A Summer Affair

A Novel
Narrated by: Isabel Keating
Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
4 out of 5 stars (384 ratings)

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Sheila Crispin Cook, mother of four young children and nationally renowned glassblower, bites off more than she can chew when she agrees to co-chair a huge benefit concert on Nantucket. Sheila is asked to chair the Nantucket's Children Summer Gala, at least in part because she is the former high-school sweetheart of world-famous rock star Max West.

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

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a long winded affair

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.

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Why not to have an affair! Summer or not!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Only of they were looking for a light read or if deciding whether an affair would be a good idea!

What other book might you compare A Summer Affair to and why?

I can't think of another book to compare it with at this time.

What about Isabel Keating’s performance did you like?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No only because I don't have the time.

Any additional comments?

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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disappointed in story line

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!

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a summer drag

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.

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summer affair

the narrator did a fabulous job. I enjoyed her Irish accent. the story was very predictable.

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Terrible

I normally enjoy Elin Hilderbrand books, but this one was terrible. The lead character is dumber than dirt, I was completely frustrated with this book

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Bummer

This is the first book I have read/listened to by this author. Need less to say I was very disappointed.

The ending was so abrupt I went back and read twice after listening twice. I was thinking I was missing something, but no it just ends.

I may try another by this author at some point but not today.

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  • 03-30-19

I liked

I liked the story, but didn't love it. It was good, interesting, and a bit different, but kind of a typical love story. Anyway, I don't regret purchasing, but I probably will not listen again. Love the narrator though! She's absolutely one of my fav's.

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It was okay

Love listening to Elin Hildeebrand novels but this was one was not my favorite by far. Narrator was okay. Main character was whiny and hard to sympathize with. Almost quit it in the middle but hate not finishing books I started. Ending left lot of questions unanswered.

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Annoying Characters

The only one I was rooting for was the chandelier. The Characters were as follows and in no particular order: selfish, self righteous, whiny, needy, bland and dumb as a rock. If you are in the mood to be aggravated buy this audio book, if you are already aggravated...skip it

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  • NellMcMH
  • 04-05-19

'Gay-lah', 'Gall-a' or 'Gar-la'...

Yes it's all about the pronounciation!

Subjective, I know, but the word appears so often in this book, delivered in an overall tone that makes Andie McDowell seem positively animated and I just can't take it any more. As I say, it's subjective but the voice is SO important to the listening - can make or break the impression of everything else about the book - that, although the storyline is quite intriguing, I can't bring myself to tough it out to the end. Oh, and I agree about the terrible Oirish... Do I need to add that I'll be returning it....?

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  • Ms. C. M. O'meara
  • 04-04-15

A Summer Affair

This was ok but mostly I was offended by the terrible Oirish accent that Siobhan was given. Otherwise 'twas ok.