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    • ISBN:9781444723960
    • Publication date:05 Jul 2012

Summerland

The perfect beach read for 2018

By Elin Hilderbrand

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  • £8.99

Atmospheric, intelligent women's commercial fiction that explores the secrets and lies that can lurk beneath even the closest of friendships.

A warm June evening, a local tradition: the students of Nantucket High have gathered for a bonfire on the beach. But what begins as a graduation night celebration ends in tragedy when Penny Alistair's car crashes, leaving her dead and her twin brother in a coma. The other passengers, Penny's boyfriend Jake and her friend Demeter, are physically unhurt - but the emotional damage is overwhelming.

As summer unfolds, details of that devastating night continue to surface. Questions linger about what happened before Penny took the wheel, and startling truths emerge about the survivors and their parents: revelations of secrets kept, promises broken . . . and hearts betrayed.

Biographical Notes

Elin Hilderbrand grew up in Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop, where she was a teaching/writing fellow. She now lives with her husband and their three children on Nantucket, Massachusetts, where her novels are set.
You can follow Elin on Twitter @elinhilderbrand or find out more on her Facebook page www.facebook.com/ElinHilderbrand.

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  • ISBN: 9781444723953
  • Publication date: 04 Jul 2013
  • Page count: 400
  • Imprint: Hodder Paperbacks
Can't afford to get away this summer? Travel without moving with this book set on the stunning American island of Nantucket . . . The well planned voices, perspectives and plot twists means it keeps your interest until the final page. — Best on SUMMERLAND
'A sensitive, human chronicle of the work it takes to move forward in deep grief, SUMMERLAND is as readable as any beach book, but with a much bigger heart.' — Boston Globe
'Hilderbrand explores the power of community, family and honesty, and proves that even from the ashes of sorrow, new love can still take flight.' — Examiner on SUMMERLAND
It provides a pacey read, with colourful characters that have fascinating motivations. I couldn't get them out of my head for days — Sunday Express on SILVER GIRL
So deliciously addictive that it will be the 'It' beach book of the summer — Kirkus Review on THE ISLAND
An honest, raw tale of friendship and love — Cosmopolitan on THE CASTAWAYS
'Perfect holiday reading. I didn't want to put it down' — Candis on BAREFOOT
'A gem of a summer read with a glamorous location, elite lifestyle, and Hilderbrand's appealing take on the constant stress that fills the lives of women everywhere' — Booklist on A SUMMER AFFAIR
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