I took a break from the Summer Reading List to cover Elin Hildebrand’s newest (as I have said before – and all her titles that I have read are linked below – you have to read one each summer, even if you know what it’s going to be like). 28 Summers is the story of Mallory Blessing and her inherited summer house on Nantucket (oh, to be so lucky…): “When 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 2020 and Jake’s wife, Ursula DeGournsey, is the frontrunner in the upcoming Presidential election. There must be a mistake, Link thinks. How do Mallory and Jake know each other? Flash back to the sweet summer of 1993: 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 dying.” (Amazon) This was standard Hilderbrand — nothing amazing (though this was pretty engrossing), but a good read, nonetheless and perfect for summer.
Here’s to Us
The Beach Club (she clearly hadn’t gotten into the cover art she is now known for when this one came out)
The Perfect Couple
Winter in Paradise