I think every year around this time we mention how much we love Elin Hilderbrand’s writing. She is the perfect summer read (although we do read her all year round) her books almost always take place during a summer on the small island of Nantucket. She has the perfect combination of sunshine, beaches, and amazing food in her books. However, her books are much more than summer fun. Her characters are rich, engaging, and easy to relate to. Beautiful Day is her new novel and it will be in our store on June 26th. This is the story of a beautiful wedding that is to take place on Nantucket between the Carmichaels and the Grahams. The soon-to-be-wed couple are following instructions left by the bride’s late mother. The couple are happy and in love, but people around them seem to be spinning out of control with new scandals.
I love Hilderbrand’s descriptions. She does such an amazing job of capturing the island life that it makes me want to pack up for a summer beach vacation. Although her writing always makes me feel like I am right there sitting on the beach feeling the sand beneath my toes. Hilderbrand also has such great insight on family relationships and drama. Whether it be sibling issues or friendships, the problems that arise are always realistic and well developed. I often find myself telling the character to make better decisions and then I am happy when they learn from their mistakes and grow. I always recommend reading an Elin Hilderbrand book when you are needing a nice escape. You will be intrigued by the plot and satisfied with the ending.
I love Elin Hilderbrand’s books and I really can’t express this enough. Her novels are always set in Nantucket and have characters who are at a turning point in their lives. The stories are wonderful contemporary fiction that leaves me smiling. The Beach Club is her fist novel and tells the stories of the staff of one of Nantucket’s best hotels. Bill and Therese have own the Beach Club for years. In fact, it has been in Bill’s family for three generations. The plan is to give the hotel and club to their daughter, Cecily, after she finishes college. Bill’s health is starting to decline so it is looking like Cecily will have to take on the responsibility sooner. Mack is their hotel manager and is a charming and efficient employee. He makes all of the guest feel welcome and at home, and everyone loves him. It seems highly unlikely that the hotel would function or succeed without Mack’s hard work. His girlfriend Maribel doesn’t work at the Beach Club, but her life is wrapped up in the hotel due to her relationship with Mack. Vance has been the head bellman for the Beach Club for the past twelve years even though he had applied for the manager’s job. Needless to say, this has been an enormous thorn in his paw. Jem and Love are new to the island and the Beach Club. They are both excited for their season on the island and have big expectations. Lacey doesn’t work at the hotel, but she might as well. She is their oldest club member and frankly the one person everyone goes to for advice. Things are changing for everyone and they can feel a storm is brewing.
This was a great story. It had all the qualities that are quintessentially Hilderbrand: relationship drama, feelings of being lost in life, and a huge emphasis on the island and food. It seems that every year in May I have to read one of Hilderbrand’s novels. For some reason, this is what starts my move into summer reading. She never disappoints me and I finish a book feeling good about life. I always recommend her books when someone asks me for a nice read or a book to just get lost in for a few hours.
Elin Hilderbrand’s newest novel Summerland is yet another wonderful tale of love and loss set in Nantucket. The summer is looking perfect for Zoe. Her twins, Hobson and Penny, will be seniors next year, work is going well, and everyone is excited for a summer of food and sun. But then everything suddenly changes when Penny and Hobby, along with classmates Demeter and Jake, are in a terrible car accident that leaves Hobby in a coma and Penny dead. Zoe is completely overwhelmed with the loss of her only daughter and coming to terms with a different future for her son. Now Zoe and the people on the small island of Nantucket have to overcome the grief of loosing one bright and promising child, and the sidelining of their all-star player.
Hilderbrand does such a great job of creating and developing her characters. You find yourself cheering everyone on and then feeling devastated when something doesn’t workout for one of the characters. She has the perfect balance of drama and happiness, and it was a mesmerizing tale. I love how much Hilderbrand describes food in all of her novels. Everything that her characters eat sound simply amazing and so appropriate for an island getaway. Her books are the ideal summer escape.