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									Summerland: A Novel review

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                       Product Description-Summerland: A Novel
   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 after a horrible car crash leaves the driver of the car, Penny Alistair,
  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, and questions linger about what happened before Penny took the wheel.
 As summer unfolds, startling truths are revealed about the survivors and their parents - secrets kept, promises broken, hearts
   betrayed. Elin Hilderbrand explores the power of community, family, and honesty, and proves that even from the ashes of
                                               sorrow, new love can still take flight.

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Customer Reviews:
35 of 39 people found the following review helpful

Another Excellent Read, June 26, 2012 By Silver's Reviews (Pennsylvania)
This review is from: Summerland: A Novel (Hardcover) 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...

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful "THE POWER OF FAMILY, FRIENDSHIP, AND HONESTY!", June 26, 2012
By Geraldine Ahearn "Author Geri Ahearn" (Phoenix, AZ)
      This review is from: Summerland: A Novel (Hardcover) A compelling, heartfelt story about reclaimed friendship, tragedy,
loss and love! On one particular evening in June, the Nantucket high school students gathered for a bonfire on the beach as a
celebration to graduation, which ended in tragedy. A terrible car crash left the driver of the car dead and her brother in a coma,
with two passengers as survivors. What happened before Penny took the wheel? As summer unfolds, startling truths are
revealed about the survivors, along with secrets, broken promises and broken hearts. Elin Hilderbrand delivers an emotional,
captivating story about reclaimed friendship as she portrays that even after sorrow, love can still be found. This interesting novel
has colorful characters, a powerful story with a good message, and picture-perfect scenery. Beautifully written, and Highly

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing, August 3, 2012 By Jane "music 1st baseball 2nd" (Boston)
This review is from: Summerland: A Novel (Hardcover) I've loved all of Elin Hilderbrand's books. Except this one. The characters
show no real warmth. Everyone is so wrapped up in their own angst/pain that they don't connect with eachother. It was just
depressing from start to finish. If you're new to Ms. Hilderbrand, I highly recommend Blue Bistro as a starting point. In that book,
she handles some very sad and tender topics with heart.

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