18 June 2012

Review & Giveaway: Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand

To the wealthy and the wannabes of the East Coast, Nantucket is a summer place, a place to relax and swim, to see and be seen, and to escape the heat of the city. For those who live on the island, it's a place just like any other. Kind of.

It's the perfect place to raise a family: quiet streets, small classrooms, no crime. But isolation isn't always a good thing. Parents forget to be vigilant and children are blissfully ignorant. One June evening Zoe Alistair, single parent of teenage twins, learned the hard way that Nantucket couldn't protect her kids.

In Summerland, Elin Hilderbrand starts with the night of high school graduation and the horrible car accident that killed Penny Alistair and left her twin, Hobby, in a coma. The two other passengers--Penny's boyfriend, Jake, and another friend, Demeter--survived with minor physical injuries but with lasting psychological scars.

Through the course of the summer, the three families cope with the aftermath of the accident. What led Penny to drive Jake's car off the embankment at top speed, despite the pleas of the other kids? Why was she so upset? Hobby, Jake, and Demeter have their own thoughts about what happened, and each vacillates between feeling guilty and placing blame. The adults assess their pasts, their parenting skills, their marriages, and their interwoven relationships. Everyone has a secret.

Hilderbrand is known for her island novels, which use the small community of Nantucket to explore issues of family, love, infidelity, and parenting as well as forgiveness, acceptance, and redemption. Fans will not be disappointed by Summerland.Told from the viewpoints of several characters, the story is tangled and revealed slowly, as secrets are combed out one by one. By the end of the summer, each person involved with Penny will have changed, although not everyone will find a fairy tale peace and happiness.

The Giveaway: Thanks to the publishers, I am able to offer three of my readers one copy each of Elin Hilderbrand's Summerland. To enter, you need to have a USA/Canada mailing address (no P.O. boxes) and to fill out the following form. I'll pick a winner via random number generator on June 29. Good luck!

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Published by Little, Brown / Reagan Arthur Books, June 26, 2012
ISBN-13: 9780316099837
Source: Review (see review policy)
Rating: B
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(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea 6/18/12, 6:55 AM  

I'd love a chance to win Summerland; thanks so much

Mary (Bookfan) 6/18/12, 6:57 AM  

Thanks for the chance to win. I'm a fan of Elin Hilderbrand and her Nantucket novels. This sounds great!

alenaslife 6/18/12, 7:52 AM  

Looks terrific. Thanks.

Elizabeth 6/18/12, 8:10 AM  

It is another great book of hers.

Loved it...my tour date is June 26. Stop by if you like.

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Kaye 6/18/12, 8:13 AM  

Love, love, love Hilderbrand's books. THis sounds like another winner. Wonderful review!

Unknown 6/18/12, 8:36 AM  

Ooh sounds like a book just for me. Mom of twin girls, but thankfully the summer of their graduation was all safe. Sounds like a winner.

Nise' 6/18/12, 8:47 AM  

This was the kind of summer read I look for in a book! Enjoyed it as well.

Daryl 6/18/12, 10:08 AM  

sounds like its going on my list ... and thank you, the cookbook/apron arrived on Saturday .. its going to my friend in LA who is an amazing cook ..

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) 6/18/12, 12:06 PM  

I absolutely loved this one. It was such a pleasure to pick up a book and immediately become immersed in the story.

bermudaonion 6/18/12, 1:19 PM  

I can't wait to read this one! I added your review to the Reagan Arthur Books Challenge blog.

Catch My Words 6/18/12, 3:31 PM  

This looks like a good read. Thanks for the contest.


Serena 6/19/12, 5:36 AM  

Sounds like a good read for the summer...nice location, but something with more substance.

Autumn 6/21/12, 2:02 PM  

I've become such a fan of hers. I love her books.

PoCoKat 6/27/12, 9:42 AM  

Would love to win this book!

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