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I m reading this book and I really don t know why OK Actually I do I reserved it months ago at my library and the waiting list is hundreds of people long I feel an obligation About twenty pages in and I m already exasperated with the story Hilderbrand has a unique and mildly annoying habit of not having chapters in her books Why There are long stretches of disjointed prose separated with a heading for a different character.All of Hilderbrand s books that I ve read seem geared for commer I m reading this book and I really don t know why OK Actually I do I reserved it months ago at my library and the waiting list is hundreds of people long I feel an obligation About twenty pages in and I m already exasperated with the story Hilderbrand has a unique and mildly annoying habit of not having chapters in her books Why There are long stretches of disjointed prose separated with a heading for a different character.All of Hilderbrand s books that I ve read seem geared for commercial success written according to her recipe for success Take several women, throw in a few love interests and place on a beach locale preferably Nantucket or Cape Cod Stir in a bit of family drama and simmer for 300 400 pages until the reader gives in to the mindless writing or tosses the book aside for better written novels.I m giving myself 100 pages with this novel If I hate, then I ll return to the library as soon as possibleAnd, I didn t hate the book, but it was absolutely not my favorite So contrived and melodramatic I finished it, but a mere twelve hours after closing the book I m hard pressed to remember details For me the book was like literary cotton candy I don t think I ll be reading anyof Hilderbrand s novels (((Free Epub))) ⇬ The Island ⇬ A summertime story only Elin Hilderbrand can tell a family in upheaval after a cancelled wedding fill an island summer with heartache, laughter, and surprises 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 heryear 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 Before summer has ended, dramatic truths are uncovered, old loves are rekindled, and new loves make themselves known La source blanche : L'étonnante histoire des dialogues avec l'Ange laughter Le sourire à visage humain : Suivi de Citoyen, citoyenneté et Encore plus de plus and surprises Birdie Cousins has thrown herself into the details of her daughter Chess s lavish wedding Soigner les plantes par les huiles essentielles et les huiles végétales 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 Préparation aux examens de coiffure CAP : Sciences et technologie she is weathering the storms of excitement and chaos Joyeux anniversaire - Livre d'or à écrire - 18 ans - taille M - Violet tears and joy But Birdie Le Démon et mademoiselle Prym a woman who prides herself on preparing for every possibility ECG en pratique courante : Situation clinique, examen, commentaire could never have predicted the late night phone call from Chess La planète aux vents de folie (La romance de Ténébreuse, tome 1) 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 Mes 9 Procédés Secrets Pour Accroître l'Autonomie Affective (2ième Édition) far worse news arrives Mes 9 Procédés Secrets Pour Accroître l'Autonomie Affective (2ième Édition) far worse news arrives Beyond Tomorrow 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 Beyond Tomorrow rustic Tuckernuck Island Les requins sont-ils des fossiles vivants ? 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Applications réparties, 2ème édition where their family has summered for generations No phones L’Identité de la France (Tome 2) - Les hommes et les choses I no television Xenogears Perfect Works no grocery store a place without distractions where they can escape their troubles But throw sisters Xenogears Perfect Works: The Real Thing daughters Encyclopédie illustrée des dinosaures et animaux préhistoriques ex lovers Soeur Marie-Marthe Chambon et les saintes plaies de Jésus and long kept secrets onto a remote island Adrien Et Super-A Cuisinent Et Aiment Autrement: Lecons de Vie Pour Enfants Avec Autisme Ou Tdah and what might sound like a peaceful getaway becomes much Before summer has ended 食戟のソーマ 34 [Shokugeki no Souma 34] dramatic truths are uncovered Baby, Be Mine old loves are rekindled TRAITES DE MAGIE SEXUELLE Les rituels sataniques de la Confrérie de la flèche d'or and new loves make themselves known Book on CD read by Denise HicksThis is just a sappy soap opera set on Tuckernuck Island off Nantucket Everyone is wealthy Everyone is unhappy in love, OR, has fallen instantly in love possibly with the wrong person Everyone behaves like a 3 year old or at their best like they re in junior high Here s a sample They had officially been together for only nine days, but every day on Tuckernuck was a lifetime, and so it felt like forever They had made love sixteen times, they had shared ele Book on CD read by Denise HicksThis is just a sappy soap opera set on Tuckernuck Island off Nantucket Everyone is wealthy Everyone is unhappy in love, OR, has fallen instantly in love possibly with the wrong person Everyone behaves like a 3 year old or at their best like they re in junior high Here s a sample They had officially been together for only nine days, but every day on Tuckernuck was a lifetime, and so it felt like forever They had made love sixteen times, they had shared eleven meals, they had watched three movies, gone to two restaurants, taken five boat rides, caught two fish I don t know a single high powered, computer genius professional woman who thinks like this The sibling rivalry arguments are even worse Not only do the two young women carry on like toddlers who can t share a toy, their 50 something mother and aunt also dig up their own sibling rivalries I finished it only because it fulfilled a challenge It was fast thank heavens for MP3 players that let you speed up the delivery and didn t require much thought But it was still a waste of time The Island Tuckernuck, a real honest to goodness island about 1 2 mile from Nantucket It is there that 4 women, 2 sets of sisters go to relax, regenerate and resolve their own personal problems and those of their family.There is Birdie mother of Chess and Tate, a hopeless romantic and the victim of a failed marriageChess short for Francesca who broke her engagement to Mr Wonderful because she did not love him enoughTate always playing second fiddle to Chess and wants to find love on h The Island Tuckernuck, a real honest to goodness island about 1 2 mile from Nantucket It is there that 4 women, 2 sets of sisters go to relax, regenerate and resolve their own personal problems and those of their family.There is Birdie mother of Chess and Tate, a hopeless romantic and the victim of a failed marriageChess short for Francesca who broke her engagement to Mr Wonderful because she did not love him enoughTate always playing second fiddle to Chess and wants to find love on her own India Birdie s sister whose husband committed suicideSo, yeah, its chick lit but I do enjoy Hilderbrand s writing and I needed a break from the intense stuff I have been reading lately.3.5 stars rounded up to 4 Relationships, especially family relationships are fraught with potholes.Hell, let s be honest here, minefields Especially complicated is the mother daughter relationship.Throw in some sisterly sibling rivalry with a trip to an isolated island for some togetherness and you have the premise for this book There are no easy answers to the troubles that plague the four women of this family Each harbors simmering resentments,hurts, fears.And they truly love one another Through all the mess that Relationships, especially family relationships are fraught with potholes.Hell, let s be honest here, minefields Especially complicated is the mother daughter relationship.Throw in some sisterly sibling rivalry with a trip to an isolated island for some togetherness and you have the premise for this book There are no easy answers to the troubles that plague the four women of this family Each harbors simmering resentments,hurts, fears.And they truly love one another Through all the mess that makes up their lives, they are family I enjoyed getting to know these characters They each were given voices and the story was told as they lived it Sometimes they were speaking over one another, but don t we all do that sometimes in our own families While there were few real surprises for me, there was one I didn t see coming Excellent summer beachy vacation read This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This was a good beach book, actually set on the beach It s the story of four women Birdie, the mom, who s newly in love with a guy named Hank India, her sister, who is sophisticated and cool but has her own love confusion Chess, the golden child daughter, who broke up with her fiance and then he died in a rock climbing accident, so she s grieving and Tate, the sporty computer geek younger daughter, who has a huge crush on the caretaker, left over from when they were kids The four of them h This was a good beach book, actually set on the beach It s the story of four women Birdie, the mom, who s newly in love with a guy named Hank India, her sister, who is sophisticated and cool but has her own love confusion Chess, the golden child daughter, who broke up with her fiance and then he died in a rock climbing accident, so she s grieving and Tate, the sporty computer geek younger daughter, who has a huge crush on the caretaker, left over from when they were kids The four of them head to the family beach house, which is accessible only by boat and thus the perfect place to get away from the world.What I liked about this book is the realistic way everyone s emotions were mixed When Tate and Barrett the caretaker start dating, the other ladies are happy for Tate but jealous and sort of nauseated about how sicky cute lovey they are That s real Also, they don t all become instant buds and have a sisterly blast the whole time, there s a lot of time when they re bored or fighting or whatever The book also captures the fleeting nature of the last days of the vacation well It was very true to life.One thing that struck me about the tale is the very dramatic, high strung, crashing feelings of being in love, not just for Tate this is her first love, so not surprising there , but also for Chess and, most surprisingly, Birdie She s all star struck and pining for this guy Hank, to the point that she breaks the island rules and sneaks off to the one spot on the other side of the island and up to your ankles in water where you can get a cell signal every single day Even after a few days of the brush off, she keeps calling him every day anyway, obsessed and unable to resist The longing, the pining, the stupidity, the refusal to face reality all so familiar I ve been there and felt exactly that, acted exactly that way I thought this kind of thing was something everyone grew out of, but this woman is in her late 50s Is that how it is in real life, too Women are still falling head over heels and chasing after disinterested men long after they ve grown up and should know better Probably Too bad.Everyone in this book is a little childish overall, actually, particularly Chess and Tate They re in their 30s but act like teenagers a lot of the time So much drama Anyway, everything gets wrapped up very tidily into a pleasing happy ending that s just short of being too perfect I liked it I took this book with me to read by the pool in Florida, it seemed like it would be an easy read I was very wrong I read a little bit of this book each day but it took awhile to finish The island of Tuckernuck sounds heavenly I was really hoping forof a happy beach read with these four women instead of lots of drama This book was full of angst Birdie and her sister India, grew up spending summers on Tuckernuck Birdie is now the owner of the house on Tuckernuck, but no one has been t I took this book with me to read by the pool in Florida, it seemed like it would be an easy read I was very wrong I read a little bit of this book each day but it took awhile to finish The island of Tuckernuck sounds heavenly I was really hoping forof a happy beach read with these four women instead of lots of drama This book was full of angst Birdie and her sister India, grew up spending summers on Tuckernuck Birdie is now the owner of the house on Tuckernuck, but no one has been there for twelve years When her daughter Chess is supposed to get married, they plan a two week mother daughter getaway on the island When things do not work out, and Chess life is falling apart it becomes a four woman getaway with India and Birdie s younger daughter Tate joining them for a month instead, to help Chess deal with her depression and issues This group of woman have so many issues in their life that I am surprised they did not kill each other before the month was over However, real life is messy, so it was aptly written There is a lot of anger but there is a lot of love as well Of course issues do get solved and life works out but I do not want to spoil the story Just do not think that this is a light beach read Well crafted characters but a slow story The island of Tuckernuck sounds heavenly I was really hoping forof a happy beach read with these four women instead of lots of drama However, real life is messy, so it was aptly written. Genre Beach ReadPublisher Little, Brown and Company Pub Date 05 01 2012Mini ReviewI had just lost a pet and wanted needed a beach read Something fluffy, something to lift my spirits, and to help me get through the mourning process I had read Elin Hilderbrand s Summer of 69 as an Advance Review Copy ARC I very much enjoyed the novel so I went looking for something from her I usually don t buy books But, I bought The Island, because I thought it would fit the bill It did not The Genre Beach ReadPublisher Little, Brown and Company Pub Date 05 01 2012Mini ReviewI had just lost a pet and wanted needed a beach read Something fluffy, something to lift my spirits, and to help me get through the mourning process I had read Elin Hilderbrand s Summer of 69 as an Advance Review Copy ARC I very much enjoyed the novel so I went looking for something from her I usually don t buy books But, I bought The Island, because I thought it would fit the bill It did not The story revolves around a family of four women a 50 something mom, her sister, and her two grown daughters The eldest daughter had a mental trauma surrounding the death of her ex fianc e and is in a deep depression They decided to revisit the family s bare bones cabin on a tiny island near Nantucket to help her regroup The plot sounds like a perfect beach read I was expecting lots of female bonding My issue was with the characters and their love interests When it comes to the women s love life, I swear the dialogue sounded like they were all in junior high How could four intelligent, successful females talk as if they are in the TV series Saved by the Bell Quote from the middle aged mom, My boyfriend doesn t love me From mom s 30 year old daughter to her 32 year old sister the one who is too depressed to come out of her room , You are trying to take him from me Enough already I enjoyed reading about the island and beach life, which did help me forget my sadness, but not enough to enjoy this tedious chick lit novel.Find all my book reviews at This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This novel is about 4 women two 30 something sisters and their mother and aunt and the month they spend together in their family home on Tuckernuck Island, off Nantucket Everything about this novel seems so contrived, from the constant references to brand names, the author s political views really, what did that add to the novel to the drama these women drew to themselves Each of these women were incredibly shallow, petty, jealous and immature and seemed to be focused on only 4 things s This novel is about 4 women two 30 something sisters and their mother and aunt and the month they spend together in their family home on Tuckernuck Island, off Nantucket Everything about this novel seems so contrived, from the constant references to brand names, the author s political views really, what did that add to the novel to the drama these women drew to themselves Each of these women were incredibly shallow, petty, jealous and immature and seemed to be focused on only 4 things sex, alcohol, their gourmet foods and themselves And the men they attracted weren t much different Like the women, none of the men s characters were very well developed, giving the impression they were all pretty much spineless, weak and, in most cases, tended toward mental instability None of the characters were very likeable, especially the women There was the mother, Birdie, who blamed her ex husband for ruining her life by suggesting she not work but instead, stay home to raise their family while he worked for a living, earning multi millions per year An income that Birdie seemed to have no problem wasting on foolish things like a floating island in her pond She also had no compunctions about sleeping with the husband of another woman and even became incensed when her lover expressed regret at his callousness when his wife passed away When India, Birdie s sister, isn t spending her time smoking, drinking and directing sexual comments and wolf whistles toward a man decades younger than herself, not to mention he s also the love object of one, if not both of her nieces, she spends most of her time on the island brooding about her late husband who committed suicide years before and thinking about an art student who is trying to pursue a scandalous affair with her We learn she virtually abandoned her husband emotionally and pretty much expected he should be able to seek out the help he needed on his own while suffering from a crippling depression At the same time, she refuses to accompany him on an overseas trip where he ultimately takes his own like and then expresses resentment at having to travel there to bring his corpse back home Chess, the oldest daughter of Birdie, comes to the island after shaving her hair off after Michael, the fiancee she broke up with is killed in a questionable accident that might have actually been a suicide She reveals she started this relationship and allowed it to progressthan a year before she finally admits she doesn t love Micheal enough to marry him and instead, is really passionately in love with is brother, who she met the same night as Michael It should come as no surprise that Chess is incapable of considering the feelings of others given she also reveals she used another man, Barret,than 10 years before by feigning interest in him simply to hurt her sister Tate who had a teenage crush on him Despite being a highly sought after computer genius, Birdie s younger daughter Tate is portrayed as an emotionally stunted 30 year woman who is consumed by her own petty jealousies and insecurities Before even arriving at the island, she begins obsessing about her former crush and acts like a 12 year old, doing everything she can to call attention to herself whenever Barret is around and acting like a spoiled, petulant child the moment things don t go her way I did enjoy the descriptions of the island and house but felt it was incomplete and stopped a few times to look upinformation about the area but a littleresearch on the author s part might have given me a better picture of the area In addition to the characters flawed personalities, it was things like the lack anydetails than could be gleaned through Wikipedia the author s ignorance for details that she did give for instance, not understanding poison ivy does not spread through contact with the rash and the unlikelihood of other scenarios in the story, such as someone offering 1 2 to 3 4 of a million for a small piece of art made from seaweed, driftwood, shells and hot glue even if it was made by a famous artist had me constantly rolling my eyes I was listening to the audio version of this novel if I had been reading a print copy, I doubt I d have wasted my time reading beyond the first 30 pages or so But since I was able to do other things as I listened and I was already 4 books behind on my reading challenge I continued through the end But I have no plans on reading anything else by this author in the future