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Silver Girl: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Elin Hilderbrand
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Meredith Martin Delinn just lost everything: her friends, her homes, her social standing - because her husband Freddy cheated rich investors out of billions of dollars.

Desperate and facing homelessness, Meredith receives a call from her old best friend, Constance Flute. Connie's had recent worries of her own, and the two depart for a summer on Nantucket in an attempt to heal. But the island can't offer complete escape, and they're plagued by new and old troubles alike. When Connie's brother Toby - Meredith's high school boyfriend - arrives, Meredith must reconcile the differences between the life she is leading and the life she could have had.

Set against the backdrop of a Nantucket summer, Elin Hilderbrand delivers a suspenseful story of the power of friendship, the pull of love, and the beauty of forgiveness.

Editorial Reviews


'Different from your typical chick lit: the plot is complex and a bit dark rather than funny, and the pace is gentle' Sunday Canberra Times on SILVER GIRL '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 Hilderbrand captivates with racy narrative, topical references, and characters who are both familiar and memorable People Reminiscent of Jodi Picoult's work, this is an engaging, intricate read I didn't want to end. Bookbag 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 An honest, raw tale of friendship and love Cosmopolitan on THE CASTAWAYS '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


'Hilderbrand captivates with racy narrative, topical references, and characters who are both familiar and memorable' -- People 'Reminiscent of Jodi Picoult's work, this is an engaging, intricate read I didn't want to end.' -- Bookbag '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 '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

Product Details

  • File Size: 970 KB
  • Print Length: 415 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00A19XWLO
  • Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books; 1 edition (June 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0049B29OQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,185 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Quintessential Beach Read June 21, 2011
Meredith Martin Delinn's world is crashing around her. She has been living the "high life" since her children were small. Her husband, Freddy, was one of those wonderful guys on Wall Street that got caught by the SEC (think Bernie Madoff) making off with his clients money and wonderful guy that he was, he dragged his wife and family down with him.

Freddy is now sitting in prison while Meredith and their son Leo are under investigation and filled with questions. Their son Carver never got into the family business so he is not facing the heat, but Leo has moved in with him and they can have no contact with their mother.

Meredith has lost everything except for some money she had of her own before she was married, but she has no home, no friends, can't talk to or see her sons, no social standing at all. She contacts her friend since childhood, Constance Flute. Their friendship fizzled out when they took all the money they had invested with Freddy out a couple of years ago. Connie's husband, Wolf, was dying and he just didn't think Freddy's numbers added up and thought he was doing something shady. But Meredith stood by her man and blamed Wolf's cancer for his poor judgement.

Connie is headed to Nantucket for the summer to try to heal from the devastating loss of not only her husband, but her daughter who is blaming her for not making her dad fight harder against the cancer that had returned. He chose his work over the treatments. He was an architect and he felt the work he was committed to needed to be completed and would be his legacy. Connie has called and left a voice mail every Sunday hoping that just once her daughter will pick up the phone or call her back.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery, Intrigue and Love June 21, 2011
"Sail on Silver Girl. Sail on by. Your time has come to shine. All your dreams are on their way." Page 341

Meredith Delinn certainly didn't feel like any dreams were coming true after her husband was arrested for stealing millions from investors.

Being the wife of an investment thief definitely was not pleasant. Freddy had cheated investors out of millions, was finally caught, and made his family's life miserable. He wouldn't talk to authorities about anything and wouldn't tell them that his wife and sons had nothing to do with his swindling of investors out of their money. Meredith and her two sons were also under investigation. Freddy was hauled off to jail for 150 years, Meredith left town with her best friend Connie. They were staying at Connie's beach house in Nantucket....beautiful Nantucket where Meredith had to remain incognito since many investors lived there.

Despite her disguise, someone recognized Meredith and small assaults on Connie's property started occurring. They were blaming Meredith for Freddy's thievery.

SILVER GIRL went from past to present describing the story behind each character and how they became the person they were today. Many themes presented, health issues, social issues, family and friendship connections, and most evident.....GREED, BETRAYAL, and DECEIT. All three were ruining many lives including Meredith's.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and became involved with the characters. The characters were made of a great circle of friends tangled in situations since high school. As you read the book, you will start to ask yourself: Do I really know the people I have in my life relationships? Well.....
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing beach read June 27, 2011
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"Silver Girl" is a good book to take on vacation; it's long enough that you won't finish it too quickly but an easy read and one that while inspired by current events, is also focused on relationships and emotions. It tugs at the heartstrings but Hilderbrand also shows us the painful and very real aftermath of treachery, betrayal, and loss, regardless of their causes.

Meredith has been cut off by friends and acquaintances, she's alone, emotionally raw, and devastated by what her husband has done. She's vilified, almost broke, and afraid to be seen in public. She vacillates between wondering if there was a part of her that knew what he was doing and being convinced that she was clueless. Being clueless is not much of an improvement but Hilderbrand deftly portrays the relationship between Meredith and Freddy. It's a fact that there are many couplings and marriages where one partner is so left out of the other's work and parts of their emotional life. Hilderbrand also deftly portrays Meredith's utter abandonment and her feelings of loss at the relationships that she thought she had.

The story happens over the course of the summer and we see Meredith struggle, adjust and grow; we see her and Connie rebuild their friendship, and we see the parallels in their grief and loss. It was a little slow at times and Hilderbrand definitely aims to tug on your emotions but it's an interesting read and one that at times is raw and painful. Overall, it's an enjoyable story and perfect for the beach or pool.

This review originally appeared at my blog [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it, a good beach read.
Published 6 days ago by Marylane Brett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 9 days ago by Shirley Baldree
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book-well written, hard to put down
Published 14 days ago by luv 2 read
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
A book that u can't put down! You will laugh and cry and leave with a great feeling! A must read!
Published 19 days ago by Cynthia
3.0 out of 5 stars it was fair.
It was predictable. Story line was not very interesting, I felt it ended without really finishing the story line. The book was just,okay.
Published 29 days ago by Happy Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Read This On The Beach With Lots of Sun and Sand
This was a fun piece of fluff about a Bernie-Madoff type wife whose world suddenly collaspes and her attempts to pick up the pieces. It was a fun beach read.
Published 2 months ago by S. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging novel with complex characters
This is the first novel I've read from author Elin Hilderbrand. Given the Nantucket setting, I actually purchased it for a vacation to Cape Cod this past summer, but I only just... Read more
Published 2 months ago by doctor_beth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love all of her novels. I read them every summer.
Published 2 months ago by susan engorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read!
What an awesome book! Couldn't put it down!
Published 2 months ago by Maggie Belaire
5.0 out of 5 stars A sad story and true to life
A sad story and true to life. Hopefully it all turneed out great but much unhappiness in the meantime. I enjoyed it; I remember when it happened in real life.
Published 3 months ago by Marion H. Pembroke
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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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