Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which we  share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists! What a great way to spend a Friday.

Today’s feature is a book that has been on my Kindle since 2019, the second in a trilogy:  What Happens in Paradise, by Elin Hilderbrand.




She wakes up facedown on a beach.  Someone is calling her name.


She lifts her head and feels her cheek and lips dusted with sand so white and fine, it might be powdered sugar.


Friday 56:

He’s almost more nervous about calling her than about calling the FBI.  He is more nervous about calling her because he has no idea how the conversation will go.


Synopsis:  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.


I have read the first book in this trilogy, and the second and third are still waiting.  Should I keep reading?  Would you?



  1. I haven’t heard anything about this series before, but I have to admit that What Happens in Paradise sounds like a good one. This story seems like the kind that is filled with emotional turmoil. I hope you enjoy this one if you read it. 🙂

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  2. Juli @ A Universe in Words

    I do like how the beginning drops you right into it! And I bet there is still plenty of story to discover if the FBI is getting involved! Also, what’s better during the cold winter season than a book set on a tropical island? Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a lovely weekend 🙂
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

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  3. I would definitely keep reading – this sounds really good! I haven’t read anything by this author mainly because I always think of her as a romance writer, but I like the suspense element in this one. Also love the opening on that “powdered sugar” beach!

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