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3.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 5 3.43 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elin Hilderbrand Narrator: Beth MacDonald Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN:
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Every summer the Newton family retreats to their beloved home on Nantucket for three months of sunshine, cookouts, and bonfires on the beach. But this summer will not be like any other. When Arch Newton, a prominent New York attorney, dies in a plane crash on his way home from a business trip, his beautiful widow, Beth, can barely keep things together. Above all, though, she decides that she must continue the family tradition of going to Nantucket, and at the same time fulfill a promise that Arch made before he died.

Beth invites Marcus, the son of Arch's final and most challenging client, to spend the summer with her and her teenage twins, Winnie and Garrett, who have mixed reactions to sharing their special summer place with this stranger. Always a place of peace before, Nantucket becomes the scene of roiling emotions and turbulent passions as Marcus, Winnie, and Garrett learn about loss, first love, and betrayal. And when they stumble upon a shocking secret from Beth's past, they must keep it from destroying the family they've been trying so hard to heal.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tara | 2/17/2014

    " Anti-climatic. Her books are never anything more than fluffy beach reads. Nothing special at all. My least favorite of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Currier | 2/7/2014

    " This was an okay book, not my favorite by this author. It's a book about grieving and secrets. One family has lost their husband/father and one character has lost his mother, she is in prison. The 2 kids were spoiled brats and not very likeable. At times they were very mean to thier mother. It was a good summer read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 2/3/2014

    " like any old, trusted Hilderbrand novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 2/2/2014

    " Just a great beach read, especially if you are vacationing on Massachusetts beaches. If you aren't, you will feel like you are! :-) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Candice | 2/1/2014

    " Easy weekend beach read. Although the subject matter would lend itself to a story with depth, overall it does not dive much below the surface. This was my first Elin Hilderbrand book, and I'll probably give her one more chance, but it's not looking like she'll be listed among my favourite authors. Too fluffy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 1/30/2014

    " This book was much darker than what I had in mind for a beach read or for what Hilderbrand usually writes. It kept me turning the page because I wanted to see resolution but overall the darkness and depressing nature of the story was less than ideal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dena | 1/30/2014

    " Fun, quick read. Kept my attention from start to finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 1/28/2014

    " This is a nook Lend Me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taryn Finley | 1/22/2014

    " a good read with a good storyline....the ending was a bit abrubt for my tastes but I still enjoyed it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb Krill | 1/18/2014

    " A typical Hilderbrand book to read, another family and a summer on the beach in Nantucket, secrets, family ties, change and growth for the characters, along with lost love and finding new love. I enjoyed this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret Mccormick | 12/13/2013

    " Just finished, sad, sad! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 12/9/2013

    " I loved this book! Elin Hilderbrand sets her stories on Nantucket. This one was so good I couldn't put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patti | 11/27/2013

    " This is the first book I have read by this author. I liked this book, I must admit that I bought it because I wanted to read something about a beach, since that is the closest I will get to one this year. A good story, a bit predictable, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 11/16/2013

    " My favorite author! I love her characters and story lines! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn Blevin | 11/6/2013

    " You can't go wrong with a Elin Hilderbrand novel for a good summer read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen Dugosh | 11/1/2013

    " I loved the book and hated the characters. The spoiled rotten children need to be smacked upside the head. And the mom should be less of a tramp. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kallain1 | 10/20/2013

    " Loved it. It was an easy read, read it in 4 days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 I ♥ Bookie Nookie | 10/19/2013

    " this is my favorite book by this author "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Elizabeth | 8/18/2013

    " It was like a big bowl of ice cream - great on a hot day when my brain is fried. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krista | 7/22/2013

    " Eh - it was okay, not her best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 5/27/2013

    " If you like character development and drama, I would highly recommend this book as a summer beach read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 5/1/2013

    " more a 3.5. Nice, quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 4/2/2013

    " I absolutely loved this book. This would be my favorite beach read! Definitely checking out more books by this author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josie | 2/21/2013

    " More juvenile than the others, a book I would have been even more obsessed with as a teenager. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meghan Overcash | 12/18/2012

    " Decent plot but not the most engaging book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie Miller | 11/29/2012

    " This was the first book I read by this author and I loved it!!! A real juicy page turner! Read it in 4 days! I will definitely be checking out more of her books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy | 11/14/2012

    " Really liked this book until the end when Beth and her son became totally despicable in my eyes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annalisa | 10/11/2012

    " I enjoyed the story because in a way it took me back to when I was a teenager. Nice people in a nice place. Definitely a pleasant read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betty Jean | 10/3/2012

    " An easy beach read, but rather predictable. The husband was tragically killed and it didn't take the ex long to make her forget her 30 year marriage to the "love of her life", David is a chump for pursuing her and her twins are spoiled, rotten brats. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 5/24/2012

    " I think all of her books rely to much upon Nantucket and she needs a change of venue. "

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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.