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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (19,906 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elin Hilderbrand Narrator: Rachael Warren Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN: 9781611135190
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It’s summer on Nantucket, and as the season begins, three women arrive at the airport, observed by Josh, a local boy who is home from college. Burdened with small children, unwieldy straw hats, and some obvious emotional issues, the women—two sisters and one friend—make their way to the sisters’ tiny cottage, inherited from an aunt. They’re all trying to escape from something: Melanie, after seven failed in-vitro attempts, discovered her husband’s infidelity and then her own pregnancy; Brenda embarked on a passionate affair with an older student that got her fired from her prestigious job as a professor in New York; Brenda’s sister Vickie, mother to two small boys, has been diagnosed with lung cancer. Soon Josh is part of the chaotic household, acting as babysitter, confidant, and, eventually, something more, while the women confront their pasts and map out their futures.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] heady mix of beach house, cancer, affair, and mom lit.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Katie Hale’s gentle voice lends itself well to expressing the trauma of Vicki…And Hale is especially believable in characterizing Brenda…Secondary characters…are also given true-to-life performances.”

    AudioFile

  • “In Hilderbrand’s hands it’s easy to get lost in the story.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of a 2008 Romantic Novel Award
  • Finalist for the 2008 Romantic Novel of the Year Award
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Henriette Skjeret | 2/17/2014

    " LOVE<3 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whitney Mabus | 2/13/2014

    " Wonderful summer read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mellissa | 2/10/2014

    " Thank you Hanny! This book is a gift and I loved reading every minute of it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martha | 2/1/2014

    " engaging, but extremely light...now on to something more meaty "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Missy Starkey | 1/20/2014

    " Really great book, but once again there is some language. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deanna | 12/14/2013

    " I really wanted to like this book...but it just didn't happen. The subject matter is too heavy for a light summer read, but I did not feel like I knew any of the characters on a deep enough level to be invested in their story. I guess it didn't help that I found all three of the main characters extremely annoying! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 11/27/2013

    " Good story, kept me interested. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 11/10/2013

    " I'm slightly irritated at the ending, and it was a good book, just not as good as her others I've read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill Robbertze | 11/7/2013

    " A pleasant read which I enjoyed but this is another of those books that I did not find memorable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 11/3/2013

    " Not bad, not great. However, I did breeze through this book and find this author is a great in between heavy and fluff one for me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 11/3/2013

    " Classic beach read by the classic beach author. Really got into the story and could not put down. Nice book to get lost in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 10/27/2013

    " Middle was boring, but go better towards the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 meredith wood | 10/17/2013

    " obviously a fluff book, but it's about summer on nantucket and i read it while curled up in front of a fire in february, so i blew through it and enjoyed it more than my intellectual mind would have liked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah ♥ | 10/9/2013

    " It was very good. I didn't get to read how it ended, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Thompson | 9/24/2013

    " This was a good beach book, a "chick"story, and a happy ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 9/12/2013

    " This is a story of three women spending the summer together in a small cottage on Nantucket.Each of the women are trying to get away from a major life crisis.Throw in a cute college boy with issues of his own and you have a good "beach read." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole Edgar | 8/19/2013

    " I liked it. Quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annenz | 8/5/2013

    " Couldn't get into this one at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 7/15/2013

    " Perfect for the beach.... only I read it in March hoping that the warm weather would soon follow. Mindless and really nice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 6/29/2013

    " A book that had me on an emotional rollercoaster...I cried, got angry, felt the suspense, laughed, and cried some more. It was hard to get into the book at first but once I was in it, I was hooked! It was a nice, girly read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly Beely | 5/11/2013

    " I really got to know and love these women and their lives, I really enjoyed this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Lippy | 3/16/2013

    " Excellent book about how 3 women are dealing with major problems in their lives. They are each in different places in their lives and each are dealing very differently with their problems. Excellent book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen Winger | 1/7/2013

    " Another great beach read from Elin Hilderbrand. Summer in Nantucket tale involving a trio of personalities. One of many enjoyable Summer in Nantucket tales by Elin Hilderbrand. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arianna Merritt | 12/14/2012

    " Love Elin Hilderbrand's novels. She makes me want to visit Nantucket. Once you start one of her novels, you cant put it down!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzy | 11/24/2012

    " I liked this book. It was a great summer read and the characters were enjoyable with enough substance to seem that they could be real people that you might know. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaity | 11/5/2012

    " Quick Easy Read. Good storyline. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina Spizzirri | 10/26/2012

    " Makes me want to go to back to Nantucket and wish I could stay for the WHOLE summer "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mrs. Engel-Unruh | 10/21/2012

    " Typical chic lit.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hope Paradysz | 10/17/2012

    " Kept my interest throughout. Not as predictable as I first thought. Easy beach read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelli Forbes | 8/25/2012

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Loved the characters, loved the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nadine | 6/1/2012

    " Found it very hard to put down! An easy but good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krystal | 5/22/2012

    " Good story... good taste of what cancer treatments is like and how it effects your whole life. I liked the dynamic of the three ladies and I liked the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 5/4/2012

    " It's like a Lifetime movie on the beach "

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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

Rachael Warren is a member of the resident acting company at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island, where she has played such roles as Eliza Doolittle, Sally Bowles, Ophelia, and Portia, as well as originating roles in world premieres by artists such as Paula Vogel and Charles Strouse. Her work has also been seen across the United States at a multitude of regional theaters and on several national tours.