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Most Helpful Favorable Review

35 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

THE ISLAND IS THE PLACE TO BE!

Hardcover and Kindle Release July 6, 2010
Reagan Arthur Books/Little Brown Publishing


The story takes us to a small island off of Nantucket called Tuckernuck. The home there has been the Tate Family Summer Home since it was built back in 1935, during the depressi...
Hardcover and Kindle Release July 6, 2010
Reagan Arthur Books/Little Brown Publishing


The story takes us to a small island off of Nantucket called Tuckernuck. The home there has been the Tate Family Summer Home since it was built back in 1935, during the depression. For years the family would gather there for as little as two weeks, some stayed the whole summer. There is no electricity, power comes from a generator, no hot water, no telephone, no television, and in the tech age, no computers or wi-fi, and the only place for cell phone reception is standing in the the water out at the end of a jut of land on the other side of the island.

They haven't been there for 13 years, but now that Birdie's daughter Chess is getting married and she wants to spend a week alone with her out on Tuckernuck. Chess agrees grudgingly. Birdie starts to make plans and a few weeks later Chess breaks off her engagement, her ex-fiancee dies tragically and Chess quits her job and suffers a breakdown. Birdie, Chess, her sister Tate, and her an aunt India all decide a month on Tuckernuck is needed to help Chess. So they pack their bags and they set off to spend the month of July on The Island. Secrets and intrigue soon come forth and the month on the island will hold many surprises.

I LOVED IT!!!!!

This is the first book I have read by Elin Hilderbrand, but it definitely will not be the last.

The island is character all on its own. Through the author's words I could almost feel my toes wiggling in the sand and surf.

This story tells the love stories of the four main characters, both lost and found, and the love they have for The Island. It is truly heartwarming and as you get drawn into the lives of these women you will not be able to put this book down. It is a pure joy to read. This is the perfect book to escape into this summer.

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."

posted by Dollycas on June 3, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

22 out of 54 people found this review helpful.

Sorry but will buy the book

I would love to read all her books but I am highly disappointed that I can buy the books cheaper than the Nook price! I am getting very disenchanted with this repeatedly happening!! What's with this??

posted by 6430745 on March 4, 2011

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  • Posted July 28, 2010

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    Not even halfway through and disappointed...

    The mother is 57? Really? She comes across as if she is 107. Not a realistic woman of the current times at all. Treats her 30+ daughters as if they are teenagers....ridiculous. And they all have cutesy names. As soon as I started reading I knew immediately that all 3 cutesy nicknames would be explained and I was right. Why is that necessary? Name them and move on. If it relevant to explain the names do so, but don't make it so obvious. UGH. Can't believe this author is a Johns Hopkins graduate. I will finish it because it isn't awful, but I suspect it is predictable.

    7 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2010

    Not worth the time.

    I eneded up reading the whole book. The characters the place nothing drew you in and everything was more of an overview. You didn't really get to know the people or maybe even care.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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