28 Summers

Published Date:16th Jun 2020
Publisher:Little, Brown and Company
ISBN:9780316420044
Format:Hardcover
Number of Pages:432 Pages
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About Elin Hilderbrand
Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children. She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for her five previous novels. Hilderbrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa.Facebook.com/ElinHilderbrandPinterest.com/ElinHilderbrand

28 Summers Overview

By the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Summer of '69: Their secret love affair has lasted for decades -- but this could be the summer that changes everything.

When Mallory Blessing's son, Link, receives deathbed instructions from his mother to call a number on a slip of paper in her desk drawer, he's not sure what to expect. But he certainly does not expect Jake McCloud to answer. It's the late spring of 2020 and Jake's wife, Ursula DeGournsey, is the frontrunner in the upcoming Presidential election.

There must be a mistake, Link thinks. How do Mallory and Jake know each other?

Flash back to the sweet summer of 1993: Mallory has just inherited a beachfront cottage on Nantucket from her aunt, and she agrees to host her brother's bachelor party. Cooper's friend from college, Jake McCloud, attends, and Jake and Mallory form a bond that will persevere -- through marriage, children, and Ursula's stratospheric political rise -- until Mallory learns she's dying.

Based on the classic film Same Time Next Year (which Mallory and Jake watch every summer), 28 Summers explores the agony and romance of a one-weekend-per-year affair and the dramatic ways this relationship complicates and enriches their lives, and the lives of the people they love.

28 Summers Reviews

  • Romantic love is messy in “28 Summers”. .....This was my first experience reading (listening) to a book by Elin Hilderbrand. I finally got curious because “28 Summers” has been the number one best seller on the New York Times list for weeks—- maybe months! I’ve only read a few of the 33,000 reviews....But..I was wondering if other readers thought ‘The Blazer’ ( car, not jacket)....was an underdog rockstar, character? Ha! I kinda did. The ending was sad— The entire book was kind of sad—but.....entertaining & engaging.These addictive types make wonderful companions while walking, cooking, gardening, pool soaking, and...letting our mind absorb the dramatic-soap-opera-ish storytelling - (the humanness of human flaws),and contemplate the various shenanigans. The descriptions of the characters, the town, the food, parties, the weddings, the special intimate-Labor Day weekends rendezvouses,were well written. The emotions were too: [desires, jealousy, regrets, secrets, love, loss, anger, fears, sadness, guilt],were heartfelt, and compelling.Again: well written! Readers gets to look at the consequences —of a secret life. One weekend, once a year, for 28 years…is really stretching things.....But that’s the wonderful world of fiction. This book would have put Paul right to sleep. I admit liking it — but maybe it’s a little bit like Chinese food ( ha, which Jake and Mallory ate once a year every Sunday night)....It’s good going down… but hour later you’re hungry for something else.
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  • I don't have the words for how much I loved this book. This is a book for anyone -- from the totally hopeless sixteen-year-old romantic still waiting to fall in love, to the long-settled middle aged person who has a little bit of the hopeless romantic left in them, to the most cynical reader of any age or gender who normally does not read romances. I seriously dare anyone to be unmoved by this book.This book is about Mallory and Jake, who meet and almost immediately fall in love, but the circumstances are never right for them to be together. So they agree to meet once a year in Nantucket, in the same way the lead actors in the movie "Same Time Next Year" met every year. They continue this one weekend a year romance tover 28 years. They continue even as Jake marries an up-and-coming female politician, even as both have children, even as their lives take different twists and turns. Though it never seems to be the right time for one or the other of them to make a permanent move to be together, they both always want to, and Jake always shows up at Mallory's cottage in Nantucket every Labor Day weekend, no matter what.The book begins with this so it's not really a spoiler: it's 2020, Mallory has cancer and she wants to see Jake. The book then backs all the way up to the first summer Mallory and Jake met and all the 28 summers of their love affair since.I absolutely loved both Mallory and Jake. The characters were beautifully drawn. I even came to love some of the less lovable characters, like Ursula, by the end. The plot is so well-done, the characters so great, and the 28 summers woven beautifully through the story.I am a slightly demanding reader of novels classified as "romance" or "chick lit." I don't read just every one that comes along. I need them to have a strong emotional center, great writing, exceptional characters, and I need them to deliver something more than just sex. This book has all that and more. I loved every minute of this book and did not want it to end....but at the same time, found I was turning pages at a fast and furious pace.This is my favorite Elin Hilderbrand book so far. Though often referred to as "beach reads," and though it is true they are compulsively readable and page-turning, Hilderbrand's books don't get the credit they are due for the quality of the writing. This one was perfection. It went straight to my heart and will probably stay there for some time.Big thanks to Little, Brown, NetGalley, and Elin Hilderbrand for the advance copy of a wonderful book. I'd also love to see this book get made into a movie.
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  • I feel sad. I’m deeply sad. I am just sitting on the floor, giving blank looks to the walls for at least 40 minutes. I feel like somebody vacuumed the last pieces of my energy. I liked the book and I didn’t like how it made me feel. I always enjoy Hilderbrand books, taking you a marvelous tour around Nantucket: she can sell me house with her photographic, detailed descriptions, help me smell the salt coming from the sea, the hot sand covering my feet, soft breeze brushing my shoulders, make me hear the sunbathing mother calling their children who swim a little far to join her for picnic. When I read the blurb about forbidden love story, I knew this book would break my heart so bad. There is no need to be clairvoyant to realize it: and as I expected, it did, it hurt me a lot. Normally I don’t like to read about cheating or lying couples and of course I always feel bad for both of the women: who has been cheated and who has been labeled as other woman. But... at this book, I really loved the characters so much and the journey between 1993 and 2020, the pack between two lovers: Mallory and her brother’s best buddy Jack to spend only 3 days and repeat their special ritual every Labor Day, their inseparability, their routines about doing exact same things, their thick and special bond make you cry and you feel the knife stab deeper in your heart as they part their ways after three days later to return back to their lives, on families, careers, realities. Till one day Mallory gets sick and tells her son Link to call a number which belongs to Jack who is now the husband of Ursula DeGournsey running for presidency. I loved the characters. Interestingly you don’t choose a part at this book: everybody is right from their side of the story. The writing was also heartfelt, extremely poignant and beautiful but as I said before it was depressive and intense. And of course because of Ursula’s special occupation (!?) it was more political than the author’s other works. And from the beginning we know how the story will end. So that fact made me lose my interest but I was already hooked with the characters and 28 years long secret summer love premise. I was expecting to read a feel-good, summer read but right now, I don’t feel any good and during my read, I already consumed a dozen paper rolls so there is no tear left to shed for me. I feel just numb. I’m giving four hiccuping, sobbing, weeping , red rimmed stars! I think I should keep sitting on the floor without moving till someone carry me to the other room and give me a glass of Chardonnay to break my shitty mood.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter
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  • WOW. This is the best book I've read in a LONG time. I'm absolutely blown away.Mallory's aunt leaves her a cottage in Nantucket when she unexpectedly passes away. At a point in her life where Mallory is able to pick up and relocate, she decides to take advantage of the opportunity and move to Nantucket. Once on the island, she falls in love with the beach, the slower pace of life, and the cottage that brings back many happy memories. Mallory's brother Cooper is getting married and he wants to have a little getaway weekend with his friends. When he suggests staying with Mallory over Labor Day weekend, she's elated and more than happy to host Cooper and his two groomsmen, Fray and Jake. Mallory's BFF also decides to crash that weekend when she learns that her ex-boyfriend, Fray will be on the island.Cooper's fiance makes it her mission to ruin Cooper's weekend and he doesn't even last the day, refusing to let a weekend with the guys ruin his marriage before it starts. Leland, Fray's ex, decides to play with his emotions - making out with him at the beginning of the night and then leaving him for a group of friends later in the weekend. More charmed by her NYC friends' money and power, she ditches Mallory too. Fray, upset and drunk, nearly drowns and calls it a weekend as well, leaving Jake and Mallory alone.And so begins their love affair. At first, the weekend is fun and flirty. Two young adults enjoying summer and each other's company. As the weekend fast approaches its end, the two make a "same time next year" pact they agree to hold to no matter what. The rules are that they don't talk during the year at all unless someone gets engaged, gets married, has a child, or dies.Every Labor Day weekend for twenty-eight years, Jake and Mallory hold to their promise. As life throws wrenches every which way to interfere with their plans, nothing stops them from their three days of bliss each Labor Day weekend. Even when they both have a child, Jake gets married, Mallory commits to other men, and Jake's wife enters politics, Labor Day weekend in theirs.It was amazing to me how I strongly I felt for these characters. Hildebrand weaves a rich story full of history and passion. Even though the premise was horrifying to me (cheating on your spouse every single year with the same woman), I was still pulled in by the romanticism of the idea. Hildebrand used a variety of strategies to keep us rooting for Mallory and Jake, even when we weren't necessarily on board with what they were doing. I particularly loved how each summer opened up with what was going on that year in the world. The fun pop culture references brought me back and some of the points were well place foreshadowing tools. I also really liked the political aspect, especially that there were ribbons of truth but the actual politicians were fictitious. This was a beach read but it wasn't light. With strong themes such as infidelity, loss of a loved one, divorce, the #metoo movement, feminism, and so much more, this is a fantastic book for a bookclub. I can't recommend this book enough and it's without a doubt my favorite Hildebrand novel to date!
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  • ☀☀☀ 4.5 𝙨𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙩 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙝𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙨 ☀☀☀I don't ever read books of this genre so my review should be taken with a grain of salt - or sand! -since I have nothing to compare 28 Summers to. I adored Mallory and Jake's secret relationship! It was so touching and uplifting! I found them both somewhat emotionally stunted and I doubt their love could have survived beyond their Labour Day bubble but it was perfect for them. I enjoyed watching the progression of all the characters over three decades, and I also enjoyed the displays of friendship, forgiveness, grief and acceptance. What I don't enjoy is political propaganda in a fiction book but I wasn't 𝙩𝙤𝙤 bothered by it here just because it was used to reflect Ursula's character and I didn't feel the author was trying to force feed me her views. So I guess my only complaint about this wonderful book is the ending. Besides the fact that I found it slightly, err.... corny is that I think that had the 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩 chapter not spoiler-ed the 𝙡𝙖𝙨𝙩 chapter then it would have been more effective.
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  • I am so bummed to be done with this book, but at the same time was racing to finish it to see how it ended. I LOVED this book. I am already rearranging in my head my list of top 10 that I have read so far this year to make room for this one. I did it on audio and the narrator was fantastic! A perfect fit for this story. Admittedly this is my first book by Elin Hilderbrand, and will not be my last. I know I must have been living under a rock. I do feel it will set the bar a little too high off the bat but will try to keep that in mind going forward with her other pieces of work. This book is based on the film “Same Time, Next Year”, and yes I intend to watch it. For 28 Summers Mallory and Jake not only watch the movie every Labor Day weekend, they also have a one-weekend-per-year affair. No communication. No calls, no texts, and no emails until they see each other the “same time next year”! So let's begin with the elephant in the room. The "affair". Even the synopsis tells us they have an affair. I think in order to really enjoy this book you may need to overcome that hurdle. If you can't get past the moral aspect for a fiction book your experience may not be the same. I jumped that hurdle and then dove right into this one and I really enjoyed it. I can't say I loved most of the decisions both the main characters made over the course of the years, but isn't that life. We make decisions, we make mistakes, we carry on with life, we move forward. But somehow despite not loving their decisions I loved them as characters and loved them together and their long weekend each year. I found them to be normally flawed and real and this in turn made them all the more believable and relatable. I loved the chapter set up and how the author put us in each year as if we were there by noting historical news events and pop culture trends. I loved the references to books that fit the timelines and took special note of many of them that I had read or now intend to read. These touches within the chapters were unique in my opinion. While the overall concept of the book isn't entirely unique and original I think she did a great job of making it her own. It took me a few chapters to get used to the writing style, in places it was more like bullet points and observations, but it really grew on me and was fitting for the way their relationship was documented. The short bursts of information and updates matched the short bursts of time their relationship had. Each year I was curious to see how the Labor Day weekend would come into play and how it would present itself and it did so seemlessly, year after year. I was amazed at how little they genuinely knew about each other due to the restrictions they imposed on themselves for not contacting each other in between their annual weekend. I really liked the ending and have already recommended this book to friends and family. I can't wait to choose another book by this author.
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  • This is my introduction to Elin Hilderbrand, an author that I am aware is loved by many and after reading this, an epic love story set mainly in Nantucket that just tugs on your heartstrings, I can understand why. It begins with Mallory Blessing, on her deathbed, asking her precious 19 year old son, Link, to call a phone number on a piece of paper she has kept in her desk drawer. Link has no idea who he is calling, but is so shocked when it is answered by Jake McCloud, the husband of the American presidential candidate, Ursula DeGournsey, that he ends the call. How could his mother possibly know Jake? Jake calls back and, on hearing the news that Mallory is dying, says he is coming. Mallory and Jake have been seeing each other for 28 summers, meeting but once a year, over Labor weekend, replicating aspects of their first summer meeting in Nantucket in 1993 that become traditional, when Jake accompanied his best friend, Cooper, Mallory's brother, with friend Fray, coming to visit Mallory, at the beach cottage she had inherited from her Aunt Greta. They come to emulate the well known film, Same Time, Next Year, having separate lives, never contacting each other but for that once yearly meeting. The two of them know what they have is important, life changing and worth fighting for, as they commit to see each other once a year without fail, no matter what, throughout their lives, and indeed, despite the apparently insurmountable issues that conspire at times to ruin their plans, they manage to religiously keep their appointment. Starting in 1993, the narrative enacts their summers as the years go by, as they grow older, get married, have children, a love that costs Jake his best friend, and costs Mallory her longest friend from childhood, the more selfish and ambitious Leland Gladstone.This is story of an epic emotive love, perhaps one that never loses its sheen and lustre through the humdrum and fractious every day lives of many marriages and relationships through time. Mallory and Jake know they love each other, even if it is a secret love, there is nothing that will stop them meeting, and, given the beginning of the novel, we know that we are in for a heartbreaking and tearful ending. Hilderbrand creates characters we come to care about, a love we believe in, the world shifts and changes, but their love remains, strong, trusted, never once in question, all playing out amidst the background of the most wonderful of locations, Nantucket, a perfect slice of paradise. Many thanks to Hodder and Stoughton for an ARC.
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  • A Brilliant Saga for All Ages! Emotional and tear-jerking “28 Summers” by Elin Hilderband is a story that is captivating, compelling and all consuming.The love affair between Mallory Blessing and Jake McCloud begins in 1993, when Mallory’s brother, Cooper and his two best friends Fray and Jake visit Mallory in Nantucket on Labor Day weekend. Left to their own devices, romance ensues between Mallory and Jake. It is then that a promise is made ala “Same Time Next Year” wherein the two make a pact to be together every year in Nantucket on Labor Day weekend, no matter what. This story follows Jake and Mallory’s lives for 28 years, through which the two have no contact except for the 3 days during Labor Day Weekend. When they are together, their hearts are one, each moment cherished. It is love: unabashed, romantic, deep and abiding, yet it only lasts for one weekend a year. Thereafter, we follow their lives and we discover how their affair impacts their family and friends for the next 28 years. Each summer together is spent adoring each other and every day in between is spent waiting for the other shoe to drop. It is at times, beautiful, desperate, devastating, heart-wrenching, intense, lovely and unbelievable. While I am not sure that this is fair, and I don’t think I’d agree to it, this, my friends, is fiction and I truly enjoyed listening to this extremely well written, beautifully plotted novel, even if I would never put myself in that position. What I loved about this novel (my first Elin Hilderbrand by the way!) was the characters! They are all so very well drawn and each and every one of them added so much to this story. I adored the characters of Mallory, Linc, her brother Cooper and Jake and I even appreciated the character of Ursula. “28 Summers” is an incredible “Saga” that reminded me of “The Thorn Birds” by Colleen McCullough. The complexities of Mal and Jake’s story, their sweeping love for each other, their inability to give each other up and the number of years their story lasted truly made for a stunning read that evoked the same feelings as Meggie and Father Ralph. I have never in my life read another novel that evoked similar feelings, thus it is to Ms. Hilderbrand’s credit that she was able to do so. This novel is sure to envelop your entire heart, make you smile and bring on the tears thus I highly suggest you have a hanky ready as you are most definitely going to need it.This was a buddy listen with Kaceey!Thank you to Libro.fm, Little Brown & Company and Elin Hilderbrand for the alc.Published on Goodreads on 7.11.20.
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  • Summer is here when Elin Hilderbrand has a new book out!28 Summers is a different story and not my favorite one of hers. Unpopular opinion here-->SPOILERS!SPOILERS!I've some very mixed feelings about Jake McCloud. I got mad at him a lot of times. Why did he marry Ursula DeGournsey? More than half the time they had nothing in common. To me, he married a memory of a girl that at some point was nice. Jake didn't respect his marriage or Ursula enough to tell her the truth and leave her or divorce her. I hated how glorified cheating was portrayed in this book. Jake cheats, Mallory cheats, Ursula cheats, Bear cheats.How would you feel if you realized your partner has cheated every year since you have been together with someone else? Ursula didn't care except for Jake's actions affecting her career and the possibility of him becoming the next President of the USA. It nagged me that Jake and Mallory never felt guilty of what they were doing. They just waited to see each other "Same Time Next Year" and family be damned. Their affair goes on so perfectly that Jake's daughter never learns her father is a cheater. In addition, Jake and Mallory have a pact. A phone call telling the other one that a wedding or a child was coming. But, Mallory had to find out about Jake's wedding and child, not by Jake calling her or did I miss it?I hated that Mallory was portrayed as flaky, commitment-phobic and insecure. Although, as a teacher she was great. I can see how the kids would love her. I liked that she loved her Nantucket home. She was happy with what she had. Me, not her, wanted more for her. She deserved so much more. Now, why did I say I had mixed feelings about Jake at the beginning of my review? Because I really liked him during those first phone calls with Mallory. I like his fight for his sister's disease. I like that he came to see Mallory in the end (although, he waited one day instead of flying right that second).I do love Elin's writing. I get to experience Nantucket through her eyes and summer through her words. I hope her next book is a winner for me. Cliffhanger: No3/5 FangsMrsLeif's Two Fangs About It | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
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  • 2020 What are we talking about in 2020? Australian fires, potential war with Iran, Harry and Megan, the impeachment trial, Kobe Bryant, Covid-19, Harvey Weinstein, Corona beer, China and Italy, Tom Hanks, Tiger King, hand washing, ventilators, TOILET PAPER, Kim Jong-Un, UFOs, locust swarms, murder hornets, monkeys stealing vials of Covid-19, asteroids, George Floyd, Black Lives Matter, MASKS, statues, Sahara dust clouds...and it's only July. If you can't get to the beach this summer, bring the beach to you with Elin Hilderbrand's 25th novel, 28 Summers. It's a lovely escape. Right off the top...one of the things I loved was how each chapter began by discussing a specific year's highlights, from 1993 to 2020. This approach was clever, fun, and brought back so many great memories of the past couple decades. Inspired, I provided my own What are we talking about...? for 2020 above. (You're welcome.) As usual, the setting made me want to permanently move to Nantucket...just for the food and ambiance. One description of picnic fare, in particular, had my mouth watering: “rare roast beef, Boursin, and arugula pinwheel sandwiches, chicken and potato sandwiches with celery and chives; a marinated cucumber salad from the Baltimore Junior League cookbook, and lemon bars with a coconut shortbread crust.” Freaking yum. I really enjoyed all the characters this time which, admittedly, is unusual for me when it comes to EH's books. I also found myself smiling at all the brief mentions of people and businesses from her previous novels. It's always nice to revisit characters from past stories. Unfortunately, something about this novel simply didn't grip me like the rest of the Hilderbrand library. Perhaps it's because we learn how the story ends within the first few paragraphs of the book? While I typically like that writing technique...in this instance, it was a bit depressing. I also felt there was some repetitive material, which is entirely expected when the plot involves two people meeting over Labor Day weekend each year...eating the same food, going to the same places, and participating in the same activities. Due to the political nature of one of the characters, Ursula, there are many instances of politics being discussed, from both sides of the aisle. Normally I'm not a fan of authors inserting their political beliefs on their reader, but I felt the discussions here were relatively balanced. Overall, I think most will enjoy this story and I'm happy to recommend it as a great summer read. I selected 28 Summers as the July Book of the Month for my book club.
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  • I always say that it isn't summer until I've read the newest Elin Hilderbrand release; however, as 2020 is the "summer of COVID" and everything in New England is canceled, I should have taken it as a sign and skipped over this one, as this was my least favorite Hilderbrand book to date.As soon as I saw a new release coming, I pre-ordered it without even reading the blurb or any reviews - my first mistake. 28 Summers is based on the classic movie "Same Time Next Year" (which the main characters in the book watch every summer ugh), and it is a foray into a one-weekend-per-year affair, and the dramatic ways it complicates their lives, and the lives of those they love. Enough said, as the title is self-explanatory after you know the premise. Just a big no for me. From the prologue, you immediately know how it's going to end, and come on, you know these types of "love stories" never have a happy ending. To further add insult to injury, the wife of one of the main characters is running for President, so let's throw politics in the mix. I've said it before and I will say it again, reading is my escape from the "real world," and anytime an author heavily espouses his/her political views in their work, it immediately turns me off, and this book was over the top in every way. For a book that strongly touts women's rights and liberation, to have the main character be a woman, who has no real sense of self-worth, cheating with a married man every Labor Day weekend for decades is perplexing and rather insulting as a woman. The main characters were so selfish and illogical in their choices, and whereas I am normally enchanted with Hilderbrand's descriptions of Nantucket - in this book, they seemed overly pretentious - there was an overabundance of name dropping in regard to people and restaurants, etc., and it just didn't work. I did enjoy the summaries of every year at the beginning of each chapter, but sadly, that was the extent of my enjoyment. If you're expecting a light, feel-good beach read as the beautiful cover suggests, you're going to be sorely disappointed. There is nothing fun about this book and its premise. I still adore Elin Hilderbrand's books, but this one was just a huge miss for me. 2 stars.
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  • Why must we make summer, fun novels political?!! WHY?! Oh did I already ask, WHY??? I hated this book. I’m sorry, but every single character was unlikeable. The main character, Mallory, who is this beautiful smart kind amazing inspiring teacher, is someone who ultimately has no back bone and is truly a tragic character in my mind. If you are of the Conservative Republican mindset, avoid this book with all your fiber and being. It will draw comparisons to real people (Supreme Court Justices) who were found innocent in real life, to guilty as sin made up characters in the book. It will praise women liberation, and women rights, but have the main character an adulteress who never finds it within herself to have more self respect than to just be happy alone or find someone unattached. Oh, also, it throws in every single controversial political topic in ONE BOOK and discusses the issue with minimal insight, and obviously very one sided. I hope there is someone else like me who found this book a total disappointment. It was a tragic love story in my mind, that had characters full of flaws and no one truly good or honorable.
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  • A forbidden love story that will have you feeling so invested in the characters you almost forget it’s also a tale of adultery. ⁣⁣I listened to the audio of this amazing book (thank you librofm) and I was smitten with Mallory and Jake. Listening to their love story unfold over one magical long weekend in Nantucket, year after year, for 28 years both broke my heart and filled it up. ⁣⁣Based on the film 𝘚𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘛𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘕𝘦𝘹𝘵 𝘠𝘦𝘢𝘳 , we are captivated by their love story, despite the fact they can never truly be together. What a moral dilemma this story poses - both for Mallory and Jake and for us readers! Do we root for them? Should we feel happy they have this time together despite the wrongness of infidelity and their deceit? You’re left wondering how something so wrong can feel so right because despite all this, I was all in you guys - 𝘯𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵! This love story had me hooked. ⁣⁣A perfect summer read that will have you wishing you were on the beach in Nantucket. Highly recommend this one and it’s definitely one of my new fave Elin Hilderbrand books! ⁣⁣
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  • It’s like a fairy tale. It’s like a game of Would You Rather? Would you rather have perfect bliss for only three days or a solid but dull relationship all year long? Mallory would choose Jake every time. Okay. WELL. I don't even really know where to start, since 28 Summers left me with so many conflicting thoughts and feelings that I'm having a hard time disentangling and making sense of them all, leaving me at a total loss for words.But first things first, I guess. Don't let the title of the book fool you. It's a total misnomer. Mal and Jake don't spend 28 summers together. They spend 28 weekends together, albeit long Labor Day weekends. It would have been more accurate had the book been called 28 Labor Days or even 28 Long Weekends. Granted, those titles aren't nearly as catchy as the one that was chosen, but at least they're more representative of Mal and Jake's time together. This brings me to my greatest and only real grievance with 28 Summers: very little of the actual narrative is dedicated to covering Mal and Jake's time together. While the events of the story take place over 28 Labor Day weekends, we only see them together for maybe a quarter of those long weekends—and even that is a generous estimate. Most of the narrative focuses on their lives apart and covers their major life events each year, with only intermittent and brief accounts of their annual Labor Day encounters, which only grow more infrequent and briefer as the story goes on.In a feat of mythic proportions, I somehow managed not to cry while reading the book, even though the ending absolutely gutted me. The prologue completely spoiled the ending, so you would think that I would've been better prepared for how it inevitably ended since I'd had the whole damn book to come to terms with it, but NOPE. I still found myself bitterly unprepared for the emotional havoc that the ending wreaked on my feelings. I absolutely hated it. But I loved it, too. I guess I'm just a masochist like that.My heart hurts too much to dissect my thoughts on 28 Summers any further right now, except to say that cancer sucks and so does suffering caused by people not acting on—or, at the very least, sharing—their feelings. At the risk of sounding like a bad, clichéd inspirational quote on Pinterest, life is too goddamn short not to tell someone how you feel. Mal and Jake are literally the proof in the pudding. Ugh. I haven't felt this empty after finishing a book since I read The Kremlin's Candidate last year.I need a drink. Or five.
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  • First of all, I kind of loved this one. Second of all, this book had a lot of problems. I love Elin Hilderbrand so maybe I'm a bit biased and despite all my problems with it, I still really enjoyed the story and her writing as always!The good: It is such a fun premise! The two main characters, Mallory and Jake, are in love but can't be together (I still don't see why) so they agree to meet up in Nantucket (Hilderbrand has made me desperate to go visit this place) once a year with no contact in between. The not so good: It sounds super fun right?? It is, and I loved it at first but then once your throw in infidelity and kids? I just can't, it loses so much of the romance. These two are the villains - and Mallory?! How are we supposed to like her? She basically lives a lonely life just clinging to this one weekend a year. I mean she wanted to miss her BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING and ship her son off so she didn't miss her weekend? That's just sad. Also, no teacher would ever take a high school boy for a car ride to a secret spot! That part literally made me cringe. Ursula deserved way better, Jake and Mallory deserved each other. Also! Shouldn't each chapter have been a summer together? Was I missing something? I feel like not even half of the chapters were appropriate for the title. The Great: I loved the intro blurbs at the start to each chapter! A look into key events/people/songs of that year, it was so much fun and be forewarned, you'll end up down a google rabbit hole each time. I thin that's why it took me so long to read this one, haha. I love stories that develop over time. Watching the characters grow for almost 3 decades was so much fun and the character development -not the main characters but everyone else- was so good!Overall, there were some problems with this one that I couldn't get past but I still loved it! Such a great book, well written as always. I'm a forever fan of Hilderbrand.
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  • Well I did not like it , mostly because it made no sense . So Jake was the love of Mallorys life and visa versa but they made no attempts to be together . They just wanted to carry on an affair for 3 decades . Jake was pathetic cheating on his wife for 28 years , god just leave her , he really didn’t want Mallory either , Cooper was right he was just using her . And she’s also super pathetic , settling for 3 days a year ? She was a loser , hello move on .Plus she could have married him initially , and guess what ? It wouldn’t have lasted , it was an affair so it was exciting . There was truly nothing special about either main character .
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  • 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand is a contemporary romance that spans the course of almost three decades. The love runs deep in this couple’s story however I would warn it may not be for everyone as adultery is at play.The book begins in the present when Mallory Blessing is on her deathbed with her son Link at her side. Mallory asks Link to call a number on a piece of paper to give them the news of her illness. When Link completes his mother’s request he finds the man that pick up is the husband of the current presidential candidate.We then head back to the summer of 1993 when Mallory had just inherited a beachfront cottage in Nantucket after her aunt’s passing. That summer Mallory agreed to hosting a party for her brother where Jake McCloud his college roommate also attended. Jack and Mallory were both at different places in their lives but couldn’t fight their attraction. That first weekend led to an agreement that no matter what they would then on make that weekend theirs to be together every year to come.28 Summers is based on the 1978 American film Same Time Next Year which the couple in the book watch while together and come up with their own plan to meet. Now while I’m not normally a fan of cheating there was something just so compelling about this couple that I fell just as in love with their story as they were with each other. Even with the foreshadowning of Mallory’s illness I still broke down and had to grab my tissues when the time came. Elin Hilderbrand definitely wrote an epic love story with this one and it’s easy to see why readers love her work.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • What will I be talking about during the Summer of 2020? How in her twenty-fifth novel, Elin Hilderbrand once again takes me to Nantucket and leaves me an emotional wreck. Inspired by the film Same Time, Next Year, 28 Summers tells the tale of Mallory Blessing and Jake McCloud who meet one Labor Day weekend in Nantucket, the chemistry is instantaneous but each person recognizes they are different places in their lives and agree that each year they will reunite in that last week of August. As each year passes, their love survives amidst all the changes that life throws in their way. I wouldn't have thought this book would have created such tumultuous feelings within but it did. A story about an affair between two people shouldn't make me cry but it has. I couldn't help but be pulled into Mallory and Jake's lives and I did want them to finally be together. As each year passes and Hilderbrand relates the news events that had us talking each of those 28 years, it seemed like time had stopped itself. Make sure to use lots of sunscreen because this beach read is going to keep you glued to your towel! Thanks to Netgalley and Little, Brown and Company for an egalley in exchange for an honest review. Goodreads review published 17/05/20Expected Publication Date. 16/06/20
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