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Dabney Kimball Beech is Nantucket’s biggest booster. As director of the island’s chamber of commerce, she is a constant presence at, and an enthusiastic booster of, the island’s many celebrations, whether it’s Daffodil Weekend or the Cranberry Festival. But this year, things are different. She’s just learned that her high-school boyfriend, Clendenin Hughes, the love of her life and the father of her child, is set to return home after a decades-long stint as a foreign correspondent. Despite the fact that she has been married for many years to a Harvard economist and is well known as a matchmaker, with 43 happy couples to her credit, her own love life has proved problematic. She’s afraid to see Clen again, and with good reason; almost as soon as they meet up, their love affair reignites. Hilderbrand has crafted another of her delectable beach reads, complete with a fairy-tale romance. And her depiction of a perfect Nantucket summer day will have readers inhaling a plate of Kumomoto oysters and downing a cold glass of good white Bordeaux right along with Dabney. Delicious. --Joanne Wilkinson
"A loving portrait of an island....It's like renting a cottage on Nantucket for the weekend - breezy and sad when you come to the end."―The Boston Globe
"A new Elin Hilderbrand novel has come to signify the start of summer to readers. With the idyllic island setting and her eye for details, her books make you want to plan a trip to Nantucket even before you've turned the last page. Her stories are always chockfull of relatable characters and situations, sprinkled with a little bit of escapist fantasy for good measure. Like a good summer barbeque, there's something for everyone here....So get a nice comfy chair in a shady place and dive in!"―The Book Reporter
"The queen regent of the easy-breezy summer read."― The New York Post
"Charming, poignant...Hilderbrand's narrative is thoroughly readable, with likable heroes and believably despicable antagonists...an engaging read."― Publishers Weekly
This is my favorite read of the summer so far."― Georgea Kovanis, Detroit Free Press
Praise for BEAUTIFUL DAY:
"A perfect summer read."―Ladies Home Journal
"A wedding readers won't be able to resist crashing."―Kirkus Reviews
"Hilderbrand's latest is the perfect beach read....[her] straightforward style pulls the reader into the minds of her characters, and all the secrets and sorrows that create the universal messiness of major family events."―Publishers Weekly
PRAISE FOR SUMMERLAND:
"Summerland is as readable as any beach book, but with a much bigger heart."―Boston Globe
"The Queen of the Summer Novel...Hilderbrand blends real-life issues - depression, teen alcoholism, bullying - with her signature soapy twists and illicit romances."―Joanna Powell, People
"Hilderbrand has once again written an engaging story wonderfully illustrating the often complex lives of young people struggling toward adulthood."―Booklist
"A sensitive glimpse into the lives of damaged people groping their way toward healing."―Kirkus Reviews
Absolutely loved this book! It was enchanting. I loved all of the people. I will definitely recommend this book to others!Published 4 days ago by M. Whitson
Easy read that at times I found hard to put down! This a great one for the beach or a snowy day!!Published 4 days ago by Jen
The Matchmaker has so many elements of a captivating read that I'm still up past midnight to finish it, crying my eyes out. With a snoring husband next to me, in the dark. Read morePublished 4 days ago by vivacious Vance
I have read and enjoyed many books by this author, and loved this one, too. If you want a good solid read about family and love, give this a try.Published 4 days ago by Sofia
This story touched my heart, truly wonderful , I couldn't put it down and will tell my fiends that they too should read this novelPublished 4 days ago by mary burns
I loved it all.
I would recommend it to a friend, that at the moment, needed a friend.
It was a beautiful love story. something to get entirely lost in.
After reading some of the reviews, I was concerned about this reading. But, I bought it anyways, and the book served to get me back on track with reading. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Chuck Catania
I can't remember the last book that tugged att heart strings the way this book did! I too fell in love with DabneyPublished 9 days ago by Marie-Alix Bonnamour
I have never read any of Hilderbrand's books so I went to the library and got the audiobook. Yuck. Highfalutin names. Calling your daughter darling. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Jania