28 Summers Audio CD – Unabridged, 16 June 2020
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- Publisher : Little Brown and Company; Unabridged edition (16 June 2020)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1549159542
- ISBN-13 : 978-1549159541
- Dimensions : 13.34 x 1.27 x 17.15 cm
- Customer Reviews:
"In her twenty-fifth novel, Hilderbrand gets everything right...Oh for the days when life was a picnic on the beach: Hilderbrand sets the gold standard in escapist fiction."-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred reviewe)"
"A sun-drenched treat."-- "People"
"This propulsive...love story is filled with empathetically portrayed flawed characters. Prolific Hilderbrand has crafted another endearing work of women's fiction."-- "Booklist"
About the Author
Elin Hilderbrand is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including the Nantucket series, the Winter series, and over a dozen stand-alone novels, as well as two novellas. Her book Barefoot won the 2008 Romantic Novel of the Year Award.
Erin Bennett is an Earphones Award-winning narrator and a stage actress who played Carlie Roberts in the BBC radio drama Torchwood: Submission. She can be heard on several video games. Regional theater appearances include the Intiman, Pasadena Playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company, A Noise Within, Laguna Playhouse, and the Getty Villa. She trained at Boston University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
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I loved the character of Mallory, so much. She is such a wonderful human being, a great mother, a fabulous teacher, fantastic cook......and borrows someone else's husband once a year. It is a surprisingly complex tale, actually. I don't think that Jake and Mallory are automatically terrible people for doing what they do. They both try to do the best they can, every step of the way.
I liked the recap of each year that started each chapter, that was very interesting. Not being American, I had to look up some of them but it brought back lots of memories for me, I have to say.
All in all, this was a story worth reading and I am very happy that I did. Have some tissues handy for the ending though, you will need them!
5 stars from me.
Thank you to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company.
Hilderbrand’s nostalgic storytelling really draws you into Mallory & Jake’s love affair that spans over many years and through various life & worldly events. I couldn’t help but be swept up in all of the emotions of their special connection as well as the idyllic Nantucket setting, which I now want to visit.
While I personally didn’t agree with the paths they took and the decisions they made, Jake & Mallory’s relationship came across as quite authentic and I was so invested hoping they’d find happiness together despite knowing what we know in the synopsis.
I loved that each chapter was introduced with pop culture references from that year and it was wonderful to take a trip down memory lane as Jake & Mallory’s love story unfolded. 28 Summers is more of a slow burn & immersive type of read that I savoured over several days and that will test your moral compass and have you considering what you would do if faced with similar circumstances.
28 Summers was my first Elin Hilderbrand book but it definitely won’t be my last, I can see why her books make popular holiday or summer TBR picks.
Top reviews from other countries
I also did not appreciate the lengthy and not necessary to the plot fake Kavanaugh hearing virtue signalling portion of the book.
Mallory's brother Cooper provides a well drawn foil for her enduring 28 year relationship with Jake - he is married four or five times within those three decades.
I did find it odd that the mean girl characters - Ursula and Leland - were allowed to thrive while poor Linc is left without his mother or grandparents at the age of 18.
I liked the 'what we are talking about' sections at the start of each paragraph - although strangely Trump's name is absent, perhaps a conscious decision.
Looking forward to Erin's second novel of 2020, where she tackles the impact of a hurricane on the Caribbean island of St John.