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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,752 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elin Hilderbrand Narrator: Isabel Keating Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Sheila Crispin Cook, mother of four young children and nationally renowned glassblower, bites off more than she can chew when she agrees to co-chair a huge benefit concert on Nantucket. She is asked to chair the Nantucket’s Children Summer Gala, at least in part, because she is the former high school sweetheart of world-famous rock star Max West. Max agrees to play the benefit, and it looks like smooth sailing for Sheila until she agrees to create a “museum-quality” piece of glass for the auction, preemptively offers her best friend the catering job, goes nose-to-nose with her Manhattan socialite co-chair, and begins a “good-hearted” affair with the charity’s executive director, Lockhart Dixon.

Hearts break and emotions stretch to the point of snapping in this in-depth look at one woman’s attempt to deal with loves past and present, raise a family, run a business, and pull off a charity event unlike any the island of Nantucket has ever seen. Sheila discovers that doing good and being bad are not mutually exclusive, and that nothing is ever as simple as it seems.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Voyeuristic Fun.” 


  • “The story flows as gently as a summer breeze, carrying the listener to its refreshing conclusion.”


  • “Witnessing Claire’s walk on the dark side is pure voyeuristic fun…A perfect summer cocktail of sex, sun and scandal.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A gem of a summer read with a glamorous location, elite lifestyle, and Hilderbrand’s appealing take on the constant stress that fills the lives of women everywhere.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jaime | 2/14/2014

    " Let me be clear: I do not condone affairs. But dang, I loved this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jo | 2/14/2014

    " This wasn't bad - although the central character Claire annoyed me - she's got it all, but is dissatisfied so has an affair - and I guess the story was about her coming to realize this for herself. It felt a bit incomplete at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Donna Givens | 2/4/2014

    " I love the setting of Nantucket in her books. the writing is clean and fluid. she creates characters and draws you into their lives. the plot seems pretty simple but you don't know where the characters are heading so you can't put the book down! she my new favorite author for entertainment reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lori Anketell | 2/1/2014

    " Just picked this one up. Author is local(Nantucket, MA). Sounds like a really good beach read! "

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