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The Island by Elin Hiderbrand book review

Another book sent over to me by my fangirl bestie from across the pond and crazy twin Stephanie



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. It’s a summertime story only Elin Hilderbrand can tell, filled with the heartache, laughter, and surprises that have made her page-turning, bestselling novels as much a part of summer as a long afternoon on a sunny beach

There was not a single thing that I didn’t love about this book. Wonderfully written with characters that I truly cared about. I loved how the author spoke from the perspective of the four women this book centers around; Birdie, Chess and Tate’s mother and the matriarch; India, her sister, whose flamboyant and artistic; Chess, her oldest daughter who is going through her own personal hell; and Tate, her youngest daughter whose been in love with the Island’s caretaker, Barrett Lee since she was a teenager.

We watch these four women as their lives completely change and how each of them react to it. I loved the symmetry between the two sets of sisters and the tragedies that befell each of them. It kept me intrigued, guessing and wanting more.
I love Elin’s writing and can’t wait to read another. I have one more book that Stephanie sent me of her’s to read, A Summer Affair and I can’t wait to read that one either. (I’ve already read Summerland)

Each book of her’s contains a tragedy of somesort and I love how all the characters involved deal with them. And all the charaters you can relate too because the tragedy’s have affected all of them in their own way. Chess was easy to relate too because of her depression. I could relate to her correlating moods and how low you can get because I suffer from it too. And as for the others… You felt everything they were feeling too and their problems soon became yours.

I did love this book but there was one little thing that bugged me… the word ‘said’ was used too much haha. That’s the only thing I can find fault with.

Elin always manages to put a message across to her readers; that no matter how hard life can get, you can always pick yourself up from it through the people who love you.


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