Troubles in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand


The Paradise trilogy concludes with Troubles in Paradise, set in the beautiful Caribbean. Although I can’t travel now, I have fond memories of a vacation in Caribbean islands in 2018 and can still feel the island vibe written about in this series.

This book wraps up a lot of loose ends that were left at the end of the second book. For those of you who haven’t read the series, the story surrounds Irene Steele and her two grown sons, Baker and Cash, who learn that their husband and father Russ was killed in a helicopter crash in the Caribbean. The circumstances surrounding his death are suspicious and so the three remaining members of the family travel to the Caribbean in hopes of learning more. What they didn’t expect to learn was that Russ had a second family living in St. John.

I was satisfied with the conclusion of the series whose theme shines as one symbolic of rebuilding a life after is it torn apart. We learn that all the family has now settled in St John and are moving on with their lives. The character development was very good, particularly considering the large cast of characters. The book kept my interest, but I didn’t engage with the story as much as I have come to expect with books from this author. I very much preferred her Winter series and was happy to see the return of Margaret Quinn from that series make an appearance in this book. It’s such a clever, unexpected treat for fans of Elin Hilderbrand’s books.

I borrowed the audiobook version of the book from my local library. I loved the narration of the series by Erin Bennett, who is one of my favourite performers. Her voice lends itself authentically to a varied character list representing both women and men across several decades. I really felt her performance enhanced this book, and would highly recommend this version for those readers who enjoy audiobooks.

My rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5.

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36 comments:

  1. It's always a treat when a beloved character from one series pops up in another - this sounds like a good trilogy to get stuck into, we can all do with the Caribbean vibe right now!

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  2. This series sounds great, I've never heard of it before but I really enjoy mysterious novels. I love that it's set in the Carribean, I too have many found memories there.

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  3. Sounds great. Love a good trilogy and at least the setting might take my mind off rainy Yorkshire!

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    1. Thanks Graham! Rainy and windy today in Vancouver too!

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  4. I love your writing style! Such a great review for someone who hasn't read the book - thank you!

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  5. Sounds like a good romance book, not a travel book as I thought firstly.
    Great that you enjoyed the characters..

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  6. I've never heard of this series before but I have heard of Elin Hilderbrand and hope to pick up a book of hers in the future. I love the idea of escaping to the Caribbean right now so might start with this series or take your recommendation and try the Winter series.

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  7. I love it when characters from one series turn up in another. It's a shame that this wasn't quite as good as you were hoping but it still sounds like a delightful read and having a satisfying conclusion helps make up for it. Great review!

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  8. This sounds like a great book to read. I'm definitely drawn to books that are set in hit countries at the moment. I think its due to the lack of travelling we can do.

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  9. I haven’t heard of this series but your summarization of the family thinking the father/husband died in a helicopter crash in the Caribbean when in reality he has a whole second family!! What a plot twist! This series sounds interesting, and definitely sounds like it would be an interesting journey to follow the journey of the mom and sons learning what really happened to him.

    Might just have to add this to my goodreads to borrow it from the library - libraries are the best at always having the most up to date books!

    Sahara
    https://www.saharasdreams.com/

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  10. Loved this review and your honest opinions. The book sounds great, although it would have been gard to catch up since it's a book series. I plan to go to the Carribean soon and I hope the book told a beautiful story about it. 😊💕 Thanks for sharing this post with us! xx

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  11. Ooh, you had me at suspicious death. Does that play a big role in the plot or is it more focused on the drama with the second family? Either way, sounds like a great series! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! :)

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    1. I’d say both Hayley- the suspicious death provides the context . The second family is probably more of the focus though. Thanks!

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  12. This sounds like a great read. I'm glad you were satisfied with the ending, there's nothing worse than when it all comes crashing down and leaves you with more questions. Is sounds like a plot I could really enjoy too, it's a shame you didn't find this as engaging as you'd hoped x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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  13. I want to read this book now.
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  14. This sounds like a great series - I hadn’t heard of it until now. Thanks for sharing :)

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  15. I feel like I need an escape to the Caribbean right now - no better way to escape than with a good book!

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  16. Love that this book transports us to the sunny sides of the ocean! I like audio books that are beautifully narrated, and this one sounds like it has an amazing voice behind the story.

    My sister loves literary fiction that comes in a series, so I will be recommending this to her. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Another great review by you. I haven't read about this series but your reviews always pique my interests. My TBR is expanding because of your wonderful reviews.

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  18. Oooh, I've never visited the Carribean, but this review has piqued my interest! Glad to know that there's an audiobook available of the book too.

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