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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,836 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elin Hilderbrand Narrator: Erin Bennett Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A warm June evening brings a local tradition: the students of Nantucket High have gathered for a bonfire on the beach. But what begins as a graduation night celebration ends in tragedy after a horrible car crash leaves the driver of the car, Penny Alistair, dead, and her twin brother in a coma. The other passengers, Penny’s boyfriend, Jake, and her friend Demeter are physically unhurt, but the emotional damage is overwhelming, and questions linger about what happened before Penny took the wheel.

As summer unfolds, startling truths are revealed about the survivors and their parents, secrets kept, promises broken, and hearts betrayed. Elin Hilderbrand explores the power of community, family, and honesty, and proves that even from the ashes of sorrow new love can still take flight.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hilderbrand…has a gift for building tension, and the reader will be willing to do just about anything to discover the real reason why Penny would drive herself, her brother, and her boyfriend over an embankment into oblivion.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Hilderbrand…has once again written an engaging story wonderfully illustrating the often complex lives of young people struggling toward adulthood and the roles of parents and the community in negotiating that journey.” 


  • “A sensitive glimpse into the lives of damaged people groping their way toward healing.” 

    Kirkus Reviews 

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tara | 2/13/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Great summer read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Racheal Kalisz | 2/11/2014

    " I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK. The characters were complexly written with so many quirks that were endearing. I really did not want it to end! With the backdrop of Nantucket, just lovely. Not the normal Hildebrand beach read, this book is tragic, with underlying guilt by all involved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Traci Cavendish | 2/11/2014

    " Easy read. Tragedy, love story. I enjoyed it but nothing deep or thought provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michele Chamblin | 2/9/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book but it wasn't the light summer beach read I had anticipated. Still very good and highly recommend it. "

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