The Carmichaels and the Grahams have gathered on Nantucket for a wedding. Plans are being made according to the wishes of the bride's late mother, who left behind The Notebook: specific instructions for every detail of her youngest daughter's future nuptials. Everything should be falling into place for the beautiful event - but in reality, things are far from perfect.
While the couple-to-be are quite happy, their loved ones find their own lives crumbling. In the days leading up to the wedding, love will be questioned, scandals will arise, and hearts will be broken and healed. Elin Hilderbrand takes readers on a touching journey in Beautiful Day - into the heart of marriage, what it means to be faithful, and how we choose to honor our commitments.
©2013 Erin Hilderbrand (P)2013 Hachette Audio
I enjoyed this book - it was light and refreshing and the story line was entertaining. I liked that there were a few unexpected surprises in the story line. There was also a wide array of very colorful characters. I actually found some of less central characters to be particularly intriguing. However, the main character, Margo, was hard to like at times. I also found the story line about the bride and her fiance to be a bit boring and I thought the mother's notebook was a bit much - she was very overbearing! I also think the narrator's southern accent (which applied to just a few of the characters) was pretty terrible - it was distracting. But all in all, it was a good book - primarily because of the less central plot lines. The best part was the diversity of the characters - that was great! I truly appreciate it when there are diverse characters (in this case, a black gay male who was one of the minor characters) - diversity is often something that is overlooked in "beach reads."
I forgot how much I like Elin Hilderbrand... this book was so great!! The narrator was perfect for this story. Loved the characters! Going to download another Hilderbrand novel now!!
No-nothing really happens. The love interest development was extremely lacking
Yes. Overall the descriptions were interesting. More character development and action could have fixed it
Interesting, high-pitched, sometimes obnoxious
No. Anticlimactic and underdeveloped
The narrators interpretation of male voices drove me absolutely crazy and took from the story.
can't seem to like any of the characters.
all of them and start over
this author is usually good. disappointed with this one
It's all about romance in my library! I have a wonderful husband, children and my grandchildren they are my rock.
Yes, I love how the author captures everyone in each character life. It puts you into the story and makes you understand everything.
Margo and Anne. Margo for being a strong independent women and single parent, I loved how the author created her character and made you understand her life, feelings and emotions.
Anne - In her generation, it makes you understand why you will give your husband a 2nd chance, if though I won't have accepted my husband back. The strong feelings made me feel real inside of me - the emotions were so strong in the book.
We can't forget Douglas - I love this man!! He's every women's dream husband.
Therese did an excellent job in each character.
Yes, I felt the emotions in Anne's feelings against her husband Jim and his ex-wife.
I hope they will make a another book - I would like to know what happens to Douglas and Margo and the rest of the siblings especially Nick.
A movie would be great!
I have listened to Therese Plummer read several series. She never disappoints. One of my favorite readers.
A wedding takes place choreographed by the dead mother. I couldn't help but be drawn into the lives of the characters in A Beautiful Day. But I found the slavish devotion to Beth Carmichael's "notebook" outlining her youngest daughter's wedding a bit farfetched. I'm not sure how a mother dictates from the grave nor do I understand the daughter's unwillingness to stray from her mother's instructions on the most important day of her life. The characters were wonderful, especially Margo, but the influence of the "notebook" was unrealistic, at best.
Yes but with reservation. It makes for an ok summer read. Therese Plummer is excellent and I will definitely be checking out other books she has narrated.
But the story grew tiresome at times. I found Margo's whining and pining for Edge to be more than a little annoying. This is a successful woman. She should have snapped out it and found someone who actually cared for her instead that man who treated her like crap. I felt like the author was trying to make some sort of statement by mentioning the gay black boyfriend. Too many minor characters bringing suitcases full of baggage to the story.
Possibly if they were looking for some escapist reading.
If I were reading the book, I would have bailed on it before I finished. Her narration was the main reason I finished the book.
fun, light, entertaining
My favorite character was Margo...the story was told from her point of view, and I found it interesting reading a book about a wedding that wasn't from the bride's point of view.
She's a great reader...she's not monotone, which some other readers can be, and she does all of the different voices so well. The tone she used for Margo really 'matched' the description of Margo I would've had, had I read the book.
I would love to talk to Helen Oppenhimer and ask her WTF? Haha!
I have listened to almost all of Elin Hilderbrand's books now, and for so many reasons, Beautiful Day is my new favorite! I usually limit my audio books to work, but this one I couldn't stop listening to...at work, on my walks, even at home. And, I will probably listen to it again someday... I really didn't want it to end.
I liked best the wit and humor of the father and in laws. Least - the drama and long and drawn out Margot - she was not a fun character. Would like to have bridged the gap of The Surfing Lesson and Beautiful Day-- Left you hanging so was hoping to hear more detail of the end of the marriage of Margot, as her husband seemed to be a free spirit. Would like to have more humor in places like Something Borrowed to give it a little more edge. However the dedication to the grandparents was a nice touch and their marriage.
The detailed diary of the deceased mother (a little over the top). Least interesting was the big build up of Margot and her secret which was a big let down.
When Doug was divorcing Pauline!
Narrator did a good job
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