Beautiful Day: A Novel

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The Carmichaels and the Grahams have gathered on Nantucket for a wedding. Plans are being made according to the wishes of the bride's late mother, who left behind The Notebook: specific instructions for every detail of her youngest daughter's future nuptials. Everything should be falling into place for the beautiful event—but in reality, things are far from perfect.

While the couple-to-be are quite happy, their loved ones find their own lives crumbling. In the days leading up to...

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Overview

The Carmichaels and the Grahams have gathered on Nantucket for a wedding. Plans are being made according to the wishes of the bride's late mother, who left behind The Notebook: specific instructions for every detail of her youngest daughter's future nuptials. Everything should be falling into place for the beautiful event—but in reality, things are far from perfect.

While the couple-to-be are quite happy, their loved ones find their own lives crumbling. In the days leading up to the wedding, love will be questioned, scandals will arise, and hearts will be broken and healed. Elin Hilderbrand takes readers on a touching journey in BEAUTIFUL DAY—into the heart of marriage, what it means to be faithful, and how we choose to honor our commitments.

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The Nantucket wedding could not have been more meticulously planned. Leaving nothing to chance, the young bride's late mother had left behind an entire notebook of carefully delineated instructions for the weekend event. What even she could not have anticipated, however, was the chronic lack of harmony among the assembled guests. Frayed marriages, infidelity, personality clashes, seething tensions, and even the eruption of scandal threaten to ruin the nuptials. By the end, though, calmer minds and hearts prevail and Elin Hilderbrand's Beautiful Day lands just where we would want it to. A perfect beach read; don't forget the sunscreen.

Publishers Weekly
Hilderbrand's latest (after Summerland) is the perfect beach read—down to its Nantucket setting. The Carmichaels and Grahams arrive on the island for the wedding of golden girl Jenna Carmichael to eth-ical banker Stuart Graham. Jenna's mother Beth, before dying seven years ago, prepared a wedding notebook, a guide that approaches sanctity to Jenna, her cynical older sister, Margot, and Douglas, the still-grieving and unhappily re-married Carmichael patriarch. While the notebook gives solace to these three, it also threatens to break apart Douglas's second marriage. As for the groom, his parents Ann and Jim divorced two decades earlier only to happily remarry, but his mother can't resist tempting fate. She invites Helen, the woman her husband left her for back then, to the wedding, and her behav-ior threatens everyone's happiness. The narrative unfolds through Margot, Doug, and Ann's perspec-tives and is aided by entries from Beth's notebook and "outtakes" from family and friends that read like unusually personal wedding video confessionals. The author's straightforward style pulls the reader into the minds of her characters, and all the secrets and sorrows that create the universal messi-ness of major family events. Agent: Michael Carlisle, Inkwell Management. (June 25)
Library Journal
Ah, the wedding day. A romantic time that celebrates the union of two individuals and the joining of two families. What could be better, right? Wrong! The Jennifer Carmichael/Stuart Graham wedding is full of dysfunction, stress, and the reopening of old wounds, one of which threatens to derail the entire weekend. If that isn't enough pressure, the inclusion of "The Notebook," a missive of instructions from the bride's deceased mother, looms over everyone involved. VERDICT Hilderbrand's latest (after Summerland) blends humor with family drama in a style similar to the novels of Jane Green and Emily Giffin. The inclusion of multiple points of view from characters of varying ages and a twist on what seems at first to be a predictable plot point gives this title broad appeal to both young and older women. Another summer delight for fans of women's fiction. [See Prepub Alert, 11/30/12.]—Amber McKee, Cumberland Univ. Lib., Lebanon, TN
Kirkus Reviews
Hilderbrand's surprisingly original take on the wedding disaster novel. A wedding weekend is a time-honored literary pretext for exploring family dysfunction, and Hilderbrand's version combines gentle irony with astute observation. The Carmichael family has vacationed at their rambling summer abode on Nantucket Island for almost a century. Now, the house will be the site of high-profile divorce attorney Doug Carmichael's youngest daughter Jenna's nuptials. "The Notebook," left by Jenna's mother, Beth, who died of cancer six years ago, has planned the wedding down to the last detail. The weekend, which will include a rehearsal dinner, Saturday ceremony and reception, and Sunday brunch, has drawn the Carmichaels and their entourage into the ideal arena for emotional fireworks. Doug's 40-year-old daughter, executive recruiter Margot, hopelessly enamored with her father's rakish older law partner, Edge (one of many nicknames right out of the preppy handbook), regrets her one ethical lapse at her lover's behest, involving a more age-appropriate romantic prospect, Griff. Doug, who married second wife Pauline too soon after Beth's passing, now contemplates divorce. Pauline, sensing Doug's withdrawal, hopes that her daughter Rhonda's service as a bridesmaid will finally earn her genuine entry into the Carmichael clan. Ann, the groom's mother, a consummate politician, has miscalculated the personal toll of asking statuesque blonde Helen, her husband's former mistress and mother of his love child, Chance, to the wedding. Crises small and large loom: Edge, though not married, refuses to make his and Margot's relationship public; a historic tree named Alfie must be pruned to accommodate the wedding tent; Chance suffers a severe allergic reaction to mussels; Doug's son Nick appears to be involved with a married bridesmaid. The populous cast makes establishing a coherent throughline difficult, and the first 200 pages are mainly prologue. But Hilderbrand's casually tossed-off zingers, and her gift for eliciting sympathy for even the most insufferable of her characters, keep the pages turning until the disaster unfolds in earnest. A wedding readers won't be able to resist crashing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781478951728
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Publication date: 3/4/2014
  • Format: CD
  • Sales rank: 932,078
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Elin Hilderbrand

Elin Hilderbrand had seven bridesmaids in cranberry red dresses. She was escorted down the aisle by her twin brother. She chose DJ over band and the song she most clearly remembers is Meat Loaf's "Paradise by the Dashboard Light." Beautiful Day is her twelfth novel.

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  • Posted August 26, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    Elin Hilderbrand writes a book every summer, and I have read a f

    Elin Hilderbrand writes a book every summer, and I have read a few of them. With this book, she tackles a lighter subject, and in my opinion, it is her best to date. Hilderbrand has always excelled at making interesting characters and conversations, but the books were sometimes light in conflict and plot. With the wedding theme, the characters are forced to be together in one place, and that builds up suspense since many of them do not get along, to put it mildly. There are no crimes, diseases, or horrible secrets to be had--just a lot of lovers quarrels between couples, some of which survive and some that do not. Overall, the book paints a positive message about love and forgiveness that most people will find pleasing.




    I would not recommend this book for everybody. Like most or all Hilderbrand books, it is very elitist. The characters are quite above average in terms of their money, education and success, and these accomplishments are often info dumped for no apparent reason. A good read though. 

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013

    I really wanted to like this book. I had read a preview of it an

    I really wanted to like this book. I had read a preview of it and was looking forward to its release. The only character I found likable was Griff and he wasn't even a main character.

    8 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    This is my first Elin Hilderbrand book and I couldn't be more pl

    This is my first Elin Hilderbrand book and I couldn't be more pleased. I love Hilderbrand's writing style. This is a very touching book that makes you think about what really matters in life.

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2013

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    Not as good as her earlier books

    I have read all Elin Hilderbrand books and the Surfing Lesson (e-short story as prelude for Beautiful Day). I liked the book as lots of drama revolving around the Notebook which was left at the death of the bride’s mother; however, most of the book was about Margo the sister instead of the bride. I was hoping it would pick up from the Surfing Lesson but it jumped to wedding preparations. I thought the funny parts were about the father and in laws. There was a big build up for the secret from Margo which was not that big in the end. To be honest, I really like her older books better than her newer ones.

    6 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013

    Great Summer Read

    Elin's novels never disappoint. I always look forward to her books for a great summer read.

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    I'm a Hilderbrand follower...

    I read all of her books and look forward to new ones being released. I enjoyed this book since it was written with a different plot than the usual love story. This was a love story of a family, whether it was between them and the old family house, the tree in the backyard, love between sisters/step-sisters, etc. It is a real tear-jerker, so prepare yourself. Elin Hilderbrand has a way of talking about Nantucket as though it's another character in the book, and I love that about her!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Really don't care for the book, slow read.....blah, blah, blah.....

    the book is boring....sorry readers it did not appeal to me ...:(

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

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    You will never be disapointed reading an Elin Hilderbrand book. Everyone is fantastic! I have never been to Nantucket and she makes me hope with everything in me that someday I will be able to go. This is a wonderful story of family thru hardships and many happy things that make us all see how prescious each moment we spend is so important. We all need beautiful days!!!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2013

    Highly recommended

    As usual Ms. Hilderbrand has done a great job in writing this book. The concept of the "notebook" makes for eager reading and she gives one a real sense of all the niceties of Nantuket.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    Another Great Trip to Nantucket

    Elin Hilderbrand never fails to hit the target dead center! I always enjoy reading her books, and especially like the way she shares her love for Nantucket Island with her readers. Anyone who has been to the island will instantly recognize her references, and for those readers who haven't yet visited Nantucket, she fuels their desire to go! Her characters are realistic, and this book was one of her best! I'm already looking forward to next June for her next book!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2014

    Anyone who is a romantic and enjoys a good story

    I enjoyed this love story and would recommended to your readers. I would purchase more books that Elin Hiderbrand produces.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2013

    Lots of wedding drama

    I found it fairly easy to read & keep up with the characters,however it was rather strange to me. What dying mother would plan out a daughter's wedding & write it all down? And what free-spirited, ecology-minded girl would follow it-to a tee? Made the bride sound rather mindless.A teen may like this book, but a sophisticated woman would not.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    This book was great. Hilderbrand's writing just gets better with

    This book was great. Hilderbrand's writing just gets better with each book!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2014

    Hilderbrand never disappoints

    If you are looking for a summertime, easy, engaging beach read, Elin Hilderbrand rarely disappoints, and this is no exception. A great work and a great cast of characters with stories that are captivating. She's always my go to author when I want to be sure I'll get a book I will enjoy to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2014

    Not one ofmy favorites

    I did not enjoy this book as much as some of her previous ones like blue bistro an beach club!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    I always look forward to reading an Elin Hilderbrand book every

    I always look forward to reading an Elin Hilderbrand book every summer. This is by far her best book yet. Loved every page and did not want it to end.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2014

    Love It!!!

    Elin Hilderbrand is such a wonderful writer. As I read this book, I can imagine every detail, and every interaction.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 17, 2014

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    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    Highly Recommend

    This was an excellent read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    Highly Recommended-you must check it out!

    I would recommend this for anyone who likes in-depth characters. Hilderbrand brings her setting (Nantucket) and characters to life. Because her characters are complex, I would also recommend for book club discussions.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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