28 Summers

28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand

Summer is not complete without at least one Elin Hilderbrand novel.  In all honesty, I think I’m reading 4 this seasons!  And, I can say without any hesitation, that this is my favorite Hilderbrand novel so far!

The Premise: The story starts with Mallory on her deathbed, asking her son to call this number.  He is shocked by the person who answers and stunned to think his mother may actually know this semi-famous person, Jake McCloud.

Then the book rewinds, taking us back to the summer of 1993, when Mallory inherits a cottage on Nantucket and meets her brother’s friend, Jake over Labor Day weekend.  By the end of the weekend, they are smitten, but they have lives and complications.  So, they take inspiration from the movie Same Time Next Year, agreeing to meet up every Labor Day weekend for a once a year fling.

This is a bitter-sweet story, filled with great characters and a lovely setting.  One of my favorite things about this book?  Each year is a chapter and each starts with the pop culture highlights of that year, making it a mini trip down memory lane.  I enjoyed this book in audio, but I think it would have been just as great in print form.

Such an enjoyable story, I was sad when it was over.


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