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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:
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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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  • “[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.”

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

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  • 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

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    " Wonderful summer read! "

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

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

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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.