Can I get a drum roll for the first book review of 2017????
Hopefully this will be the first of at least 24 book reviews this year, because that is the number of books chose for my 2017 reading goal!
The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand follows the life and family of best friends Madeline and Grace. Set during one summer in Nantucket, the friendship of the two women begins to crumble around their own life decisions and rumors about them and their families that are spreading across the island like wildfire.
This was the second Elin Hilderbrand novel I’ve read and I read it right after I finished her novel Here’s to Us. She was a new-to-me author when I picked up these two books and I have to say that I’m excited to read more of her stories. This book made me want to go to Nantucket (where it’s set) and made me want to write a book (one of the main characters is an author). I read this while we were on our New Years holiday at the beach in Texas and it was the perfect speed and weight of story for me to read while relaxing and celebrating. While I enjoyed most of this story, there were a few things that stood out to be in a bad way. First, for most of the book many of the characters aren’t likable due to the awful and selfish choices they make. Second, I was really confused right off the bat from the large number of characters introduced all at once and because many of them had silly and hard-to-remember names. That might not be an issue for some, but it was to me. I find that most of the time when that happens, you don’t really need to remember the characters and all their names and relations, but in this book they all come back around, so I found myself having to go back to the first few pages to remember who each one was. While I did mention that many of the characters aren’t super likable, I did appreciate that many of them came around to their senses by the end of the book and learned a few lessons. If you’re looking for a beach read this summer or lighter story to balance out a tough day, this is your book! Also, if you’re a fan of Elin Hilderbrand and follow her on Twitter, you may have seen that she’s writing a sequel to this book due out in the winter. I’m looking forward to getting caught up with these characters to see where they are and how they’ve grown.
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