The Island by Elin Hilderbrand
A Novel

80%

5 Critic Reviews

Hilderbrand’s portrait of the upper-crust Tate clan through the years is so deliciously addictive that it will be the “It” beach book of the summer.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Birdie Cousins has thrown herself into the details of her daughter Chess's lavish wedding, from the floating dance floor in her Connecticut back yard to the color of the cocktail napkins. Like any mother of a bride-to-be, she is weathering the storms of excitement and chaos, tears and joy. But Birdie, a woman who prides herself on preparing for every possibility, could never have predicted the late-night phone call from Chess, abruptly announcing that she's cancelled her engagement.

It's only the first hint of what will be a summer of upheavals and revelations. Before the dust has even begun to settle, far worse news arrives, sending Chess into a tailspin of despair. Reluctantly taking a break from the first new romance she's embarked on since the recent end of her 30-year marriage, Birdie circles the wagons and enlists the help of her younger daughter Tate and her own sister India. Soon all four are headed for beautiful, rustic Tuckernuck Island, off the coast of Nantucket, where their family has summered for generations. No phones, no television, no grocery store - a place without distractions where they can escape their troubles.

But throw sisters, daughters, ex-lovers, and long-kept secrets onto a remote island, and what might sound like a peaceful getaway becomes much more. Before summer has ended, dramatic truths are uncovered, old loves are rekindled, and new loves make themselves known. It's a summertime story only Elin Hilderbrand can tell, filled with the heartache, laughter, and surprises that have made her page-turning, bestselling novels as much a part of summer as a long afternoon on a sunny beach. Bonus Material: An essay by Elin Hilderbrand Photos of the Author
 

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 18, 2010 by Reagan Arthur Books. 422 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Jun 03 2010

Hilderbrand’s portrait of the upper-crust Tate clan through the years is so deliciously addictive that it will be the “It” beach book of the summer.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Nancy Carty Lepri on Jul 06 2010

Throughout all the gloom and doom, the author does manage to imbue a little sunshine into the ending, but it’s a long time coming.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Bronwyn Miller on Jan 22 2011

Hilderbrand’s summertime novels have become a staple of the season --- as welcome and enjoyable as summer vacation itself.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Leah Greenblatt on Jul 20 2010

...zips along with the kind of well-limned romantic drama that keeps poolside readers out of the water for hours.

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Beauty and Lace

Good
Reviewed by Michelle on Sep 19 2010

Her writing has an easy flow that drags you in and carries you away with her.

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