Sunday, February 17, 2013

7. The Island - Elin Hilderbrand

audio read by Denice Hicks
13 unabridged cds/ (15 hours)
2010, Hachette Audio
416 pages
for adults
finished 2/15/13
genre:  contemporary realistic fiction
Goodreads Rating: 3.86
My rating:  2/It was okay
Acquired through PBS
Setting:  a remote island off Nantucket

1st Line/s:  "It had sat abandoned for thirteen years.  This had happened without warning."

My comment:  Well....I must admit, this type of book isn't my cup of tea. It seemed to go on and on and on and on....and I wasn't totally endeared with many of the characters. Tate drove me crazy - what a spoiled, self-centered little brat she was. Relating to rich summer people has never been my thing. And this story is mostly about exactly that sort of person. I almost quite listening (and the reader did a wonderful job) many times. 15 hours of more or less the same thing....a few surprises, but not many.....I think I'll stick to my murder mysteries from now on. Sorry, Ms. Hilderbrand, but I tried.

Goodreads synopsis:  Birdie Cousins has thrown herself into the details of her daughter Chess's 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 - 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 might sound 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 page-turning, bestselling novels as much a part of summer as a long afternoon on a sunny beach

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