BOOK REVIEW | 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand

Rating: 5 out of 5.

28 Summers | Elin Hilderbrand

📖 432 pages | Publication Date: June 16th, 2020 | Little, Brown and Company publishing | Hachette Book Group

By far one of my favorite beach read authors, Elin Hilderbrand is a must read for me – I have devoured many of her reads, including the in Paradise series, Summer of ’69 & most recently a buddy read of the Silver Girl #readwithangie #beachcanyouread & always love every single one. 

This title is the story of a secret love affair, kept from family and friends based on the classic film Same Time Next Year – It begins with us meeting Link, Mallory’s son, who is given instructions to call a number for his mother that will shock him, why would she want him to call Jake McCloud?

We flashback, to when Mallory Blessing receives a Nantucket cottage from her aunt, that she happily agrees to let her brother use for his small bachelor party, with his two friends. Little did they know that weekend would be the trip to pull together a lifetime of connection of their friends, family, life events, marriage children and so much more. 

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. 

From the way Hilderbrand references current events as we’re introduced to each year of this relationship, to how the characters evolve and connect through the story, I was engaged from the moment it began. The POV switches from Jake to Mallory, with brief piecers from the supporting characters that gives us insight to both sides of this love story, and all of the people affected by it that kept it interesting and exciting, and always full of LOVE. 

Be prepared to fall in love with this story, and have your tissues ready – I already let Elin herself know I ugly cried at this one, it’s just FANTASTIC. 

Thank you to Netgalley, Little, Brown and Company publishing and Hachette Book Group for allowing me to read a copy of this title in advance, in exchange for my personal review.

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