The Love Season by Elin Hilderbrand

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It's a hot August Saturday on Nantucket Island. Over the course of the next 24 hours, two lives will be transformed forever.

Marguerite Beale, former chef of culinary hot spot Les Parapluies, has been out of the public eye for over a decade. This all changes with a phone call from Marguerite's goddaughter, Renata Knox. Marguerite has not seen Renata since the death of Renata's mother, Candace Harris Knox, fourteen years earlier. And now that Renata is on Nantucket visiting the family of her new fiancé, she takes the opportunity, against her father's wishes, to contact Marguerite in hopes of learning the story of her mother's life—and death. But the events of the day spiral hopelessly out of control for both women, and nothing ends up as planned.

Welcome to The Love Season—a riveting story that takes place in one day and spans decades; a story that embraces the charming, pristine island of Nantucket, as well as Manhattan, Paris and Morocco. Elin Hilderbrand's most ambitious novel to date chronicles the famous couplings of real lives: love and friendship, food and wine, deception and betrayal—and forgiveness and healing.


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 April 1, 2010 by St. Martin's Press. 294 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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He does, but not before Renata has come face to face with near tragedy and run away to Marguerite, leaving Cade’s engagement ring behind.

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A quirky, endearingly insecure recluse, Marguerite is startled from her comfortable solitude by a late-night phone call from Renata Knox, Candace's 19-year-old daughter and Marguerite's estranged goddaughter, who is visiting the island with her wealthy fiancé.

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Renata realizes that Dan harbors bad feelings toward Candace's old friend, but Renata wants to know about her mother --- what she was like, how she died, why Dan refuses to discuss his late wife, and why Marguerite was banished from Renata's life.

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In a juicy peach of a summer tome, Elin Hilderbrand again alchemizes her three favorite elements — food, love, and Nantucket — with eminently readable results.

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