A loving portrait of an island....It's like renting a cottage on Nantucket for the weekend—breezy and sad when you come to the end.
Hilderbrand's charming, poignant 13th novel chronicles what happens after a woman's true love returns to her 27 years.... Hilderbrand's narrative is thoroughly readable, with likable heroes and believably despicable antagonists. One misstep is the downer ending; though you see it coming, it still feels like it belongs in another book. Despite this, Hilderbrand's story is an engaging read
Hilderbrand's essentially sunny setup, bolstered by many summer parties and picnics...takes a sudden, somber turn. Hilderbrand has a way of transcending the formulaic and tapping directly into the emotional jugular. Class is often an undercurrent in her work, but in this comedy of manners-turned-cautionary tale, luck establishes its own dubious meritocracy. Beach reading with an unsettling edge.
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