In this satisfying page-turner from "the queen of beach reads" (New York Magazine), a Nantucket novelist has one final summer to protect her secrets while her loved ones on earth learn to live without their golden girl.
On a perfect June day, Vivian Howe, author of thirteen beach novels and mother of three nearly grown children, is killed in a hit-and-run car accident while jogging near her home on Nantucket. She ascends to the Beyond where she's assigned to a Person named Martha, who allows Vivi to watch what happens below for one last summer. Vivi also is granted three “nudges” to change the outcome of events on earth, and with her daughter Willa on her third miscarriage, Carson partying until all hours, and Leo currently “off again” with his high-maintenance girlfriend, she’ll have to think carefully where to use them.
From the Beyond, Vivi watches “The Chief” Ed Kapenash investigate her death, but her greatest worry is her final book, which contains a secret from her own youth that could be disastrous for her reputation. But when hidden truths come to light, Vivi’s family will have to sort out their past and present mistakes—with or without a nudge of help from above—while Vivi finally lets them grow without her.
With all of Elin’s trademark beach scenes, mouth-watering meals, and picture-perfect homes, plus a heartfelt message—the people we lose never really leave us—Golden Girl is a beach book unlike any other.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In this moving romantic fantasy, an author gets the chance to rewrite her own story over the course of one golden summer. Divorced novelist Vivi was killed in a hit-and-run, but she isn’t quite finished with life on earth yet. In the afterlife, she’s given three chances to influence the world she’s leaving behind. Should she use them to help her struggling adult children? To hide evidence of her own youthful indiscretion? With her warm, engaged reading, Erin Bennett fully embodies the romance and nostalgia of Vivi’s story, along with its heartwarming lessons about the importance of letting go—all while whisking us away into the sun-drenched Nantucket beauty we expect from beach-read queen Elin Hilderbrand. More than just a sweetly sentimental diversion, Golden Girl is the kind of book we wanted to tell all our friends about as soon as we were done.
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Nothing is wrong with the book content; I enjoyed it as usual until halfway through track 23 it stopped playing and won’t start again.