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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:
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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

  • “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.” 


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Sharon | 2/18/2014

    " Light read, fun summer story. "

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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.