28 Summers

28 Summers

Book - 2020
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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.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316420044
Branch Call Number: F HILDERBRAND
Characteristics: 422 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Twenty-eight summers


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Apr 17, 2021

Absolutely wonderful, I saw where the plot was heading and cannot help but love this book. Hilderbrand never disappoints. ANd I love reading anything she writes.

Mar 08, 2021

A great, fast read. I enjoyed it. Definitely a good beach read.

Feb 17, 2021

Good Read? In my case listen to. Why would any two people who profess to love each other so much do such a stupid thing. Why didn't Jake man up and leave his Bitch wife? Why would any woman throw her undying love away on a guy who only wants her for only eighty four days in her whole lifetime? Listening to it was something to do when there was nothing else to do. "What are we talking about in 2021 COVA19"

Feb 16, 2021

It’s a wonder I enjoyed this as much as I did because I was angry with almost all the characters, almost all the time 😆

Feb 10, 2021

More of the same stuff from Elin Hilderbrand, a fast read that I enjoyed.

Feb 02, 2021

'28 Summers' seems to have elicited strong emotions in reviewers here and elsewhere. I didn't love '28 Summers' nor did I hate it. I simply don't understand why some view everything in the lens of their own era or their own biases. It's fiction.

I think the travel through time is wonderful, despite not 'getting' some of the references of each year. The 90's were parenting years for me. '28 Summers' makes it abundantly clear it is moving 28 years back from 2020. Those years reflect the country and the nature of the culture of their time. Would I have made the choices Mallory made? Nope. But, again, it's fiction. I judge the writing and interest it elicits, not the motivation and behavior of fictional characters.

I despise when authors insert political views in their books. However, I don't believe Elin Hilderbrand inserted hers so much as reflected what was happening in the country when she brought it in regarding the supreme court nominee and gun issues. Again, they reflected the references to real things that actually captured the country in those years.

I alternately liked and felt sad for each character. They are all quite human. But they are also interesting in their flaws.

Once again, Hilderbrand has written a love letter to her beloved Nantucket, with it's descriptions of the beaches, the food, the small town making us wish for the smell of salt air and feel gentle breezes warm our shoulders.

Jan 03, 2021

What a bizarre mixture of politics, luck of any common moral principles- people are sleeping around with their best friends or with best friends of their best friends - and all of that is being framed as ‘romantic relationships’.

Dec 30, 2020

Meh...I had to go back and verify if this was a teen romance book... Lots of teenage drama. I was very disappointed. I know the story from “Same time Next Year” but this was a big disappointment.

Nov 17, 2020

I should learn that I am not going to enjoy romance novels. I gave this book a chance because one of my favorite films is "Same Time Next Year" with Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn. The difference between the two premises is that in the film both individuals are already married and no one is harmed by their love. As this story begins, neither party is married. The man is working for "Big Pharma" - a job he hates. Why didn't he move to the island and marry his lover? I know that jobs on Nantucket probably were not plentiful for his education level, but we know immediately what his priorities are. Then he goes on and marries... Mallory has inherited a cottage and I believe she was right in wanting to stay in the place that she loved. People were harmed in this book. I need to trust my instincts about books. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Nov 12, 2020

Another Nantucket gem!

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