A summer wedding stirs up trouble on both sides of the family in this beloved bestseller from "the queen of the summer novel" (People).
The Carmichaels and the Grahams have gathered on Nantucket for a happy occasion: a wedding that will unite their two families. Plans are being made according to the wishes of the bride's late mother, who left behind The Notebook: specific instructions for every detail of her youngest daughter's future nuptials. Everything should be falling into place for the beautiful event -- but in reality, things are falling apart.
While the couple-to-be are quite happy, their loved ones find their lives crumbling. In the days leading up to the wedding, love will be questioned, scandals will arise, and hearts will be broken and healed. Elin Hilderbrand takes readers on a touching journey in Beautiful Day -- into the heart of marriage, what it means to be faithful, and how we choose to honor our commitments.
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There’s nothing like a beach wedding to fire up the drama and turn on the waterworks. Set in her beloved Nantucket, Elin Hilderbrand’s fun novel follows the wedding of Jenna and her longtime boyfriend, Stuart. Before her death seven years earlier, Jenna’s mother, Beth, put together a meticulously detailed notebook for the celebration. But while Jenna struggles to follow her mom’s instructions, misbehaving bridesmaids, a scene-stealing ex, and a martyred stepmother serve up secrets, lies, and neuroses alongside the oysters and barbecue. Come for the fireworks, stay for the sly humor and luscious descriptions of outfits and table settings.
Hilderbrand's latest (after Summerland) is the perfect beach read down to its Nantucket setting. The Carmichaels and Grahams arrive on the island for the wedding of golden girl Jenna Carmichael to eth-ical banker Stuart Graham. Jenna's mother Beth, before dying seven years ago, prepared a wedding notebook, a guide that approaches sanctity to Jenna, her cynical older sister, Margot, and Douglas, the still-grieving and unhappily re-married Carmichael patriarch. While the notebook gives solace to these three, it also threatens to break apart Douglas's second marriage. As for the groom, his parents Ann and Jim divorced two decades earlier only to happily remarry, but his mother can't resist tempting fate. She invites Helen, the woman her husband left her for back then, to the wedding, and her behav-ior threatens everyone's happiness. The narrative unfolds through Margot, Doug, and Ann's perspec-tives and is aided by entries from Beth's notebook and "outtakes" from family and friends that read like unusually personal wedding video confessionals. The author's straightforward style pulls the reader into the minds of her characters, and all the secrets and sorrows that create the universal messi-ness of major family events.
I Pre-ordered this and started reading the day it became available, while ironically, vacationing in Nantucket. Elin Hilderbrand-you never disappoint. Had me laughing and in tears. Don't ever stop writing. Can't wait for your next book. Fan for Life!
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The last page
I cared about everyone in this story. Except maybe Helen though I would have loved to see pics of her outfits. But the the last page of the notebook was perfect. It was true. It was written by one who has known a good marriage. It is true of mine of 32 years so I know. My best friend and gentle kind one at that.