A "captivating and bittersweet" novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Summer of '69: Their secret love affair has lasted for decades—but this could be the summer that changes everything (People).
When Mallory Blessing's son, Link, receives deathbed instructions from his mother to call a number on a slip of paper in her desk drawer, he's not sure what to expect. But he certainly does not expect Jake McCloud to answer. It's the late spring of 2020 and Jake's wife, Ursula DeGournsey, is the frontrunner in the upcoming Presidential election.
There must be a mistake, Link thinks. How do Mallory and Jake know each other?
Flash back to the sweet summer of 1993: Mallory has just inherited a beachfront cottage on Nantucket from her aunt, and she agrees to host her brother's bachelor party. Cooper's friend from college, Jake McCloud, attends, and Jake and Mallory form a bond that will persevere—through marriage, children, and Ursula's stratospheric political rise—until Mallory learns she's dying.
Based on the classic film Same Time Next Year (which Mallory and Jake watch every summer), 28 Summers explores the agony and romance of a one-weekend-per-year affair and the dramatic ways this relationship complicates and enriches their lives, and the lives of the people they love.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Like everyone we know, we could really use a beach vacation right about now. But if that’s not in the cards, we’ll take the next best thing: A frothy, delicious novel by Elin Hilderbrand, the queen of escapist fiction. Her 25th novel features star-crossed lovers Mallory and Jake, who are utterly devoted to each other, but kept apart by circumstance—except for one passionate weekend a year, when they reunite on Nantucket’s sun-dappled shores. As always, Hilderbrand delivers a cast of complex, emotionally resonant characters facing relatable dilemmas, from strained childhood friendships to heartbreak. And it all unfolds against an idyllic backdrop of sea breezes, lobster pots, and waterfront picnics.
A Heartbreaking Story that pulls you in from the start
This feels like a Nicholas Sparks story but told well from a woman’s perspective. Elin Hildebrand does a beautiful job creating the characters on the backdrop of Nantucket. Her writing makes you feel like your watching the novel play out through a boat window. It’s sad and happy and much like what life is. It will make you cry if you’ve experienced some of these life events. Good quick read.
Skip This Book
If I wasn’t on vacation and desperate for a book to read I wouldn’t have finished.
28 summers too long
Woof. What an unlikeable cast of characters. They became so unbearable I couldn’t finish it. Mallory and Jake are absolute losers. Overall the plot just started to become repetitive nonsense and the narrative choices were confusing. I should have stopped after summer #1