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Beautiful Day: A Novel Hardcover – June 25, 2013
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About the Author
Elin Hilderbrand has lived on Nantucket for twenty years. She runs every morning, delivers her children to their sporting events, and occasionally frequents the front row at the Chicken Box. Beautiful Day is her twelfth novel.
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I also thought it was really unfair that Pauline got treated the way she did...the only thing I could tell that she did that wasn't so great (at least till the end) was read the Notebook without permission, but she was probably feeling so left out of everything that I really can't blame her. Essentially, she got punished just because she wasn't Beth. I felt sorry for her.
Also, I really didn't like it how Jethro kept getting referred to as "Ryan's boyfriend" throughout the book. All the other characters were introduced once by describing who they were in relation to the other characters, and then referred to by name for the rest of the book. For example, Beanie was called Beanie, not "Kevin's wife". I felt like Hilderbrand was trying make sure that we all knew that she included a gay couple in her cast of characters. I felt like she also stereotyped them, such as when Ann found some decent food in the fridge and it said that she assumed that Jethro and Ryan had been the ones to do the grocery shopping.
In addition to all that, I found this book pretty boring. Even the things that were supposed to be big dramas ended up being let downs. I seriously disliked Jenna's character - I thought she was a whiny spoiled brat. And sorta hypocritical - the book in general and the Notebook in particular mentions several times how Jenna is so wonderful because she doesn't care about material possessions or fancy things, and yet the book goes on to say that Jenna's wedding band cost $15,000 - $20,000 and her wedding was $170,000 - $180,000. I also couldn't figure out what sort of idiot finds Ann and Jim's story "romantic".
All in all, glad I read it. But it left me feeling sorta like I want to hurl.
The family is a close one but they are all so different and going through their own little mini-dramas. Margot is divorced and the mother of 3. She's a successful businesswoman and she's also having an affair with the much older partner of her father. Her father, who married a few years after the death of his beloved wife, is doubting his marriage.
The mother of the groom is a politician who after a short split from her husband where he married another woman and had a child, remarried him. It's been years but Chance, the son from that marriage, is in the wedding and Ann wants to invite his mother. That's a disaster waiting to happen!
There is a lot of other things that can happen and do happen during the course of the weekend. First of all, my daughter is getting married soon and thank goodness, we are not spending as much as this family did! I love Elin Hilderbrand's books, Blue Bistro being my favorite, and I did enjoy this one too. I've never been to Nantucket but I always want to after reading her books. I want to eat some of that yummy lobster that she writes so deliciously about. There were a few parts that I could have done without but all in all, it was a fun read about family, weddings and marriages.