Thursday, July 12, 2012

Book Club - The Island

The Island by Elin Hilderbrand


Birdie Cousins has thrown herself into the details of her daughter Chess's lavish wedding, from the floating dance floor in her Connecticut back yard to the color of the cocktail napkins. Like any mother of a bride-to-be, she is weathering the storms of excitement and chaos, tears and joy. But Birdie, a woman who prides herself on preparing for every possibility, could never have predicted the late-night phone call from Chess, abruptly announcing that she's cancelled her engagement.

It's only the first hint of what will be a summer of upheavals and revelations. Before the dust has even begun to settle, far worse news arrives, sending Chess into a tailspin of despair. Reluctantly taking a break from the first new romance she's embarked on since the recent end of her 30-year marriage, Birdie circles the wagons and enlists the help of her younger daughter Tate and her own sister India. Soon all four are headed for beautiful, rustic Tuckernuck Island, off the coast of Nantucket, where their family has summered for generations. No phones, no television, no grocery store - a place without distractions where they can escape their troubles.
I thought this was a great summer read. It was a sweet story of sisters, mother and aunt. There were enough twists and turns to keep me interested throughout. My only issue was the names of the characters - Birdie, Chess, Tate. Totally silly names. And I kept thinking that Tate was a boy, as I totally think of that as a boy name. Other than that, I enjoyed this book. It did remind me of a Danielle Steel novel with the happy ending tied up in a bow.
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Victoria said...

i read this book a long time ago but i remember those silly names :)

happy friday!

jennie said...

I TOTALLY agree with you about character names! I read a historical romance once and it was a nightmare. Totally took me out of the story. And I also agree with you about Tate - I'd totally think that would be a guy's name.

Shoshanah said...

I've been wanting to read this one! It just seems like such a perfect summer beach read.

Anonymous said...

I've seen several people review this book lately, so I'm going to have to add it to my list! And like the other commenters, I agree with you on the name thing. Sometimes if names are just really too weird (or hard to say) I make up my own name or abbreviate it.

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