28 Summers

28 Summers

A Novel

Book - 2020 | First edition
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2020
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780316420044
Characteristics: 422 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Twenty-eight summers : a novel


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Jan 03, 2021

What a bizarre mixture of politics, luck of any common moral principles- people are sleeping around with their best friends or with best friends of their best friends - and all of that is being framed as ‘romantic relationships’.

Dec 30, 2020

Meh...I had to go back and verify if this was a teen romance book... Lots of teenage drama. I was very disappointed. I know the story from “Same time Next Year” but this was a big disappointment.

Nov 17, 2020

I should learn that I am not going to enjoy romance novels. I gave this book a chance because one of my favorite films is "Same Time Next Year" with Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn. The difference between the two premises is that in the film both individuals are already married and no one is harmed by their love. As this story begins, neither party is married. The man is working for "Big Pharma" - a job he hates. Why didn't he move to the island and marry his lover? I know that jobs on Nantucket probably were not plentiful for his education level, but we know immediately what his priorities are. Then he goes on and marries... Mallory has inherited a cottage and I believe she was right in wanting to stay in the place that she loved. People were harmed in this book. I need to trust my instincts about books. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Nov 12, 2020

Another Nantucket gem!

Oct 12, 2020

I listened to the audio version of this book. The narration by Erin Bennett was very good.
The book started out with a prologue that let you know this wasn't going to be a happy book. That knowledge was hanging over me for the entire rest of the book. I really should have gone with my gut and stopped reading there. This book gutted me. I like my HEAs and this sure didn't have one.
I was also thrown off by the way each chapter started. It was something like, "And what are we talking about in 1978?" It just seemed a little strange to me.
I think I wanted to like it more because it is and Elin Hilderbrand book and I was expecting something different from such a big name. That is solely on me. The book was well written and the characters were very well developed, even if their actions weren't what I would have wanted. The story development and the things the characters went through were sure enough to make you think about what you are doing with your own life.

JCLHeatherM Oct 10, 2020

Inspired by the Broadway play and film 'Same Time Next Year', Mallory Blessing and Jake McCloud meet one summer during a bachelor party weekend and create an enduring connection that lasts 28 summers (or 28 Labor Day weekends). Jake promises to return to Mallory in Nantucket 'no matter what', which includes everything from job promotions, engagements, weddings, set backs, and more.

Oct 01, 2020

I enjoyed reading this book. Had a hard time putting it down whenever I picked it up to read.
I liked the way Elin Hilderbrand started each chapter with the same format....Summer #1: 1996 all the way to Summer #28: 2020. "What were we thinking about?", followed by a little history review of the events and buzz words during that year.
The story and the characters kept you wondering what would come next.
A good read. Grab a few tissues. Be sure you have time to just read.....enjoy!

Sep 17, 2020

Do you like Chick Lit? You will like this book. Do you like good books you will love "28 Summers." The book set on Nantucket Island begins in 1993 when Mallory's Aunt Greta leaves her a cottage in her will. Mallory moves to the island she loves. The fun starts when she agrees to host her brother Cooper's friends and him to celebrate his upcoming marriage. She ends up spending the weekend alone with Cooper's friend Jake McCloud and thus begins a decade long friendship ( I hate to use the word affair) which is only ignited once a year. Based on the classic film "Same time next year," their love story continues from Labor Day to Labor day surviving marriage to someone else, pregnancies, and Jake's wife Ursula's political career. Jake and Mallory are essentially good people who have been kept apart by circumstances and one can't help rooting for them. The ending is a tearjerker but the book is a must read.

Sep 01, 2020

I was caught up in the drama, but the Supreme Court hearings part was too reminiscent of the Bret Kavanaugh nomination where, in my opinion, he was unfairly targeted without believable
testimony and vindictive Democrats. Without that part of the story, completely unnecessary, I would have given a much higher rating.

Aug 22, 2020

3 Stars(?) I think 樂

Dang! This hurt and crazily enough, the ending wasn't a devastating surprise, because it was revealed early in the prologue. Thankfully, that also meant there wasn't the emotional manipulation I often feel in these types of stories.

While trying to write this review, it's the most conflicted I've felt when choosing a rating. I struggled with a number of issues, but I still found the story compelling. I mostly felt that the main characters made mountains out of molehills and ended up hurting themselves and others in the process. At no point had the author convinced me that Jake and Mallory were being selfless in their decisions for a "same time next year" relationship. This was disappointing, because I really liked the personalities of the main characters, but not the reasons they committed to their nonsense decisions.

There were also issues in the timeline execution. On two or more occasions, I thought I had missed something vital and had to go back to re-read, only to find out that the dates hadn't been recorded correctly and the jumps in time were confusing. The story spans over 28 years, so careful outlining and dating were critical for the discerning reader.

It took me awhile to get used to the third-person omniscient POV that was intermittently peppered within the story's third-person limited POV. It didn't bother me, but it surprised me the first couple of times it was introduced and it threw off the rhythm of the storytelling. I got used to it, but it wasn't entirely seamless.

My consensus is, if you’re often driven by your emotions when reading, the story can definitely be moving in a number of ways. If you tend to be more analytical, some of the content, character decisions, and formatting can be frustrating. I'm somewhere in the middle where I was emotionally moved, but can't dismiss the glaring issues that I encountered. This author has been recommended to me and I'm under the impression after reading a few reviews by regular readers, that it might not have been the best book to start with. Just my observation.

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