JSD August Book Review: 28 Summers

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

August Book: 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand

If you read and liked Beach Read or are a fan of chic lit, you’ll enjoy this book!

Jet Set Darlings Book Review:

Let me start by saying, I’m a huge fan of Elin Hilderbrand and have read pretty much all of her books. Something about the familiar characters, Nantucket setting and the promise of love always pull me in and immediately set me at ease. This book was really no different but I knocked it down a few stars because I feel like there wasn’t a strong climax. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed reading it and getting to know the characters but I kept hoping for more. In the end it read a bit flat and just seemed to be a nice love story about a couple who fought for each other against all odds. If you’re looking for something light and easy to read, this is a good option.

Book Synopsis (from Amazon):

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.


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