Review: 28 Summers

28 Summers 
By: Elin Hilderbrand
432 Pages
Published June 16, 2020
Little Brown and Company
Source: Library

Synopsis from GoodReads:

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?

Flashback 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.

Once I began reading the reviews, I knew I had to read this book.  This is the first novel I have read from this author and it did not disappoint.  I am hooked! I loved everything about this book.  The genuineness of the characters, the setting (Nantucket island), and the plot.  I enjoyed the walk down memory lane at the beginning of each chapter as it answered the question "What were we talking about in 19XX."   The list includes historical and pop culture events, breaking news, popular songs, books.  

I found myself reminiscing, my first serious boyfriend and I broke up in the summer of 1993.  This memory helped me relate to Jake and Mallory's longing for one another and the agony of spending such a short time together before having to say goodbye until the next year.  There were times I was sure their same time, next year would be interrupted but somehow it worked out and they spent 28 summers.  Signs this relationship was meant to be.

This book kept me engaged until the end and I look forward to reading more of Elin Hilderbrand, I don't know what took me so long! 

Overall rating for "28 Summers": 5 stars


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