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A Summer Affair: A Novel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

A Good Escape

I almost stopped reading after the first few chapters when I realized where the main character was headed. But by the 4th or 5th chapter I was sucked in like a high-powered vacuum and couldn't stop reading! More than anything, I enjoy Elin's writing style. She lead m...
I almost stopped reading after the first few chapters when I realized where the main character was headed. But by the 4th or 5th chapter I was sucked in like a high-powered vacuum and couldn't stop reading! More than anything, I enjoy Elin's writing style. She lead me through the ups and downs of the main character, even though I couldn't relate to her situation.

posted by tina1234 on August 24, 2009

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4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

not my favorite

This book doesn't have the breeziness of the previous novels, and I found the main character, Claire, unlikeable. She has it all-lives in a beautiful place, has a husband, four small kids, even a live-in au pair, and is a respected glass artist. She has an affair with a...
This book doesn't have the breeziness of the previous novels, and I found the main character, Claire, unlikeable. She has it all-lives in a beautiful place, has a husband, four small kids, even a live-in au pair, and is a respected glass artist. She has an affair with a billionaire, give me a break, while also serving as chairperson for a summer gala which takes up so much of her time that her husband resents it. I skipped a large part of the book because I wasn't interested in the progress of the affair, and found that I didn't miss anything. The ending was unsatisfying, and I think Hilderbrand is asking too much of the reader to pity Claire and admire her. This is a ponderous beach book that has everything but the kitchen sink thrown in, and I was more interested in Siobhan, the less-fortunate sister-in-law, who had problems I could better relate to. I prefer it when Hilderbrand writes about realistic people who work to get what they want in life.

posted by Anonymous on July 21, 2008

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  • Posted August 24, 2009

    A Good Escape

    I almost stopped reading after the first few chapters when I realized where the main character was headed. But by the 4th or 5th chapter I was sucked in like a high-powered vacuum and couldn't stop reading! More than anything, I enjoy Elin's writing style. She lead me through the ups and downs of the main character, even though I couldn't relate to her situation.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

    loved it!

    not sure why I didn't give it 5 Stars, but I loved it.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    Recommended

    This was a lovely summer read. I enjoyed it very much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2011

    Enjoyable

    This was an enjoyable book!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2009

    A Summer Affair - audio book

    Very good book until the end - Ms. Keating was excellent in her reading.

    I was disappoionted in the end...too many loose ends and I wanted more closure among the characters.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2009

    A GOOD BOOK

    A GOOD BOOK JUST TO RELAXE WITH.I LIKE THIS BOOK BECAUSE THE CHARACTERS CAN RELATE TO PEOPLE YOU KNOW OR DONT AND HEY ITS A FUN BOOK

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  • Posted September 6, 2009

    good, not great but a good pastime

    the book was good in general, fun and romantic but still had some substance, easy read too

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  • Posted August 31, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Easy reading - great for summer

    Pleasant book to read. Still enjoyed Barefoot much more. I do like the writing style and feel like I'm standing next the conversations and thoughts of its characters. Definitely a summer reading book or great for airplanes. Easy to put down but easy to pick up again. Barefoot was read in 2 plane rides to the west coast. Still reading A Summer Affair from a month ago.......think I'll take a break from Nantucket with my next book.

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  • Posted August 2, 2009

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    A Summer Affair

    Good summer read...a nice book for the Nantucket beach or for those who wish they were there. Get to know Nantucket in the off-season...and spend some time with the islanders and the summer residents and see how they interact.
    Enjoyable!!!

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  • Posted August 2, 2009

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    Fun Summer Read....

    This is a great book for the summer while you're relaxing on the beach or hittin' it poolside. The plot is very low key, but it flows nicely and I think a lot of women could relate to the main character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2008

    Life out of control┬┐

    As I read A Summer Affair, certain aspects of Claire Danner Crispin¿s personality stood out. She has trouble saying ¿no¿. If someone asks her to do something, she takes on the responsibility. Claire is a successful artist. She is the chair of the Nantucket¿s Children Summer Gala, the event of the year. It just happens her former high school sweetheart is a famous rock star and at her request, he agrees to play at the gala. Affluent Lockheart Dixon insists on working closely with her. Although both are married to other people, the two have a unique connection. Suddenly, things are out of control. Elin Hilderbrand author of Barefoot: A Novel brings readers a new tale. I was a little disappointed in A Summer Affair. It does not flow smoothly. Claire is discontent. She calls her husband, Jason, the ¿Underwhelming.¿ She was not a likeable person however, she is a character with great depth. A Summer Affair is chick lit.

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