Meredith Martin Delinn just lost everything: her friends, her homes, her social standing - because her husband Freddy cheated rich investors out of billions of dollars.
Desperate and facing homelessness, Meredith receives a call from her old best friend, Constance Flute. Connie's had recent worries of her own, and the two depart for a summer on Nantucket in an attempt to heal. But the island can't offer complete escape, and they're plagued by new and old troubles alike. When Connie's brother Toby - Meredith's high-school boyfriend - arrives, Meredith must reconcile the differences between the life she is leading and the life she could have had.
Set against the backdrop of a Nantucket summer, Elin Hilderbrand delivers a suspenseful story of the power of friendship, the pull of love, and the beauty of forgiveness.
©2011 Elin Hilderbrand (P)2011 Hachette
I really loved this book. The topic was very current and the characters believable. The setting of Nantucket has always been a favorite for me because of much time spent on Cape Cod. I think the narration was skillfully done. I was sorry to hear the ending because I wanted the book to continue on and on. I am a fan of Elin Hilderbrand and I would like to hope that maybe there would be a sequel to this book. The characters are people I want to know more about and what happens to them in the future. I highly recommend this book.
In all honesty I expected very little from Silver Girl. A co-worker had been hounding me to read Elin Hilderbrand (her fictional background being Nantucket and me from Connecticut - now in California for the last 3 decades). Reluctant I was, because I rarely like any of the movies or books this co-worker recommends, and that's awkward, eh? So, I caved on this one, and was so pleasantly surprised.
Yes, it made me homesick for the beach house I loved as a kid, but also the characters very much drew me in. They all started out as the vapid, cliché rich—self observed and useful to no one—but remarkably and believably, they all slowly become self aware and have their eyes open to those around them as well.
The novel's take off on the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme, was very thought provoking, with Hilderbrand exposing the kind of character capable of cavalierly ruining so many around him. The author also put her spin on that which has perplexed and puzzled me: how a partner could be so oblivious to the sadistic actions of their spouse.
The women were very well drawn - becoming more complex and sympathetic as the plot evolved. The men, well frankly they were a bit like furniture. But that's fine; women rarely write men well, nor do men create much more than Barbie dolls or Raggedy Ann. So why not just focus on the gender you pen best?
Also explored is what happens when your spouse of many years dies. The suffering was very real. And even if the convenient (always handsome and sensitive) boyfriend appeared right at her door, the fantasy was as fun and entertaining as a book can offer.
It's a very good listen that kept me out in the garden after dark and made me actually look forward to my work commute!
PS - The narrators were very good. Lovely voices, both.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I thought the characters were very well-written and I hated to see it end. How about a sequel from the Connie perspective?
This is only the 2nd book I've listened to from this author but I will definitely seek out others.
This is the third book by Hilderbrand I have listened to, and I enjoyed the story. I guess my only complaint (and it is a small one) is that for some reason, the 2 narrators sounded a bit too old fashioned for the plot line. It didn't ruin it, they just wouldn't have been my first pick to do the narration.
I had to stop listening! I could NOT listen to the narrators any more! I may buy the book to see what happens...
Yes, with different narrators.
Too slow. Did not fit the characters.
Great story. Easy to follow,
Great book. Follows the concept of the Bernie Madoff story. I did not like how it ended. I wanted to know more of what happened to the characters. Hopefully there will be a sequel!
The storyline of this book seemed interesting so I bought it. Should have listened to the sample beforehand. The narrator whistles her "s" and I could not get use to her rushed narration.
How the author can write such diverse books, each so well, is beyond me. All the characters were complex. amd all the loose ends ties up. great story!
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