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3.0001559454191 out of 53.0001559454191 out of 53.0001559454191 out of 53.0001559454191 out of 53.0001559454191 out of 5 3.00 (12,825 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elin Hilderbrand Narrator: Denice Hicks Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN: 9781607882411
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Birdie Cousins has thrown herself into the details of her daughter Chess’ lavish wedding, from the floating dance floor in her Connecticut back yard to the color of the cocktail napkins. Like any mother of a bride-to-be, she is weathering the storms of excitement and chaos, tears and joy. But Birdie, a woman who prides herself on preparing for every possibility, could never have predicted the late-night phone call from Chess, abruptly announcing that she’s cancelled her engagement.

It’s only the first hint of what will be a summer of upheavals and revelations. Before the dust has even begun to settle, far worse news arrives, sending Chess into a tailspin of despair. Reluctantly taking a break from the first new romance she’s embarked on since the recent end of her 30-year marriage, Birdie circles the wagons and enlists the help of her younger daughter Tate and her own sister India. Soon all four are headed for beautiful, rustic Tuckernuck Island off the coast of Nantucket, where their family has summered for generations. No phones, no television, no grocery store. It is a place without distractions, where they can escape their troubles. 

But throw sisters, daughters, ex-lovers, and long-kept secrets onto a remote island, and what sounds like a peaceful getaway becomes much more. Before summer has ended, dramatic truths are uncovered, old loves are rekindled, and new loves make themselves known. It’s a summertime story only Elin Hilderbrand can tell, filled with the heartache, laughter, and surprises that have made her engrossing, bestselling novels as much a part of summer as a long afternoon on a sunny beach.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This never-never land portrait of the rich and randy will please those looking for a satisfying beach read.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • The story flows as gently as a summer breeze, carrying the listener to its refreshing conclusion. AudioFile Magazine on A Summer Affair
  • The story flows as gently as a summer breeze, carrying the listener to its refreshing conclusion. AudioFile Magazine on A Summer Affair
  • “Hicks narrates the ups and downs in the women’s lives as they seek quiet days, healing, bonding, and friendship—the perfect formula for a summer romance.” 

    AudioFile

  • “Hilderbrand’s portrait of the upper-crust Tate clan through the years is so deliciously addictive that it will be the “It” beach book of the summer.”

    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 JoAnn | 2/20/2014

    " chick lit, good beach read, interesting characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly Marcheterre | 2/19/2014

    " This book took me forever to get into and finish (over 3 months of trying but then reading other things in between). I have enjoyed other books by this author. I didn't connect with the characters at all until over halfway through the book. I did enjoy the setting and everything tied in pretty nicely during the last quarter of the book, but the journey was very disconnected and slow. I felt there was a lot more to be done here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 2/18/2014

    " I was disappointed with this book at first because I thought it was going to be a light summer read, and it was anything but. I came to love it though. The characters were raw and hurting and real and I liked that. The ending was a bit "perfect" but who doesn't like a book with a happy ending now and then? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 2/18/2014

    " Light read, fun summer story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin Redmond | 2/8/2014

    " Loved it! This is a great summer read, or in the winter when we wish it was summer. A great story of 4 women on a remote island, all needing to get away and find themselves. Two sisters, their mother and aunt. A wonderful story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Nadeau king | 2/4/2014

    " This book was really good but I thought they could've expanded the ending some "

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

    " A really great beach read about a woman, her two daughters and her sister who all flee their lives for a month on Tuckernuck Island. It's not Faulkner, but it is fun and frothy and I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 2/3/2014

    " Decided to branch out and read a book not set on Nantucket. This book takes place on a small island off the coast of Nantucket! Great story! Would be a good beach read- but it was a great escape from winter also! Love how this author's books take place during a summer, with stories/ memories from the past. highly recommend........ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caren Goldberg | 1/5/2014

    " Good beach read. Guilty pleasure "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen Kabat | 12/30/2013

    " I gave this one 5 stars - it was exactly as I expected...great characters, intertwining plot, wonderful setting (I have been to Nantucket!) and a perfect summer read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 12/29/2013

    " I want to read everything this author has ever written, on the beach, with a cocktail and under an umbrella! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 12/21/2013

    " The beginning was slow, but the second half was much better! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josie | 11/27/2013

    " LOVED this beach read. It had everything, family drama, longlost love, sisters.. Recommend! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kasey | 11/23/2013

    " Good story. Beachy/chick lit but with more than the usual substance. Made for good road trip entertainment. Not so many characters to make your head spin and a happy ending....once you reevaluated what you consider a happy ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy | 11/18/2013

    " A good beach reading book. Enjoyed that is was based here and Nantucket "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arden Levasseur | 11/4/2013

    " A mother, her sister and her two daughters, all with personal problems, escape to a family owned cottage on a private island off the coast of Nantucket. Their goal is to rest and recuperate from the stressful events in their lives. The story is well written and drew me in right from the start. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 10/27/2013

    " One of the best I've read in a long time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 7/28/2013

    " This book makes you slow down & think about your own life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 7/13/2013

    " An enjoyable (and quick) read with an interesting story. I looked forward to finding out the resolution of all four story lines. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 5/23/2013

    " A very emotional book. The bond between the sisters was definatley my favorite thing in the book. I also liked the ending. It wrapped everything up and gave you enough space toimagi e what their life would end up like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/24/2013

    " One of the best "summer reads" I've found in a while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby | 2/23/2013

    " Didn't grab me right away, but then it picked up. I'd give it 3.5 stars. A fun, easy, chick book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 12/26/2012

    " I liked the characters, but they all had such emotional issues that is wasn't a happy read. It was okay -- not this author's best work at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Beckmann | 11/3/2012

    " I really enjoyed reading the real situations within these characters. Hilderbrand's writing flows so well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlene Hilliard | 9/27/2012

    " It is pretty light weight reading but I am enjoying it anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 8/22/2012

    " I really liked this one. Definitely recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reagan Vance | 5/22/2012

    " I was sad to finish this one. Great story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky Chafins | 12/31/2011

    " This was a good beach read. However, I didn't like it as much as the others I've read by her. I felt it started adding TOO much at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim L. | 10/11/2011

    " I didn't want this one to end. An easy read with just enough substance to keep it from being to fluffy. Made me want to go to Nantucket. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica | 7/4/2011

    " Decent read...a little bit predictable. But I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Perrin | 6/26/2011

    " Nice easy read. I needed a change from all the heavy books I've been reading. I do like how descriptive the author is. I felt like I was on the island. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lila | 5/22/2011

    " this is a great beach read...since the setting is the lovely Tuckernuck Island, off the coast of Nantucket....and idyllic vacation site without the trappings of civilization....much drama....true love story...etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 5/18/2011

    " Tate and Chess, along with their mother, Birdie and Aunt India travel to Tuckernook Island (off Nantucket) to find themselves. Family drama with good character development. Basically a light read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brew1989 | 5/17/2011

    " I just finished this book. Great read. Characters are well developed and the author gives a vivd description of the location, so much, that you feel like you are their neighbor! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 5/15/2011

    " Absolutely loved this book. I feel that most people can relate to it with family and relationships.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 5/15/2011

    " This was a great book! I loved it and will be reading more from her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 5/15/2011

    " I enjoyed this story. It is set on an small island off of Nantucket. It's always fun to read Hilderbrand's books because she includes so many places I've visited in Nantucket. This would be a perfect beach read. "

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

    " If you're looking to kick off summer reading and get into something beachy--this is my early summer pick! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 5/6/2011

    " I thought this was an interesting story told from different characters'perspectives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Florence | 5/6/2011

    " A good summer read on the relationships between mothers and sisters set on a small island off Nantucket. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 5/6/2011

    " This book is very much the same rhythm as the authors other books. All set in or around Nantucket. Light easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 5/5/2011

    " Nice smooth chick lit. Just what I have come to expect from this author. Enjoyable read. "

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

    " It was a pretty good examination of the oft discussed emotional challenges we women face. Of course, they don't seem to get how much easier it is to face those issues when you're rich. "

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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

Denice Hicks was educated at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, she moved to Nashville in 1980 to perform at Opryland and has been working for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival since 1990. She currently serves as NSF’s Artistic Director, a position she has held since 2005. She is an Ingram Fellowship award winner, an advocate for Arts in Education, and has edited and directed touring productions of Shakespeare’s works, developed and facilitated workshops for students of all ages, and designed and implemented the NSF Apprentice Company Training and Shakespeare Allowed! programming.