- File Size: 1820 KB
- Print Length: 327 pages
- Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books (June 25, 2013)
- Publication Date: June 25, 2013
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A2DKQ72
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,094 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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So about a week ago, while browsing online for a summer read, I noticed the book again and decided to buy it, once and for all.
First, I liked that Ms. Hilderbrand tried to be inclusive with Jethro, an African-American character. Also mentioned was Nathalie, an Asian character. (I like and appreciate multiculturalism/diversity, which Ms. Hilderbrand does not shy away from.)
Ironically, however, I found Jethro irksome/annoying. (He blew air kisses to Ann, the groom's mother. That was a bit much for me, unrealistic. You have to read the book to understand why. Yet I like that Frederick Douglass was mentioned.)
That said, I liked BEAUTIFUL DAY very much. It was such a fun read! So much detail about china and antique linens. I loved the character of Beth, the bride's mother, who was so savvy and wise in her advice. Her loving/uplifting presence was so strong, I felt as if she got to attend her daughter Jenna's wedding.
All the characters--comprised of two upper-middle-class families and their friends/guests--vibrated with life and such interesting names. I especially liked sisters Margot and Jenna.
I marvel that BEAUTIFUL DAY was constructed so seamlessly with rich language, vivid imagery and lots of unexpected plot twists. The author kept track of all the tiny details and pop culture references. As a result, I've already researched/scoped out three other novels by this author for a follow-up read.
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The Notebook in question, written for her youngest daughter, in the event that she might marry, detailed everything she wanted her daughter to do. Even down to who she married, what she wore (surprise, the mother’s dress), flowers, order of service, which church, reception, food and on it went. Never questioning her daughter’s choice of sex, religion, ethnicity etc, etc. What a truly selfish woman and the daughter and her sister followed it to the letter. It was syrupy sweet, boring to the point that I jumped pages. I usually like Elin’s books but this one left me cold.
Leave instructions for your daughters 'wedding.
Don't believe in WEDDINGS anyway. ugh! A mum