The Island

The Island

A Novel

Large Print - 2010
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A summertime story only Elin Hilderbrand can tell: a family in upheaval after a cancelled wedding fill an island summer with heartache, laughter, and surprises.




Birdie Cousins has thrown herself into the details of her daughter Chess's lavish wedding, from the floating dance floor in her Connecticut back yard to the color of the cocktail napkins. Like any mother of a bride-to-be, she is weathering the storms of excitement and chaos, tears and joy. But Birdie, a woman who prides herself on preparing for every possibility, could never have predicted the late-night phone call from Chess, abruptly announcing that she's cancelled her engagement.




It's only the first hint of what will be a summer of upheavals and revelations. Before the dust has even begun to settle, far worse news arrives, sending Chess into a tailspin of despair. Reluctantly taking a break from the first new romance she's embarked on since the recent end of her 30-year marriage, Birdie circles the wagons and enlists the help of her younger daughter Tate and her own sister India. Soon all four are headed for beautiful, rustic Tuckernuck Island, off the coast of Nantucket, where their family has summered for generations. No phones, no television, no grocery store - a place without distractions where they can escape their troubles.




But throw sisters, daughters, ex-lovers, and long-kept secrets onto a remote island, and what might sound like a peaceful getaway becomes much more. Before summer has ended, dramatic truths are uncovered, old loves are rekindled, and new loves make themselves known.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2010
Edition: 1st large print ed
ISBN: 9780316085137
Branch Call Number: LP FIC HIL
LP FIC HIL
Characteristics: 614 p. (large print) ; 25 cm

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cnairn
Feb 07, 2019

when is the 2nd installment coming for the paradise trilogy???????

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adweina
Jul 18, 2016

This was an easy, light summer read that kept my interest and made me want to keep turning the pages. It is the first Elin Hilderbrand book I have read and I will read more.

carolinevig5 Jun 25, 2015

Beach read. The writing isn't terrible and the story is good enough, but I'm not running back for more.

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toria53
Jan 14, 2015

I just love all of her books, I can hardly wait for my daily fill of pleasure that I get from reading Elin's novels !! I have read 4 so far and am looking forward to reading them all :)

mrsgail5756 Dec 18, 2013

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

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tarabooks95
Mar 18, 2013

loved this book!!

sharonb122 May 19, 2012

I enjoyed this book as I enjoy all of Hilderbrand's novels. A good summer read: interesting, well enough written and with some substance, but not too deep. Explores grief and, of course, love. Sometimes I thought the 30 year old daughters to act more like teens, but perhaps I have forgotten how immature I was at that age. Helderbrand did show growth in all the characters.

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8217549
Sep 15, 2011

this book is terrific. well written. interesting story.

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cbreads2009
Aug 16, 2011

walk group july 2011 book

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ready2read
Aug 09, 2011

Perfect beach reading material. A mother, two daughters and the mother's sister plan to spend a month at their Island cottage. It has been unused for 13 years but these ladies need to get rid of some old problems and take on some new ones and all while doing some serious bonding. The isolation and lack of luxuries make it difficult to avoid each other or their problems.. Sometimes I found it hard to make a connection to the characters---they are all from that world of fabulous high paying jobs, country clubs and wealth. All things in consideration though it is a good summer read.

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