Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand

Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages: 400
Format: ARC

Goodreads:  It’s June 15th, the night of Nantucket High School graduation. Four juniors are driving home from a party when something goes horribly wrong and there is a crash. The driver of the car, Penny Alistair, is killed, and her twin brother, Hobby Alistair, is left in a coma. Penny’s boyfriend, Jake Randolph, and Penny’s friend Demeter Castle are unhurt–but suffer tremendous emotional damage. Jake and his family move to the other side of the globe–to the west coast of Australia–in order to escape the horrors of the accident. Demeter falls prey to alcohol abuse and other self-destructive behaviors that nearly lead to her destroying her own life. 

SUMMERLAND delves into the circumstances surrounding this accident, the roots of which lie deep in the past, with the first interactions between these four friends and their parents. It’s a novel about how tragedy affects individuals, families, and the island community as a whole, and how healing can happen, in even the most devastating circumstances.

Ope’s Opinion:  I waited in line at BEA for this book.  It was so worth the wait.  This is another wonderful Elin Hilderbrand book!  She is an awesome writer.  This book builds slowly and you fall in love with the characters.  It is a “you can’t put it down” book.   Hearing the events from different voices made me understand an individuals reaction to what was going on around them.  It gave me some back ground for that person, which explained their perspective.  I will read more of Elin. 

Rating: Four chairs: I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.


FTC – Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from BEA.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


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