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Every summer the Newton family retreats to their beloved home on Nantucket for three months of sunshine, cookouts, and bonfires on the beach. But this summer will not be like any other. When Arch Newton, a prominent New York attorney, dies in a plane crash on his way home from a business trip, his beautiful widow, Beth, can barely keep things together. Above all, though, she decides that she must continue the family tradition of going to Nantucket, and at the same time fulfill a promise that Arch made before he died.

Beth invites Marcus, the son of Arch’s final and most challenging client, to spend the summer with her and her teenage twins, Winnie and Garrett, who have mixed reactions to sharing their special summer place with this stranger. Always a place of peace before, Nantucket becomes the scene of roiling emotions and turbulent passions as Marcus, Winnie, and Garrett learn about loss, first love, and betrayal. And when they stumble upon a shocking secret from Beth’s past, they must keep it from destroying the family they’ve been trying so hard to heal.

©2003 Elin Hilderbrand (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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Excellent and relaxing read!

What did you love best about Summer People?

Real life situations in a beautiful scenery of Nantucket. Elin Hilderbrand gives a beautiful setting but with all the books I have read they are true to life situations. This one I thought each character played his/ her part with excellence. Always she grabs my attention from chapter 1!!

What other book might you compare Summer People to and why?

I can't compare it to any other book. Elin has a way of writing each of her books with a fresh storyline.

Which scene was your favorite?

It's difficult to choose one scene since I enjoyed the entire audio. I think Pipers explanation of babies compared to Beth's was surprising to me. Beth being a Mother I would have thought she would know the facts of real life growing inside of you but Piper was much more mature about this. That was impressive. The ending was excellent and complete not leaving me dangle to finish my own ending!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I think all and all it was a serious book not one with laughter. Bringing Beth's husband's ashes to Nantucket and getting through his death along with Marcus whose Mother was being defended in a murder trial by Archer; Beth's husband and the way the family did not blame Marcus's Mother for the death was a touching element of surprise.

Any additional comments?

I liked the way the relationships continued even after their leaving Nantucket at the end of the summer; it provided depth to the storyline.

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  • Danielle
  • st paul, MN, United States
  • 02-15-13

Elin Hilderbrand is fantastic!

I usually prefer not to get books that are not "hot off the press" but this does not disappoint! It is lovely, sweet, painful, and touches the heart!

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  • DFW
  • South MS
  • 07-20-18

Elin Does It Again

Really enjoyed this book. The characters were complex and the story kept developing without even one boring moment. EH is becoming one of my very favorite authors. Worth the credit.

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Realistic fiction

The main character Beth Newton firmly believes that every man, woman, and child is entitled to one secret. Naturally one of the plot lines of this book involves what her secret is and what happens when it's revealed. Beth is spending the summer in Nantucket with her 17 year old twins Garret and Winnie and another unrelated boy named Marcus. I really enjoy Elin Hilderbrand's books because I feel like I am on Nantucket, too, with her beautifully descriptive style of writing. I liked the characters and felt the dialogue was believable. This is another great summer read.

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I'm returning it

If I could have given it 0 stars for performance, I would have. I felt that the narration was stilted, and the voices she tried to create for the characters were annoying. As I was trying to get lost in the story, I couldn't stop being reminded how bad it sounded. It was like she was reading the book for the first time. Pauses in the wrong place, like when a child hits the end of a line. I only made it partway through chapter 2 when I decided that I had had enough. The story might have been decent once it got rolling, but the narrator was not going to get me there. AND, the frequent "she said" "and then "he said" was the icing on the cake.

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Glad this wasn’t my first

So glad this wasn’t my first book by this author. Sorry I spent the money. It was difficult to listen to the entire book.

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Good writing, good narration

Well written and well developed story, characters are believable and likable. Plot develops well. My first book by this author. Enjoyed the experience. I liked the way the mother in the story handled situations pragmatically, not led by emotion. I liked the character named Marcus, and his story.

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Good story

Any additional comments?

The narration took a bit of time to get used to. The story is good, but dragged on a bit at some points. A good book but not my favorite in comparison to other books by Elin Hiilderbrand.

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  • Mary
  • Lutz, FL, United States
  • 09-30-12

It was ok

Any additional comments?

This was an ok book. Easy listen but did not have my attention the whole time. Some characters were too predictable.

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