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What will I be talking about during the Summer of 2020 How in her twenty fifth novel, Elin Hilderbrand once again takes me to Nantucket and leaves me an emotional wreck Inspired by the filmSame Time, Next Year,28 Summers tells the tale of Mallory Blessing and Jake McCloud who meet one Labor Day weekend in Nantucket, the chemistry is instantaneous but each person recognizes they are different places in their lives and agree that each year they will reunite in that last week of August As What will I be talking about during the Summer of 2020 How in her twenty fifth novel, Elin Hilderbrand once again takes me to Nantucket and leaves me an emotional wreck Inspired by the filmSame Time, Next Year,28 Summers tells the tale of Mallory Blessing and Jake McCloud who meet one Labor Day weekend in Nantucket, the chemistry is instantaneous but each person recognizes they are different places in their lives and agree that each year they will reunite in that last week of August As each year passes, their love survives amidst all the changes that life throws in their way I wouldn t have thought this book would have created such tumultuous feelings within but it did A story about an affair between two people shouldn t make me cry but it has I couldn t help but be pulled into Mallory and Jake s lives and I did want them to finally be together As each year passes and Hilderbrand relates the news events that had us talking each of those 28 years, it seemed like time had stopped itself Make sure to use lots of sunscreen because this beach read is going to keep you glued to your towel Thanks to Netgalley and Little, Brown and Company for an egalley in exchange for an honest review Goodreads review published 17 05 20Expected Publication Date 16 06 20 This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here First of all, I kind of loved this one Second of all, this book had a lot of problems I love Elin Hilderbrand so maybe I m a bit biased and despite all my problems with it, I still really enjoyed the story and her writing as always The good It is such a fun premise The two main characters, Mallory and Jake, are in love but can t be together I still don t see why so they agree to meet up in Nantucket Hilderbrand has made me desperate to go visit this place once a year with no contact in b First of all, I kind of loved this one Second of all, this book had a lot of problems I love Elin Hilderbrand so maybe I m a bit biased and despite all my problems with it, I still really enjoyed the story and her writing as always The good It is such a fun premise The two main characters, Mallory and Jake, are in love but can t be together I still don t see why so they agree to meet up in Nantucket Hilderbrand has made me desperate to go visit this place once a year with no contact in between The not so good It sounds super fun right It is, and I loved it at first but then once your throw in infidelity and kids I just can t, it loses so much of the romance These two are the villains and Mallory How are we supposed to like her She basically lives a lonely life just clinging to this one weekend a year I mean she wanted to miss her BEST FRIEND S WEDDING and ship her son off so she didn t miss her weekend That s just sad Also, no teacher would ever take a high school boy for a car ride to a secret spot That part literally made me cringe Ursula deserved way better, Jake and Mallory deserved each other Also Shouldn t each chapter have been a summer together Was I missing something I feel like not even half of the chapters were appropriate for the title The Great I loved the intro blurbs at the start to each chapter A look into key events people songs of that year, it was so much fun and be forewarned, you ll end up down a google rabbit hole each time I thin that s why it took me so long to read this one, haha I love stories that develop over time Watching the characters grow for almost 3 decades was so much fun and the character development not the main characters but everyone else was so good Overall, there were some problems with this one that I couldn t get past but I still loved it Such a great book, well written as always I m a forever fan of Hilderbrand It s like a fairy tale It s like a game of Would You Rather Would you rather have perfect bliss for only three days or a solid but dull relationship all year long Mallory would choose Jake every time.Okay WELL Somehow I managed not to cry, even though that 100% predictable ending absolutely GUTTED me And, Christ, do I need a comedy now My heart hurts too much to dissect my feelings about the book any right now, except to say that cancer sucks and so does people not acting on or at the It s like a fairy tale It s like a game of Would You Rather Would you rather have perfect bliss for only three days or a solid but dull relationship all year long Mallory would choose Jake every time.Okay WELL Somehow I managed not to cry, even though that 100% predictable ending absolutely GUTTED me And, Christ, do I need a comedy now My heart hurts too much to dissect my feelings about the book any right now, except to say that cancer sucks and so does people not acting on or at the very least, expressing their feelings Life is too goddamn short as it is I feel as empty after finishing this as I did after The Kremlin s Candidate I need a drink Or five Unpopular opinion ahead I did not like this book I enjoy a good beach read, and I don t expect them to be great literature, but this one fell short for me Elin Hildebrand has made a name for herself writing books set on Nantucket, typically with a romance, and her latest novel follows this same pattern I ve enjoyed her books in the past, so I was excited to get an ARC for her latest.She does a great job, as always, of describing summer days and nights, including descriptions of summer meals, Unpopular opinion ahead I did not like this book I enjoy a good beach read, and I don t expect them to be great literature, but this one fell short for me Elin Hildebrand has made a name for herself writing books set on Nantucket, typically with a romance, and her latest novel follows this same pattern I ve enjoyed her books in the past, so I was excited to get an ARC for her latest.She does a great job, as always, of describing summer days and nights, including descriptions of summer meals, flowers, beach scenes, and ocean breezes The problem is with the plot and characters The situation between the two star crossed lovers, Jake and Mallory, doesn t make a whole lot of sense there is never a concrete, truly believable reason as to why they cannot just be together all the time and must only be Same Time Next Year lovers Since the whole book is based on this premise, it has a shaky foundation Further, Mallory is depicted as a commitment phobic flake and Jake is portrayed as a man completely without a backbone On top of this, their romance happens while Jake is married There is little to no examination of any guilt either party might feel about this.The writing style felt uneven also At the start of the book the story has a narrator who refers to Jake as our boy and Mallory as our girl and gives little side comments about them This narrative device disappears after the first quarter of the book, never to be seen again Likewise, the story goes back and forth between Mallory s POV and Jake s from year to yearthen suddenly, far into the book, is from Jake s wife s POV The whole cadence of the narrative style was uneven.The story itself had potential The concept of a romance that exists in a pure state in the minds of the lovers due to the fact that they never share real life with each other is an intriguing concept Do they really love each other, when they don t really know each other Do they only love the idea of each other Are they unable to fully give love to others in their lives because they are holding back due to their fantasy relationship These are all great questions Instead of really exploring them, Hildebrand gives us recaps of what was happening in the news every year for 28 years that got old fast for me , descriptions of life on Nantucket, and the perplexing inclusion of political statements that have no bearing or purpose in the story other than to tell the reader that the author is a liberal democrat This was a disappointing read, which started out as mildly intriguing but gotandannoying as the book progressed Thank you NetGalley By The New York Times Bestselling Author Of Summer Of Their Secret Love Affair Has Lasted For Decades But This Could Be The Summer That Changes EverythingWhen Mallory Blessing S Son, Link, Receives Deathbed Instructions From His Mother To Call A Number On A Slip Of Paper In Her Desk Drawer, He S Not Sure What To Expect But He Certainly Does Not Expect Jake McCloud To Answer It S The Late Spring Of And Jake S Wife, Ursula DeGournsey, Is The Frontrunner In The Upcoming Presidential ElectionThere Must Be A Mistake, Link Thinks How Do Mallory And Jake Know Each Other Flash Back To The Sweet Summer Of Mallory Has Just Inherited A Beachfront Cottage On Nantucket From Her Aunt, And She Agrees To Host Her Brother S Bachelor Party Cooper S Friend From College, Jake McCloud, Attends, And Jake And Mallory Form A Bond That Will Persevere Through Marriage, Children, And Ursula S Stratospheric Political Rise Until Mallory Learns She S DyingBased On The Classic Film Same Time Next Year Which Mallory And Jake Watch Every Summer , Summers Explores The Agony And Romance Of A One Weekend Per Year Affair And The Dramatic Ways This Relationship Complicates And Enriches Their Lives, And The Lives Of The People They Love Sometimes we all need to read a book like 28 Summers It might restore the phrase of falling instantly in love for some Erin Hiilderbrand hit it out the park with 28 Summers It was a fast paced, easy to read,romantic and exciting book 28 Summers transported me to another place and helped me forget all the things that were going on around me I was so in awe of Mallory and Jake Their love was honest, raw and so believable but unfortunately, totally forbidden For 28 years, Mallory and Jake Sometimes we all need to read a book like 28 Summers It might restore the phrase of falling instantly in love for some Erin Hiilderbrand hit it out the park with 28 Summers It was a fast paced, easy to read,romantic and exciting book 28 Summers transported me to another place and helped me forget all the things that were going on around me I was so in awe of Mallory and Jake Their love was honest, raw and so believable but unfortunately, totally forbidden For 28 years, Mallory and Jake saw each other on just one particular weekend, Labor Day weekend Their special arrangement was based on the movie, Same Time Next Year Both Mallory and Jake abided by those rules no matter how difficult they were They found a way to make their love work in a very unconventional way Since Jake was married to his childhood sweetheart, Ursula, and had had a child with her, Mallory and Jake had no choice Jake s wife, Ursala had no endearing characteristics She was manipulative, driven, ambitious and self centered where Mallory was wholesome, kind, fun and genuine Mallory was well liked and had many friends where Ursula lived, and ate her career Ursula had no real friends and even her relationship with her daughter and husband suffered because of her political aspirations Whereas, Mallory had a beautiful and meaningful relationship with her son 28 Summers played with all my emotions I cried like a baby at the end but I smiled and even laughed at other parts of the book I was hoping Mallory and Jake would find a way to finally get together and be a couple but that was not in the cards for them It was very clever how Elin Hilderbrand incorporated events, accomplishments, famous people and even disasters at the beginning of each subsequent year of Mallory s and Jake s love affair I really liked and enjoyed reading this book It was very hard to put down I highly recommend it.I received a complimentary copy of 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand from Little Brown and Company and Netgalley Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own A forbidden love story that will have you feeling so invested in the characters you almost forget it s also a tale of adultery I listened to the audio of this amazing bookthank you librofmand I was smitten with Mallory and Jake Listening to their love story unfold over one magical long weekend in Nantucket, year after year, for 28 years both broke my heart and filled it up Based on the film , we are captivated by their love story, despite the fact they can never tr A forbidden love story that will have you feeling so invested in the characters you almost forget it s also a tale of adultery I listened to the audio of this amazing bookthank you librofmand I was smitten with Mallory and Jake Listening to their love story unfold over one magical long weekend in Nantucket, year after year, for 28 years both broke my heart and filled it up Based on the film , we are captivated by their love story, despite the fact they can never truly be together What a moral dilemma this story poses both for Mallory and Jake and for us readers Do we root for them Should we feel happy they have this time together despite the wrongness of infidelity and their deceit You re left wondering how something so wrong can feel so right because despite all this, I was all in you guys This love story had me hooked A perfect summer read that will have you wishing you were on the beach in Nantucket Highly recommend this one and it s definitely one of my new fave Elin Hilderbrand books When I picked this book up at first, I honestly wasn t expecting to like it much No, it wasn t really because of the premise which of course I can understand why would be a deal breaker for some readers , but rather, in general, I m just not a fan of contemporary romance novels a genre which this book definitely falls into But after reading the summary, I was curious about the Same Time, Next Year inspired story and how the author, Elin Hilderbrand, would pull it off So I decided to go When I picked this book up at first, I honestly wasn t expecting to like it much No, it wasn t really because of the premise which of course I can understand why would be a deal breaker for some readers , but rather, in general, I m just not a fan of contemporary romance novels a genre which this book definitely falls into But after reading the summary, I was curious about the Same Time, Next Year inspired story and how the author, Elin Hilderbrand, would pull it off So I decided to go into this one with an open mind and see where it would lead me plus I had never read this author before despite hearing so much about her works, so when it came up as one of the recommended works on my book club s summer reading list, I figured this would be as good a time as any to try reading this As it turns out, I surprised myself with how much I ended up liking this one For me, the beauty of this story was in the execution and the surprising amount of depth to the plot that I actually was not expecting On the surface, this is a story about a love affair between Jake McCloud and Mallory Blessing one Labor Day weekend in 1993, the two of them are brought together when Mallory hosts a bachelor party for her brother Cooper at the beachfront Nantucket cottage that she had inherited from her aunt The party ends up being a bust, but Jake and Mallory develop a close bond and by the end of that weekend, they decide that they will get together on the same weekend each year, similar to what the characters in the movie Same Time Next Year which they watched together that weekend do Their arrangement endures for 28 years through marriage, children, career changes, family complications, etc until the summer that Mallory finds out she is dying At first I was worried that the story would be repetitious, especially when I saw that the structure of the book was divided into 28 chapters one for each year which I assumed would mean that we would essentially be reading 28 different variations of the one long weekend that Jake and Mallory spend together It turns out that I was completely wrong while the love affair was indeed the central force that drove the plot, it didn t overwhelm the story at all Instead, we get an in depth exploration into the different facets of both Mallory s and Jake s lives, but not only that, there are also the emotional implications of their relationship and how it impacts both themselves as well as those around them In addition to also exploring the various nuances of love, the story also tackles the complexities of relationships mixed with the challenges of life inevitably, it also raises the question of morality in terms of the affair, but instead of answering the question and risk veering into the preachy territory, Hilderbrand lets the reader decide for themselves what reaction they choose to have to the story and the characters.Given the premise, there will undoubtedly be sections that are uncomfortable to read for some over, the basis of the story being about an illicit love affair may also be a turn off for othersif it bothers you, I would recommend not picking this one up at all Personally, I appreciated the way Hilderbrand approached the story, as well as the way she wrote the characters I really felt for Mallory in her struggle with her feelings for Jake, while at the same time, I loved her personality, especially her sense of humor As for Jake I know technically I should ve hated him, but I honestly couldn t bring myself to do so.Lastly, it s impossible to talk about this book without touching on its narrative structure Regarding the unique format of starting each chapter with various current events and pop culture moments from that year, I must say that this was my absolute favorite part of the book It was like taking a trip down memory lane and for me, it definitely enhanced the reading experience I also liked that we got to hear from the perspectives of not just Mallory and Jake, but also most of the other characters as well this helped to make the charactersrealistic and personable Hilderbrand is known for her picturesque descriptions of Nantucket, where she sets most of her novels, and this book, her newest work, is certainly no exception Her depictions of Mallory s Nantucket cottage and its surrounding community were so atmospheric that I absolutely felt transported, so much so that I actually put Nantucket down as a place I would love to visit someday While I m definitely looking forward to Hilderbrand s next book, I m hoping to be able to explore her extensive backlist at some point in the future I always say that it isn t summer until I ve read the newest Elin Hilderbrand release however, as 2020 is the summer of COVID and everything in New England is canceled, I should have taken it as a sign and skipped over this one, as this was my least favorite Hilderbrand book to date.As soon as I saw a new release coming, I pre ordered it without even reading the blurb or any reviews my first mistake 28 Summers is based on the classic movie Same Time Next Year which the main characters i I always say that it isn t summer until I ve read the newest Elin Hilderbrand release however, as 2020 is the summer of COVID and everything in New England is canceled, I should have taken it as a sign and skipped over this one, as this was my least favorite Hilderbrand book to date.As soon as I saw a new release coming, I pre ordered it without even reading the blurb or any reviews my first mistake 28 Summers is based on the classic movie Same Time Next Year which the main characters in the book watch every summer ugh , and it is a foray into a one weekend per year affair, and the dramatic ways it complicates their lives, and the lives of those they love Enough said, as the title is self explanatory after you know the premise Just a big no for me From the prologue, you immediately know how it s going to end, and come on, you know these types of love stories never have a happy ending To further add insult to injury, the wife of one of the main characters is running for President, so let s throw politics in the mix I ve said it before and I will say it again, reading is my escape from the real world, and anytime an author heavily espouses his her political views in their work, it immediately turns me off, and this book was over the top in every way For a book that strongly touts women s rights and liberation, to have the main character be a woman, who has no real sense of self worth, cheating with a married man every Labor Day weekend for decades is perplexing and rather insulting as a woman The main characters were so selfish and illogical in their choices, and whereas I am normally enchanted with Hilderbrand s descriptions of Nantucket in this book, they seemed overly pretentious there was an overabundance of name dropping in regard to people and restaurants, etc., and it just didn t work I did enjoy the summaries of every year at the beginning of each chapter, but sadly, that was the extent of my enjoyment If you re expecting a light, feel good beach read as the beautiful cover suggests, you re going to be sorely disappointed There is nothing fun about this book and its premise I still adore Elin Hilderbrand s books, but this one was just a huge miss for me 2 stars I would give this book 4 1 2 stars if I could Same Time Next Year is one of my favorite movies so when I read that 28 Summers is a take off of the movie I had to read it Having never read one of this author s books, I didn t know what to expect but I gave it a try It is a lovely book in a lovely setting It is also heartbreaking as well as life affirming It is thought provoking and would be a good choice for book clubs I liked most of the characters but their actions were at times mind bogg I would give this book 41 2 stars if I could Same Time Next Year is one of my favorite movies so when I read that 28 Summers is a take off of the movie I had to read it Having never read one of this author s books, I didn t know what to expect but I gave it a try It is a lovely book in a lovely setting It is also heartbreaking as well as life affirming It is thought provoking and would be a good choice for book clubs I liked most of the characters but their actions were at times mind boggling I felt that the secondary characters stories somewhat over shadowed Jake and Mallory s I wantedof them The book is engrossing and hard to put down The ending is bittersweet but not unexpected Overall a good read except for some minor things, I would recommend it to Hilderbrand fans and fans of women s fiction 28 Summers


About the Author: Elin Hilderbrand

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 five previous novels Hilderbrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa.Facebook.com ElinHilderbrandPinterest.com ElinHilderbrand


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