Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand

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I loved the ending of this book. It was not a "happily ever after" ending. The events of the fatal car crash do not allow for that kind of ending
-Brooklyn Berry Designs

Synopsis

A warm June evening, a local tradition: the students of Nantucket High have gathered for a bonfire on the beach. But what begins as a graduation night celebration ends in tragedy after a horrible car crash leaves the driver of the car, Penny Alistair, dead, and her twin brother in a coma. The other passengers, Penny's boyfriend Jake and her friend Demeter, are physically unhurt - but the emotional damage is overwhelming, and questions linger about what happened before Penny took the wheel.

As summer unfolds, startling truths are revealed about the survivors and their parents - secrets kept, promises broken, hearts betrayed. Elin Hilderbrand explores the power of community, family, and honesty, and proves that even from the ashes of sorrow, new love can still take flight.
 

About Elin Hilderbrand

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Elin Hilderbrand has lived on Nantucket for twenty years. She runs every morning, delivers her children to their sporting events, and occasionally frequents the front row at the Chicken Box. Beautiful Day is her twelfth novel.
 
Published June 26, 2012 by Reagan Arthur Books. 400 pages
Genres: Other, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Summerland
All: 6 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
Jun 01 2012

...a sensitive glimpse into the lives of damaged people groping their way toward healing.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Apr 30 2012

Hilderbrand (Silver Girl) has a gift for building tension, and the reader will be willing to do just about anything to discover the real reason why Penny would drive herself, her brother, and her boyfriend over an embankment into oblivion.

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Hutchinson Leader

Excellent
Reviewed by Kay Johnson on Jul 03 2012

She gives you a 360-degree view of the accident and what caused it and what happened as a result of it.

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Literary Treats

Below average
Jul 22 2012

Overall however, I just found the reading experience interminable.

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The Reading Reviewer

Good
Reviewed by Mary Gramlich on Sep 20 2012

Erin Hilenbrand has written another thought provoking story. This book will have you talking to everyone about what you just read, exclaiming, “You have to read this book!”

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Brooklyn Berry Designs

Good
Reviewed by Brooke on Sep 27 2012

I loved the ending of this book. It was not a "happily ever after" ending. The events of the fatal car crash do not allow for that kind of ending

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