Thursday, December 13, 2018

Here’s to a Second Helping of Elin Hilderbrand!


I think it is time for a little summer in December.  As I write this review there is a winter weather watch just northeast from here.  Everyone is out getting their groceries to prepare for hazardous conditions in Georgia.   So one item that should be included in with those groceries is Here’s To Us by Elin Hilderbrand. 


“Laurel Thorpe, Belinda Rowe, and Scarlett Oliver share only two things; a love for the man they all married, Deacon Thorpe--a celebrity chef with an insatiable appetite for life--and a passionate dislike of one another. All three are remarkable, spirited women, but they couldn't be more different. Laurel: Deacon's high school sweetheart and an effortlessly beautiful social worker; Belinda: a high-maintenance Hollywood diva; and Scarlett: a sexy southern belle floating by on her family money and her fabulous looks.

But their fragile detente threatens to come crashing down after Deacon's tragic death on his favorite place on earth: a ramshackle Nantucket summer cottage. Deacon's final wish was for his makeshift family to assemble on his beloved Nantucket to say good-bye. Begrudgingly, Laurel, Belinda, and Scarlett gather on the island as once again, as in each of their marriages, they're left to pick up Deacon's mess. Now they're trapped in the crowded cottage where they all made their own memories--a house that they now share in more ways than one. 

Before the weekend is over, there are enough accusations, lies, tears, and drama to turn even the best of friends--let alone three women who married the same man. Will they be able to put aside their differences long enough to raise a glass in Deacon's honor?” (Amazon)

My Thoughts:

I found this novel rather entertaining!  Ms. Hilderbrand always does a brilliant job of telling a story from many points of view.  Many characters had very raw and real tendencies in their character.   I was not a fan of the Deacon character and the type of life he chose to lead.  I also loved some of the recipes mentioned throughout the novel.  Of course there is always the lovely background of Nantucket for any of Elin’s novels.  
I hope to visit Winter in Paradise and hope to see you there too! 

Rating:

4/5

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

What Difference Can One Summer Make?


Let’s take a trip to the beach!  Today I want to take a step back to one of Elin’s first novel Summer People.  Pull up a chair for some rich relationships and great beach scenery.  What would a town like Nantucket have to offer a grieving family?


“Every summer the Newton family retreats to their beloved home on Nantucket for three months of sunshine, cookouts, and bonfires on the beach. But this summer will not be like any other. When Arch Newton, a prominent New York attorney, dies in a plane crash on his way home from a business trip, his beautiful widow, Beth, can barely keep things together. Above all, though, she decides that she must continue the family tradition of going to Nantucket, and at the same time fulfill a promise that Arch made before he died.

Beth invites Marcus, the son of Arch's final and most challenging client, to spend the summer with her and her teenage twins, Winnie and Garrett, who have mixed reactions to sharing their special summer place with this stranger. Always a place of peace before, Nantucket becomes the scene of roiling emotions and turbulent passions as Marcus, Winnie, and Garrett learn about loss, first love, and betrayal. And when they stumble upon a shocking secret from Beth's past, they must keep it from destroying the family they've been trying so hard to heal. “(Amazon)

My Thoughts: 

I enjoyed the novel.  It is shorter than most of her other novels.  It focuses on the subject of grief and how it affects the main characters involved.  What are the consequences of their action?   I think Summer People was her debut novel.  I will continue to be a fan of Elin Hilderbrand!  I hope you will check out her latest novel Winter in Paradise.

Rating:

4/5