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Publisher's Summary

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

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Meh. Nothing particularly special about this book.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Therese Plummer?

The narrator was the best part of the book, so yes, I would listen to Therese Plummer again.

Could you see Beautiful Day being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Unfortunately, I could not see this being made into a movie or tv series. Actually, I'm not quite sure how it made it into a book.

Any additional comments?

Meh, is the best word I can think of to describe this book. Generally, I love Elin Hilderbrand, but this one just didn't quite do it for me.

It started out strong with a notebook that the deceased mother had written to her youngest daughter for when she would be married since she knew she wouldn't be around to see it, but after awhile it became annoying how the mother pretty much dictated this poor girl's entire wedding and the drama that unfolds is a bit entertaining, but nothing to call home about.

There are so many characters that I found it a bit difficult to keep up with everyone and all their family & extended family.

Unfortunately, I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A good summer read (although slightly flawed)

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."

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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My new favorite!

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.

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Loved it!

Narrator was my favorite so far! Loved everything about this book! Highly recommend for lovers of family stories! Love Nantucket!

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dont like any of the characters

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

can't seem to like any of the characters.

What three words best describe Therese Plummer’s voice?

read well

What character would you cut from Beautiful Day?

all of them and start over

Any additional comments?

this author is usually good. disappointed with this one

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The last page?? Huge build-up/ huge disappointment

This is my third book by Elin Hilderbrand and my least favorite. I usually find myself liking the characters and being able to relate to them but I just couldn't in this book. First of all, Jenna's meltdown was beyond childish. I wanted to slap her the whole time and tell her to grow tf up. Second, I mean come on...the notebook is nice and all but the mother totally dictated her daughters entire wedding which was a bit selfish. And third, omg the build-up throughout the entire book about what was written on the last page was a total let down. I had to rewind to make sure I heard it correctly. Nothing special...just one last bit of advice. Overall the book was good but was annoyed several times throughout. On a good note, the book has taught me to allow my daughters to have the wedding of THEIR dreams when the times comes, not mine...

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Beautiful Day

This book was good but it has a lot of characters. Sometimes hard to keep up with.

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Beautiful day

This book is amazing!! Wonderful plotline and a book that could teach us all which something about relationships and marriage.

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Loved this audio book!

I really, thoroughly enjoyed listening and reading along with Audible! The characters were so likeable, even in a way, Helen Oppenheimer! Can't wait to move on to the next Elin Hildebrand book!

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Entertaining, great commute book.

Except that the narrator does not pronounce Sankaty correctly :) A few other words were mispronounced as well.