"Things get more twisted at every turn, with enough lies and betrayals to fuel a whole season of soap operas...readers will be hooked."—Publishers Weekly on Elin Hilderbrand's Summer People
Every summer the Newton family retreats to their beloved home on Nantucket for three months of sunshine, cookouts, and bonfires on the beach. But this summer will not be like any other. When Arch Newton, a prominent New York attorney, dies in a plane crash on his way home from a business trip, his beautiful widow, Beth, can barely keep things together. Above all, though, she decides that she must continue the family tradition of going to Nantucket, and at the same time fulfill a promise that Arch made before he died.
Beth invites Marcus, the son of Arch's final and most challenging client, to spend the summer with her and her teenage twins, Winnie and Garrett, who have mixed reactions to sharing their special summer place with this stranger. Always a place of peace before, Nantucket becomes the scene of roiling emotions and turbulent passions as Marcus, Winnie, and Garrett learn about loss, first love, and betrayal. And when they stumble upon a shocking secret from Beth's past, they must keep it from destroying the family they've been trying so hard to heal.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
You don’t need to be lounging under a beach umbrella to enjoy Elin Hilderbrand’s dramatic tale of love, loss, and deception. The story of Beth—who’s reeling from her husband Arch’s death in a plane crash when she decides to take their teenage son and daughter on their annual trip to Nantucket—made us feel waves of emotions. Her family’s getaway to the idyllic New England island is far from a relaxing summer holiday, dredging up unanswered questions from Beth’s past. Hilderbrand drew from her own childhood for this moving story: She first visited Nantucket (where she now lives) while on family vacations, and her own father was killed in a plane crash. Even with all the hard emotions, Summer People serves up the welcome dose of seaside escapism we expect from the author’s books. It’s breezy, fun, moving, and relatable.