28 Summers - Elin Hilderbrand

28 Summers

By Elin Hilderbrand

  • Release Date: 2020-06-16
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 4,578 Ratings


A "captivating and bittersweet" novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Summer of '69: Their secret love affair has lasted for decades—but this could be the summer that changes everything (People).

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?

Flash back 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.


  • Loved it

    By TupperJ
    Such a sweet book. I wish the story would continue…. The ending left it open for a continuation!!!! I want to know what happens to the kids!!! Love reading her books. She creates true to life characters that I think about when I’m not reading about them! Which book is next???
  • 28 Summers

    By 🫶🏼xo
    Good, but terribly sad and gut wrenching. The waiting…the lives of two people who find true happiness and love for only 3 days each year…
  • Loved until the end

    By elirat01
    I love Ellin Hilderbrands work. Her books are engaging with well developed characters and just the right amount of details in the story development. This book has an interning use of key words used to set the timeline at the begins of each chapter. This treatment really resonated with me. It put me right into the time period. The relationships of characters took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions; happy, sad, passionate, devastated, lagging, and crying. This book was so easy to read I flew through it in a matter of days. I loved every page until the last. Although I absolutely loved the book — it was not my favorite ending.
  • A must Read

    By KateW65
    This book will have you on the edge of your seat ❤️🕶📕
  • Easy read

    By scep7
    Great read! Ended abruptly!
  • Meh

    By lasher29
    Just ok
  • Grabs your heart

    By koglus
    You just feel so tender and loving towards the characters. Truly a great book. I enjoyed how it went through the years and through time and how well it laid it out but also quickly and it feel like just fillers fill in the time.
  • Loved it

    By Teena H
    It was a sad story and very good. I thought it was well written and could happen in real life. A great vacation book to read. I couldn’t put it down.
  • Just bad

    By tmon92
    Zero character development, zero insight, the drama is surface level, and no conflict or growth. I feel like these are all robots. Could have been 12-15 summers and added a lot more depth and direction but no. That’s not at all what this book was.
  • Having a political cake and eating it too

    By AMeyer30
    I liked the main characters, I liked the references to real people and places- at first. Then I felt a little pandered to as a white woman. When real-life events, places and people were particularly significant and controversial in a particular year, they were written out of history even though we were very much thinking and talking about them in our real lives. This is strange, given one of the main characters is a politician. Too bad.