Elin Hilderbrand Books in Order

The ‘Queen of the Beach Read’ has a backlist of excellent books, including the Winter Series, to keep you busy year-round. We’ve compiled a full list of Elin Hilderbrand’s novels in order of publication for you below, including her 2024 release, Swan Song.

Book cover of Swan Song by Elin Hilderbrand overlayed on an image of the ocean

Elin Hilderbrand Books in Order Through 2024

Since the publication of her first novel in 2000, Elin has penned 28 popular novels. She’s a regular on the New York Times bestseller list, having sold more than 20 million books worldwide. Many of her books are stand-alone novels that can be read in any order, but we’ve specifically noted those that are part of a series. We’ve also included the short stories that complement her full-length novels.

Full-Length Books by Elin Hilderbrand in Order of Publication


A Summer Affair

Nantucket Series #1

The Castaways

Nantucket Series #2

Beautiful Day

See below for short story sequel, The Surfing Lesson

The Matchmaker

See below for short story prequel, The Tailgate

Winter Street

Winter Series #1

Winter Stroll

Winter Series #1

The Rumor

Winter Storms

Winter Series #3

Winter Solstice

Winter Series #4

Winter in Paradise

Paradise Series #1

The Perfect Couple

Nantucket Series #3

What Happens in Paradise

Paradise Series #2

Summer of ’69

See below for novella sequels: Summer of ’79 and Summer of ’89

Troubles in Paradise

Paradise Series #3

28 Summers

See below for novella sequel, The Sixth Wedding

Swan Song Book Cover

Swan Song

Elin Hilderbrand plans to release her final beach read, Swan Song on 6/11/2024. This is also book #4 in the Nantucket Series.
Read more about her retirement plans in our complete author guide.

Elin Hilderbrand Winter Series Order

The four books in the Christmas-themed Winter Series follow a continuous storyline and should be read in order:

Elin Hilderbrand Paradise Series Order

While the majority of her books are set on Nantucket, the books in the Paradise series whisk you away to the US Virgin Islands. These three books must be read in order:

Elin Hilderbrand Nantuck Series Order

Unlike the other two book series listed above, the books in the Nantucket do not have to be read in order. Each book tells a different couple’s point of view, and each has a unique plot. While it’s enjoyable to read them in the order in which they were written, the storylines of these three books are not chronologically continuous. You can read them as stand-alones if you prefer.

Novellas & Short Stories by Elin Hilderbrand

The Surfing Lesson

Short story sequel to Beautiful Day

The Tailgate

Short story prequel to The Matchmaker

Summer of ’79

Short story sequel to Summer of ’69

The Sixth Wedding

Short story sequel to 28 Summers

Reunion Beach

Stories from a variety of authors, including Elin Hilderbrand

Endless Summer

Novella and short story collection

Printable Elin Hilderbrand Book List

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Printable pages with a visual list of all Elin HIlderbrand books in order

Do You Have to Read Elin Hilderbrand Books in Order?

For the most part, no. The majority of Elin Hilderbrand novels are stand-alone books and can be read in any order. However, we recommend reading in the order shown above for the Winter Series, Paradise Series, and Nantucket Series.

Learn Even More About Elin Hilderbrand Books

In our complete Elin Hilderbrand Author Guide, you’ll find:

  • The 8 best Elin Hilderbrand books, as ranked by our readers
  • A synopsis of each Elin Hilderbrand book series
  • A summary of recurring characters in Elin Hilderbrand Books
  • News about planned television adaptations
  • A detailed biography of author Elin Hilderbrand
  • An updated on Elin’s retirement plans
  • A list of authors like Elin Hilderbrand along with specific book recommendations
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