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Golden Girl Kindle Edition
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"It's not officially summer until Elin Hilderbrand drops her annual page-turner. In this one, novelist Vivi dies in a hit-and-run and ascends to the Beyond, where she learns she has three "nudges" to influence events on earth. In this touching, scenic story, we learn what it is to let go and let life go on."―Good Housekeeping
"It's almost summer, which means Hilderbrand's legions of fans will be anxious for her latest. . . . This is classic Hilderbrand. . . . hopefully, she has many more Nantucket tales in store."―Booklist
"It has suspense, beautiful beach scenes and inspirational anecdotes. You really can't do better than that."―Cosmopolitan
"Golden Girl is surprising, delightful and—dare I say?—quirky. . . . The book is filled with Hilderbrand’s trademark gorgeous scenes and delicious dialogue. But Golden Girl also explores the author’s own place in the literary pantheon, often with a wink and a nod to the reader. . . . It is funny and heartbreaking, and even though it’s in some ways a departure for Hilderbrand, the novel still offers plenty of that Nantucket air to keep you turning pages."―BookPage
"Beautifully uplifting . . . an emotionally powerful story. Faithful readers have come to depend on Hilderbrand's top-notch escapist fiction that puts lively, dramatic new spins on families challenged by love and loss. Golden Girl will exceed their expectations."―Shelf Awareness
"Hilderbrand’s writing is witty, spunky, fun and dramatic."―Book Reporter
PRAISE FOR 28 SUMMERS:
"Summer on Hilderbrand's Nantucket is never dull. This time she focuses on former lovers who now lead separate lives but share an island idyll once a year. Captivating and bittersweet."―People
"In her 25th novel, Hilderbrand gets everything right and leaves her ardent fans hungry for No. 26. Hilderbrand sets the gold standard in escapist fiction."―Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B08LD4GXQ8
- Publisher : Little, Brown and Company (June 1, 2021)
- Publication date : June 1, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1961 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 385 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #157 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This was a welcome return to her whodunnit format w/Chief Ed & the familiar litany of Nantucket restaurants, stores, & beaches & that was perfectly fine. In fact, the contrivance of having Vivi (the murdered author/mom aka EH) looking down from "above" wasn't necessary. The story told itself through the characters and their entanglements. Vivi's take on what went on w/o her was unnecessary.
But, the chief suspect has to be black - because he's the only black kid on the island apparently - & the promiscuous bartender daughter having an affair w/a married man dares to think she's a #metoo victim when an over-served customer wants a kiss. The plan for a girl's first summer in Nantucket is to hide in a secret room off her college friend's bedroom like ANNE FRANK. EH manages to belittle BLM, #metoo, & the Holocaust.
There's also a missing plot point in that Vivi says she didn't leave a will yet she's supposed to have made enough money to support her house w/a pool plus 3 children, pay a whopping alimony to her ex-husband who runs an ice cream shop yet has a great house, & buy top-of-the-line everything. Life carries on as before she died w/no mention of who is paying or how the ex even has a roof over his head. IRL the state would appoint an executor to oversee her estate & children would inherit everything, but there's not a word about who's buying groceries in the meantime. Why not just leave out Viv's comment about a will?
I did enjoy EH's jab at her publisher in the Facebook Memorial Comments Page when readers offering condolences also suggest that the publisher return to all the author's books & correct all the copy editing errors that riddle a book that sells for $29. In fact, I found one in my copy on p. 5.
It's not a bad story if you ignore EH's general smugness about her great life & wealth & her attempts to be "topical." The Anne Frank part is unforgiveable, but that will be removed from digital & future print editions as EH has called it "a poor choice that was tasteless & offensive." For those of us who've read it, we can't unread it.
looking for a good, fun summer read, keep looking!!