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.
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Fun summer read
This was not my favorite Hilderbrand book but still worth reading.
Not so good.
When a book doesn’t keep me interested, I tend to speed read and skip a lot. In this case, I don’t think I missed anything. The location backdrop was beautiful but the point of the book was boring and sad and worst of all, very predictable. I kept hoping that it would get better, but it didn’t and it ended so abruptly that I was left sort of frustrated. Love her books but not this one.
I found the book depressing. It does keep the reader interested; however, the supporting characters are despicable. Of course one is a politician and a couple of others represent the elite class and, in today’s environment, this is the new normal.