(57)28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Mallory Blessing was shocked when her aunt left her the beachfront cottage on Nantucket. That gift changed her life forever. At the end of her first summer in her new home her brother, Cooper, and his friends from college swoop in to celebrate one last summer weekend. The group of friends are loud and rowdy, but Mallory connects with one of them in ways she never thought possible.  Jake McLeod had been Cooper's college roommate, but now he is Mallory's future. Every summer Jake makes the trip to Nantucket to finish the summer with Mallory. They don't communicate at all the rest of the year, only Labor Day weekend. What started as a steamy love affair has morphed into a deep and meaningful relationship. The most important relationship in Mallory's life.  While Jake feels the same way he is married to his high school sweetheart, but that doesn't stop him from visiting Mallory on Nantucket every summer. Will they ever be able to extend their relationship beyond Labor Day weekends?

I have been reading  Elin Hilderbrand for years. It has become a beloved summer ritual to read the lastest happenings on Nantucket. I think Mallory is probably my favorite character ever written by Elin Hilderbrand. She is smart and grounded and a literacy teacher! I ached for the way she watched Jake from afar. I did like Jake, but I hated the fact that he just let his life happen to him. He could have stood up to Ursala more than once, but he finally did when it mattered most. - CLICK HERE FOR SPOILERS.  I wish I could say that I was happy with the way this book ended, but I sobbed like a baby. And the tears continued when I read the author's tribute to the late, great Dorthea Betton Frank. 

Bottom Line - 28 Summers was one of the most romantic novels I have read in a long time. I know the book paid homage to the old classic movie, Same Time Next Year, but since I have never seen the movie, it was purely the author's words that moved me to add it to the "Best of 2020" list. 


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