Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard?

Elin Hilderbrand

The Identicals

With nineteen novels under her belt, you’d think Elin Hilderbrand would have written everything under the sun about Nantucket. But, nope. She’s back again. Thank God! This time she’s brought identical adult twins Tabitha and Harper along with her.

Tabitha and Harper Frost’s lives were split asunder the year their mother and father divorced. Eleanor, the mom, had always wanted to live on the more swanky Nantucket, while Billy, the dad, called Martha’s Vineyard home. The twins were asked to choose who they would live with. Eleanor whined and said they both could not leave her. You see, Eleanor is a very difficult and narcissistic person and both girls chose to go with their dad.  So the girls used a childhood game of Rock, Paper, Scissors to decide how their lives would go forward. When Harper won the game and thus went with her dad, Tabitha never, ever got over it.

Just because identical twins look, well, identical, doesn’t mean they act that way. Two different people do not exist. Harper is the laid back one who prefers a beer and a  shot. Tabitha is the sleek one sipping vintage champagne.  Eleanor has ruined her.

Harper has been in and out, mostly in, trouble on multiple occasions. She can’t keep  a job even though she hales from Tulane University. Not uneducated, just uninterested.  Now she’s gotten herself into big trouble by having an affair with a married man.

Tabitha is struggling to keep her composure while raising a teenage daughter. No husband involved. Never was. And she’s not over the death of her infant son fourteen years ago. She is, however, doing a  pretty good job of running her mother’s boutique on Nantucket into the ground.

The sun’s shining, the ferry’s are running, and the tourists are arriving. It’s summertime on the islands of Massachusetts. Gossip is king, sunburn is queen, and ice cold oysters are the toast of the day.

Nantucket is only a two and a half hour ferry-ride from Martha’s Vineyard. However, it may as well be on the moon. These twins have not even seen each other for years.  What could cause such a rift? Not just the initial game. It’s much more complicated than that. And it takes the death of their dad to bring them back together…

Elin Hilderbrand

Affairs, lies, jaded women, island secrets, sophisticated shops, amazing restaurants. These and more pepper the pages of Hilderbrand’s newest summer beach read. It’s a winner. I read it in one day!

I’ve read all nineteen of Hilderbrand’s novels. I have never set foot on Nantucket. But, in my mind, I know the beaches and the shops and the restaurants. I understand the traffic problems because I live in S.W. Florida where the traffic is abysmal during high season.  And I love the women’s issues that are tackled each year.

I thank Little Brown publishers for my gorgeous finished copy in exchange for an honest review. I loved it!

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One thought on “Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard?

  1. I have to give this author another chance. I read, or tried to read, one book and it was so superficial and fluffy that I gave up on page 5! I know she is hugely popular.

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