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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: July 2008 ISBN: 9781600242335
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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.” 

    People 

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

    AudioFile

  • “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.”

    Booklist

  • 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 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 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 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 Lori Anketell | 2/1/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 1/27/2014

    " This was a fun read about this busy mother/artist who for years put aside her talent to raise a family. She gets in touch with all of that again but unfortunately thru an affair. This book did portray the realities and entanglement of an affair and the effect on the family. I did end up giving it away after done because although hard to put down I wouldn't want to go thru what Clair did...for a second time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Bouley | 1/25/2014

    " I really liked this book. It navigates the waters of relationships and in particular those of Claire Danner Crispin, a talented glass blower artist. Her affair with the Lock Dixon, director of an organization that aids local children's lives in affluent Nantucket MA is sudden and passionate. Years earlier Claire felt that she had not tried hard enough to keep Lock's wife Daphne from driving drunk and a resulting accident left her without the ability to filter her thoughts and Claire filled with guilt. Lock asked Claire to co-chair the organization's annual benefit gala because her first love, Matthew (now Max West), was a huge rock star, and Lock wanted him for the benefit and he wanted Claire to create a on-of-a-kind glass piece to auction at the affair. Claire has four children, including a baby and a rather macho and rough-around-the-edges contractor husband, Jason. Over the year between her taking on the gala and all that goes with it and the event itself Claire and Lock carry on their illicit secret life and as the gala approaches everything begins to implode, including her relationships with the three key men in her life. It's a fun and fast moving read and has a big cast of characters with stories of their own. I would recommend it to take on a trip. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Krissi | 1/14/2014

    " I don't think there was a single character that was even remotely likeable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marlee Naylor | 1/14/2014

    " I didn't like this book. I found it captivating while I read it, but did not enjoy the topic. I simply did not like the idea around it, or how the affair was presented. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna | 1/9/2014

    " Books about cheating just make me sad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie Bushman | 1/8/2014

    " Handed down by a friend. Loved Blue Bistro by Hilderbrand. Summer Affair doesn't even compare. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Desirae | 12/31/2013

    " I read this because I loved Barefoot, which is by this same author. While this book had some good qualities, it wasn't as good as the other. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shelly | 12/30/2013

    " I have decided to quit this book. I only made it to page 103 but the characters aren't really all that likable. Maybe I will pick it up again some other day if I ever run out of good books to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trisha Jones | 12/29/2013

    " Only the setting any good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 12/11/2013

    " I really liked both Hilderbrand books I';ve read so far. Both books take place in nantucket and if you've eveer been there, bring back the charm of the island. Characters are well drawnand plots are well constructed. good lazy day reads... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tammy | 12/5/2013

    " Just not a big summer romance book girl. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 9/24/2013

    " Normally love this author, but this was one of my least favorite; perhaps it was the subject matter that was difficult for me to fully embrace, but I just couldn't feel good about this novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hope | 9/13/2013

    " This book was good, but too predictable for me I still enjoyed it. This author is easy to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betty Panik | 6/21/2013

    " Easy reading. Good chick-lit book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Poulos | 3/20/2013

    " This is my first Elin Hilderbrand book, and I think she is an excellent writer. It is a great beach book that feels so real. Full of friendship, love, the realities of day to day life, and scandal, I can't put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca Wilder | 2/19/2013

    " I can't get enough of her books... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kara Gillivan | 1/19/2013

    " Not her best but still a fun read after visiting Nantucket. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 12/3/2012

    " It's real housewives of Nantucket "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki Mo | 10/8/2012

    " Not my favorite book of all time, but not too bad either. It wasn't totally predictable, which was nice. Afterwards I had a dream about marrying a celebrity. Oh dream, please come true :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Kayden | 8/16/2012

    " Not the best Hilderbrand books, the other I've read were much better. But that didn't make me put it down either! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terese | 4/29/2012

    " Purchased on Nantucket and read non-stop in about three days. Her books make the magic of Nantucket last just a little bit longer until the book is finished of course, and your back to your work-a-day life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meghan | 10/1/2011

    " Not my favorite of hers, but a quick, easy, beach read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather Maclean | 8/11/2011

    " I could not wait to finish this...to end the torture of reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Perrin | 7/15/2011

    " For chick lit..this was a good one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Di | 5/24/2011

    " Quick read. Perfect beach book...simple, quick, cute, mindless.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mamama | 5/20/2011

    " Enjoyed it. A couple good 'lessons' in there, but maybe not on par with Hilderbrand's other works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristi | 5/18/2011

    " Not my favorite by one of my favorite authors. I found the protaganist unrealistic and quite self absorbed. Struggled to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/13/2011

    " A sweet story - nothing too exciting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy | 5/11/2011

    " I thought it was an easy read. It was a bit of a slow start but got better as the book went on.

    The ending was not what I was thinking, but it wasn't horrible. It gave me what I thought it would and so I can't really be totally disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 5/1/2011

    " It was a very good book. I liked the way it ended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 4/30/2011

    " Quick read. Pretty mindless beach type read, with drama about an affair in Nantucket. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Humber | 4/27/2011

    " I enjoyed this book as a 'light' fluffy book to read. I read it fairly quickly and quite enjoy Elin Hilderbrand's novels. It's not really a 'memorable' book, but I enjoyed the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 4/5/2011

    " Loved this book! My only complaint would be that the story seemed to drag a bit in the middle--but never enough to make me want to stop reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Perrin | 3/14/2011

    " For chick lit..this was a good one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 3/10/2011

    " A quick and easy read with believable characters and situations. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angela | 3/7/2011

    " Blah. I found myself not caring about the stupid summer gala, or all the rich, privileged people living on Nantucket. Too many other books that are actually worth my time waiting to be read. Next... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 3/4/2011

    " Brain candy....was just sitting on my shelf and I had nothing to read. I hate reading about infidelity. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terimorse | 3/4/2011

    " I have been disappointed in Elin's last two books now; very slow reads till the very end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charmaine | 2/27/2011

    " Good Summer book.....lots of romance. "

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About the Author
Author Elin Hilderbrand

Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children. She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for several of her novels. She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Iowa’s graduate fiction workshop.

About the Narrator

Isabel Keating has earned three AudioFile Earphones Awards for her audiobook narration and twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As an actress, she garnered a Drama Desk Award, Theatre World Award, and a Tony nomination for her critically acclaimed 2004 Broadway performance as Judy Garland in The Boy from Oz. She was awarded the Helen Hayes Award for Best Actress in 2000 for her portrayal of Flora Crewe in Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink.