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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books; 1 edition (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316043877
  • ASIN: B005CDTX6C
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (253 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,058,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At the start of this steamy woman's novel from Hilderbrand (The Castaways), recently divorced Birdie Cousins is busy planning the September wedding of her older daughter, Chess, at the family house on Tuckernuck, a privately owned island near Nantucket. Birdie hopes to spend some quality time with Chess on Tuckernuck in July, but then Chess breaks her engagement to her consummate Ivy League golden boy fiancé, Michael Morgan. Michael fatally plunges off a Utah crag just when Birdie acquires her own new beau--a married man with a wife stricken with Alzheimer's. Birdie, Chess, and their support team--Birdie's computer-guru younger daughter, Tate, and Birdie's bohemian widowed sister, India--hare off to Tuckernuck. There hunky handyman Barrett Lee flutters hearts and dampens underwear in a breathless month of supercharged estrogenic imbalances. This never-never land portrait of the rich and randy will please those looking for a satisfying beach read.
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"The story flows as gently as a summer breeze, carrying the listener to its refreshing conclusion."—AudioFile Magazine on A Summer Affair --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

Great beach/summer read !
JENNIE KREITZ-EDEL
The characters were well developed, the stories were intriguing, I didn't want the book to end.
VT Mom
This was a book that kept the pages turning...I would read this author again.
LL

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107 of 111 people found the following review helpful By B. A. Chaney VINE VOICE on April 6, 2010
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"The Island" follows a family of four women as they spend a month on Tuckernuck, a remote island off the coast of Nantucket. The women are two sets of sisters, Birdie and India, and Birdie's two daughters, Chess and Tate. The trip emerges in the midst of Chess' broken engagement and the tragic death of her ex-fiance. Although the women arrive on Tuckernuck hoping the quiet and remote place will heal Chess, each of the four women finds a type of healing and rebirth on the island that they had never expected.

This is another excellent offering of smart chick lit from Elin Hilderbrand. The novel is told from the rotating perspectives of the four women, which gives the reader the opportunity to identify with each of the women and her story. Each of the women has her own internal demons that she must overcome on the island--from Chess' anguish over her fiance, to India's memories of her famous husband, to Tate's uncertainty at first love, and Birdie's challenge of starting again after a difficult divorce. The different experiences of the four women gives every reader a character that she can identify with, and makes for an never dull read.

If you are a fan of Hilerbrand's brand of smart and fun women's fiction, this is a novel for you. It's light enough for a beach read but with enough genuine emotion and real life to suck you in for this genuine good read.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Steven James on May 2, 2010
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The Island was a really well-written, interesting take on 4 women's month at their family beach house on Tuckernuck Island, off the coast of Nantucket. The two sisters, their mother and aunt spend their summer getting to know each other better and more importantly, getting to know themselves. Each woman brings her own unique set of problems and issues and the stories interweave and make for a heartfelt summer at the shore. Each story grabs your heart and twists with a vengeance. I found myself rooting for each of these fine ladies and wanting the best for them. They seemed like people I have known in my own life and I hated that they all had internal (and not so interal) struggles. The mother in this book could have been my own, with her desire to fix everyone's problems and then cook a big meal afterwards. I have never read anything by Elin Hilderbrand before but I plan on searching out her earlier novels and reading them all. I am an educated, 40-something-year-old man and I refuse to categorize this book as chick-lit. It's not exactly "dude-lit" either. I think it would be more aptly called "summer-lit" because this is a book I would want to read while on a sunny vacation, preferably at a locale very much like Tuckernuck Island.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Kathy VINE VOICE on June 5, 2010
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This is the story of Birdie, her two daughters and her sister, who spend a month at their family home on Tuckernuck Island in Massachusetts. All of the women except one of the daughters is going through a romantic crisis of some sort, so they feel that a month away from it all will help. I could really only relate to Birdie's problems. She's divorced and is dating an older man whose wife has Altzheimer's Disease. Her daughter, Chess, is mourning the death of her fiancee, who she never really loved and didn't want to marry from the start, so I couldn't figure out why she had even been with him to begin with. I couldn't feel sorry for her. The mother's sister, India, has recovered from the suicide of her husband and is contemplating a lesbian love affair.

The bright spot of the book is the youngest daughter, Tate, and her relationship with the caretaker at the house on the island. He's known the family since they were young and their relationship was fun and nice. But, the lightness of this relationship was ruined by the older sister's jealousy of her sister's happiness, so that was a little upsetting.

I thought I might like reading about the island and get kind of a feel for what it was like, but the writing was not very descriptive at all. At least it wasn't for me. At the end of the book, the author says that it was difficult to write about Tuckernuck because it is pretty desolate, so maybe another location would have been a better choice for a novel.

I would say that if you already know this author and like her books, you might like this book too. If not, and you are looking for a light summer read, you might want to look for something else. This was pretty much a story about unhappy women in a boring place.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By M. D. Mulhern VINE VOICE on April 1, 2010
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What a fabulous book! I LOVE all of Elin Hilderbrand's novels but this is the best story she has written since "Blue Bistro." The stories and characters totally draw you in and the endings are totally satisfying without being too sickeningly sweet. I laughed while reading this book and I cried. I did not want it to end. The only bad part is that now I have to wait another year for her next novel. I don't need to say much else other than you will not be disappointed! You will fall in love with the Cousins women.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MSEreads on February 24, 2012
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This is an engaging drama touching on lots of human emotions from grief, joy, guilt, despair and love, all encompassed in the art of living everyday lifes.

The four women each go to the rustic cottage in Tuckernuck with very different feelings and goals. Mother Birdie's primary goal is to help normally vibrant Chess open up about why she unexpectedly ended her engagement and to help her overcome the grief when her ex fiancé tragically died. Chess just wants to hide in her own sorrow and guilt which is often the way of the severely depressed. The depression was probably the only emotion I had difficulty relating too.

Sister Tate, a computer wizard and tomboy, is willing to try to help reach Chess but secretly she fantasizes about pursuing her childhood crush on Barrett, who is now the new caretaker for the Island. Is there any chance that he will be available and that she could attract him now that Chess is not in a position to be as flirty as she was when they were all teenagers?

Aunt India isn't sure about going back to the cottage which contains many memories of her famous artist husband who committed suicide 15 years earlier. But she is willing to be there for family and maybe she will think through her recent situation involving a star, female, art pupil.

Birdie has left behind a new romance with Hank who had unexpectedly swept her off her feet. But she runs into problems when she tries to connect with Hank at a distance. Surprisingly, and rather sweetly, she reaches out to her ex husband for support.

Again, as with The Castaways, I enjoyed how this author presents the story by chapters from the perspective of each of the four women.
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