In the follow-up to national bestseller Winter in Paradise, 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.
Once again, Hilderbrand demonstrates her mastery of immersive escapism with a carefully deployed pineapple-banana smoothie or the blue tile of an outdoor shower. The cautious steadiness of Irene and Huck counterbalances the drama of the younger cast (honestly, Baker!), though there are plenty of complicated feelings to go around, especially when Ayers discovers Rosie’s diary. The absolute pleasure of the reading experience combined with a cliff-hanger ending will have readers anxiously awaiting the conclusion to the trilogy.
This suspenseful and emotionally riveting novel is the second edition to the Paradise series but the first installment, Winter in Paradise, should be read prior to this, otherwise it will prove to be confusing. The characters and the location are described in vivid detail, but the reader is left wondering if the conflict will ever be settled.
While the first volume left a lot up in the air about Russell’s dubious business dealings and the manner of his death, this installment fills in many of the blanks ... You'll be counting the days until you can return to the Virgin Islands with these characters in the concluding volume of the trilogy ... Print the bumper sticker—I'd Rather Be Living in an Elin Hilderbrand Novel.