Friday Morning Bookclub

September 5, 2012

The Island By Elin Hilderbrand

Filed under: Audio books,The Island — susanbright @ 10:08 am
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Tuckernuck is a small island off the coast of Nantucket. The island has no grocery stores or stores of any kind for that matter. It is a quiet island with beautiful beaches and most of all solitude. Birdie Cousins’ family had owned a house on Tuckernuck for generations. It was a simple cottage with no phones, no televisions, minimal electricity and no hot water. It was built in 1935. The furniture was old and the beds creaky. For Birdie, it was the perfect get away.

Every year Birdie and Grant would pack up their daughters and off they would go to Tuckernuck. But times had changed and no one had stayed in the house on Tuckernuck for thirteen years. Birdie and Grant were divorced and Chess and Tate were all grown up. In fact, Chess was getting married to a wonderful young man and Birdie was busy planning the festivities. It was going to be a beautiful affair complete with a “floating island” in the back yard pool.

Birdie knew that this could be her last time to have some real quality time with her daughter and came up with a brilliant idea… a few weeks on Tuckernuck Island. Just the two of them. Birdie was thrilled when Chess accepted her invitation and for the first time in years called their caretaker on the Island. There was quite a bit of work to be done if they were going to be able to stay in the long neglected house.

Nothing could have prepared Birdie for the late night call she received from Chess. The wedding was off…..no explanations…. Chess just DID NOT want to marry Michael. She was not in love. As if that wasn’t enough, only a few days later they received more devastating news. If there ever was a time that Chess needed her family, this was it.

Not only did Birdie invite her eldest daughter Tate,  but she also invited her own sister India to join the group. India had suffered a loss in her life and Birdie thought that of all people perhaps she could help Chess with whatever she was going through. Off the four women went to the quaint island of Tuckernuck.

The Island is told through the voices of the four woman. Slowly secrets are revealed and the pieces all fall into place. If you are looking for one more beach read, The island could be just the thing. Another entertaining book by Elin Hilderbrand.

May 26, 2012

Silver Girl By Elin Hilderbrand: Another Thoroughly Entertaining Audio Book!

Filed under: Audio books,Silver Girl — susanbright @ 11:48 am
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I had never even heard the term Ponzi scheme until the news broke about Bernie Madoff, and have since given little thought to Madoff’s wife Ruth. Where is she today? Did her friends stick by her or just simply disappear? Did she or didn’t she know what her infamous husband was doing?

Elin Hilderbrand’s Silver Girl may not be a terribly original story, but it certainly is an engaging, entertaining one. Meredith Martin Delinn has it all. She lives with her husband Freddie in a Park Avenue Penthouse. She vacations in Palm Springs, travels the world and thinks nothing of going into a store and dropping thousands of dollars at a time. Her husband adores her and people are just begging her to talk her husband into investing their money. Sound familiar? Everything is wonderful, until the day Freddie is accused of cheating his rich investors out of billions of dollars and sentenced to 100+ years in prison. Meredith loses everything. Her friends turn her back on her and she can’t even get an appointment at the hair salon she has been going to for years. To make matters worse Meredith’s sons are also being investigated so she is not allowed to contact them. She has no one.

There is only one person Meredith can think of to call, her childhood friend Connie O’Brien and even that was not a sure bet. Meredith and Connie had barely spoken in  several years, partly because Connie had let Meredith know exactly what she thought of Freddie. When Meredith calls Connie, no questions are asked and Connie picks her up and whisks her away to the O’Brien summer home in Nantucket. Connie is not without her own set of issues. She is still recovering from the death of her husband Wolf and because of something that happened at Wolf’s funeral, her daughter Ashlyn was not speaking to her.

Even the wig and sunglasses Connie bought Meredith to wear were not enough to keep Meredith from being recognized and Nantucket seemed to be full of people burned by Freddie. If it were up to Meredith, she would never even leave the house. She was terrified and with good reason. Someone was out there angry enough to vandalize her safe haven. Why wouldn’t anyone believe that she was a victim too, that she had no idea what her husband was doing? How could she have been so blind to the things that were going on right before her eyes? How was she going to prove her innocence?

Silver Girl is a story about love, friendship and forgiveness. What would you do for an old friend? Who would you turn to when the unthinkable happens? Friendship goes two ways and in many ways Connie needed saving as much as Meredith. I loved listening as Meredith and Connie’s stories unfolded. Silver Girl is Chic Lit at it’s best. A thoroughly entertaining audio book read by Janet Metzger and Marianne Fraulo. How can I not give it 4 omelets?

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