Summer People

Summer People

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by Elin Hilderbrand
     
 

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Summer People by Elin Hilderbrand

Every summer the Newton family retreats to their beloved home on Nantucket for three months of sunshine, cookouts, and bonfires on the beach. But this summer will not be like any other. When Arch Newton, a prominent New York attorney, dies in a plane crash on his way home from a business trip, his beautiful widow, Beth,

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Summer People by Elin Hilderbrand

Every summer the Newton family retreats to their beloved home on Nantucket for three months of sunshine, cookouts, and bonfires on the beach. But this summer will not be like any other. When Arch Newton, a prominent New York attorney, dies in a plane crash on his way home from a business trip, his beautiful widow, Beth, can barely keep things together. Above all, though, she decides that she must continue the family tradition of going to Nantucket, and at the same time fulfill a promise that Arch made before he died.

Beth invites Marcus, the son of Arch's final and most challenging client, to spend the summer with her and her teenage twins, Winnie and Garrett, who have mixed reactions to sharing their special summer place with this stranger. Always a place of peace before, Nantucket becomes the scene of roiling emotions and turbulent passions as Marcus, Winnie, and Garrett learn about loss, first love, and betrayal. And when they stumble upon a shocking secret from Beth's past, they must keep it from destroying the family they've been trying so hard to heal

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“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

“Hilderbrand's third Nantucket-set novel effectively juxtaposes the surface calm of the season with the turbulence of the characters' lives. More entertaining beach reading from the author of The Beach Club and Nantucket Nights.” —Booklist

Summer People is striking not only for the ingenuity of its riveting plot, but also for the acute sense of character and the finely tuned craftsmanship with which Elin Hilderbrand brings its every nuance to life.” —Madison Smartt Bell, author of Charm City

“I find there is so much to admire in this book, from its crystalline prose to the deeply felt and finely rendered emotion of characters younger and older, male and female alike. By the end, the characters feel like good friends. Reading Summer People makes you feel like you've taken a long weekend in Nantucket. Summer People is simply a great read.” —Kathleen Hughes, author of Dear Mrs. Lindbergh: A Novel

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312628277
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
04/27/2010
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
78,320
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author


Elin Hilderbrand is the author of The Island, Nantucket Nights, and The Blue Bistro, 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. Her short fiction has appeared in Seventeen, The Massachusetts Review, and The Colorado Review. She lives with her husband, Chip Cunningham, and their two sons in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

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Summer People 3.8 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 296 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of course ole harriet klausner is number one to ruin the book with her cliff note book report. Please bn, cant you PLEASE ban this obnoxious poster and delete her plot spoiling posts? She ruins every book she supposedly reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like another of the readers said, the 'shocking' revelation at the end wasn't all that shocking at all, but that didn't take away any of the pleasure of reading this book, which was a perfect book to take on a cruise (which I did). The author is a natural born storyteller and that comes across in every book she writes. So sometimes the plot has holes. Or sometimes the characters do things that stretch credibility or that you don't agree with. If the story is well-written, engrossing and entertaining, who cares? Lighten up, people! The author isn't pretending to be a literary giant. She's writing to give us a few hours of pleasure, and she succeeded with this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read several of Elin Hilderbrand's and this was definitely not her best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can never resist a book whose 'blurb' promises a shocking secret. The only shock was that the composer of the blurb considered the secret in this book shocking. I did not like the characters at all - found them one-dimensional and the plot simplistic. My suggestion is that you find better beach reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Perfect summer read, could not keep my hands off it. Hilderbrand gets better with every book. Hope she's working on something new, can't wait to read more of her work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lost in the pages~~Summer People good read for any season.
BLUEEYEBE More than 1 year ago
You want to become a guest at the summer home and try to help the characters through each of their ordeals. This book packed not one but three steamy romances.
mrsutton25 More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Very touching and another page turner. Elin Hilderbrand is a natural story teller who can make you fall in love with any character!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very believable book...i was sad that it ended also. I wanted to keep reading about what was to continue in their lives. Very quick read because i kept wanting to see what was going to happen next.
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Not the ending I expected, but wonderfully written, as always!
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Typical Elin Hilderbrand book. A great summer read or for when you don't want to "think too much".
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ELIN did it again Another great story Worth reading
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Great book I couldn't put down.
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