Summer People - Elin Hilderbrand

Summer People

By Elin Hilderbrand

  • Release Date: 2010-04-27
  • Genre: Drama
Score: 4
From 770 Ratings


"Things get more twisted at every turn, with enough lies and betrayals to fuel a whole season of soap operas...readers will be hooked."—Publishers Weekly on Elin Hilderbrand's Summer People

Every summer the Newton family retreats to their beloved home on Nantucket for three months of sunshine, cookouts, and bonfires on the beach. But this summer will not be like any other. When Arch Newton, a prominent New York attorney, dies in a plane crash on his way home from a business trip, his beautiful widow, Beth, can barely keep things together. Above all, though, she decides that she must continue the family tradition of going to Nantucket, and at the same time fulfill a promise that Arch made before he died.

Beth invites Marcus, the son of Arch's final and most challenging client, to spend the summer with her and her teenage twins, Winnie and Garrett, who have mixed reactions to sharing their special summer place with this stranger. Always a place of peace before, Nantucket becomes the scene of roiling emotions and turbulent passions as Marcus, Winnie, and Garrett learn about loss, first love, and betrayal. And when they stumble upon a shocking secret from Beth's past, they must keep it from destroying the family they've been trying so hard to heal.


  • Boring

    By Kittyusa2015
    Just endless words without meaning to fill the pages
  • Wonderful summer read and lessons of moving on

    By Maggiemom71
    Great summer read!! Lessons of moving on, of mourning, forgiveness and growing up. As always I've gone someplace familiar with Hilderbrand and come away with something new. Loved it.
  • Summer People

    By Catfans
    As always Elin provides characters that we can all relate to. They are lovable, flawed and each of us! A joy to read as always. Thank you for providing me a few hours of escape from my cancer battle.
  • Review

    By Summer People
    Ms. Elin, you are a good writer.
  • Summer People

    By Beach loving mom
    Another excellent read by Elin Hilderbrand!
  • Entertaining!

    By Denver51
    Read this book on a lonely Saturday night. It is a very quick but entertaining chick read.
  • Great story but ...

    By Riki Niki
    Way too short.  The ending felt rushed and anti-climatic but this was the first book I've read from this author and I definitely enjoyed her style of writing.
  • Just OK

    By Steve Cady
    I normally rave about Elin Hilderbrand's books, but this one didn't quite do it for me. It's a good story, and it will definitely hold your interest, but it just wasn't as believable as her other novels. You won't hate it, but I don't think it will end up on your favorites list.