"All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality -- the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape."
--Author Christopher Benson



Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Island by Elin Hilderbrand

Hardcover and Kindle Release July 6, 2010
Reagan Arthur Books/Little Brown Publishing

The story takes us to a small island off of Nantucket called Tuckernuck.  The home there has been the Tate Family Summer Home since it was built back in 1935, during the depression.  For years the family would gather there for as little as two weeks, some stayed the whole summer.  There is no electricity, power comes from a generator, no hot water, no telephone, no television, and in the tech age, no computers or wi-fi, and the only place for cell phone reception is standing in the the water out at the end of a jut of land on the other side of the island.

They haven't been there for 13 years, but now that Birdie's daughter Chess is getting married and she wants to spend a week alone with her out on Tuckernuck.  Chess agrees grudgingly.  Birdie starts to make plans and a few weeks later Chess breaks off her engagement, her ex-fiancee dies tragically and Chess quits her job and suffers a breakdown. Birdie, Chess, her sister Tate, and her an aunt India all decide a month on Tuckernuck is needed to help Chess.  So they pack their bags and they set off to spend the month of July on The Island.  Secrets and intrigue soon come forth and the month on the island will hold many surprises.

This is the first book I have read by Elin Hilderbrand, but it definitely will not be the last. 

The island is character all on its own.   Through the author's words I could almost feel my toes wiggling in the sand and surf.

This story tells the love stories of the four main characters,  both lost and found, and the love they have for The Island.  It is truly heartwarming and as you get drawn into the lives of these women you will not be able to put this book down.  It is a pure joy to read.  This is the perfect book to escape into this summer.

 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.”


Menagerie Soaps said...

I'm definitely going to have to put this on my summer reading list.
Thanks for the review. I love your blog!


dollycas aka Lori said...

Thanks Lisa!! I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did.


Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I think I have to add this to my summer reading list. I have not read any books by Elin Hilderbrand but it seems like a book that I would like. Thanks for the review.

Kristin said...

I love Elin Hilderbrand books...and definitely have this one on my list. Great review!