Silver Girl: A Novel

Silver Girl: A Novel

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by Elin Hilderbrand

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Meredith Martin Delinn just lost everything: her friends, her homes, her social standing - because her husband Freddy cheated rich investors out of billions of dollars.Desperate and facing homelessness, Meredith receives a call from her old best friend, Constance Flute. Connie's had recent worries of her own, and the two depart for a summer on Nantucket in an

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Meredith Martin Delinn just lost everything: her friends, her homes, her social standing - because her husband Freddy cheated rich investors out of billions of dollars.Desperate and facing homelessness, Meredith receives a call from her old best friend, Constance Flute. Connie's had recent worries of her own, and the two depart for a summer on Nantucket in an attempt to heal. But the island can't offer complete escape, and they're plagued by new and old troubles alike. When Connie's brother Toby - Meredith's high school boyfriend - arrives, Meredith must reconcile the differences between the life she is leading and the life she could have had. Set against the backdrop of a Nantucket summer, Elin Hilderbrand delivers a suspenseful story of the power of friendship, the pull of love, and the beauty of forgiveness.

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Meredith Martin Delinn is no silver girl now—she's homeless, fundless, and friendless, her husband having cheated investors out of billions. (Who does that sound like?) When old friend Connie invites her to Nantucket, she hopes for escape, but the arrival of Connie's brother—who was Meredith's high school boyfriend—serves to highlight the gap between what is and what could have been. Beach reading par excellence; Hilderbrand is always popular.

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Silver Girl 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 368 reviews.
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
Stripped from the headlines; think Bernie Madoff and his wife, Ruth and you have Silver Girl. Meredith Martin Delinn's husband has bilked billions of dollars from a lot of people and she is facing the worst that her life could bear. Did she know what he was doing, but the Feds want to know if she knows where the money is. Receiving a phone call from her old friend, Connie, who has problems of her own, they take off to Nantucket, where Connie disguises Meredith to keep the reporters and the curious away. When Conies brother Nathan (Meredith's first love) joins them on the island, Meredith must rethink her life and who she really is. I found the characters to be real and felt the pain that Meredith felt, not only from her husband but as a young girl when Nathan broke her heart. These incidents somewhat defined her. Hildebrand's descriptive locations made me felt as I was on the island. I enjoyed this book.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
This is the quintessential summer beach read. It takes on the power of friendship, love, loss, forgiveness, trust, happiness, prosperity, misery, and bliss, along with an element of suspense. It is also very current due to the scandal that happened in New York with Bernie Madoff recently, like I said above, but it shows the other side, that maybe some of the spouses of the Wall Street Execs really could be oblivious to what was really happening. When they are bringing home that much money it is kind of taken for granted and the how and why is not always questioned. Unfortunately most of us are not in that position so I didn't trust Meredith for a good part of this story, which made it more of a mystery for me as the clues were uncovered and linked together. I also loved the special ways history was remembered and tied to some very beautiful music. It made the story so much more real as they were songs I loved from my past. Just added a wonderful element that set the back stories and much more. I had the privilege to read an review Hilderbrand's The Island last summer and declared it my Best General Fiction Read of 2010. Elin Hilderbrand has become one of my favorite authors and I can't wait to read her entire back list and anything she writes in the future. The tagline of this blog is "Escape With A Good Book". This is the perfect "escape" book!! I did over the weekend and am so glad I did. Get yours today, fix a nice pitcher of lemonade, splash on a little sunscreen and hit the beach, deck chair, or porch swing and sit back and enjoy this wonderful story. 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."
BeachRead245 More than 1 year ago
Synopsis: Meredith sprints from her pent house apartment to the alley down where the SUV is waiting to make a getaway. Her friend Connie is behind the wheel. She is the only person that Meredith could turn to after her husband's crimes are made known to the public. Meredith had been hounded by reporters for weeks and hated by the public. She was looking forward to a little R&R at her friend Connie's house on Nantucket. All Meredith has is a suitcase and card board box with her belongings. She can't contact her family because she is under investigation for her husband's crimes. Connie helps come up with a disguise for Meredith to go out into the public. Life at Nantucket seems to be just the ticket for Connie and Meredith as they renew their friendship and go on new adventures. What will they find in Nantucket? What does Meredith know about her husband's crimes? Will she be cleared of any charges? This story is told through flashbacks interwoven into current events. I liked the book. I found it a little slow in some spots but I also couldn't wait to finish it. I loved how the mystery was interwoven within the story. I look forward to my next Elin Hilderbrand book.
KB333 More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down - sped through it in no time and loved it. It left me wondering about the Madoffs but keep in mind that it is fiction - which I preferred honestly. Great story and one I very much recommend.
Jennifer Jeffries More than 1 year ago
Loved the setting of the story and its was interesting with a twist.
hopesndreamsKM More than 1 year ago
I throughly enjoyed this story! The main character was very relateable! I was glad the good person won in the end
Holly_Snowe More than 1 year ago
This was a lovely "Beaches" type tale of the lifelong friendship between two women, and how they navigate it after one suffers a unique scandal. Loosely based on a lot of "what-if?" type of questions concerning the life of Bernie Maddoff's wife, Ruth. I that it was a very clever angle and reminded me very much of "American Wife" by Curtis Sittenfeld, who did the same "what-if?" style based on Laura Bush. Well written, and full of beautiful beach imagery, I will absolutely be buying more from Elin Hilderbrand in the future, particularly when I crave the beach/summer/touristy atmosphere she so masterfully provides.
AllAboutRoses More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the Nantucket setting and loved reading about Merideth and Connie's years growing up. I think of the song everytime I see the book now. I read this in a day because i was so caught up in Merideth's efforts to put pieces of the puzzle together.
IrishSueM More than 1 year ago
This book kept me wanting more with every page read. You feel like you are on Nantucket with the characters. Very interesting story and it keeps you thinking throughout. I highly recommend it!
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
Title: Silver Girl ISBN: 9780316099660 Author: Elin Hilderbrand Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand I have read a few of Elin's books and really enjoyed them so I didn't feel I really needed to even know what this book was about at all to want to read it. I was not disappointed. I love the book covers with beaches on them or knitting or cooking things. This book is about Meredith and she's fled New York as her husband is in prison for taking others money via stock market. She calls on a friend that she's not talked to in years and she picks her up and summers on the island. Strange things start happening: photos of her and not leaked to the press, house smeared with words that rattle her and Connie. They need to change things up so nobody knows she's there so they can just live freely on a daily basis and not fret having to look over their shoulder all the time. Connie has a lot of obstacles to tackle and overcome since she lost her husband and she is doing them with help from Meredith. They transform Meredith so they can start leaving the house. Book also reverts back to when they were growing up as teens. Meredith dated her brother. It's been 5 years since Connie had a husband and now she's just starting to date, but brings Meredith along with her cuz she's so insecure. The story of how she met and other things that happened in her life are told and it makes sense, another piece of the puzzle. There is also a detailed explanation as to why the name of the book is silver girl. I didn't see that coming but it is beautiful. The lawyers want her to tell them of names he used, for animals, nicknames, places they travelled to, slang words etc so they might be able to find the missing 10 million dollars that he's not telling anyone where he hid it. Detailed descriptions on the island, view from inside the top of the lighthouse, the water, the boat make me wish summer was still here. traditional things to do are described. Their previous years where they travelled extensively through Europe and overseas. She even looked through the box of photos she took with her to maybe find a clue as to where the money was? I like this book for a lot of reasons, I like how there are just a handful of characters to keep track of but they lead such a very bountiful life. Like the two different simultaneous stories going on that intertwine themselves to one another. I rate this a 5 out of 5.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite It has been over a week since I listened to "Silver Girl" by Elin Hilderbrand, narrated by Janet Metzger and Marianne Fraulo. I waited on purpose so that the words would simmer within me. This is the tale of two women, friends since childhood, Connie and Meredith. As it often happens they grew farther apart as they grew older. Connie married Wulf and gave birth to a daughter Ashlyn. She was devastated when Wulf died of cancer and her daughter blamed her for his death. Like her mother, Connie turned to alcohol to numb her pain. As a young adult Meredith fell deeply in love with Toby, Connie's brother; after he rejected her she turned to Freddie. Connie and Freddie had two sons. Connie was shocked when Freddie was charged with running a ponzie scheme. The prosecutor was investigating one of their sons and Connie, as co-conspirators. For years Meredith had lived a life of luxury but suddenly she had nothing, no money and nowhere to live. It was only natural for her to turn to Connie. In "Silver Girl" the crime of stealing from others takes second place to the relationship between the two lead characters. Connie and Meredith had little in common. Connie tended to be harsh whereas Meredith was soft. I think that is what most friendships are made of, differences. The characters were very well developed and soon became part of me. I have never physically been to Nantucket but Hildenbrand transported me there through her descriptions. I liked the fact that two narrators were used. By switching back and forth in reading the story it seemed more lifelike, more realistic. Everyone should have a friendship like Connie and Meredith.
KMLCT More than 1 year ago
Loved the book from cover to cover. You can relate the story to today's times and identify with many characters. I did not rush, just enjoyed each page for what it had to offer - interesting yet complex characters you will enjoy getting to know. I shall pass the book on to my daughter-in-law.
anovelreview_blogspot_com More than 1 year ago
Start with Bernie Madoff type scandal, toss in a backdrop of Nantucket, mix an old friendship turned bad, add a sprinkle of love story with a hint of mystery and you have Silver Girl. Meredith Martin Delinn is living a dream life with her financial wizard of a husband Freddy. Only he ends up being a liar who is running a huge ponzi scheme. After Freddy ends up in jail, Meredith finds herself and her son under Federal investigation. Meredith finds herself completely alone (even her hairstylist won't do business with her). She makes a desperate phone call to her high school best friend, Connie Flute. Connie dealing with her own share of tragedy agrees to take Meredith with her to her summer home in Nantucket to escape the media frenzy. The book goes back and forth between Connie and Meredith, but it doesn't stop there. Both ladies take us back in time to get back story. We know from the beginning there is tension between them, but there are also a number of other relationships clouded with questions. The story for Meredith seems to go from bad to worse, finding no peace and no escape in Nantucket from the scandal surrounding her. Meredith needs to decide who she is and who is she going to be. If you have read Elin Hildrebrand books before, you will notice straight away this is different than her other novels. I have to be honest I'm a huge fan of hers, but when I first started reading I wasn't excited about the book. I felt like I was so suppose to feel bad for Meredith, who had it all and because she kept her head in the clouds during her marriage she was sideswiped by her husband's misdeeds. Even the shocking revelation that comes later in the story I picked up on right away (though I believe Hilderbrand wants to show us how clueless Meredith was when it came to Freddy). On the other hand, I really liked Connie. Wish I had a Connie in my life. Not only does she have her own issues she is dealing with, but she comes in and saves Meredith. Then I like her even more when I learned the back story between the two women. It really showed her character. As the story progresses over the summer, we do see Meredith slowly evolve then she seems to go backwards a bit than grows again and by the end of the book I really liked her. I found this to be a great book of how friendship can carry us and help us to be our best. I would recommend this book.
Stacey Tennant More than 1 year ago
A good summer read!!!
Ally_White 4 months ago
Silver Girl not only highlights the theme of betrayal but emphasizes friendship simultaneously. Meredith Martin Delinn was living a life of luxury due to her husband Freddy's lucrative job on Wall Street. Although she was not aware of his schemes involving money, she suffered the consequences of an investigation and the hatred from clients of Freddy's who had lost millions of dollars. Meredith is left with nothing when Freddy is thrown in jail. She must find a way to make it on her own. She reaches out to her long lost best friend, Connie, who accepts her back with open arms. I thought this novel provided a different storyline than most. The inner workings of Freddy's criminal activity made the novel appealing. It added a seriousness that paralleled the smaller plots of love within the story. The relationship between Connie and Meredith captured a friendship that many women can relate to. Women fight, don't speak then will randomly become best friends once again. It was comforting to see how after all the years they spent apart, Connie and Meredith still remembered each other's quirks. I would suggest this novel to women ages 18 and older. It has the light-hearted atmosphere of a new romance along with the burden of serious problems. Silver Girl is a quick read that would be perfect for a leisurely activity. The author, Elin Hilderbrand, entices her readers with criminal activity but does not stray from a typical romance. She intertwines the plots perfectly.
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Just wonderful. Show the weakness and strengh and love of two women. OUTSTANDING
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Elin Hilderbrand doesn't write a bad book.
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TallTina More than 1 year ago
I listen to this in the car this past winter sitting in traffic. Love it!
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If you love any of Hilderbrands this is one of the great ones!