28 Summers

28 Summers

A Novel

Large Print - 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, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2020.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9780316497961
0316497967
Branch Call Number: LPF HILDERBRAND, ELIN
Characteristics: 596 pages (large print) ; 25 cm
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Alternative Title: Twenty-eight summers : a novel

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rothweii1932
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"

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becker
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 😆

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_Amazon_
Feb 10, 2021

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

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CL_kcls
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.

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Margush
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’.

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dmd1949
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.

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maipenrai
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

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Dee_BPL
Nov 12, 2020

Another Nantucket gem!

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TLCMom582
Oct 12, 2020

I listened to the audio version of this book. The narration by Erin Bennett was very good.
The book started out with a prologue that let you know this wasn't going to be a happy book. That knowledge was hanging over me for the entire rest of the book. I really should have gone with my gut and stopped reading there. This book gutted me. I like my HEAs and this sure didn't have one.
I was also thrown off by the way each chapter started. It was something like, "And what are we talking about in 1978?" It just seemed a little strange to me.
I think I wanted to like it more because it is and Elin Hilderbrand book and I was expecting something different from such a big name. That is solely on me. The book was well written and the characters were very well developed, even if their actions weren't what I would have wanted. The story development and the things the characters went through were sure enough to make you think about what you are doing with your own life.

JCLHeatherM Oct 10, 2020

Inspired by the Broadway play and film 'Same Time Next Year', Mallory Blessing and Jake McCloud meet one summer during a bachelor party weekend and create an enduring connection that lasts 28 summers (or 28 Labor Day weekends). Jake promises to return to Mallory in Nantucket 'no matter what', which includes everything from job promotions, engagements, weddings, set backs, and more.

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