If you are an avid St. John vacationer and you love a good beach read, you have likely followed along a notorious author named Elin Hilderbrand. Dubbed “the queen of the summer beach read” by the New York Times, Hilderbrand is a local celebrity on St. John and created the “Paradise” trilogy. In these page turners, Hilderbrand drops the names of many St. John locals and locales, business owners and bar dwellers…Making Love City enthusiasts feel right at home, regardless of from where they are enjoying the three novels.
Last month, ABC announced the possibility of a new limited series entitled “Winter in Paradise” that features the characters and stories from these Best Selling, St. John centric novels. And, in turn, St. John herself 🙂
Producer, actress and ABC icon, Ellen Pompeo, will be teaming up with, Hilderbrand and the writers of “Mad Men,” to get this trilogy TV ready! ABC and Pompeo, most famously known for her role as Meredith Grey on Grey’s Anatomy, have optioned the books and “Mad Men” writers Andre and Maria Jacquemetton are writing a pilot script and outline. The series HAS NOT fully been approved yet, but once those steps are finalized, we will hopefully have a green light on this series from ABC!
“The series focuses on Irene Steele, who shares her idyllic life in a beautiful Iowa City Victorian house with a husband who loves her to an extreme. But when her husband dies in a perplexing manner, she soon learns that he has been living a secret life with an entirely separate family on the distant Caribbean island of St. John. As Irene untangles a web of intrigue and deceit, and as she and her sons find themselves drawn into the vibrant island culture, they have to face the truth about their family and their future.” – Synopsis taken from variety.com
I don’t know about all of you, but I have high hopes to see this series moving forward! We are not sure yet as to the approval for the series OR the filming location but Hilderbrand told me this morning, “There’s a strong possibility that if the series gets the green light, part of the filming will be done on location.”
I’ll be following closely along on the movement of this project and keep you informed as I find out more about the future of this series!
18 thoughts on “ABC Announces TV Series Based on Elin Hilderbrand Trilogy”
OMG I’m an avid reader of Elin Hildebrand. Have read all the books on featuring St. John. I was scheduled to visit last May but when the Covid hit my plans were sidelined. I was hoping to get there this year for a “significant” birthday celebration but I don’t think that is going to be an option. Hopefully, soon!!!
Love it. If the BBC can film one of my faves, Death in Paradise, in Guadeloupe, then ABC should jump on this idea and film on my favorite island, St. John. And if Ellen needs a personal assistant, I’m her man.
Oh my gosh! I REALLY hope this happens!!!!!!! 🙂 Please definitely keep us posted!
Can’t wait. Love the series but want more. Elin Hilderbrand is one of my favorites. Have read every book, own most of them.
Awesome!! Congrats to Elgin!! I loved the books. So I would love to watch a series of these stories and who can look away from a beautiful St John view… not me!
Yeah! I’d love to see this happen!
Very exciting!!! Can’t wait!!!
This is such great news!! I LOVE Elin’s books! I have actually reread the Paradise series a number of times! I also LOVE St. John and have wonderful memories of vacationing there! I am excited for the series and hope to come to St. John for another visit!
OMG, I love reading Hilderbrand’s novels and this trilogy was amazing. It reminded me of so many places we have visited when on St. John. Our 50th anniversary trip last summer was canceled due to Covid. Hoping to get back soon! Go ABC!!!
thank you so much for sharing that!!! reading those books transported me to st. john, will be amazing to see the series (fingers crossed!!)
Very excited t hear about Elian’s Bil being made into a mini series !!
Always enjoyed her books on Nantucket but ❤️ Is In St. John & thrilled when heard about STJ Trilogy!!
Keep us posted !!
Connie & Bill (Avalon, NJ)
I love St John and would live there given the option. I have watched Greys Anatomy all the way through twice. Can’t wait to see this series
This is wonderful news! I love all her books and looking forward to seeing this!
Wanted to visit for 25th Anniversary. Then hurricanes hit. Read Paradise trilogy. We land in 10 days!!!
I loved this series and in January 2020, I was reading the second book in St. John and checking out many of the places she noted in the book. It was so so fun! If they do a series, they should film it there.
OMG!!! Hope the series gets the green light SOON!!!. I’m almost finished the first book, and it’s a real page-turner! Can’t wait to read the second and third. It’s as good as any Nicholas Sparks books I have read, many of which have been made into movies.