The Island by Elin Hilderbrand (♦♦♦♦)

Birdie Cousins--Chess and Tate’s mother-- takes on the preparations of Chess’s wedding, which is supposed to happen in the fall. Around Labor Day, Chess calls Birdie in the middle of the night to let her know that her engagement is off. Chess doesn’t want to talk about it, except to say that she has realized she doesn’t love Michael Morgan, her former fiancé. Days later, Chess receives a phone call with horrible news. That’s how the summer starts.

Birdie plans a summer getaway with both of her daughters and India, her sister, to Tuckernuck Island, a privately owned land off the coast of Nantucket. In Tuckernuck there are no modern day amenities such as electricity, except the one provided by a generator, no phones, and no grocery store. The four women go to Tuckernuck Island with the intention of providing support for Chess, but soon after they arrive it becomes obvious that each one of them is harboring resentment and pain from past relationships. What seems like the perfect opportunity to help Chess heal becomes the ideal setting where long held secrets are disclosed, ex-lovers reunite, and new love sparks fly. After a month in Tuckernuck, all four women emerge wiser and with a better understanding of themselves and of each other.

I liked this book a lot. It is a chick book, but that’s OK. The story is engaging and well narrated. The book is divided in chapters titled after each one of the four women. Each one tells in her own voice, about the events that occurred before she decided to go to Tuckernuck Island. Good summer read, though I just finished it.

I want to read more books by this author.


  1. I read another Hildebrand book and really liked it, though the name is escaping me at the moment! Her stories seem perfect for summer and lazy days by the pool (if I could ever enjoy such a thing!). I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for this one!

    1. The Island is one of my favorites, and yes, as you say Hilderbrand's books are perfect for lazy summer days. I have read four books by this author and only didn't like one: The Bistro.
      Enjoy this one, I highly recommended.

  2. I love Elin Hilderbrand's books...thanks for sharing.

    Stopping by from Carole's Books You Loved March Edition I am in that list as #15.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Entry

    1. Thanks for visiting Elizabeth. This one is great, lots of juicy stuff.
      I'll visit your post in a sec.


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