“Memorable story..intricately weaved. 2 sisters 2 years apart embarking on different career paths and living 2 totally different love lives. One is steeped in tradition,class,wealth and familiarity, the other is the total opposite. When their parents divorce after 30 years of marriage and an impending crises occurs involving a wedding, the 4 women in the family escape to Tuckernuck Island, a family vacation spot that has been in their family for over 5 generations. With all of the hectic pace of life to contend with, it's been a whopping 13 years since they have set foot upon the Island. When the seams are coming a loose there seems no other place to go for healing,rest and common ground. What ensues is anything but that. Chaos turns into mayhem,broken hearts,broken trusts,lessons learned,griefs that are deep are sliced open and within the web of their summer paradise, the sisters come to not only self revelations, but the beauty of and the strength of bonds that bind them as friends and family. I loved this book. I was anxious,agitated,laughed ot loud and cried with them along their journey. The Author was able to vivdly draw you into the world of Tuckernuck, right off the coast of Hyannisport. I felt that I had been transported there and her storytelling regalia was so well done I formed a bond that mademe hate to see these characters come to a close/resolution. Even after all was said and done I realized I really really liked these people. I could identify with them and I rooted for them. I could see them closing the house and packing everything away at the season's end...in my heart there is a little Island that is sitting there, waiting for their return. Refreshing...well written. My first read by Elin Hildebrand. An endearing story.Not for the faint at heart...it has details and multilayers that must be peeled back, savored and enjoyed.”BookSolid wrote this review yesterday. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Two generations of sisters. Kaboom! ps I can't imagine having so much money one could afford to build a platform on a pond for the bride and groom's first dance. Also, I didn't know about Tuckernuck, an island so elite you have to have registration to even set foot on it! Nor why one would want to spend a month on an island with no hot water (not even sure it had running water)or supplies of any kind; no TV or phone service, I can understand.
“Great Beach read!”Susan D wrote this review Saturday, October 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“3.5, actually. Pretty good, but something about this book fell a bit short. It could be the fact that it was written in the first person, but was about four women. Could also be that (for me) there wasn't enough romance in it! Part of my "dislike" is based on the fact that they spent money like it was growing on a tree, but I'm sure that's just the way these people lived.”Marie T wrote this review Friday, September 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very enjoyable character based story. I've never read anything by this author before and I definitely enjoyed the way she writes. I also really loved the setting of Tuckernuck island. You could really see the island while you read.
The book is about unconditional love from your family, falling in love with the wrong (?) person and guilt/forgiveness.
Chess decides to leave her fiancée weeks before her wedding, a lot of guilt comes with her decision and everything that lead up to and follows it.
She decides to spend a month with her mom Birdie, her sister Tate and her aunt Birdie.
They all need to escape their real lives for awhile and this quiet island is the place to do that. All they can do is spend time together and try their best to relax.
They all deal with matters of the heart and the drama that comes with sisters and relatives.
It's a book about love in a lot of forms and I think it was very well done.
“Love this book, short read...how sisters connect!”Jo Ann Chalk wrote this review Saturday, August 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not my favorite but not bad either. A little on the predictable side. ”Carol N wrote this review Wednesday, July 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Two pairs of sisters - mother, two daughters and aunt, all alone, lonely for different but sad reasons, spend a month on Tuckernuck, a primitive small island off Nantucket with no electricity, TV, telephone or Internet - only a generator, grill and camp stove, cold water plumbing and one flush toilet. The hope is to heal, but hidden secrets and raw wounds acerbate each other though they try to help one another. Their only contact with the mainland is the twice daily visits of caretaker Barrett Lee, son of their old caretaker Chuck Lee - both part of the attractions and secrets hidden from one another. A good summer read. Strong, successful, individualistic women who dream of love.”Sherry A wrote this review Thursday, July 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Hard to feel sorry for the wealthy with their "love" problems!”TeriY wrote this review Tuesday, July 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is my second book I've read by Elin, and she is now my author for the summer! Again I love how she writes from each characters perspective, unraveling all the story & "secrets" in a slow way. I especially enjoyed this book about such strong female bonds...how we sisters/mothers/daughters love one another fiercely, but also struggle with frustrating jealousy of one another. Plus I think I could go for having a summer get-a-way place on the remote Tuckernuck island! ;-)”Mo_Reads wrote this review Saturday, July 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No