Nantucket Nights: A Novel
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Nantucket Nights: A Novel

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by Elin Hilderbrand
     
 

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A full moon, a twenty-year old friendship--and a Nantucket night no one would ever forget... For 20 years, Kayla, Antoinette, and Val have performed their own special summer ritual. Once a year, the old friends put aside their daily, separate lives to drink champagne, swap stories, and swim naked under the Nantucket stars. This time though, one of them swims out

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A full moon, a twenty-year old friendship--and a Nantucket night no one would ever forget... For 20 years, Kayla, Antoinette, and Val have performed their own special summer ritual. Once a year, the old friends put aside their daily, separate lives to drink champagne, swap stories, and swim naked under the Nantucket stars. This time though, one of them swims out from the shore and doesn't return. After the surviving friends emerge from their grief, they realize that the repercussions of their loss go far beyond their little circle, and they begin to uncover layers of secrets, and their connections to each other, that were never revealed on the beach. What has made their friendship strong now has the power to destroy their marriages, families-and even themselves.

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From the Publisher

“Things get more twisted at every turn with enough lies and betrayals to fuel a whole season of soap operas...readers will be hooked.” —Publishers Weekly

“What a perfect summer pleasure Elin Hilderbrand provides in Nantucket Nights, mixing the complexities of family life and friendship with suspense, romance, and moonlit Nantucket nights.” —Nancy Thayer, author of Custody

“Dips deep into Peyton Place country.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Ms. Hilderbrand paints a picture of idyllic Nantucket life that slowly starts to unravel as the ugly underbelly is revealed. Hidden secrets, a mysterious disappearance, and the pain of betrayal form the basis for this haunting read.” —Romantic Times

“The novel is fast paced and suspenseful enough to keep readers interested. A likely candidate for summer-vacation reading.” —Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250104656
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
05/03/2016
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
354,562
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author


ELIN HILDERBRAND is The New York Times bestselling author of eleven novels, including The Blue Bistro, The Love Season, and Nantucket Nights, among others. She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was a teaching/writing fellow. She lives with her husband, Chip Cunningham, and their two sons in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

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Nantucket Nights 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 131 reviews.
Nocturnal_Nancy More than 1 year ago
I chose Nantucket Nights as a book I thought was going to be sort of an easy, light read. To the contrary, I could not put it down. The scandals and betrayals that change everyone's lives made the book a real page turner. The characters are so real and although the story setting was an island where everyone knows each other - the town that I live in all though not that small - is a town where scandals like this happen every day. It is a story of frienships, marraiges and the choices we make in everyday life. The book reminds us of how sometimes things are not as they seem and what relationships we should value. I would recommend this book as a must read. I have already passed the book along to three other people.
Pebbles730 More than 1 year ago
This story was very enjoyable to read. It had some mystery and kept you turning the pages wondering what was going to happen next. It was much shorter than the author's other books, but I enjoyed it all the same. I started reading Barefoot and since then have started reading all of Elin Hilderbrands's books. I really enjoy her style of writing and her setting of Nantucket. If you enjoy a nice relaxing read with a story about families and friends and relationships, this is a great book for you.
APayne More than 1 year ago
I just love this author - her books leave me wanting for more - the story is never ever over!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 2nd book by this author which i liked overall but found myself out of sorts at the end. Think the characters needed more closure .. i know i sure did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It flowed right along and kept your interest from page one to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading a few of her books I actually bought two in a row within the last two weeks. Her other books have been very good and rewarding.I found the ending of this one boring to say the least and held no closure on any point. I will also add that I was not pleased with the amount of typos in this book. It seems as the word "the" was replaced by the word "die" frequently and the main character is named Kayla yet her chapters were named Karla. This was too quick to press in my eyes and needed another review of spelling which makes me not want to buy another one on my nook.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Waste of time-Disgusted expression throughout-read first 1/3, skimmed rest-if you have children, especially teens-this would not be entertaining-3 women, friends for 20 yrs-main character in weak midlife doubt phase is betrayed by her friends, one who seduces and gets pregnant by her teenage son and in sync w/the other friend proceeds to set her up for murdering one of them to ck out on her past deeds and ruins her life. Husband is no help-was in on most of the info and did not share it w/his wife -Not a single adult character w/one redeeming quality. The absolute worst of the three novels I have read by her but surely, another Hilderbrand slam to Nantucket
harstan More than 1 year ago
Every Labor Day weekend for the past two decades the three fortyish women drop everything to spend time together at Nantucket. Kayla Montero has four children and believes her wealthy husband probably has mistresses wherever he globally travels on business. Rich from investments Antoinette Riley enjoys her current ¿crazy sex' fling, but her daughter Lindsey, given up for adoption as a baby, has found her and wants to meet her. Though married and a successful lawyer Valerie Gluckstern, is having an affair that she plans to reveal to the others at the swim tonight.

Antoinette swims out to sea, but never returns. The Police and Coast Guard conduct a search, but fail to find her. The next day Kayla informs Lindsey that her biological mother vanished at sea. With the disappearance a dark secret that ties the trio even more deeply together begins to reveal deceptions leaving no one remaining the same.

Though the behavior of the lead trio sometimes borders on the absurd and surreal, NANTUCKET NIGHTS is an enjoyable soap opera. The story line moves forward rather quickly with some elements of a thriller to propel the plot ahead. However, the enjoyment with Elin Hilderbrand¿s ¿Beach Club¿ read is the constant changing of feelings between love, hate, and pity that the readers will have towards the three middle aged women until the ¿final secret¿ completes the ties.

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FrancescaFB More than 1 year ago
NANTUCKET NIGHTS was an entertaining read with good characters, until the abrupt, disappointing ending. There were too many unanswered questions; too many of the characters left just hanging there, with no resolution to their situations.
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Good story
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If there was a way to give this book a 0, I would have chosen it. Absolutely hated the story. For women who are "friends", these people treat each other with no respect or loyalty. The husband is a dud too. Total disappointment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. It was a quick read. I did not love the ending. I wanted something more to happen. I do recommend, but not the best book by any means.
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I loved this book! It was very entertaining. A great book to lounge on the beach or by the pool. This author really keeps you interested in the story. A difficult book to put down
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