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The Island: A Novel Hardcover – Bargain Price, July 6, 2010
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This is another excellent offering of smart chick lit from Elin Hilderbrand. The novel is told from the rotating perspectives of the four women, which gives the reader the opportunity to identify with each of the women and her story. Each of the women has her own internal demons that she must overcome on the island--from Chess' anguish over her fiance, to India's memories of her famous husband, to Tate's uncertainty at first love, and Birdie's challenge of starting again after a difficult divorce. The different experiences of the four women gives every reader a character that she can identify with, and makes for an never dull read.
If you are a fan of Hilerbrand's brand of smart and fun women's fiction, this is a novel for you. It's light enough for a beach read but with enough genuine emotion and real life to suck you in for this genuine good read.
The bright spot of the book is the youngest daughter, Tate, and her relationship with the caretaker at the house on the island. He's known the family since they were young and their relationship was fun and nice. But, the lightness of this relationship was ruined by the older sister's jealousy of her sister's happiness, so that was a little upsetting.
I thought I might like reading about the island and get kind of a feel for what it was like, but the writing was not very descriptive at all. At least it wasn't for me. At the end of the book, the author says that it was difficult to write about Tuckernuck because it is pretty desolate, so maybe another location would have been a better choice for a novel.
I would say that if you already know this author and like her books, you might like this book too. If not, and you are looking for a light summer read, you might want to look for something else. This was pretty much a story about unhappy women in a boring place.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pretty predictable plot, but a fun summer read for those who like light and easy romances. A very quick read.Published 1 day ago by M. Streckenbach
Easy to read if you are looking for a relaxing, quick book. I felt the book was predictable at times and was waiting for something exciting to happen.Published 18 days ago by Courtney D
This is a sweet read with likeable characters and worth the investment of reading time. I would recommend for girlfriends, sisters, etc read for a fun cocktail, book review at the... Read morePublished 26 days ago by M. Couture
This was my 2nd time reading this book because I remembered loving it the 1st time! This is one of Hilderbrand's best novels, and I've read them all!Published 1 month ago by G1976