Review “28 Summers” By Elin Hilderbrand

Review "28 Summers" By Elin Hilderbrand

Review "28 Summers" By Elin Hilderbrand

Review “28 Summers” By Elin Hilderbrand

Mallory Blessing is on her deathbed after being diagnosed with cancer. She’s given her son, Link, instructions to call a phone number that’s tucked safely away on a slip of paper in her nightstand, but she doesn’t give him any other details. When a man, Jake McCloud, picks up the phone, Link believes there must be some kind of mistake. Jake is the husband of Ursula Degournsey, the woman leading the 2020 presidential election. Jake asks Link why he’s calling, although he’s pretty sure he already knows the answer. And then…we’re swept back to the summer of 1993, where Mallory and Jake’s story begins.

Mallory is young and unsure of who she is or wants to be. She’s living in New York City with her best friend Leland, although their relationship is rocky at best. Everything changes for her when she receives the news that her aunt died, leaving her a cottage on the island of Nantucket. She packs up her life in New York and never looks back. When her brother asks her to host a small “guys” weekend in lieu of a bachelor party at her new cottage, she agrees. But, when her brother’s college roommate, Jake McCloud, gets into her car that first Labor Day weekend, they both know their lives will never be the same.

Mallory and Jake end up making a pact: they will go about their lives without one another, except for one weekend a year when they’ll meet on Labor Day at Mallory’s cottage. They’re each other’s “Same Time Next Year” based on the first film they watched together. Despite their longing desire to be together, their lives are on different paths, and readers follow their relationship, one weekend a year, for the next 27 summers.

This is by far my favorite Elin Hilderbrand book yet. It’s filled with love, longing, and loss. My only complaint was that I needed more summers because I wasn’t ready for it to end; though, I’m not sure I ever would have been.

Review “28 Summers” By Elin Hilderbrand

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