Summer and Elin Hildebrand go together like beaches and great reads. I get excited every summer to see what Elin will come up with next. In 28 Summers, I was not disappointed – a unique intro to each chapter, a fun story surrounding Nantucket and I am all in! ~Sheila
When Mallory Blessing inherits a Beach Cottage on Nantucket, she is more than happy to host her brother Cooper’s bachelorette party. What follows the evening of the party is anything but planned, and leaves Mallory in an awkward situation, alone at the cottage with Cooper’s College buddy, Jake. Or is it awkward? In reality, Mallory finds Jake to be kind and charming, and someone she is a more than a little attracted to. The feeling is mutual.
While life pulls them in very different directions, Mallory and Jake make a decision to meet up each year just like in the classic film, Same Time Next Year which they both enjoy. What follows is 28 years of life happenings, wishes and dreams, and the reality of living separate lives 51 weeks out of the year.
I am a BIG fan of Hilderbrand’s books. While never heavy, they are engaging and I loved the 28 Summers theme and how each chapter starts with the highlights of that year. I listened to this one on audio and was so captivated I often hung out in my car a little longer than I should have in grocery store parking lots and in my garage – just to hear what was going to happen next.
While Hilderbrand’s books are usually (if not always) centered around a Nantucket setting, they are never a “cookie cutter” format and each one I have read I found to be refreshing and captivating. If you have not experienced this author I highly recommend you do, and if you have experienced this author yet not this book – I think you will enjoy the story around 28 Summers.