7/25/11

Silver Girl, by Elin Hilderbrand

4 Stars!
Little, Brown and Company
Pub Date: 06/21/2011
ISBN: 9780316099660
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Families, Romance

About the Book - 
Meredith Martin Delinn just lost everything: her friends, her homes, her social standing - because her husband Freddy cheated rich investors out of billions of dollars.

Desperate and facing homelessness, Meredith receives a call from her old best friend, Constance Flute. Connie's had recent worries of her own, and the two depart for a summer on Nantucket in an attempt to heal. But the island can't offer complete escape, and they're plagued by new and old troubles alike. When Connie's brother Toby - Meredith's high school boyfriend - arrives, Meredith must reconcile the differences between the life she is leading and the life she could have had.

Set against the backdrop of a Nantucket summer, Elin Hilderbrand delivers a suspenseful story of the power of friendship, the pull of love, and the beauty of forgiveness.Meredith Martin Delinn just lost everything: her friends, her homes, her social standing - because her husband Freddy cheated rich investors out of billions of dollars.

Desperate and facing homelessness, Meredith receives a call from her old best friend, Constance Flute. Connie's had recent worries of her own, and the two depart for a summer on Nantucket in an attempt to heal. But the island can't offer complete escape, and they're plagued by new and old troubles alike. When Connie's brother Toby - Meredith's high school boyfriend - arrives, Meredith must reconcile the differences between the life she is leading and the life she could have had.


My Review -
This was my first Elin Hilderbrand book! I was very excited to read it and I was not disappointed. It was a great "beach read" set right on the beach of Nantucket.The scenery description was excellent. I really felt like I was right on the beach with Meredith and Connie drinking a glass of wine. I love novels set on the beach. If done well I can travel to the ocean without leaving my livingroom chair.

This book has a little more depth than your average frilly beach read. There was some suspense and mystery to the story and had me on the edge of my seat more than a few times. About half of the book was done in the form of flashbacks, some of them interesting and some of them a little slow for me, but still they were done very well with lots of detail.

The character development was excellent! I am the same age as Connie and Meredith so I could really relate to both women. When Connie talked about the pain of not hearing from her daughter in years - I felt her pain. I have a 22 yr old daughter and it would break my heart if I couldn't hear from her and didn't know where she was. I loved each of the women equally and was interested in both the stories they had to tell about their lives.
"I can't," Meredith said "Women who are under investigation don't go to the salon. Women whose children are under investigation don't go to the salon. Women whose husbands are serving 150 yrs. in federal prison do no go to the salon."

I own two other Elin Hilderbrand books - "Barefoot" and "The Castaways" and now that I have one of her books under my belt I can't wait to read these. She is an excellent writer!

Thank you "Little, Brown and Company" and NetGalley for sending me a copy of this for my nook to review.

10 comments:

  1. Sounds like an interesting book. Hope you're having a good week! :O)

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  2. You liked this one a bit more than I did. I really was happy that I didn't end up hating Meredith and that she redeemed herself in the end. I might try another one by this author. Great review.

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  3. I haven't read anything by this author yet, but I have heard some great things about her books. It sounds like this one is a little more meaty than your average beach read, which intrigues me even more. I am going to have to see if I can grab a copy of this one before the summer is out. Great review, by the way!

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  4. Great review! Having finished this past weekend myself, I can agree about feeling like you're there with them on Nantucket. I've never been a "beach read" sorta girl but I have been this summer and Elin Hilderbrand did not disappoint me.

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  5. Sound like a great read! When things quiet down, I just might dive into this one :D

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  6. Elin Hilderbrand always appeals to me as I love stories set in New Eng near the water. I think you'll really like Barefoot. Glad to hear you liked this one so much. It's on my list!

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  7. I'm so glad you liked this one. I hope I get to it before the galley expires. I enjoy her writing - I read CastWays and liked it.

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  8. Here's the link to my review and why I just didn't really like meredith too well. It's funny you liked her and not Connie, and I liked Connie!! LOL!!

    http://lifeinthethumb.blogspot.com/2011/07/silver-girl-by-elin-hilderbrand.html

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  9. I've been seeing this one around. I might have to take a second look :)

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  10. Stripped from the headlines; think Bernie Madoff and his wife, Ruth and you have Silver Girl. Meredith Martin Delinn's husband has bilked billions of dollars from a lot of people and she is facing the worst that her life could bear. Did she know what he was doing, but the Feds want to know if she knows where the money is.

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