Summerland - Elin Hilderbrand


By Elin Hilderbrand

  • Release Date: 2012-06-26
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 876 Ratings


The "queen of the summer novel" explores the power of community, family, and honesty-and proves that even from the ashes of sorrow new love can take flight (Kirkus Reviews).

A warm June evening, a local tradition: the students of Nantucket High have gathered for a bonfire on the beach. What begins as a graduation night celebration ends in tragedy after a horrible car crash leaves the driver, Penny Alistair, dead, and her twin brother in a coma. The other passengers, Penny's boyfriend, Jake, and her friend Demeter, are physically unhurt--but the emotional damage is overwhelming. Questions linger about what happened before Penny took the wheel.

As summer unfolds, startling truths are revealed about the survivors and their parents, the secrets kept, promises broken, and hearts betrayed.


  • A must read

    By KateW65
    Elin Hilderbrand keeps your interest through out the book
  • A great read

    By Spomky
    A truly captivating book,one of Elin’s very best. Great story.
  • Fun but somewhat confusing

    By Jakemo
    Liked the story but jumped around too much
  • Too long, too heavy

    By KellyAnn9
    Love this author but not this book. Very long and so many heavy topics.
  • Hard to finish

    By 964231
    This book dragged on and on. Certainly not her best work.
  • Same old same old

    By Kittyusa2015
    Just the same skeleton, nothing new
  • Boring!!!

    By SS blue sky
    I started this book months ago and just finished it a couple of days ago. It was one of the most boring and drawn out books that I have ever read!!! The characters were pathetic and way too much time dedicated to each one. Do not waste your money on this one!!!
  • Live

    By Hhoops13
    Could't put it down...
  • Wonderful!

    By HikerNana
    I would say that this is my favorite of the 3 I have read by this author. The characters were memorable and well-described. I loved it, and I had to keep reading! Great ending!!
  • Loved it!

    By P&S mom
    As with all of Elin Hilderbrand's novels, this one owned me from page one. Living not too far away from Nantucket, I love the familiar places mentioned as well as the rich relationships among the characters. At the end of each novel I declare that one my favorite!