A perfect summer read, 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand is one of those romantic yet complicated stories to enjoy at the beach. Or anytime really. I didn’t recommend this one to my husband…it is more of chic book. But that’s okay, I enjoyed it. Liked not loved.
We get pulled into the unexpected romance of Mallory and Jake when they are young and carefree and still trying to figuring who they are and where they are going. In 1993 twenty-something Mallory inherits a summer cottage on Nantucket and decides this is where she will spend her life. When her brother brings his bros to the island to enjoy a bachelor party, Mallory meets Jake. It’s Labor Day weekend 1993.
Jake is semi-attached but not wholly committed to Ursula de Gournsey, a driven woman who get’s what she wants through will, wit and sacrifice.
But on this weekend in 1993 Mallory and Jake will form a bond, and begin a love affair that will last 28 summers. Coming together on Nantucket no matter what, every Labor Day weekend.
Based loosely on the story “Same Time Next Year” Hildebrand develops a love story, not always believable that it could be kept a secret in this day and age, but still sweet and sometimes sappy. Mallory and Jake were meant to be together, but status, distance, power struggles, politics and decisions and mistakes they each make along the way, cause their relationship to only be one weekend a year.
You’ll spend the whole book rooting for their love, and shed a few tears when the middle-aged lovers spend their last weekend together.
****An easy summer read. Four stars for 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand
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