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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,703 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elin Hilderbrand Narrator: Christina Delaine Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781427222718
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It's a hot August Saturday on Nantucket Island. Over the course of the next 24 hours, two lives will be transformed forever.

Marguerite Beale, former chef of culinary hot spot Les Parapluies, has been out of the public eye for over a decade. This all changes with a phone call from Marguerite's goddaughter, Renata Knox. Marguerite has not seen Renata since the death of Renata's mother, Candace Harris Knox, fourteen years earlier. And now that Renata is on Nantucket visiting the family of her new fiancé, she takes the opportunity, against her father's wishes, to contact Marguerite in hopes of learning the story of her mother's life--and death. But the events of the day spiral hopelessly out of control for both women, and nothing ends up as planned.

Welcome to The Love Season--a riveting story that takes place in one day and spans decades; a story that embraces the charming, pristine island of Nantucket, as well as Manhattan, Paris and Morocco. Elin Hilderbrand's most ambitious novel to date chronicles the famous couplings of real lives: love and friendship, food and wine, deception and betrayal--and forgiveness and healing.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 2/16/2014

    " I liked it, not as good as Barefoot, but definitely holds your attention. If you like to cook, you will probably enjoy it more than me (since the main character is a chef). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail Guglielmino | 2/8/2014

    " Not as strong as her others. "

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

    " Very interesting story and a good read. "

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

    " Love Elin Hilderbrand's books. Another one with engrossing characters and the backdrop of Nantucket in the summer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Taryn | 1/25/2014

    " i thought this book was kinda slow, i wasnt really into it compared to some of the other books i read by her. it is an easy read and would make an awsome beach or pool-side book.the last few chapters i found very exciting and surprising - really enjoyed them - but probably wouldnt take the time to read the book agin "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/20/2014

    " Crazy how Elin Hilderbrand wrote this book to take place in one days span. Pretty impressive. Good/quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex Rey | 1/15/2014

    " Una historia con muchos sentimientos. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica Abbott | 1/15/2014

    " it was an easy read. i found myself frustrated at the end i wanted to know what happens next for the characters "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon Fox | 1/13/2014

    " Good summer and beach reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jan | 12/13/2013

    " The writing is a little choppy. Sentences and comparisons jockeyed for position and often jarred me out of the story. It was a cute, quick, summer read that I wouldn't read again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Kayden | 11/30/2013

    " Not my favorite by Hilderbrand, but still okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 11/19/2013

    " One of her easier books to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 9/21/2013

    " Not one of my favorites by Elin, but it was still a good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alesia | 9/19/2013

    " I didn't always love the way Hilderbrand wrote, but the story was great and captivating and kept me interested. It made my heart ache and my eyes tear up and I was filled with emotion, which is what I hope for in every book I read. "

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

    " Intriguing book that unfolds over the course of one day, with flashbacks to the mysterious history of the characters. The Nantucket island setting is perfect for summer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 8/1/2013

    " This book was pretty boring until the last maybe 50 or so pages. The last part was good, but it took a while to get through to the good part. Not worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Meeker | 7/20/2013

    " Great book with lots and lots of detail....making you feel like you were right there with the characters. I got lost in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 7/19/2013

    " This was a good book, but not one of Hilderbrand's better ones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan Walters | 4/23/2013

    " A good beach read. I initally decided to read it because I love Elin Hilderbrand but was a bit skeptical given the book's description. It's much better than I expected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natosha | 4/22/2013

    " Read for a book club. Light reading but good coming of age story about a 19 year old woman trying to figure out who she is after growing up without her mother. She takes a trip to Nantucket with her fiance and takes "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish | 2/19/2013

    " I really like Elin's writing style. It is suprising that so many interesting tales can be woven about one island. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nikki | 1/20/2013

    " This was OK but not the best from this author...... Kind of on the weird side! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 1/3/2013

    " Not one of my favorite Hilderbrand novels, but still okay. I liked the story of love and friendship told over the course of a couple of days, however I never really cared for the characters over much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 12/14/2012

    " GReat summer read! Not trashy a great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy Pothier | 11/8/2012

    " Elin Hilderbrand writes as an 'old soul', where she gets her dialogue and insight can only come from someone that has lived a long life. I have totally enjoyed every single book she has written. NEVER been disappointed. "

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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

Christina Delaine has trod many boards, including the ones at the Public Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, Actors Theater of Louisville, Ensemble Studio Theater, and Peterborough Players. Her favorite gigs include Jewtopia and the title role in Antigone at both Portland Center Stage and the Kentucky Repertory Theater. She holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MFA in acting from Brown University.