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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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  • Laurie
  • Florence, KY, United States
  • 09-03-12

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • PJ
  • 01-28-15

Never dissappointed

Loved this book, live this author !
I feel like I was on the island crying and laughing with them all,

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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 .

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  • Joy
  • Midlothian, IL, United States
  • 08-07-12

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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Gentle story

Might be described as a "summer read". I thought the story was interesting and moved quickly. The narration was excellent. It's the kind of book that makes you think about the baggage people carry around without anyone knowing and it makes you wonder about secrets you may never know. Not exactly a feel-good kind of book but satisfying in the way it all gets resolved.

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  • DIANE
  • Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada
  • 07-12-12

Dysfunctional family forum

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.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Danna
  • ATLANTA, GA, United States
  • 07-18-13

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

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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