The Five-Star Weekend - Elin Hilderbrand

The Five-Star Weekend

By Elin Hilderbrand

  • Release Date: 2023-06-13
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 2,307 Ratings


From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hotel Nantucket: After tragedy strikes, food blogger Hollis Shaw gathers four friends from different stages in her life to spend an unforgettable weekend on Nantucket.

Hollis Shaw’s life seems picture-perfect. She’s the creator of the popular food blog Hungry with Hollis and is married to Matthew, a dreamy heart surgeon. But after she and Matthew get into a heated argument one snowy morning, he leaves for the airport and is killed in a car accident. The cracks in Hollis’s perfect life—her strained marriage and her complicated relationship with her daughter, Caroline—grow deeper.

So when Hollis hears about something called a “Five-Star Weekend”—one woman organizes a trip for her best friend from each phase of her life: her teenage years, her twenties, her thirties, and midlife—she decides to host her own Five-Star Weekend on Nantucket. But the weekend doesn’t turn out to be a joyful Hallmark movie.

The husband of Hollis’s childhood friend Tatum arranges for Hollis’s first love, Jack Finigan, to spend time with them, stirring up old feelings. Meanwhile, Tatum is forced to play nice with abrasive and elitist Dru-Ann, Hollis’s best friend from UNC Chapel Hill. Dru-Ann’s career as a prominent Chicago sports agent is on the line after her comments about a client’s mental health issues are misconstrued online. Brooke, Hollis’s friend from their thirties, has just discovered that her husband is having an inappropriate relationship with a woman at work. Again! And then there’s Gigi, a stranger to everyone (including Hollis) who reached out to Hollis through her blog. Gigi embodies an unusual grace and, as it happens, has many secrets.

The Five-Star Weekend is a surprising and captivating story about friendship, love, and self-discovery set on Nantucket. It will be a weekend like no other.


  • So good!

    By Gilmore0895
    Loved every minute of this book!

    By JMorasci
    I have read many of her books but this one was a disappointment. Not much character development and very superficial, gossipy, whining characters and no significant issues. One of my favorite authors so I will try again.
  • Must read!

    By Jasper&$$$$$$$
    This is the first of Elin Hilderbrand's books I have read and I'm so glad I did! The setting in Nantucket was exactly what I was looking for as a quick summer escape read. The characters were so interesting in their own lives and I love how she brought all of them together. I just purchased another one her books and I won't stop till I've read them all, I love her style!
  • Predictable

    By wyomom2
    I had a hard time getting connected to the characters and the emotional connection I usually have to her books was lacking for me. I got through it, but sadly wasn’t soon enough.
  • Bravo

    By linglakelauri
    Awesome book! So sad the Nantucket books are ending. You’ve taken me away many times and I appreciate it. You’ve made me know and feel the Island of Nantucket and I’ve never been. Some day,,,,
  • Easy and Fun Read

    By JazzyWan
    Enjoyed it immensely. Especially the food descriptions.
  • Totally predictable

    By LJB789
    I have read several of her books and this was not up to her usual standard. It was very much like one of the “Real Housewives “ tv shows which she actually mentions in the book. Perhaps that was her goal and I missed the message.
  • Enjoyable

    By tolyaten
    I loved the premise of the book. Made me think who I would invite to a five star weekend. A tad predictable, but overall enjoyed the book. Friendships are important, but they ebb and tide, but having lost my own husband unexpectedly, I wouldn’t be where I am today without my girlfriends. Friends from the past and new friends who are now like old friends. Nice read.
  • Disappointing

    By Jan 222
    It was a very enjoyable read until the personality transformation overnight of Brook. Just because someone realizes that they are gay, it doesn’t immediately change their personality and even eating habits. Honestly! As my daughter would say, “Get real!”
  • Did not receive whole book after paid

    By kimmiemcdaniel66
    Paid for book to read and only received 39 pages. Book is 400 pages.