Monday, July 16, 2012

Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand...Review & Give Away!

The Queen Bee (find her HERE) just finished reading the latest from Elin Hilderbrand, Summerland.  Here are the details and what my well read mother-in-law had to say....

Overview

A warm June evening, a local tradition: the students of Nantucket High have gathered for a bonfire on the beach. But what begins as a graduation night celebration ends in tragedy after a horrible car crash leaves the driver of the car, Penny Alistair, dead, and her twin brother in a coma. The other passengers, Penny's boyfriend Jake and her friend Demeter, are physically unhurt - but the emotional damage is overwhelming, and questions linger about what happened before Penny took the wheel.
As summer unfolds, startling truths are revealed about the survivors and their parents - secrets kept, promises broken, hearts betrayed. Elin Hilderbrand explores the power of community, family, and honesty, and proves that even from the ashes of sorrow, new love can still take flight.

The Queen Bee's take....

What makes a book a "summer read"? For me it needs to be a lighthearted book, big print, easy reading, not too much soul-searching needs to be done, preferably written about life at the seacoast. Hilderbrand writes these types of books. The fact that she lives on Nantucket Island and writes about Nantucket Island is a big plus for summer reading. Although this book starts out with a tragic auto crash, resulting in the death of a teenage girl, all the other "have to haves" for summer reading is in this book.
Zoe Allistair is a master chef living on Nantucket with her twins Penny & Hobby. Both were about to enter their senior year in high school. Their dad had died before they were born, so they were raised by Zoe, a single parent.
Jordan Randolph was editor of the island newspaper, owned by his family for decades. He was married to Ava, who had been a recluse since the death four years prior of their infant son. They had a teenage son, Jake, who happened to be the childhood boyfriend of Zoe's daughter Penny.
Zoe & Jordan had a secret. They had been having an affair for the last few years and were in love. But Zoe knew Jordan would never be able to leave his sick wife.
On the night of graduation, Penny, Jake & Hobby swing by to pick up their overweight & outcast friend Demeter Castle and head to the beach for a party. Demeter, who is a closet alcoholic, had stolen a bottle of Jim Beam and brought that along in hopes it would make her some fast friends.
When it was time to leave the party, Penny, who did not drink was visibly upset, insisted on driving home. They all took off in Jake's Jeep and as they headed down the road, Penny put her foot on the accelerator and drove right off the dunes.
Life on the island would change forever............
Add this one to your beach bag, a good "summer read".

Sounds like a hit with the Queen Bee!  Be sure to grab a copy for your beach bag...



The publisher is giving THREE lucky RBM readers a copy of Summerland! Thanks so much to the sponsor and here is how to enter.... a Rafflecopter giveaway

77 comments:

Melanie Montgomery said...

My couch.

Melanie Ski said...

Porch swing

Amber said...

I love reading in my backyard hammock!
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Jackie Hauver said...

My favorite spot to read is on my deck, lounging in the sun! Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

My bed is my favorite place to read!

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Anonymous said...

My favorite to read is the beach
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slb3334 said...

At this time of year, in the house.

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chadro said...

my easy chair in the living room

randi oaklief said...

I love to read on my porch swing.

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Charlotte Padgett said...

in the house where it is cool.

Tarah said...

On the boat!

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Nicole C. said...

My favorite summer spot to read is in my bed with a fan on me.

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Serenap95 said...

I like going to the river and reading

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helpful heather said...

i love reading in my bed! heather.loftus@aol.com

Shannon said...

on my patio in the zero gravity chair

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HannahAchrissmile said...

fav summer spot to read would be outside if it wasn't so hot outside!
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ellie said...

My favorite spot to read at any time of year is in my big comfortable bed.

Timshaun said...

My favorite reading spot is the den couch.
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mverno said...

just like in winter in bed just before i go to sleep
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gail said...

the beach
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Katie Roch said...

I love reading under the gazebo in our backyard

dario moniz said...

i like to read in an air conditioned room on those miserable days


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flychild7 said...

at the beach
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karen said...

I have read Ms. Hilderbrands books on vacation every year for a while. Im in need of a new book....its going to have to be a staycation this year! :)

Caryn said...

In a patio chair down by the lake on vacation

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McKim said...

I like to sit on the chaise lounge on our deck and read.

Daniel M said...

in bed! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Christy Maurer said...

I love to read in bed!

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Nichole Bentley said...

My sunroom (someday I'll have one)
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Melissa B. said...

My favorite place to read is on my couch.

Lana Bradstream said...

My bed.,

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Becca Ann said...

under the tree in the backyard

Adrien Beatty said...

the park

Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

in the hammock
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JM said...

My comfy couch!

susan1215 said...

By the pool

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Linda Kwolek said...

The best place to read in the summer is my outdoor recliner.

wyguymom said...

In bed!

trichie said...

on the deck

Brittany Poole said...

In my recliner!

Wendy said...

I actually just read wherever I am! :)

Tabathia said...

I rather read on the couch curled up at the end

Diana said...

I like reading in bed
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Melissa said...

In bed
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samantha said...

ilove to read in bed

Anonymous said...

The Lakehouse!:)

Cara James

stephanie said...

In my recliner with my feet propped up.

Anonymous said...

On the lounger at the pool. Thanks SW//raymondw345@Aol.com

Teresa Thompson said...

My favorite place to read is my front porch swing.

Nicole said...

on the couch.

Nicole said...

on the couch.

helpful heather said...

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Lisa said...

at the pool

ani hearts japan said...

I love reading before I go to bed, no matter the season.

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brendaelsner said...

I love to read under the trees on a sunday afternoon.

Jim said...

i read in my bedroom

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wjchick said...

BY THE POOL

aLilLacey said...

Our porch swing : ) Laceysvette@hotmail.com

AEKZ2 said...

I love to read in my bed

laurasloves said...

I like to sit outside under our big Magnolia tree.
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Susan O'Bryant said...

On my bed with the ceiling fan on high! :)

peppersalt said...

My favorite spot to read is in my recliner. saltpepper1_2000@yahoo.com

jadavis said...

The tub!
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momma8385 said...

My favorite place to read during the summer is my porch swing. Thank you for the chance.
:)Jeanne B.T.

AmyLynn said...

On my couch! :)

Amy O said...

My swing

liliesrnice said...

A bench at my local park!

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At the park

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Atreau said...

I like to read in my sunroom.