A Summer Affair

A Summer Affair

by Elin Hilderbrand

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A Summer Affair by Elin Hilderbrand

She's the perfect wife and mother--and he's the perfect temptation in this "perfect summer cocktail of sex, sun, and scandal" (Kirkus Reviews).

Claire has a problem with setting limits. All her life she has taken on every responsibility, assumed every burden, granted every request. Claire wants it all--and in the eyes of her friends, she has it: a devoted husband, four beautiful children, even a successful career as an artist. So when she agrees to chair the committe for Nantucket's social event of the year, she knows she can handle it. Claire can handle anything.
But when planning the gala propels her into the orbit of billionaire Lock Dixon, unexpected sparks begin to fly. Lock insists on working closely with Claire--often over a bottle of wine--and before long she can't ignore the subtle touches and lingering looks. To her surprise, she can't ignore how they make her feel, either. Claire finds the gala, her life, and herself spinning out of control.
A Summer Affair captures the love, loss, and limbo of an illicit romance and unchecked passion as it takes us on a brave and breathless journey into the heart of one modern woman.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316032674
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 07/02/2008
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 5,941
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children. She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for her six previous novels. Hilderbrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa.

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A Summer Affair 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 159 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Take A Summer Affair to the beach and take it with a grain of salt. It's a tad difficult to believe how or why an intelligent, caring woman who has it all - good husband, four fine children, a career as an acclaimed artist - would risk throwing it all away for a summer spin in the sand? However, credulity can be easy to suspend when a narrative is filled with pretty people, dreamy scenes, and pulsing passion. So, forget the how's and why's if you've a mind to, and join the fray. Fray is precisely what it turns out to be when Claire Danner Crispin agrees to chair the Nantucket's Children summer Gala. Not only will she serve as chair but she'll also create an original art piece - a gorgeous glass chandelier. It's not that Claire doesn't already have her plate piled high with house, husband, and kids, as most everyone can see save for Claire. But we're told she suffers from an inability to say no or even not now. Billionaire Lockhart Dixon directs Nantucket's Children (why are these fellows always millionaires, billionaires or zillionaires?) Whatever the case he and Claire are soon having an affair. Lock's wife was involved in a tragic auto accident which left her mentally impaired. Problems? What else? Claire has husband problems, lover problems , best friend problems, and problems with her New York co-chair. How did a rational woman ever get herself into such a mess? One cannot help but wonder. The one thing this listener didn't wonder about is the reading by Tony Award nominee Isabel Keating. Her delightful performance makes a lighter than a cumulus cloud plot seem almost plausible. Once again star quality narration gives a boost to an unremarkable story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has marvelous descriptions of Nantucket, of glassblowing, of mothers and children. HOWEVER, it also has negativrs that make me want to slam the book out the nearest open window. Hey, I love a good soap opera, but these unhealthy storylines just make me shudder. Why did these people get married, and I'm not just talking about the 2 Crispin families and the Dixons, but most of the people that inhabit this story. Lies and secrets are not the way to populate a story. You just can't get your own way when you break your promises or your vows. The priest was fully right in his declaration that it must stop before he assigned penance. And Claire and Locke aren't the only affair. Both Crispin brothers are in unhealthy affairs with teleivison and gambling. Claire's secretive glassblowing, Edward and getting even, the children's charity's treasurer, Locke's co-dependant relationship with his wife.... and then Max and his addictions. Is this a true description of a wealthy community? Who knows. It's a bit reminiscent of the sixties. All I know is that if I ever am given another Hildebrand book, I'd think twice before reading it.
tina1234 More than 1 year ago
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.
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Good read first few chapters were slow but keep reading. I'm glad it ended the way it did. Good summer read. .noones perfect :)
JCgirl More than 1 year ago
The story of a summer affair on Nantucket, but it is also about the most strange women on the island. The story centers around the Nantucket social event of the season. The conflicts of the year-rounders and the summer people. All the problems of a summer romance and everyday family life. I loved Elin Hilderbrand's novel because she put the setting of the story on Nantucket.
FrancescaFB More than 1 year ago
A SUMMER AFFAIR was an entertaining read Good characters, but an abrupt ending. There were too many unanswered questions; too many of the characters left just dangling there, without any resolution to their situations. I would have preferred a further wrap-up of their lives.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite Elin Hilderbrand books... as a woman in my mid-40s I for some reason found it very relatable, even though my life is nothing like anyone's in the book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've never felt compelled to write a few midway into a book but this book is one of the best I've read in along time. The plot and all the drama really motivate you to keep on reading to see what happens next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After not being able to put the book down, I was extremely disappointed of how the book ended! It was a very bad ending. I wanted to read on what happened to characters. What happened to Siobhans husband? Did Jason ever find out? Lock, Daphne, Galvin, Isabella, etc. I hate when the book is good but the ending is quick.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it, the Island is still my favorite!
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LC112648LC More than 1 year ago
Normally like her books. Couldn't get into this one!
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After reading Barefoot, I had high hopes for this book. But the story was infuriating and I had a hard time finishing. Definitely NOT her best work.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with the previous reviews. A woman with an ideal life has an affair with one man while her ex-boyfriend turned rock star is also in love with her. Not only is the book so far fetched it's ridiculous, the main character is so unlikable you wish she would run away mid-book so the remaining characters (that are more real) can have a chance at salvaging the story.