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The Castaways: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Elin Hilderbrand
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Greg and Tess MacAvoy are one of four prominent Nantucket couples who count each other as best friends. As pillars of their close-knit community, the MacAvoys, Kapenashes, Drakes, and Wheelers are important to their friends and neighbors, and especially to each other. But just before the beginning of another idyllic summer, Greg and Tess are killed when their boat capsizes during an anniversary sail. As the warm weather approaches and the island mourns their loss, nothing can prepare the MacAvoy's closest friends for what will be revealed.

Once again, Hilderbrand masterfully weaves an intense tale of love and loyalty set against the backdrop of endless summer island life.

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From Publishers Weekly

In the close-knit group of four successful Nantucket couples who call themselves the Castaways, Greg and Tess MacAvoy had what everybody wanted. Or so it seems to Delilah Drake, the voluptuous bon vivant Castaway married to staid farmer Jeffrey. But when Greg and Tess sail to Martha's Vineyard to celebrate their anniversary and mysteriously drown, their deaths stir up more secrets than there are tourists on the island's golden beaches. Hilderbrand (Barefoot) goes deep into each of the surviving Castaways' hearts, revealing old affairs and new entanglements. Was Greg involved with someone else? Was Tess going to leave Greg for Addison Wheeler, the rich Castaway married to the pill-popping Phoebe? Hilderbrand will reveal all, as well as plenty of other tidbits that aren't as interesting—including how long Delilah was in labor with her first son, the titles of songs that come on the radio at important moments and the lengths Addison went to get a stoned Phoebe to sleep with him. Readers of women's fiction who don't mind digressions should be satisfied with this tale of knotty relationships set against the lovely Nantucket backdrop. (July)
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'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 fun read' -- Star on Barefoot 'Touching and uplifting' -- U Magazine on Barefoot '[A] beautifully written, emotional novel' -- Sainsbury's magazine on A Summer Affair '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: 711 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316043893
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (July 7, 2009)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002DJ9IN6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,189 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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66 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Castaways - not your usual summer beach book July 7, 2009
Last summer, I was privileged to read and review Ms. Hilderbrand's previous novel entitled A Summer Affair (you can read my review here (and I'm excited to tell you that an excerpt of my review was included in the paperback version that was released on June 1, 2009!!). In The Castaways, Ms. Hilderbrand seems to be sticking with her theme of disillusioned marriage partners seeking diversion outside the marriage (again with the affairs! I guess books about successful marriages wouldn't sell very well?). Regardless, I absolutely loved this book. And you will too. Far from a simple "beach read," The Castaways has a pretty involved plot with several well developed characters. And those characters are so interwoven throughout their lives you really need to pay attention to keep up. Ms. Hilderbrand keeps you guessing throughout the entire book by writing the chapters from the point of view of all the characters at different points in their lives - so often you are reading the same story but from a different perspective. In my humble opinion, this is a great way to flesh out the story lines AND the characters. And her writing is so vivid, the characters and the beautiful shores of Nantucket are brought to life. So if you are looking for a good book to read this summer that is not at all cut from the usual "beach read" mold, The Castaways is a must read for you.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not-fluffy summer beach read July 9, 2009
By drey
Who knew that dying would cause so much confusion? Consternation? Guilt? Pain--well, that's given. In any case, Greg & Tess MacAvoy's deaths while sailing to celebrate their 12th anniversary, definitely opens up a can of worms for their close-knit group of friends. Everyone has secrets. Everyone has regrets. Some more than others. Without giving the whole story away, The Castaways was a well-written and engrossing look into the lives of this close-knit group of friends, and how they deal with the loss of two of their own. Along the way, hidden secrets reluctantly come to light, and forgiveness lets the living carry on.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The life of 4 couples July 9, 2009
I have heard that this is a great beach read, but I'm not sure I agree. For me, this book is too deep, too sad to be a beach read (I like mine to be fluffy!) But this book is definitely a good one! It's gossipy and it kept me hooked! It told the life of four different couples through the eyes of six different people. There were lots of twists and turns and inter-mingling (is that a word?) between the couples. I thought I had the death of the MacAvoy's figured out but then something new would pop up. And it all wrapped up nicely in the end!
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A huge disappointment August 19, 2009
I couldn't wait to read Hilderbrand's newest book because I've so enjoyed most of her previous ones, but THE CASTAWAYS was a big letdown. In fact, I quit reading it about halfway through. Reason? I couldn't stand these self-centered, selfish, thoroughly unlikable characters. I'm sorry, but what is admirable about people who try to solve their problems by cheating on their spouses with the spouses of their supposedly-greatest-friends? Hilderbrand seems like an intelligent woman. Enough already! Surely she can come up with more worthwhile people to write about and more worthwhile themes to explore. I'm tired of reading about people who can't be happy even though they live in one of the most beautiful places on earth in a country where (despite our problems) we are free and can pretty much accomplish anything if we work hard enough. I kept wanting to shake these people and say, why don't you count your blessings instead of whining and crying about poor pitiful you? With so much real misery and hardship in the world, who cares about these kinds of people? Frankly, they weren't even entertaining, although I will say that I did enjoy reading about the relationship between Phoebe and her twin. Sadly, because I dislike having to say this about a book, I would not recommend THE CASTAWAYS to anyone.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Drama July 7, 2009
Have you ever read a book where you're having trouble reading yet you keep trudging through hoping that the ending will make up for the rest of the story? This was such that book for me. This was the first book of Elin Hilderbrand's that I have read and unfortunately I just could not get into the book. I guess I had been expecting a beach read about a group of friends who were reminiscing about old times at the beach, sorta like The Big Chill.

Instead, it just felt like one huge soap opera from the get go. Everyone's having affairs with everyone. It was like you couldn't turn your head without someone passing off longing glances and secret looks at someone else's spouse. It's one thing to have drama in a book to create tension. It's another when the entire book is just one big drama between a bunch of grown ups who seemingly never grew up. Half the time I just wanted to take a character and shake them and tell them to snap out of their misery and self wallowing. Honestly, most of the drama that was created for the book could have been resolved almost instantly. It really bugs me when people marry and don't love each other from the get go.

There were only a few redeeming aspects of the book. The intrigue of the mystery of what happened to Greg and Tess was pretty much the only thing that kept me reading the book. Also the character of the Chief was the only person I actually liked and felt for in the story. He is the only one that seems to be rather sane and actually could be pitied. Everyone else in the book seemed to have a sob story that they kept milking.

I feel bad for not liking this book because it seems that everyone that's read it has enjoyed it. I suppose it is good escape reading and the setting of the book is appealing for a summer beach read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars It has been the most tedious, boring book I have ever listened to
Thankfully, I did not purchase this book, but checked out the audio book at the library. It has been the most tedious, boring book I have ever listened to, and I have to wonder at... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Cynthia Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars The Castaways
Elin Hilderbrand has done it again! A book that was hard to lay down! I love the way she captivates her audience! A great summer read!
Published 12 days ago by Donna Barger
5.0 out of 5 stars loved
not predictable at all .. loved it
Published 15 days ago by Donna Ramos
4.0 out of 5 stars Story & characters really drew me in.
I totally enjoyed this book. One reviewer described it as a "meaty" beach read. Fair enough. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Bean Queen
5.0 out of 5 stars I am three quarters through with this book and always ...
I am three quarters through with this book and always look forward to getting back to it to read another chapter or two.
Published 22 days ago by Linda Fay
4.0 out of 5 stars The Castaways. A Novel
The book was not at all what I thought it would be when I chose it. I thought it would be a light, beachy novel with fun and romance. It was not. Read more
Published 1 month ago by susiepilot
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer Read
Great Summer Read and I like how each chapter is about a character in the book. Great book about four married couples known as The Castaways.
Published 2 months ago by Pamela J. Roberts
3.0 out of 5 stars OK read
I was not as intrigued with this book as I have been with others of Hilderbrands' great character builds. An ok read.
Published 2 months ago by Gwen
4.0 out of 5 stars Maeve Binchy with a spicy edge
I loved the style of writing.....we get to see something from almost every character perspective. I also like the way the author handled the male perspective: no male stereotyping... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Aaron Marggraff
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
Great Book! Elin Hilderbrand did it again. I love her novels and the characters she comes up with. Such a great story!
Published 3 months ago by Janelle Swanson
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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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Kindle version more than paperback?
Very disappointed @ the Kindle price! Saw this @ Target & didn't purchase because I wanted it on my Kindle. Will NOT be purchasing Kindle version @ this price. Maybe I'll buy it used...that should please the publisher!
Jun 28, 2010 by D. J. Yates |  See all 2 posts
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