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The Rumor: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – July 26, 2016
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About the Author
The following rumors about Elin Hilderbrand are true: She writes her novels longhand, she is a good cook and a terrible gardener. Everything else is up for speculation. THE RUMOR is her fifteenth novel.
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Top Customer Reviews
Elin manages to capture so much detail. I had forgotten how much I had forgotten. I lived, for a while, in a small hamlet in The Great Pacific Northwest right on the Coast, not unlike Nantucket, and people such as the Police Chief and others take me right back to that hamlet. I had not heard the words "Cumberland Farms" in my earshot for a long, long, tyme, but grew up on Stop and Shop and crowded parking lots and jammed Summertyme two lane roads.
"Eddie's" description of the young "adult" post-college crowd brings back the memories of the madras and plaid shorts, deck shoes, the Figawi, the Hyannis Yacht Club (of which my Uncle was a member). Of the college crowd we had those days of running around in sports cars, pick-up trucks, sitting on sidewalks hoping someone would buy a piece of art, listening to rock and roll radio and then consuming mass quantities of lawbsta rolls, fried clams, oysters, potato salad and cole slaw at night. Topped off by an ice cream from Friendly's and a round of miniature golf.
LIFE WAS EASIER, BETTER, MORE FUN, MORE RELAXED and LESS STRESSFUL and MORE FULFILLING in the OLDE DAYS!
If we could just take the high school years of adolescence out of human lives, life would be a lot easier, a lot healthier and a lot better. The ideal would be to jump from 11 or 12 right to 21 or 22. Everything that teenagers go through is unnecessary Hell on Earth.
Grace and Eddie Pancik are an acknowledged "power couple." He, with his real estate/construction business and Grace with her gardening business, their names are on everyone's lips that particular summer.
Madeline Llewelyn is Grace's best friend. They share confidences and keep each other's secrets. Until they don't.
Trevor, Madeline's husband is a pilot and away a lot. He doesn't figure into the story very much. But he is supportive of Madeline's writing and her need for a "room of her own," so when she rents an apartment for her writing space, he is completely behind it. She is determined to write something worthy of the generous advance she has received after the success of her dystopian novel, Islandia. So will she cross a line to achieve her goal?
Then when Eddie stops by Madeline's apartment to ask why she used another agent to rent the space, busybody eyes notice him there, and the first "rumor" springs to life. Soon many are chatting about the supposed affair between them.
Meanwhile, however, Grace and Benton Coe, the landscape architect helping her redesign her garden, seem to be spending an awful lot of time together, aside from their gardening.
What is going on? Can the rumor mill spin its wheels fast enough?
Meanwhile, the teenagers are stirring up their own brand of trouble. Eddie and Grace's twins, Allegra and Hope, are nothing alike. Allegra is narcissistic, spoiled, and cheating on her boyfriend Brick, Trevor and Madeline's son. Hope, quiet and studious, has her eye on Brick for herself, but she won't betray her sister.
The Rumor: A Novel is an intriguing story with twists and turns that kept me guessing, even as I suspected where much of it would go before the end. But there were a few surprises, and I liked the ending. A 4 star read for me.
I really enjoyed this one. The characters were realistic and believeable. I loved the setting of Nantucket, especially since Mass. is my native state. I got engrossed in the story from the first chapter. Excellent writing, wonderful characters, great description of places and I could visualize them easily in my mind. The story had a satisfying ending and I'm so glad I rediscovered Hilderbrand!
I'm now reading her first novel, The Beach Club, AND I'm listening to the audio version of The Love Season. I'm loving both as much as this one. I see some contented reading ahead for myself.