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Every summer the Newton family retreats to their beloved home on Nantucket for three months of sunshine, cookouts, and bonfires on the beach. But this summer will not be like any other. When Arch Newton, a prominent New York attorney, dies in a plane crash on his way home from a business trip, his beautiful widow Beth can barely keep things together. Above all, though, she Every summer the Newton family retreats to their beloved home on Nantucket for three months of sunshine, cookouts, and bonfires on the beach. But this summer will not be like any other. When Arch Newton, a prominent New York attorney, dies in a plane crash on his way home from a business trip, his beautiful widow Beth can barely keep things together. Above all, though, she decides that she must continue the family tradition of going to Nantucket, and at the same time fulfill a promise that Arch made before he died. Beth invites Marcus, the son of Arch's final and most challenging client, to spend the summer with her and her teenage twins Winnie and Garrett, who have mixed reactions to sharing their special summer place with this stranger. Always a place of peace before, Nantucket becomes the scene of roiling emotions and turbulent passions as Marcus, Winnie, and Garrett learn about loss, first love, and betrayal. And when they stumble upon a shocking secret from Beth's past, they must keep it from destroying the family they've been trying so hard to heal.


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Every summer the Newton family retreats to their beloved home on Nantucket for three months of sunshine, cookouts, and bonfires on the beach. But this summer will not be like any other. When Arch Newton, a prominent New York attorney, dies in a plane crash on his way home from a business trip, his beautiful widow Beth can barely keep things together. Above all, though, she Every summer the Newton family retreats to their beloved home on Nantucket for three months of sunshine, cookouts, and bonfires on the beach. But this summer will not be like any other. When Arch Newton, a prominent New York attorney, dies in a plane crash on his way home from a business trip, his beautiful widow Beth can barely keep things together. Above all, though, she decides that she must continue the family tradition of going to Nantucket, and at the same time fulfill a promise that Arch made before he died. Beth invites Marcus, the son of Arch's final and most challenging client, to spend the summer with her and her teenage twins Winnie and Garrett, who have mixed reactions to sharing their special summer place with this stranger. Always a place of peace before, Nantucket becomes the scene of roiling emotions and turbulent passions as Marcus, Winnie, and Garrett learn about loss, first love, and betrayal. And when they stumble upon a shocking secret from Beth's past, they must keep it from destroying the family they've been trying so hard to heal.

30 review for Summer People

  1. 5 out of 5

    Marleen

    Oh dilemma, because I'm hesitating between a 3 and a 4 stars for this one. I know I’m in for a nice treat when I read a book by Elin Hilderbrand, that's for sure. I may not always like all the characters she puts on paper (as in this one), but I always thoroughly enjoy her writing style and the stories she brings, set on beautiful Nantucket. This one, centering on the Newton family, might well be the most touching I’ve read so far by this author. The parts that revealed what happened in the past Oh dilemma, because I'm hesitating between a 3 and a 4 stars for this one. I know I’m in for a nice treat when I read a book by Elin Hilderbrand, that's for sure. I may not always like all the characters she puts on paper (as in this one), but I always thoroughly enjoy her writing style and the stories she brings, set on beautiful Nantucket. This one, centering on the Newton family, might well be the most touching I’ve read so far by this author. The parts that revealed what happened in the past were extremely vital to the story. They were heartfelt and made the story very appealing. This read kept me entertained and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. Admittedly, (and without wanting to reveal spoilers) there were things that made my blood boil a little, like the extreme self-absorbed attitude of the twins, Garrett and Minnie, but then they are teenagers, and, in the end, they are genuinely good kids. I also had the feeling while reading that I wished the author had fleshed out a few of the characters more, especially Beth, the Mom. I didn’t like how David was portrayed. Right from the first sentences when he appeared in this story, he came across as quite selfish, and sadly, he remained rather self-centered. At times it felt that the book went over certain events occurring on the island that summer a little quickly. By far my favorite characters were Marcus, and yes, Arch. The dynamics they created – in the past and the present - were in essence, the soul of this story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was actually quite disappointed with this book. This is the first by this author I've read and now I'm not sure I'll be in a hurry to read anything more. SPOILER WARNING ~ ~ ~ ~ I cannot believe that the mother in this book didn't shred her kids for scattering her husbands ashes without her knowledge and/or consent. That is one of the worst things you could do to a person, your own parent for that matter, over a secret they felt they were entitled to know. So for me, that just didn't work. Firs I was actually quite disappointed with this book. This is the first by this author I've read and now I'm not sure I'll be in a hurry to read anything more. SPOILER WARNING ~ ~ ~ ~ I cannot believe that the mother in this book didn't shred her kids for scattering her husbands ashes without her knowledge and/or consent. That is one of the worst things you could do to a person, your own parent for that matter, over a secret they felt they were entitled to know. So for me, that just didn't work. First of all, her secret was NONE of their business and for her to cave and tell them all about it shortly after discovering they scattered her husbands ashes, and then pretty much just let them off the hook for that, just doesn't make any sense to me. I really didn't like the way things ended with her and David either. I don't know, this book just really didn't work for me.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Daveia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ***SPOILERS BELOW.*** If I were Elin's editor, I would have told her "this so called plot twist? is a BUST" Wow. The big secret is that the mom was married, twenty-five years ago, for two weeks. Years before she met her long-term spouse, years before she had children, she was married for two weeks. No entanglements, no long-term consequences, just a young girl who made a silly mistake and managed to rectify it before it got ugly. My mom was engaged before she met my father. That didn't work out. ***SPOILERS BELOW.*** If I were Elin's editor, I would have told her "this so called plot twist? is a BUST" Wow. The big secret is that the mom was married, twenty-five years ago, for two weeks. Years before she met her long-term spouse, years before she had children, she was married for two weeks. No entanglements, no long-term consequences, just a young girl who made a silly mistake and managed to rectify it before it got ugly. My mom was engaged before she met my father. That didn't work out. Thirty years later I'm not mad at her about it, I don't even care. It was before she knew my dad, before I was even a thought in her brain, let alone a fetus in her belly. Yet this character's kids feel so BETRAYED. They don't know their mother anymore. They take their father's ashes and scatter them without her. Her kids are hideously selfish and shameful. The plot is snooze-worthy and honestly regrettable. I feel like I wasted a day reading this. I keep reading this author's books because so many people think they are great. I hope it improves soon.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    I needed a summer fluff book. This book and its $4 price tag at Costco accommodated me. It was fluffy. Once I understood the title, that there are wealthy people who spend entire summers doing nothing in their second homes on beautiful and quaint islands, I forgave the shallowness of most of the characters. It is supposed to be about seemingly shallow people albeit shallow people who are grieving for their dead spouse and father. That doesn't forgive the lack of depth Hilderbrand wrote all the o I needed a summer fluff book. This book and its $4 price tag at Costco accommodated me. It was fluffy. Once I understood the title, that there are wealthy people who spend entire summers doing nothing in their second homes on beautiful and quaint islands, I forgave the shallowness of most of the characters. It is supposed to be about seemingly shallow people albeit shallow people who are grieving for their dead spouse and father. That doesn't forgive the lack of depth Hilderbrand wrote all the other characters but I read it in a day....in the summer...and am not much worse off for it. The book did its job which was to distract me from the long list of to-dos after a few weeks of my own travels. Moving on.....

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sherrie

    Awful, awful characters. The only tolerable one is Marcus. Beth, the mother, is quite simply an immature tease who borders on the psychotic. Her husband dies suddenly, then she teases her first love all summer even though she doesn't really love him, then decides she should move on with him because she doesn't want to be alone (but she still doesn't really love him) then is disappointed that he didn't wait for her and got back with his wife. Seriously, that happened. Garrett is a complete prick Awful, awful characters. The only tolerable one is Marcus. Beth, the mother, is quite simply an immature tease who borders on the psychotic. Her husband dies suddenly, then she teases her first love all summer even though she doesn't really love him, then decides she should move on with him because she doesn't want to be alone (but she still doesn't really love him) then is disappointed that he didn't wait for her and got back with his wife. Seriously, that happened. Garrett is a complete prick with no redeemable qualities. Winnie is a vapid teenager. They bring Marcus with them to their summer home, and because she "loves" him, then and only then does she decide to attempt to befriend "the couple of black girls in her school". Are you kidding me?! There were messy story lines that were left unresolved along with many other problems in this novel. Don't waste your time.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    More than anything else, this book is about loss, and the different ways people grieve. You might think that would make a book depressing, but I actually found it to be optimistic and even humorous at times. It's summer, and the wealthy, upper-East-Side Newton family is headed to their beach house on Nantucket, as they do every year. This year, however, they do it without their father, Arch, who was killed three months earlier in a plane crash. His children, twins Winnie and Garrett, have been un More than anything else, this book is about loss, and the different ways people grieve. You might think that would make a book depressing, but I actually found it to be optimistic and even humorous at times. It's summer, and the wealthy, upper-East-Side Newton family is headed to their beach house on Nantucket, as they do every year. This year, however, they do it without their father, Arch, who was killed three months earlier in a plane crash. His children, twins Winnie and Garrett, have been unable to adjust to the loss of their father and are still mourning. Garrett is moody and surly, and Winnie won't eat and never takes off her father's old sweatshirt. In the car with them is Marcus, a black boy from Queens whose mother is in prison for murder and whose life is entirely different from their own. Arch was a lawyer and working to defend Marcus' mother when he died, and he had already invited Marcus to Nantucket; his wife, Beth, decides to honor his wishes and thus the unlikely group is off to spend the summer together. Summer People isn't really about death, although the death of Arch stays with his family as they try to move on. Every character has somehow lost someone; Marcus is trying to adjust to losing his mother, and his loss seems almost greater than Winnie's and Garrett's. His mother made a conscious choice with apparently no regard for her children, while the twins at least know their father loved them to the end. Beth soon develops a friendship with David, her first love, and realizes that he's spent 20 years trying to get over losing her, without really succeeding. Even David's daughters are mourning their parents' recent divorce. The relationships in the novel are so layered and genuine, as are the character's emotions. They all help each other grow and endure what Beth calls "the most awful summer."

  7. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    Another new author who I have fallen in love with! I love books set in places in New England and along the water front of the East coast so Nantucket during the summer was perfect in my book for a summertime read. A little slow for me at the start, but once I got into it (and past some of the darker parts), I was hooked.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    A nice light summer read. Just what I was in the mood for. Although it does address some serious topics, it doesn't dwell on them. The ending isn't what you would expect, but it is the right one. Well done. A nice light summer read. Just what I was in the mood for. Although it does address some serious topics, it doesn't dwell on them. The ending isn't what you would expect, but it is the right one. Well done.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jennesa

    Elin did it again! Love anything she writes :)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Audra Bailey

    Not one of her better ones...but still an easy summer read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jules

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book could have been so much more. The characters could have been stronger and built up... knowing more about them like Marcus' mother, etc. I thought it was so stupid that the big secret that Beth had was that she was married for 2 weeks (no preganacy, no kids, no drama, nothing)... big fucking deal! And her 2 spoiled ass kids spread her husbands ashes without her... they would be dead too if I had a say in it. And then at the end Rosie decides to show herself... the author should have bro This book could have been so much more. The characters could have been stronger and built up... knowing more about them like Marcus' mother, etc. I thought it was so stupid that the big secret that Beth had was that she was married for 2 weeks (no preganacy, no kids, no drama, nothing)... big fucking deal! And her 2 spoiled ass kids spread her husbands ashes without her... they would be dead too if I had a say in it. And then at the end Rosie decides to show herself... the author should have brought her earlier in the story to stir up some stuff. Anyway, it (the book) was a bit of a disappointment.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    Although on some level a few of the happenings towards the end of this novel could be considered big, I was, for whatever reason, expecting more explosive outcomes for these characters. Elin Hilderbrand might just not be right for me. Beth Newton and her twins Garrett and Winnie, are headed to Nantucket per usual but this year without husband/father Arch, a lawyer, who just died in a plane crash 3 months prior. Just before his death, he'd invited his client's son to stay with them, and the family Although on some level a few of the happenings towards the end of this novel could be considered big, I was, for whatever reason, expecting more explosive outcomes for these characters. Elin Hilderbrand might just not be right for me. Beth Newton and her twins Garrett and Winnie, are headed to Nantucket per usual but this year without husband/father Arch, a lawyer, who just died in a plane crash 3 months prior. Just before his death, he'd invited his client's son to stay with them, and the family decided to honor his wish. Marcus, though only 17, just received a book contract for the story of his mother's crime killing 2 family members. His goal is to take advantage of his time beach-side to write the first 50 pages by September in order to receive the advance that he hopes will propel him through college. Overall this is such a quiet story and I was frankly quite bored about 3/4 of the way through because I'd been hoping for more and the reveal (view spoiler)[of Beth and David's brief summer marriage decades ago (hide spoiler)] was not enough of a shakeup. Also, the pairing off seemed so predictable though (view spoiler)[Beth's pushing off David's advances was a good reprieve. (hide spoiler)] And I didn't know what to make of Marcus (view spoiler)[not pushing himself to write through his block and cancelling his deal, that was a big disappointment (hide spoiler)] and caused me to further detest Winnie's flimsy character. Perhaps I'm taking issue with how the first chapters set up so many opportunities for these characters and yet none of them seemed to find any true resolution or growth.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    3.5 stars - easy, enjoyable summer read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alyson Larrabee

    Not the author's best, but pretty entertaining. I read it with a flashlight during a Nor'easter power black out. Not the author's best, but pretty entertaining. I read it with a flashlight during a Nor'easter power black out.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    3.75 - First I’ve read of her books. I liked the story, but it moved a little slow for me.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Not one of my favorite Elin Hildebrands, but still a decent beach read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    A fast and easy read - i was drawn in to the story and couldn’t put it down.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sana

    Summer People is my least favorite of her books. This book leaves some loose ends related to Marcus, unexpected guest at Newtons' annual family vacation on Nantucket. Elin Hilderbrand is very good at the study of twins. Summer People is my least favorite of her books. This book leaves some loose ends related to Marcus, unexpected guest at Newtons' annual family vacation on Nantucket. Elin Hilderbrand is very good at the study of twins.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jennefer

    I will start by saying I am a big fan of Elin Hilderbrand. This is the sixth novel I have read from this author and I think it is one of my top favorites. I have read “Barefoot”, “The Island”, “The Castaways”, “The Love Season”, and “Silver Girl”. I can honestly say that I could not put this book down. There is an ease to her writing style that pulls you in to her story and makes all the characters very relatable. As proven in her previous books, Hilderbrand is a master at dealing with the famil I will start by saying I am a big fan of Elin Hilderbrand. This is the sixth novel I have read from this author and I think it is one of my top favorites. I have read “Barefoot”, “The Island”, “The Castaways”, “The Love Season”, and “Silver Girl”. I can honestly say that I could not put this book down. There is an ease to her writing style that pulls you in to her story and makes all the characters very relatable. As proven in her previous books, Hilderbrand is a master at dealing with the family dynamics no matter what the issues are. In the beginning of this book we are introduced to Beth & Archer Newton and their two teenage children (twins – Winnie & Garrett). Quickly we learn Arch dies in a tragic plane crash leaving the family behind to grieve. As the Newton’s do every summer they are leaving their luxury Manhattan apartment and are head to their Nantucket summer, beach home only a few months after Arch’s death. I found this part of the story very relatable as I recently lost a loved one suddenly and I understood the feelings of loss, disappointment, & confusion that the family experiences during this first year of loss. Also accompanying the family this summer is Marcus, another 17 year old from Queens whose mother has just been convicted of murder. The recently deceased Archer Newton was defending Marcus' mother at the time of his death and, before he died, he had extended the invitation to Marcus. Beth feels it's only right to honor this invitation if for no other reason than to fulfill her dead husband's wishes. The next few months we will see the twins exploring new relationships while Beth learns how to deal with life without her husband. Hilderbrand is great at filling her books with hot summers spent on Nantucket Island where past secrets are abound and waiting to be revealed. This book is no exception as the reader will find out family secrets throughout the chapters. While this is an "excellent" beach, vacation read, I'd recommend it anytime of the year. As her novels are enjoyable and easy reads. I also find myself wanting to visit this Nantucket Island every time I finish one of her novels. Happy Reading my friends!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carol Brill

    3.5. You can always count on Elin Hilderbrand for a good beachread. Beth's husband, Arch, was killed in a plane crash just 3 months before she and her teenage twins go to Nantucket for the summer, maintaining a family tradition. Before he died, Arch invited Marcus, the teenage son of a murderer he is representing, to join the family in Nantucket. Out of a respect for Arch, Beth honors Arch's invitation. The first person Beth's sees in Nantucket is her first love, who is recently separated. His t 3.5. You can always count on Elin Hilderbrand for a good beachread. Beth's husband, Arch, was killed in a plane crash just 3 months before she and her teenage twins go to Nantucket for the summer, maintaining a family tradition. Before he died, Arch invited Marcus, the teenage son of a murderer he is representing, to join the family in Nantucket. Out of a respect for Arch, Beth honors Arch's invitation. The first person Beth's sees in Nantucket is her first love, who is recently separated. His two teenage daughters live with him. As the summer unfolds emotions run rampant as everyone try's to heal from loss, old love and secrets surface, and first love grows. An easy read. One quibble, a point of view change in the last chapter felt contrived and didn't work for me.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Generally, I enjoy Elin Hilderbrand novels. Unfortunately, I wasn't all that taken with Summer People. I just couldn't buy into the upset caused by a 2 week marriage from 25 years before, that produced no children, caused no lasting drama and had zero effect on the subsequent marriage of the Newtons. Sure, Mom could have mentioned it at some point, but to see it as such a betrayal just didn't make sense to me. The teens, albeit suffering from the loss of their Dad, were unbelievably self-centere Generally, I enjoy Elin Hilderbrand novels. Unfortunately, I wasn't all that taken with Summer People. I just couldn't buy into the upset caused by a 2 week marriage from 25 years before, that produced no children, caused no lasting drama and had zero effect on the subsequent marriage of the Newtons. Sure, Mom could have mentioned it at some point, but to see it as such a betrayal just didn't make sense to me. The teens, albeit suffering from the loss of their Dad, were unbelievably self-centered and cruel to scatter their father's ashes without their mother. Truthfully, everyone's behavior seemed at best immature. Except for Marcus, who really should have been the one completely messed up with a number of issues in his life, not the least one of which was a Mom facing prison for murder.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Holli

    Elin Hilderbrand's books all seem so very real to me. Her characters are all very relatable and their personalities leap off the pages.... they stay with me long after i finish the book. Elin Hilderbrand's books all seem so very real to me. Her characters are all very relatable and their personalities leap off the pages.... they stay with me long after i finish the book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    I just love Elin Hilderbrand books! This was no exception. It was easy to read and fast paced. I enjoyed getting to know the different characters. And, of course, it's always fun to visit Nantucket in summer, even if it is only in a book. (Must keep playing Powerball!) This is the story of the Newton family who always spend the summer at the family cottage on Nantucket. However, this year all those who are going are dealing with recent tragedy. Arch, the beloved father, was killed in a plane cras I just love Elin Hilderbrand books! This was no exception. It was easy to read and fast paced. I enjoyed getting to know the different characters. And, of course, it's always fun to visit Nantucket in summer, even if it is only in a book. (Must keep playing Powerball!) This is the story of the Newton family who always spend the summer at the family cottage on Nantucket. However, this year all those who are going are dealing with recent tragedy. Arch, the beloved father, was killed in a plane crash the previous March. Beth, his wife, and mother of 17 year old twins, Garrett and Winnie, is looking forward to the solace and peace of the beach house and ocean. Also in the car is Marcus, the 17 year old son of Arch's last client, Constance, who murdered her sister-in-law and her 9 year old niece. A week before his death, Arch had invited Marcus to spend the summer with the family and Beth has decided to honor her husband's invitation, much to the dismay of Garrett. The book follows them all as they each deal with their loss in different ways and eventually help each other to heal. PS. Just read some other reviews and must agree with one thing. The twins do something absolutely reprehensible and Beth, after initial anger by herself, lets them get away with it. I would have been tempted to hang them both by their short hairs. Beth's reaction just doesn't ring true to me. Sometimes her characters can be “too perfect.”

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Excellent story of a grieving family. The only negative I have is that this was presented to me a new book when it fact it was originally written in 2003 with a re-release in 2012 and the minor revisions weren't enough to account for the change in society's tie to social media and usage by teens of cellphones much less tablets. This made a great deal of the interactions between mother Beth and he 17 yr old twins Winnie & Garrett. Otherwise it was an excellent story. Archer Newton, lawyer, dies in Excellent story of a grieving family. The only negative I have is that this was presented to me a new book when it fact it was originally written in 2003 with a re-release in 2012 and the minor revisions weren't enough to account for the change in society's tie to social media and usage by teens of cellphones much less tablets. This made a great deal of the interactions between mother Beth and he 17 yr old twins Winnie & Garrett. Otherwise it was an excellent story. Archer Newton, lawyer, dies in a small plane crash. Before Arch died he promised the son of a pro-bono client he was defending that Marcus could spend the summer with his family on Nantucket. Beth feels obligated to fulfill Arch's promise. The family find themselves struggling to cope with the loss of Arch and adjusting to the extreme differences in their lives compared to Marcus. The plot has many twists and along the way so many emotions are exposed and addressed. It was a very well-written novel with excellent life lessons. I enjoyed it so much I read it in a day.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Julie Yashur

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. What a disappointment. I thought Garrett and Winnie were spoiled brats who were very disrespectful to their mother (Beth). In addition, Piper was a little bitch who had little respect for her father (David). Furthermore, I couldn't believe how immature Piper was. For example, when she found out she was pregnant with Garrett's child she was actually happy and thought she was being so responsible for deciding to have the baby and then giving up the baby for adoption. But then she wonders why when What a disappointment. I thought Garrett and Winnie were spoiled brats who were very disrespectful to their mother (Beth). In addition, Piper was a little bitch who had little respect for her father (David). Furthermore, I couldn't believe how immature Piper was. For example, when she found out she was pregnant with Garrett's child she was actually happy and thought she was being so responsible for deciding to have the baby and then giving up the baby for adoption. But then she wonders why when her pregnancy becomes obvious her high school teachers treat her differently and she loses some of her closest friends. 🙄 Finally, I was confused by the conclusion of the story. Beth and David had previously been married and you could tell that they were still very much in love. Therefore, since Beth's husband (Arch) had died in a tragic airplane accident and David was separated from his wife (Rosie) it seemed logical that Beth and David would rekindle their relationship. But unfortunately David went back to his wife...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    I thought this would be a fun summer read, and it was — but the story started out with the accidental death of the husband, father of one family and the attorney for the confessed murdering mother of another young teenager. So the fact that the book takes place in Nantucket isn’t quite enough to lighten that heavy load. However, I was totally drawn in and found myself carrying Beth, Garrett, Winnie and Marcus around with me even when I wasn’t reading their story. And, I have a real desire to hea I thought this would be a fun summer read, and it was — but the story started out with the accidental death of the husband, father of one family and the attorney for the confessed murdering mother of another young teenager. So the fact that the book takes place in Nantucket isn’t quite enough to lighten that heavy load. However, I was totally drawn in and found myself carrying Beth, Garrett, Winnie and Marcus around with me even when I wasn’t reading their story. And, I have a real desire to head back to my own childhood beach and spend time there over a summer to have the same kind of healing take place as the Newton’s found on Nantucket.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    Ok, to begin with: I liked this story. I wanted to see where it would go. The teenager children were written so realistically which I liked! There was a lot for me to not like though. The whole character of Marcus and his backstory was truly just like, “well I know some racist people, and I want to write a character to show that black people are complex,” and then to have the teenage characters literally think through this, page after page after page. And that’s how I know it’s early hilderbrand: Ok, to begin with: I liked this story. I wanted to see where it would go. The teenager children were written so realistically which I liked! There was a lot for me to not like though. The whole character of Marcus and his backstory was truly just like, “well I know some racist people, and I want to write a character to show that black people are complex,” and then to have the teenage characters literally think through this, page after page after page. And that’s how I know it’s early hilderbrand: something odd with race was written about. And certainly, when this book was written, it was a different time, but 2020 Erica feels the same as 2003 Erica would have: super awkward.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    The main character Beth Newton firmly believes that every man, woman, and child is entitled to one secret. Naturally one of the plot lines of this book involves what her secret is and what happens when it's revealed. Beth is spending the summer in Nantucket with her 17 year old twins Garret and Winnie and another unrelated boy named Marcus. I really enjoy Elin Hilderbrand's books because I feel like I am on Nantucket, too, with her beautifully descriptive style of writing. I liked the characters The main character Beth Newton firmly believes that every man, woman, and child is entitled to one secret. Naturally one of the plot lines of this book involves what her secret is and what happens when it's revealed. Beth is spending the summer in Nantucket with her 17 year old twins Garret and Winnie and another unrelated boy named Marcus. I really enjoy Elin Hilderbrand's books because I feel like I am on Nantucket, too, with her beautifully descriptive style of writing. I liked the characters and felt the dialogue was believable. This is another great summer read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I like reading Elin Hilderbrand in the summer. Not bad story, her typical very privileged white people. Even with their privilege they struggle with the sudden death of father/husband. Some handling it okay, some handling very badly. I liked how Hilderbrand didn't give the sappy/happy ending that would have been the easy out. The teenage son, is still kind of a horrible person, he doesn't grow or change, despite huge life changes, and the widow doesn't have the outcome that you would expect with I like reading Elin Hilderbrand in the summer. Not bad story, her typical very privileged white people. Even with their privilege they struggle with the sudden death of father/husband. Some handling it okay, some handling very badly. I liked how Hilderbrand didn't give the sappy/happy ending that would have been the easy out. The teenage son, is still kind of a horrible person, he doesn't grow or change, despite huge life changes, and the widow doesn't have the outcome that you would expect with a lesser writer.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This one wasn't my favorite. The idea that 'everyone is entitled to one private secret' to keep from everyone they love annoyed me. The fact that David expected Beth to be ready for a romantic relationship a few months after her husband died really annoyed me. And the fact that Beth referred to him as a friend who was giving her support when he really wasn't annoyed me. I liked the teenage storylines better, but even those weren't my favorite. This one wasn't my favorite. The idea that 'everyone is entitled to one private secret' to keep from everyone they love annoyed me. The fact that David expected Beth to be ready for a romantic relationship a few months after her husband died really annoyed me. And the fact that Beth referred to him as a friend who was giving her support when he really wasn't annoyed me. I liked the teenage storylines better, but even those weren't my favorite.

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