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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books; First Edition edition (June 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316099783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316099783
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (597 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A wedding readers won't be able to resist crashing. Kirkus Takes the chick-lit trope of reclaimed friendship and updates it with a timely twist ... Hilderbrand throws in a handful of plot twists that bounce the story along ... SILVER GIRL [is] the kind of safe investment beachgoers should adore Boston Globe It provides a pacey read, with colourful characters that have fascinating motivations. I couldn't get them out of my head for days Sunday Express on SILVER GIRL So deliciously addictive that it will be the 'It' beach book of the summer Kirkus Review on THE ISLAND An honest, raw tale of friendship and love Cosmopolitan on THE CASTAWAYS This book was a great read - you really care what happens to the characters. Perfect holiday reading. I didn't want to put it down Candis on BAREFOOT A gem of a summer read with a glamorous location, elite lifestyle, and Hilderbrand's appealing take on the constant stress that fills the lives of women everywhere Booklist on A SUMMER AFFAIR --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Elin Hilderbrand has lived on Nantucket for twenty years. She runs every morning, delivers her children to their sporting events, and occasionally frequents the front row at the Chicken Box. Beautiful Day is her twelfth novel.

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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 her five previous novels. Hilderbrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa.

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Love the way each character has there own story.
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I've read all of Elin Hilderbrand's books and this is one of my favorites.
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Definitely recommend this book for a summer beach read.
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Niki BG on July 7, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I usually love love love Elin Hilderbrand books but this one wasn't my favorite. The whole premise of the whole book, the Notebook (yes, with a capital N) turned me off right from the getgo. The idea of a dying mom writing advice to her daughter for her wedding day sounds nice in theory, but Hilderbrand's execution of this idea turned Jenna into a pushover who got talked into a total domination of her wedding by her saintly dead mother. We are expected to feel sentimental and gushy about this mother, but I couldn't stop thinking that if she had been alive and planning all these details, she would have been looked upon as an overbearing royal pain in the butt. I mean, she planned everything right down to the brand of knives Jenna should ask for in her registry to how the vegetables at the wedding (asparagus) should be cooked. In a couple places in the Notebook, the mother basically says stuff like "oh don't feel obliged to wear my wedding dress, but the thought of you in it makes me cry so much that I have to stop writing". Hello manipulation!

I also thought it was really unfair that Pauline got treated the way she did...the only thing I could tell that she did that wasn't so great (at least till the end) was read the Notebook without permission, but she was probably feeling so left out of everything that I really can't blame her. Essentially, she got punished just because she wasn't Beth. I felt sorry for her.

Also, I really didn't like it how Jethro kept getting referred to as "Ryan's boyfriend" throughout the book. All the other characters were introduced once by describing who they were in relation to the other characters, and then referred to by name for the rest of the book. For example, Beanie was called Beanie, not "Kevin's wife".
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Pink Amy on June 25, 2013
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I won a free arc copy of BEAUTIFUL DAY and was asked to give my honest review and I can honestly say, I loved it.
Jenna Carmichael and Stuart Graham are getting married this weekend in a wedding planned and orchestrated by Jenna's mother, Beth, who's been dead for seven years. When Beth was dying of cancer and realized she would not live to see her youngest daughter fall in love and get married, she wrote a Notebook (with a capital N), to help Jenna plan het wedding in Beth's absence.
Marriage is the central theme in this absorbing, well written novel. It seems like every marriage is on the brink of collapse from the groom's married, divorced, and remarried parents, to one of the newlywed bridesmaids, to father-of-the-bride Doug, currently in a loveless marriage to maid of honor, divorced Margot, who we met in the short story prequel THE SURFING LESSON whose ex is engaged to his Pilates instructor.
BEAUTIFUL DAY is told in multiple POVs, primarily Doug's and Margot's voices, with excerpts from The Notebook as well as outtakes from the wedding video, which give us a window into the personalities of minor and major characters. The only criticism I have, and this is minor, is that I appreciate when sections with different POVs have more distinct voiced.
The characters are rich, multidimensional. Family relationships and sibling rivalries are realistic in their complexity. I love Elin Hilderbrand's books, set on Nantucket and usually released just in time for summer. Each year her writing becomes richer, her characters have more depth, and her stories more compelling. I can't wait until next year
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline R. on July 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I am normally a huge fan of Elin Hilderbrand's books -- I usually find them fun, breezy and perfect for summer reads. But this one is atrocious -- I read through it because I try to finish books, but every second with this detestable group of characters was painful.

First, if the mother -- who authors the Notebook on which the wedding is dictated -- were alive, someone would have to scream at her. Beth's notebook is pretentious, materialistic and manipulative. She does not guide or suggest, she demands and maneuvers.

As a result, the second problem -- her daughter Jenna is a spoiled brat. But because we're supposed to love her, we are constantly being told by those around her that she is simply "the baby of the family" and not used to adversity. Yes, we called that spoiled.

Perhaps because of these two characters -- and several other women who are portrayed as beastly -- the book is hugely anti-woman. Another 1-star reviewer mentioned this, but the men in this book are forever being loved, forgiven or excused, as if they had no impact on what was happening around them. Not only are some of the women presented as almost literal gargoyles, but every mistake they make is magnified, while the men are placed on pedestals.

Finally, I appreciate a book about rich people as much as anyone, but the casualness of the wealth -- as if all of us could afford a $170,000 wedding if we just had a mother like Beth and if we just put our minds to it -- was a bit much.

All in all, just so very distasteful. But you know what -- I'll probably end up getting her next novel next year!
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50 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Kircher5 on July 1, 2013
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I have read all of Hilderbrand's prior books; each a great beach read. Thus, I was extremely disappointed to read her latest, the misogynistic 'Beautiful Day'. The denouement in every one of the stories of romantic dysfunction within this tale is that the woman is wrong, and to blame. From the vignette in which a husband has a child out of wedlock, to the single mother of a wretched ex, to the young bride who cheats on her cheating husband, the male partner is given carte blanche, while the female is meant to accept, and/or suffer no matter the circumstance. Its almost comical how the 'other woman' shows up in dress-up at the wedding at the center of the tale! And, oh, the rogue groomsmen brother is so cool; as for the bridesmaids, "Stay Classy, Autumn".

In every story throughout the book, it seems as if Hilderbrand is trying to excuse male infidelity and immaturity. And in the case of the older partner and his multiple young women, she tries to explain male/female partner age disparity.

Is this by design or mistake? I'd love to know. However, in either case, its a horrible message and made me despise the book. Aren't we more evolved than this?
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