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Summerland: A Novel | [Elin Hilderbrand]

Summerland: A Novel

A warm June evening, a local tradition: The students of Nantucket High have gathered for a bonfire on the beach. But what begins as a graduation night celebration ends in tragedy after a horrible car crash leaves the driver of the car, Penny Alistair, dead and her twin brother in a coma. The other passengers - Penny's boyfriend Jake and her friend Demeter - are physically unhurt, but the emotional damage is overwhelming, and questions linger about what happened before Penny took the wheel.
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A warm June evening, a local tradition: The students of Nantucket High have gathered for a bonfire on the beach. But what begins as a graduation night celebration ends in tragedy after a horrible car crash leaves the driver of the car, Penny Alistair, dead and her twin brother in a coma. The other passengers - Penny's boyfriend Jake and her friend Demeter - are physically unhurt, but the emotional damage is overwhelming, and questions linger about what happened before Penny took the wheel.

As summer unfolds, startling truths are revealed about the survivors and their parents - secrets kept, promises broken, hearts betrayed. Elin Hilderbrand explores the power of community, family, and honesty, and proves that even from the ashes of sorrow, new love can still take flight.

©2012 Elin Hilderbrand (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Amazon Customer Zwolle, LA, United States 08-06-12
    Amazon Customer Zwolle, LA, United States 08-06-12
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    "Great Listen"

    I honestly only chose this book because I constantly saw commercials about it. To my surprise, I became more and more intriqued throughout the first half of the book. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would definitely recommend it for a good summer's read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 09-03-12
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2005
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    "One of her best"

    I've read about everything the author has written, and this is one of her best (Castaways is my favorite). The story is just so well constructed, it's always a pleasure when Hilderbrand has a new book out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    lucy asheville, NC, United States 09-12-12
    lucy asheville, NC, United States 09-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Well done!"
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    Hilderbrand takes on framing the difficulties of teens in relationship to the not so perfect world of adults. Extremely well articulated. The story line was excellent. The ending of the story was very realistic, as in life, it always turns out... just not exactly as our expectations .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Midlothian, IL, United States 08-07-12
    Joy Midlothian, IL, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A great book. Well read and well written."

    This book was really wonderful. Kept me interested by bouncing seamlessly between the characters. Great, great book. Performance was great as well!

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    Leah Ebensburg, PA, United States 06-24-14
    Leah Ebensburg, PA, United States 06-24-14
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    "Enjoyable good storyline!"
    What did you love best about Summerland?

    I love books about relationships and how they work out; this has many relationships and problems; seeing how they developed from beginning to end held me captive. The emotion of the characters; the love, trials and forgiveness which is true in our daily lives.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked everything about the story. Zoe was a very strong but loving personality. I enjoyed all characters though.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene when Ava told her husband Jordan to take Jake home and why she told him.


    Who was the most memorable character of Summerland and why?

    The car accident with Penny and Hobbie, jake and Demeter which built the entire story from their graduation night.


    Any additional comments?

    At the beginning I felt the book was draggy compared to other books but I suggest stick with it because all the interactions of the characters and their bonds with love and forgiveness is worth it all!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Warrenville, IL, United States 03-09-13
    Lisa Warrenville, IL, United States 03-09-13
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    "Too Much"

    A wonderful setting was watered down by too many backstories. Just as the story was over there was yet another backstory. It made we want to sccream. All the characters did not enhance the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 07-12-12
    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 07-12-12 Member Since 2009

    I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.

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    What did you love best about Summerland?

    I can't say I loved anything about this book.


    What other book might you compare Summerland to and why?

    I have nothing to compare this book to.


    What aspect of Erin Bennett’s performance would you have changed?

    I must compliment Ms. Bennett's performance of a masterful Australian accent.
    Otherwise, I found her voice completely flat.


    Who was the most memorable character of Summerland and why?

    I think Lynn was the most memorable character for me as she had her eyes opened to the fact that her daughter was secretly battling alcoholism. She had to, in the end, become the mother she had never really been throughout her daughter's troubled life.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was engaging overall but I could not give it more than 3 stars because though the characters all went through trauma, there was a superficial aspect to the writing that failed to cause me to really emote during the reading of this book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Danna ATLANTA, GA, United States 07-18-13
    Danna ATLANTA, GA, United States 07-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "This story was so easy to predict"
    What would have made Summerland better?

    Not such a predictable ending! I felt like I was following a soap opera on TV.


    What could Elin Hilderbrand have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Really just didn't like the character framework at all. Make much more suspensful.


    Which character – as performed by Erin Bennett – was your favorite?

    Jake


    What character would you cut from Summerland?

    Demeter!!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    N/A

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    Amara ARLINGTON, VA, United States 10-08-12
    Amara ARLINGTON, VA, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Meh"

    Enjoyable portraits of the characters involved, but overall not a story that went much of anywhere. Yearned to hear more about each character's background and the intricacies of their relationships with each other. A mildly entertaining summer listen, but not in a huge hurry to find another Hilderbrand anytime soon.

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    Mary Lutz, FL, United States 09-30-12
    Mary Lutz, FL, United States 09-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointing!"
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    I really like this author but did not like this book at all. The story was depressing and went no where. Very slow staying in the same place without moving on to the next phase. I could not wait to finish this book and move on to something more exciting and that had a better story line. Terrible!

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