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What happens in paradise
2019
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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.
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After the events of Winter in Paradise (2018), everyone is back where they belong. Irene Steele is in Iowa City with her younger son, Cash; older son Baker is in Houston negotiating a custody arrangement with his soon-to-be ex-wife; and boat captain Huck, free-spirited Ayers, and 12-year-old Maia are still on St. John. But the events of the previous New Year's, when Irene discovered her husband's secret life in St. John after he and Maia's mother, Rosie, were killed in a helicopter crash, are not over, and now the FBI is involved. Irene still feels drawn to the island, so when Huck offers her a job, she jumps right in, joined by Cash and Baker, both of whom are in love with Ayers. 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.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: One bestseller in Hilderbrand's enthralling trilogy ensures another.--Susan Maguire Copyright 2010 Booklist
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