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28 Summers

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This book has it all friendships, relationships, betrayal and loss.
I loved the way it was written over so many years and the recap of each year at the start of the chapter brought back many memories.
Ultimately it’s a sad story.  It doesn’t have the fairytale ending that we all wish for.
It follows the life of Mallory and her ‘same time next year’ pact with her brothers married best friend.
She sacrifices so much for him and yet gains so much.  She’s true to herself, she accepts what she has is all that she’ll ever have and she cherishes what she does have.
Well worth a read but be prepared to get sucked in to this book and not want to put it down.
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This was a great read, enjoyed it thoroughly, was hooked from the first page, loads of twists and turns, would recommend it x
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28 Summers is a wonderful "same time next year" novel. It is a beautiful and sometimes sad love story between Mallory and Jake. One of the things I loved about this book was the opening to each chapter. The listing of what was happening that year brought back wonderful memories. Is what Jake and Mallory are doing wrong? Is it okay to have a once a year affair? I did not judge while reading this one, I just went with the story. Both were okay with the situation on one hand, but had so many regrets. It was an easy to read story with likable characters. The opening lets us know how this story is going to end, but it still seemed a bit abrupt. This was an enjoyable summer read, one of the reasons why I look forward to Elin Hilderbrand's summer story.
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A good read - nostalgic and keeps you reading. I enjoyed the characters and would definitely check out more by this author.
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A bit different for a love story book. This is about a couple who have been meeting up to have a secret love affair every summer for 28 years. But now things are changing and this might be their last summer. Well written.
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I wasn’t sure whether I would like this or if I would warm to a heroine who sleeps with a married man, but I loved it. Now keen to read more from this author.
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I loved this book. It follows the main characters Jake and Mallory and their love affair spanning 28 years. I enjoyed that each chapter starts with a recap of events/pop culture from that year. This was my first book by Elin Hilderbrand and I am looking forwards to reading more.
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I loved "28 Summers" SO MUCH. I'm not normally a reader of love stories or romance: I tend to read psychological thrillers and crime. But something about this story sounded intriguing, so I stepped outside my comfort zone and I am so glad I did! 

This novel sucked me in and I didn't want it to end. The description was so rich, the characters felt like real people. I got angry with them as if they were real people! 

I'm sad for Mallory and Jake, it felt like such a waste of two lives in a way, but at the same time it made for a perfectly bittersweet story that kept me hooked right to the final page. 

Also I really want to go to Nantucket now! Hildebrand created a beautiful and finely wrought world, in both time and space.
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I cannot believe I have not discovered Elin Hilderbrand before given according to her blurb she writes two books a year ..... this love story drew me in straight away telling the tale of Mallory and Jake who met 28 years ago over Labour Day weekend and set up a Same Time Next Year pact - both move on with their lives Jake marrying his high school sweetheart Ursula who goes onto to become a presidential candidate and Mallory having her son. We see the ups and downs with lots of great characters along the way - I’m just about to research which of her other books to read hoping I will enjoy it as much
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Elin Hilderbrand has become one of my favourite authors in recent years so I was delighted to be offered the chance to read this years summer release. 
This is a story of a relationship that spans 28 years. Mallory meets Jake - college room mate of her brother - one weekend when a group of friends visit her house on Nantucket. They fall in love and due to each others personal circumstances realise that they cannot be together as a couple however they commit to meeting up for one weekend each summer. The premise should not work however the writing is so good that you can understand how they 'get away with it' for so long. This is more than just a love story but a well written tale of relationships and friendships and how they can endure or fall apart over the course of a lifetime.
I enjoyed this book very much and the main characters were likeable. Thank you to Hodder and Stoughton for the opportunity. I look forward to more novels from Ms Hilderbrand.
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I absolutely loved this.  Following the main characters over the course of 28 years and seeing the different paths their lives took whilst mingling together is a great premises.  The relationship between the 2 main characters is just lovely.  Highly recommended.
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I was delighted to be able to review this book. Unfortunately it isn't one of my favourites and I did find it hard going to get into it.
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In the summer of 1993 Mallory inherits a beach cottage in Nantucket from her Aunt Greta and organises her brother Cooper and his friends a bachelor party. Mallory is instantly attracted to his fraternity brother Jake. Several disasters occur, Jake and Mallory are left on their own and find themselves getting close. 

They make a pact with each other that no matter where they are in their lives, they will spend Labour weekend together. This tradition is kept up for many years. They look forward to their special times together but also dread the day when Jake leaves to go back to his real life and family!!

I wanted to dislike Mallory for having an affair with a married man, but I couldn’t help but love the bond that Mallory has for Jake whether it be right or wrong.

This is a great book and I couldn’t stop reading it. I was swept along with the beautiful descriptions of Nantucket and didn’t want the story to end.

Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a review.
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I’ve seen all the love that Elin Hilderbrand books get on #bookstagram and my interest has been piqued for some time now, but I have to admit I felt a little overwhelmed about where to start! When I saw that Hilderbrand had a new book out, I decided to take the plunge and dive into 28 Summers and I’m so glad that I did.⁣
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Hilderbrand’s nostalgic storytelling really draws you into Mallory & Jake’s love affair that spans over many years and through various life & worldly events. I couldn’t help but be swept up in all of the emotions of their special connection as well as the idyllic Nantucket setting, which I now want to visit.⁣
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While I personally didn’t agree with the paths they took and the decisions they made, Jake & Mallory’s relationship came across as quite authentic and I was so invested hoping they’d find happiness together despite knowing what we know in the synopsis.⁣
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I loved that each chapter was introduced with pop culture references from that year and it was wonderful to take a trip down memory lane as Jake & Mallory’s love story unfolded. 28 Summers is more of a slow burn & immersive type of read that I savoured over several days and that will test your moral compass and have you considering what you would do if faced with similar circumstances.⁣
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#28Summers was my first Elin Hilderbrand book but it definitely won’t be my last, I can see why her books make popular holiday or summer TBR picks.

Huge thanks to Hodder & Stoughton and Netgalley for providing an eARC for review

4.5 stars
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I had heard a lot about this book and was expecting a great read but for me it didn't live up to the expectations,  Overall I enjoyed it but felt Mallory and Jake were weak characters so it was hard to care to much about their story. A good but not a memorable read
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i just do not like elin hildebrand's writing. she always writes in nantucket and just like, how much can actually happen there? my mother was alive during this. like in the 60s' she lived in the chicago area. no it really did.
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Beautifully written book, lovely characters about a love story lasting 28 years but who never managed to be permanently together. It wove in historical references to every year covered by the book and how the two main characters evolved over the years. Loved it. Thank you for letting me review this book.
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A lovely story.   Transported me from a dreary corona summer to the sunny island of Nantucket. by the ocean.
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Thank you Elin Hilderbrand for picking a weekend per year to focus on along three decades, instead of dragging on and on the dreariness of each year to make a generational saga. I don't mind that it is a modern remake of Same Time, Next Year as long as it is done right and kept me interested and entertained in this all-too-inauspicious year in a Nantucket cottage far from the maddening news of 2020.

A true enjoyable read for those forced into Staycations. It is not exactly a feel-good read, mind you,
but it was comforting in a way, heart-breaking in a good way, hopeful in the end.. I ended up actually liking all the characters, although it is not a prerequisite for me to love a book because its characters are likeable. But they were really human and faulty and... well, just human. Even when the occassion arised for some political banter, it was balanced and nuanced.

And I loved that cover. Capturing the essence of a story in one photograph. I'm a real sucker for those.

Thank you so much NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton for this bright spot in my summer.
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Loved this book!! 

I read this based on lots of recommendations and was not disappointed. 

Yes it’s a bit romantic and a tiny bit implausible in parts but the writing and characters keep you hooked & wanting to know what happens next.

It’s a story that spans decades and each chapter starts with a reminder of what were the key talking points of each year.

I didn’t want it to end and I need a second book to know what happens next with Link, Jake, Coop, Bess, Ursula.

Recommended.
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