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Publisher's Summary

In this juicy first novel by Elin Hilderbrand, a series of personal dramas are played out during one summer at a Nantucket Beach Club. It's about the love of summer, summer love, and the special feelings we all have for that special summer place - in this case, a hotel and an island.

Mack Petersen, manager of the hotel, has been working at The Beach Club for 12 summers. Only this summer is different. His boss, the owner of the hotel, Bill Elliot, shows up in the spring with a new set of demands. His girlfriend, Maribel, is pressing Mack to get married and Vance, the African-American bellman, who has hated Mack since the day Mack stole his job 12 years ago, threatens him in a deadly scene. Mack knows something's got to give.

Love O'Donnell, the new front desk person straight from the slopes of Aspen, is desperately searching for a stranger to father her child. The bellman, Jem Crandall, who posed as Mr. November in his college calendar, is on his way to LA to break into agenting, until he falls in love with Maribel. Emotions are at a peak when a hurricane threatens to wash away The Beach Club and all it stands for.

An engrossing, sexy novel that will sweep you away to the beach any time of the year.

©2000 Elin Hilderbrand (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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Wonderful

Loved it. Got me thru 2 long drives to and from a doctor's appointment beautifully., as well as worry over looming surgery. A lovely read. A great escape. Thank you Elin for keeping me entertained.

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Wonderful Escape

I love Elin Hilderbrand's books! I get to listen to a lifestyle that is so different from mine and feel as if I am there.

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  • Danielle
  • st paul, MN, United States
  • 05-01-13

Beach or no beach, an Excellent Listen!

This is the first of Hilderbrand's novels and it's easy to see why she became loved by many. Her books take place on the small island of Nantucket but each novel has its own plot, not an alteration of the same old story as is the case with some best-selling authors.

This story is based in a successful family-owned hotel/beach club and the dynamics of family, employees and guests are fun and intriguing. There are many characters in the story, each unique enough in their own relationships with one another to show different facets of their personalities. Very good book, glad I came across it!

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  • Terry
  • Waynesville, NC, United States
  • 08-20-13

What a great listen!

Would you listen to The Beach Club again? Why?

Yes!

What did you like best about this story?

Mack Peterson is a great character! It is interesting to watch him struggle with his life choices.

What does Christina Delaine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator does a wonderful job differentiating the characters.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Not my favorite

My least favorite of her books. Did not enjoy the storyline or characters. Try her other books because she has some wonderful novels about Nantucket.

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Love!

Great story! Didn't want it to end! Would love a sequel to see how the characters lives continue.

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a sweet tale

I liked getting to know the characters and their stories. I'm looking forward to reading more from series.

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I usually like her books... But this one hard to get engaged in. it was very detailed and had alot of different plotlines. I couldn't finish it.

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Elin's First Novel - Fantastic!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Beach Club to be better than the print version?

Yes, Christina Delaine's performance brought the story to life for me.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I don't have a particular favorite character.

What does Christina Delaine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her expressive voice. Christina makes each character interesting and "knowable".

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I wouldn't make a film of this book. The book is good and who knows what the quality of a movie would be. Leave well enough alone!

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Loved this audio!

If you could sum up The Beach Club in three words, what would they be?

Scenery, relationships and sequel needed.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Again I liked all the characters. Each did their placement in the audio well.

Which character – as performed by Christina Delaine – was your favorite?

Lacey

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

No I really liked to savor the entirety of each step of the book.

Any additional comments?

It had a great story line; I felt like I was there.