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Elin Hilderbrand is the author of "The Island", "Nantucket Nights", "Summer People" and "The Blue Bistro", among others. She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was a teaching/writing fellow. Her short fiction has appeared in "Seventeen", "The Massachusetts Review", and "The Colorado Review". She lives with her husband, Chip Cunningham, and their two sons in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
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Freddy is now sitting in prison while Meredith and their son Leo are under investigation and filled with questions. Their son Carver never got into the family business so he is not facing the heat, but Leo has moved in with him and they can have no contact with their mother.
Meredith has lost everything except for some money she had of her own before she was married, but she has no home, no friends, can't talk to or see her sons, no social standing at all. She contacts her friend since childhood, Constance Flute. Their friendship fizzled out when they took all the money they had invested with Freddy out a couple of years ago. Connie's husband, Wolf, was dying and he just didn't think Freddy's numbers added up and thought he was doing something shady. But Meredith stood by her man and blamed Wolf's cancer for his poor judgement.
Connie is headed to Nantucket for the summer to try to heal from the devastating loss of not only her husband, but her daughter who is blaming her for not making her dad fight harder against the cancer that had returned. He chose his work over the treatments. He was an architect and he felt the work he was committed to needed to be completed and would be his legacy. Connie has called and left a voice mail every Sunday hoping that just once her daughter will pick up the phone or call her back.
Connie decides to take Meredith with her to Nantucket so they may also heal their friendship, but once the people of the island find out that Meredith is there, the friends become plagued with old and new troubles, adding even more stress in their lives at a place that was supposed to be healing, relaxing and full of happy memories. Can their friendship be restored? What kind of lives will they after when the summer ends?
This is the quintessential summer beach read. It takes on the power of friendship, love, loss, forgiveness, trust, happiness, prosperity, misery, and bliss, along with an element of suspense. It is also very current due to the scandal that happened in New York with Bernie Madoff recently, like I said above, but it shows the other side, that maybe some of the spouses of the Wall Street Execs really could be oblivious to what was really happening. When they are bringing home that much money it is kind of taken for granted and the how and why is not always questioned. Unfortunately most of us are not in that position so I didn't trust Meredith for a good part of this story, which made it more of a mystery for me as the clues were uncovered and linked together.
I also loved the special ways history was remembered and tied to some very beautiful music. It made the story so much more real as they were songs I loved from my past. Just added a wonderful element that set the back stories and much more.
I had the privilege to read an review Hilderbrand's The Island last summer and declared it my Best General Fiction Read of 2010. Elin Hilderbrand has become one of my favorite authors and I can't wait to read her entire back list and anything she writes in the future.
The tagline of this blog is "Escape With A Good Book". This is the perfect "escape" book!! I did over the weekend and am so glad I did. Get yours today, fix a nice pitcher of lemonade, splash on a little sunscreen and hit the beach, deck chair, or porch swing and sit back and enjoy this wonderful story.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Reagan Arthur Books, Little Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
I read this book because I totally adore beach reads. I love Nantucket. I love that the places and shops and stores and bakeries and bars and restaurants are really there on Nantucket. Google them and you will see that this is true.
If you love a fascinating and totally absorbing book about characters who are amazingly flawed and yet somehow always find a way to come to terms with life...in spite of often being in the worst and most impossible situations...this is a book that you will not be able to put down.
The only minor issue I had with it is that it is a story similar to Bernie Madoff's story...the investment guru who ended up cheating and defrauding his clients. But I was soon able to forget about the similar story and become engrossed with Meredith and Connie...the main characters and the issues that they had with husbands and children
SILVER GIRL features two women, best friends from high school. Meredith, always known as the smart one, somehow was completely unaware that she was living a lie: her husband, Freddy, was using his corporation, Delinn Enterprises, to run a massive Ponzi scheme, and when the SEC finally caught up with him, many investors lost millions. Meredith herself is under investigation, and she turns to her old friend left in the world, Connie. But Connie is wrestling with her own demons, as her husband died of cancer just two and half years before, and Connie's only daughter, Ashlyn, has not spoken to her since the funeral. On top of everything else, Meredith and Connie have been estranged for even longer than that, and yet still, Connie agrees to help Meredith.
Connie takes Meredith to her summer home on Nantucket, where Meredith hopes to be incognito. The narrative is told alternatively from the perspective of each woman. Connie questions her own judgment in having Meredith to stay, yet in truth, she has been desperately lonely since the death of her husband, Wolf, and the loss of her daughter which followed has left her an emotional mess. Meredith, although calm and cool on the outside, is desperate for news of her sons, the elder of whom is being investigated as possibly having been involved in his father's business dealings. Meredith marvels at how her life could have reached this point, and in doing so, reflects on her past: as the plot unfolds, it flashes back to the early days of Meredith's friendship with Connie, her romance with Connie's brother Toby and their spectacular breakup, the loss of her beloved father, and finally, the development of her relationship with Freddy.
Although SILVER GIRL moves between present day and flashbacks, I never felt as if the story were bogged down. Rather, the development of the two main characters constantly propels the novel forward, and I found myself eager to discover what might happen next. Personally, I would have liked just a bit more resolution to the conclusion, which was left a bit open-ended, almost as if the novel were awaiting a sequel. Still, this was a very enjoyable read that has left me wanting to seek out more of Hilderbrand's work.