Monday, June 25, 2012

Review and Giveaway of Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand





Kathy P.


I have heard from all three winners and have sent their mailing address to the publisher.

           THE REVIEW

Someone knew why the accident that killed Penny Alistair happened, and that someone was Demeter Castle. Demeter knew exactly why Penny flew into a rage and drove so fast that she killed herself and seriously injured her brother, but she wouldn't divulge the information. She just couldn't tell the police what she knew.

Ms. Hilderbrand created another marvelous book with wonderful characters and amazing descriptions of Nantucket Island. The descriptions of the landscape and the town will provide a mini vacation. The characters in SUMMERLAND definitely carried the plot, and they definitely had issues....some issues that some folks may be able to identify with. As the small town of wealthy residents carried on and dealt with the most recent tragedy you will find out that Demeter had drinking issues that went undetected by her parents, Zoe and Jordan were having an affair, and that Ava never recovered from her infant son's death and withdrew from the world.

The feelings and emotions expressed by the main characters will make you flinch as well as having you feel sorry for will actually feel as though you are experiencing the grief and pain along with the characters. You will also want to shake a few of them so they open their eyes and see what is happening right under their noses.

Through Ms. Hilderbrand's outstanding writing style, you will find out how each character became the person they were today, what made them tick, and why they did what they did. The book flowed so seamlessly from one character to another and from one situation to the next, that you didn't even know you were switching gears.

As the book continued, you found out more and more about the characters and the “secret” that Demeter kept in her personal life as well as her secret about the accident. You also will find out hidden things about many of the the other characters as they were emotionally healing from the accident that touched everyone on Nantucket Island. The book's premise is based on the accident and everyday situations, and the plot develops beautifully out of this tragic incident.

SUMMERLAND is another exceptional read by Ms. Hilderbrand. Your interest will not wane and you will do some intro-spection of your own as you turn the last page. The only surprise was what Demeter had told Penny to make her go berserk and crash the car...I thought it was a totally different reason that she flew off the handle. Don’t miss this great summer read that is filled with many good lessons and eye-opening facts. 5/5

I received a copy of this book, at no charge to me, in exchange for my honest review.  No items that I receive are ever sold…they are kept by me, or given to family and/or friends.



  1. GREAT Book. ENJOY the GIVEAWAY and the REVIEW.

  2. I love Hilderbrand's books! They are must reads in the summer! I'm not surprised this one is so good!

  3. This sounds really good! Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. I thoroughly enjoyed this book too, an excellent summer read.

  5. This book sounds sooooooo good! I can't wait to read it. I have read one other book by her and this reminded me of how much I enjoyed it. I need to read more! Thanks for this great giveaway!!

  6. Awesome! 5/5 rating makes me want to read Summerland NOW! Thanks for the contest!

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  8. Hi!
    Thank the publisher for such a huge giveaway! Thank YOU for hosting it!!! I've been DYING to read this book!!!!! DYING!!!!! It's on my Wish List and everything!!! I am DEFINITELY keeping my fingers crossed!!!!!! And toes, too!!!!!!
    Thank you!!
    Laurie Carlson
    laurieisreading at gmail dot com
    OLD GFC follower as lauriehere

  9. Great giveaway! Thanks for telling me about it and visiting my blog!

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