Sep 9, 2010

The Island by Elin Hilderbrand

Birdie Cousins has planned a getaway with her daughter Chess on rustic, charming Tuckernuck Island off the coast of Nantucket, a chance to bond before Chess's upcoming marriage. Birdie's been through a difficult divorce herself, so she knows the big commitment that marriage entails. She's only recently dared to tiptoe back into the waters of romance.

When Chess abruptly breaks off the wedding and her fiancé shockingly dies in a rock climbing accident, it leaves Chess feeling guilty and deeply depressed. Birdie circles the wagons, convincing her younger daughter Tate, and her own sister India to join them on Tuckernuck for the month of July. Secrets and intrigue soon make their way to the surface, as Elin Hilderbrand once again weaves a masterful story of summer suspense.

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The Island: A Novel
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books; 1 edition (July 6 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316043877
ISBN-13: 978-0316043878


Two thirty-something sisters Chess and Tate both have troubles in the romance department. Chess has called off her wedding just weeks before the big event, and then her ex-fiance tragically dies in a rock climbing accident. Tate has been too busy with her career to have any time for a man in her life, but she would really like a meaningful relationship before it is too late. Their recently divorced mother Birdie plans a month long vacation at the old family cottage on the tiny island of Tuckernuck, off the coast of Nantucket. Birdie's sister India agrees to join them, and she has problems of her own.

These four unhappy women spent the month of July at Tuckernuck in an old cabin with only cold running water, bats in the attic, and a fridge that doesn't work properly.  They are all used to having the finer things in life, so it is a real challenge.  Most importantly, it is a time of being honest with each other, but it doesn't happen until the month is almost over.  They discover lots about themselves and about each other.  The summer journey is filled with tears, frustrations, a bit of sibling rivalry, and finally ... some healing, happiness and even some romance.

This book has definite similarities with The Castaways, also written by Elin Hilderbrand.  Very enjoyable summer time reading, but great for any time of year.

Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of The Island from Hachette Books, in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. I've been picking up the Castaways and wondering whether to buy and read it. This one sounds fun too. Thanks for the review.