Max agrees to play the benefit and it looks like smooth sailing for Sheila - until she agrees to create a "museum-quality" piece of glass for the auction, pre-emptorily offers her best friend the catering job, goes nose-to-nose with her Manhattan socialite co-chair, and begins a "good-hearted" affair with the charity's executive director, Lockhart Dixon.
Hearts break and emotions stretch to the point of snapping in this in-depth look at one woman's attempt to deal with loves past and present, raise a family, run a business, and pull off a charity event unlike any the island of Nantucket has ever seen.
Sheila discovers that doing good and being bad are not mutually exclusive - and that nothing is ever as simple as it seems.
©2008 Elin Hilderbrand; (P)2008 Hachette Audio
This book would have been much better if it were half as long. It was an okay story and the narrator was good, but it seemed to drag on and on. That may have been due to the author's habit of using repeating phrases throughout the story. Overall, just an average listen.
Tediously long with unlikable characters of weak dispositions, poorly written, repetitious sentences altogether unenjoyable and the first audio book of over one hundred I have listened to that I failed to finish due to boredom.
The lead character's name in the description is wrong! Get it right. It's not Sheila Crispin Cook; it's Claire Danner Crispin. When reading the description, I didn't see that Claire has an affair. My mistake. Therefore, I was very disappointed, as I believe in fidelity. SPOILER ALERT (so quit reading if you don't want to know) - There were no repercussions, other than her guilt. Sadly, that mirrors real life sometimes. Narrator was great!
Only of they were looking for a light read or if deciding whether an affair would be a good idea!
I can't think of another book to compare it with at this time.
She played her character role very well. In a lot of respects I did not like her but if I could peel her layers of snobbishness away I think there was a good person underneath.
No only because I don't have the time.
I found it not one of Elin Hilderbrand's best books. I have almost everyone now so I would put this on the lower end. It it about A Summer Affair and by the time it came to a close it was more about why not to have one. There were sad parts for me; friendships were lost; people were hurt; it became a vicious cycle. I did like the Galla Event and it's purpose. That kept my attention better than the affairs. Again I am not saying it was a bad book but the affairs were too drawn out.
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