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The Island

by Elin Hilderbrand

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A good beach read about relationships: Sisters, mothers and daughters, fiances, ex-fiances, boyfriends. Two sisters, their mother and their aunt spend 30 days on a east coast island. ( )
  INorris | Jun 8, 2017 |
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  clue | Dec 25, 2016 |
A summer on a remote island filled with revelations and secrets - mothers, daughters, sisters (oh and a man or 2). Ms. Hilderbrand weaves a lovely story. Her characters are enjoyable and at points I loved and loathed each one. ( )
  sunnydrk | Aug 24, 2016 |
The Island is a heartfelt story of four women who resort to casting themselves away to a private family-owned island of Tuckernuck, Mass. It is a story between two sets of sisters, both sets of separate generations. The women all have their baggage, but it's the type of baggage you're intrigued to read about. I hold The Island in high regard because although the book is what I consider to be very long (over 400 pages) it told each of the character's stories; capturing their triumphs, sadness, elation, and devastation from beginning to end, never missing a beat.
The Island is so many things OTHER than a "light read" in my opinion. It is an ernest look into the lives of very different women. It is a story of love of family, unrequited love that is hard-won and conquered, emotional growth, and surviving trauma. It's complex concerning the issues woven into this piece of fiction and the ending is well-deserved for all characters. Have I mentioned there are actually FOUR characters' stories in this ONE novel? It's well worth the time to read it and will leave readers yearning for more. Good thing Hilderbrand has a solid booklist: I look forward to reading all the rest, too!
Laurie Kozlowski | Book Escape Reviews ( )
  LaurieKozlowski | Jan 24, 2016 |
Book on CD read by Denise Hicks

This is just a sappy soap opera set on Tuckernuck Island off Nantucket. Everyone is wealthy. Everyone is unhappy in love, OR, has fallen instantly in love (possibly with the wrong person). Everyone behaves like a 3-year-old or at their best like they’re in junior high.

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They had officially been “together” for only nine days, but every day on Tuckernuck was a lifetime, and so it felt like forever. They had made love sixteen times, they had shared eleven meals, they had watched three movies, gone to two restaurants, taken five boat rides, caught two fish.
I don’t know a single high-powered, computer genius professional woman who thinks like this!

The sibling rivalry arguments are even worse. Not only do the two young women carry on like toddlers who can’t share a toy, their 50-something mother and aunt also dig up their own sibling rivalries.

I finished it only because it fulfilled a challenge. It was fast (thank heavens for MP3 players that let you speed up the delivery) and didn’t require much thought. But it was still a waste of time.
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  BookConcierge | Jan 13, 2016 |
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To my mother, Sally Hilderbrand, who gave me my roots and my wings.
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It had sat abandoned for thirteen years. This had happened without warning.
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Human emotions present themselves in a number of shocking ways.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316043877, Hardcover)

Birdie Cousins has thrown herself into the details of her daughter Chess's lavish wedding, from the floating dance floor in her Connecticut back yard to the color of the cocktail napkins. Like any mother of a bride-to-be, she is weathering the storms of excitement and chaos, tears and joy. But Birdie, a woman who prides herself on preparing for every possibility, could never have predicted the late-night phone call from Chess, abruptly announcing that she's cancelled her engagement.

It's only the first hint of what will be a summer of upheavals and revelations. Before the dust has even begun to settle, far worse news arrives, sending Chess into a tailspin of despair. Reluctantly taking a break from the first new romance she's embarked on since the recent end of her 30-year marriage, Birdie circles the wagons and enlists the help of her younger daughter Tate and her own sister India. Soon all four are headed for beautiful, rustic Tuckernuck Island, off the coast of Nantucket, where their family has summered for generations. No phones, no television, no grocery store - a place without distractions where they can escape their troubles.

But throw sisters, daughters, ex-lovers, and long-kept secrets onto a remote island, and what might sound like a peaceful getaway becomes much more. Before summer has ended, dramatic truths are uncovered, old loves are rekindled, and new loves make themselves known. It's a summertime story only Elin Hilderbrand can tell, filled with the heartache, laughter, and surprises that have made her page-turning, bestselling novels as much a part of summer as a long afternoon on a sunny beach.

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It's the perfect summer getaway-- but some secrets are hard to escape... When her elder daughter abruptly cancels her engagement, and her lavish wedding, Birdie takes both daughters and her cousin to Tuckernuck Island. There dramatic truths are uncovered, old loves are rekindled, and new loves make themselves known.… (more)

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