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How steamy is it? Sizzling

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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  • 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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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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  • 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.

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Unlikeable characters

This was my third book from this author. I had a hard time because I found the characters unlikeable and unrealistic.

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Great Story

I love Elin Hilderbrands books and this one is no different! The story is great, the characters, the plot and the narrator. I can't wait for more credits to keep listening!

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Enjoyable

This wasn't a super exciting book, but I enjoyed it the entire time. The ending was a little anticlimactic but not bad. Enjoyed the characters and the situations they were in.

I did not care for the narrator. She wasn't horrible, but she was slow and some of her voices ruined the character for me. I put it on 1.25x and it helped.

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Love the characters

Loved the characters in this book. Many different layers and story lines that make the book interesting!

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Love the Beach club

Just loved the story told in Nantucket
Island. Also lived how it told about lots of different people and how they tie together. Great writing and exciting too .

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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.