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Here's to Us Paperback – February 7, 2017
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PRAISE FOR HERE'S TO US:
"Beautiful people, dysfunctional families and Nantucket: That's Hilderbrand territory, and it wouldn't be summer without a visit...[Here's to Us is] just the thing for a day by the sea."
―Kim Hubbard, People
"It must be summer: Hilderbrand is back with a new beach read."
―Jocelyn McClurg, USA Today
"The must read that will be in everyone's beach bag this summer."
―Brenda Janowitz, Popsugar
"The queen of the summer beach read...keeps the title with another light-as-air Nantucket-centered tome."
―New York Post
"No one captures the flavor and experience of a summer place--the outdoor showers, the seafood, the sand in the floorboards--like Hilderbrand."
"Hilderbrand is a master when it comes to writing the quintessential summer read and her offering this summer, Here's to Us, is no exception."
―Laurie Higgins, Wicked Local.com
"The book immediately draws you in with its scenic descriptions of the island and the Page Six-worthy life of a famous rock star chef. A comfy beach chair and Here's to Us is the perfect recipe for a delectable reading experience."
―Bronwyn Miller, BookReporter
"The perfect summer read...Fans of delectable summer reads and romances with a touch of tragedy will love this latest Hilderbrand novel, a perfect companion for a sunny summer morning and a bowl of something sweet."
―Tara Sonin, B&N Reads
"Queen of the summer beach read."
―Lambeth Hochwald, Parade
About the Author
Elin Hilderbrand does her best writing on the beaches of Nantucket and on the charming streets of Beacon Hill in Boston. HERE'S TO US is her seventeenth novel.
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Each chapter is told by or about one character which makes this book "choppy". It would have been so much better if it had been written as a story that flowed, with conversations, instead of 1 character 1 chapter. I kept waiting for something to happen, but nothing did, I'm at a loss to even try to tell you what the plot was, since everyone converged on this beach house, then proceed to do nothing but talk and drink, go out back or to the end of the driveway to get cell service, there were no "thrilling" moments, no "heart wrenching" moments, no "ahh now I get it" moments, there was nothing , for example, one of the most exciting moments in the book is the women are trying to decide which bedroom they will be sleeping in , yes that's right people that was part of the book. IMHO, please pass this one by, move on to another book worth your money and time.
The story had so many characters that none was properly developed. They became almost interchangeable, and I found myself bored by them. Missing was Elin Hildebrand's usual exuberance I had grown accustomed to when she painted such a vivid picture of the island that I felt as though I were making a return trip. The beachy nightlife, excellent restaurants, quaint shops and mouthwatering descriptions of lobster and clam rolls were missing. The story could have taken place anywhere.
Despite this misfire, I am already looking forward to Elin Hildebrand's next book. I have read every book she has written and do not expect to be disappointed again!
The story begins with the death of a celebrity chef, a man who was somewhat of a rock & roll cad in chef circles, a man who had 3 wives. Three very different wives. The women come together to visit Deacon's kitchy house on Nantucket to spread the ashes (along with several children from those marriages).
Hilderbrand writes so beautifully, so seamlessly, with each chapter flowing into the next as though you're hearing the story told by a master story-teller, not reading. The wives are all complex characters, the story is believable and for once, we can buy a novel from Hachette for only $2.99 without going to the library to find it!!
Loved the recipes, something I add in my own novels that I believe adds depth and interest to the purchase. Well done, Elin Hilderbrand!
The latest has no structure. We leap from different POVs, recipes, news articles, to more recipes so much that there isn't a coherent story. There are far too many characters who have nothing to do with Nantucket and do nothing to advance the plot - Hayes' girlfriend's family in the south Pacific, Belinda's 2 daughters and husband in KY, some family in Savannah, never mind a restaurant based in NYC during which what little action there is takes place. Lots of mentions of bars below 14th street in Manhattan. I read these books to be transported to Nantucket.
And boy, is this incestuous. There's one man who within 2 days has sexual encounters with 2 of the ex-wives, an ex-wife who might be considering her stepson as a lover, a widow who DOES want the boyfriend of her stepdaughter, etc.
Re-read some of her earlier books.