hilderbrand s wonderful follow up to the first book in her romantic mystery series set on a sleepy or not so sleepy Caribbean island It s also the second book that BOTM has featured by Hilderbrand this year, and the one that establishes her as our second ever threepeat author.Longtime fans of the author and her cozy yet elevated books and I know there are millions of them out there are probably delighted to see this as a selection Why I love itby Siobhan JonesWhat Happens in Paradise is Elin Hilderbrand s wonderful follow up to the first book in her romantic mystery series set on a sleepy or not so sleepy Caribbean island It s also the second book that BOTM has featured by Hilderbrand this year, and the one that establishes her as our second ever threepeat author.Longtime fans of the author and her cozy yet elevated books and I know there are millions of them out there are probably delighted to see this as a selection, while others may be wondering if we chose this book simply because there are millions of them out there All I have to say about that is Don t knock this book until you ve read it The Paradise series is a treasure chest of can t guess it plot twists, salty family drama, and pure reading bliss.This book picks up where Winter in Paradise left off Iowa housewife Irene is struggling to accept the unexpected death of her jetsetting businessman husband, her sons Cash and Baker are each struggling with their girl dramas, and Ayers the deeply relatable St Johns local is making bad decisions If you didn t read Winter, I encourage you to grab both books now and dive in, because this trilogy is heating up, and you can tell it s only going to get better Intricate plotting, a diverse cast of likeably flawed characters, and a beachy setting right as I m swapping my summer clothes for sweater weather are all I need right now surely you can t disagree Readat 4 Stars Escapist, addictive, and downright enthralling In this latest novel in the Paradise series, What Happens in Paradise, we head back to the idyllic island of St John and into the lives of the Steele family who after the turbulent events triggered by the death of the patriarch in the first novel begin to accept, heal, move on, take chances, forge new friendships, and find new love even while the underlying feelings of dread still linger.The writing is smooth and seamless The characters are hesita Escapist, addictive, and downright enthralling In this latest novel in the Paradise series, What Happens in Paradise, we head back to the idyllic island of St John and into the lives of the Steele family who after the turbulent events triggered by the death of the patriarch in the first novel begin to accept, heal, move on, take chances, forge new friendships, and find new love even while the underlying feelings of dread still linger.The writing is smooth and seamless The characters are hesitant, multilayered, and intriguing And the plot is an alluring tale of life, loss, heartbreak, friendship, family, coming of age, secrets, deception, corruption, and new beginnings.Overall, What Happens in Paradise is a heartwarming, mysterious, romantic, domestic drama that keeps you engaged and invested from start to finish and with its beautiful infusions of island living and tantalizing cliffhanger ending it will undoubtedly leave you eager forand counting down the days until the third and final novel in this trilogy becomes available.Thank you to HBG Canada for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review This was one of my favorite reads of 2018, so of course I was eagerly anticipating the sequel Irene and her family are back, just days after leaving St John But the mystery surrounding husband and father Russ s death and infidelity only continue to deepen Slowly, one by one, the family returns to the island, where they meet back up with people they met there in book one, and we start to uncover Russ s secrets As always, the characters are what make an Elin Hilderbrand book, and this cast is This was one of my favorite reads of 2018, so of course I was eagerly anticipating the sequel Irene and her family are back, just days after leaving St John But the mystery surrounding husband and father Russ s death and infidelity only continue to deepen Slowly, one by one, the family returns to the island, where they meet back up with people they met there in book one, and we start to uncover Russ s secrets As always, the characters are what make an Elin Hilderbrand book, and this cast is richly drawn, both Irene s family, and Russ s secret daughter s family Maya s on St John There are new loves, intense conflicts, and you just want to keep turning page after page view spoiler Things heat up in this one with the addition of Rosie s diary, where we learnof Russ s dirty deeds, the truth of what his business partner has been up to, Ayers and her love quadrangle gets interesting with Cash Baker both interested, but her slimy ex not out of the picture either plus Baker s ex wife who has only a passing interest in her son is also proving a complication and the way Hilderbrand writes all these scenarios is captivating After the way this one ended, I will be eagerly awaiting book three hide spoiler Please excuse typos name misspellings Entered on screen reader *FREE E-PUB ⇮ What Happens in Paradise ☔ Spend your winter on sunlit shores in the New York Times bestselling follow up to Winter in Paradise, as secret lives and new loves emerge under the bright Caribbean sky 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 helicopter 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 Lush with the tropical details, romance, and drama that made Winter in Paradise a national bestseller, What Happens in Paradise is another immensely satisfying page turner from one of America s most beloved and engaging storytellers Oh, Elin Hilderbrand, what happened here I was so looking forward to another enjoyable read about beautiful people and their beautiful things even as they wrestled with roadblocks on their way to their HEA or as happy as could be And instead I read What Happens In Paradise, which seems like it should have been called Author Has To Deliver A Book and Throws Together A Very Long Recap and then Some Crappy Filler.I get that second series novels often have their problems but they shouldn t be th Oh, Elin Hilderbrand, what happened here I was so looking forward to another enjoyable read about beautiful people and their beautiful things even as they wrestled with roadblocks on their way to their HEA or as happy as could be And instead I read What Happens In Paradise, which seems like it should have been called Author Has To Deliver A Book and Throws Together A Very Long Recap and then Some Crappy Filler.I get that second series novels often have their problems but they shouldn t be this bad, especially when you know the author is capable of so much better What Happens In Paradise isn t just forgettable it s bad and a rare misstep from an author who could have and should have asked fortime to craft a better novel or should have taken less to write a shorter series Unexpectedly, I find myself in a meh state of mind..So, I was a HUGE fan of Winter in Paradise It was easily a 5 star read for me entertaining, thought provoking, compelling, and a cliff hanger to boot..Well, What Happens in Paradise has the cliff hanger It s sorta entertaining at parts It s not very thought provoking, and the only thing that compelled me to keep going was the attachment I fostered to the characters in the first novel..Maybe it s me I m coming off an 800 page book with lo Unexpectedly, I find myself in a meh state of mind..So, I was a HUGE fan of Winter in Paradise It was easily a 5 star read for me entertaining, thought provoking, compelling, and a cliff hanger to boot..Well, What Happens in Paradise has the cliff hanger It s sorta entertaining at parts It s not very thought provoking, and the only thing that compelled me to keep going was the attachment I fostered to the characters in the first novel..Maybe it s me I m coming off an 800 page book with lots of character development and maybe this just felt too short Too unfinished Too rushed I m bummed though, I ve been looking forward to this read all dang year.Will I stick around for number three of the series Absolutely But I m hoping number three can recapture the magic that the first book has