A Summer Affair - Elin Hilderbrand

A Summer Affair

By Elin Hilderbrand

  • Release Date: 2008-07-02
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 596 Ratings


The perfect wife and mother finds the perfect temptation in this "perfect summer cocktail of sex, sun, and scandal" (Kirkus Reviews).

Claire has a problem with setting limits. All her life she has taken on every responsibility, assumed every burden, granted every request. Claire wants it all—and in the eyes of her friends, she has it: a devoted husband, four beautiful children, even a successful career as an artist. So when she agrees to chair the committee for Nantucket's social event of the year, she knows she can handle it. Claire can handle anything.

But when planning the gala propels her into the orbit of billionaire Lock Dixon, unexpected sparks begin to fly. Lock insists on working closely with Claire—often over a bottle of wine—and before long she can't ignore the subtle touches and lingering looks. To her surprise, she can't ignore how they make her feel, either. Claire finds the gala, her life, and herself spinning out of control.

A Summer Affair captures the love, loss, and limbo of an illicit romance and unchecked passion as it takes us on a brave and breathless journey into the heart of one modern woman.

"Think you know where this is going? Think again. Hilderbrand is way too smart to give away the whole story in her title." —Elisabeth Egan, New York Times


  • Enjoyed reading this!

    By Ldybladz
    These are all great summer/beach reading! I enjoy all her books.
  • Just ok

    By Meg999999999999
    Not really a summer affair... the title and book cover is misleading. Not the light summer reading I was looking for. I love Elins books, but this wasn’t my favorite.
  • Not my favorite

    By Dirsten
    Disappointing ending. It ended abruptly and without any resolution.
  • Cheating on her husband why again?

    By nancycccslp
    I like her books. I enjoy an easy summer read. But she cheated on her husband, for MONTHS without guilt, for no real reason. Boredom? Too busy with the kids? At no point did we ever see her work WITH her husband, her teammate, on THEIR relationship. Frankly, I didn’t like the character of Claire at all, as a person.
  • A Summer Affair

    By SPemel10
    I always enjoy reading Elin’s novels, but this one was by far, my favorite! I couldn’t put it down! The story had me hooked from page one! Having found myself in Claire’s shoes several years ago in my own life, this story spoke to me on many levels! I have to say I was very pleased and relieved with the end of the story! I’m not an avid reader, but rather one who will indulge in a book a few times a year. A Summer Affair has me craving another good read immediately! And I will surely be reading another Elin Hildebrand novel! Thank you Elin Hildebrand for the gift of your stories!
  • Depression and rambling

    By Cck1103
    I have loved every one of her other books and was looking forward to another good read. This book is so depressing and really showed no direction and made me feel tense the whole time. Most of the story was rambling with no clear reason. I didn't like this book at all.
  • Not impressed

    By Emmers123456
    Not a book I would suggest to anyone I know. I understand the author's intentions with this story but still don't think that adultery is a healthy way to solve problems in a relationship or deal with one's own problems within herself. Therefore I would not recommend this book!
  • A summer affair

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  • A Summer Affair

    By 2believe1
    Excellent! I had a hard time putting it down and can't wait to read more of her books.
  • Summer affair

    By btbamrules
    Loved this book! Couldn't put it down.