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Elin Hilderbrand Paradise Series: Order of Books

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This quick and easy guide shares the Elin Hilderbrand Paradise series order, so you know which book to read first or next.

I've always been a big fan of author Elin Hilderbrand's books, as well as authors like Elin Hilderbrand (who doesn't love a good beach read?!). While most of her books take place on her home island of Nantucket, Massachusetts, the Paradise series transports the reader to another desirable beach destination -- the bright Caribbean Island of St. John!

Elin Hilderbrand's Paradise series is a collection of three fiction novels published in 2018, 2019, and 2020. It will keep your book clubs reading and chatting for months!

And, as of January 2021, Ellen Pompeo was set to be producing a limited series at ABC based on the trilogy of Paradise books. (Fingers crossed that it will make it to the screen!)

Let's take a look at them more closely!

Elin Hilderbrand Paradise Series Order

Below is the Elin Hilderbrand Paradise series order of books:

  1. Winter in Paradise (2018)
  2. What Happens in Paradise (2019)
  3. Troubles in Paradise (2020)

A boxed set containing all three Paradise books in the series was also published in 2021 as The Paradise Trilogy.)

Now that you know the Elin Hilderbrand Paradise series order, let's review each book in detail.

NOTE: There are some spoilers below, since the Paradise series follows a specific storyline; however, I have tried to minimize spoilers describing the books.

#1: Winter in Paradise (2018)

National Bestseller

Winter in Paradise is the first of three books in Elin Hilderbrand's Paradise series.

It's a different kind of book set in Winter, as it's set in... well, paradise! After Irene Steele rings in the new year in snowy Iowa, she receives a shocking call telling her that her husband was killed in a helicopter crash on the Caribbean island of St. John.

Irene and her sons jet to St. John and become even more shocked when they learn the man they loved had been living a secret dual life.

What follows is a story of drama, romance, intrigue, and deceit, as the family faces the uncertainty of their futures while, at the same time, being drawn into the vibrant island culture.


#2: What Happens in Paradise (2019)

National Bestseller

What Happens in Paradise is the second of three books in Elin Hilderbrand's Paradise series.

It picks up one year after Irene Steele and her sons learned that the patriarch of their family had been living a double life on the island of St. John, where another woman loved him.

They return to St. John to learn the truth about his mysterious life and death and, as they investigate, they also reveal some surprising truths about themselves.


#3: Troubles in Paradise (2020)

#1 New York Times best-seller

Troubles in Paradise is the third and final book in Elin Hilderbrand's Paradise series.

Irene is back in St. John, having uprooted her American life and settled into her deceased husband's villa.

Yet again, Irene is delivered shocking news about her husband, via a visit from the FBI.

As Irene and her sons try to create a fresh start for themselves, it becomes more clear that the helicopter crash that killed the patriarch of their family may not have been an accident after all.

And the whole island is watching, as an ominous story gathers strength in the Atlantic Ocean, threatening trouble.

All will finally be revealed in this conclusion to the Paradise series.


Buying tip: You can buy all three books in Elin Hilderbrand's Paradise series in one boxed set called The Paradise Trilogy.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is Troubles in Paradise part of a series?

Yes, Troubles in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand is the third and final book in the fictional "Paradise" series, which follows the Steele family as they navigate the death of their patriarch on the island of St. John.

Is there a sequel to Troubles in Paradise?

No, there is no sequel to Troubles in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand. It is the third and final book in the fictional "Paradise" series, concluding the story of the Steele family as they investigate the truth about their patriarch and his mysterious death on the island of St. John.


That's everything you need to know about the Elin Hilderbrand Paradise series order.

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