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Silver Girl

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Meredith Martin Delinn just lost everything: her friends, her homes, her social standing - because her husband Freddy cheated rich investors out of billions of dollars.

Desperate and facing homelessness, Meredith receives a call from her old best friend, Constance Flute. Connie's had recent worries of her own, and the two depart for a summer on Nantucket in an attempt to he...more
ebook, 340 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Reagan Arthur Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jane Stewart
Meredith was clueless about more than just her husband. She has no curiosity. Mediocre story. I wanted it to be over.

This book was inspired by the Bernie Madoff financial disaster. People gave money to Bernie who created fake reports telling them they were earning huge profits, but in reality he was stealing their money. For many people this was their life’s savings. Bernie went to jail.

In this story Freddy Delinn is the Bernie character. His wife is Meredith. They have two sons in t...more
The truth is that I didn’t have high hopes for this book because:

1.I am a bit tired of the “Victim of XYZ retreats to Nantucket to lick her wounds with her former BFF” premise, and

2.The title and cover of this book are a bit too reminiscent of Danielle Steel to appeal to me.

But since it’s Ramadan and I need all the distraction I can get, I decided to overlook these two strikes and I checked this book out from the library.

Silver Girl is the story of Meredith – a woman dealing with the aftermath...more
First Thoughts after finishing book: I'm glad that I didn't end up hating Meredith!!

What I liked about this book:

The story is very relevant to what has been occurring in corporate America and Wall Street. Greed, selfishness, and amassing "things" is the main agenda for many in this country.
Meredith's best friend Connie- if not for this character I would have stopped reading this book as I really couldn't take another minute trying to feel sorry for someone who wouldn't think twice about dropping...more
Apr 09, 2012 Etcetorize rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
I really don't like to give bad reviews but this book was not good. Maybe it would be ok for a beach read but other than that I probably wouldn't bother. I have to admit that I listened to it on CD which may have swayed my opinion, but I did think about half way through that the only reason I wish I had been reading it was so that I could've skimmed the second half and finished faster.

Most of the women in this book are not very smart and see themselves only through the eyes of the man that they'...more
I loved this book -- definitely one of my favorites by Elin Hilderbrand.

The biggest thing that I love about Hilderbrand's books is that they are set on Nantucket Island. There's just something about the island, even though I haven't been there, that really speaks to me. A summer on Nantucket seems like it would be something magical and sweet that you know you would always remember and that you would never want to end, like a summer romance or your first love. In fact, those types of things often...more
Silver Girl started out so well. I took it out from my library and was really looking forward to vicarious lifestyles of the rich and famous morality tale. Setting: Nantucket Island where the wife the greatest financial scoundrel of the 21st century *yes, you are supposed to think Bernie Madoff* has come to lick her wounds and get away from the press. The ruined lives, suicides even -- all victims of her husband's Ponzi scheme -- come fast and furious. Meredith Martin Delinn is an innocent: perh...more
To be alone in a world where she was once idolized and held up as a shining example of success is not something Meredith Delinn thought would ever happen. Having been swindled out of not only her money, but her life including her friends and family she’s finding it hard to believe she ever knew the man who caused it all; her husband Freddy. In an attempt to escape the media frenzy surrounding her husband’s discovered Ponzi scheme she connects with her childhood friend, Connie, whom she hasn’t sp...more
Allie Smith
I won this book from an author’s blog, so that is always fun. I've enjoyed each of Hildebrand’s books that I've read, but I was hesitant about this one, since it was based on the whole Madoff saga. But, once again, Hildebrand did not disappoint.

She wrote a sympathetic and likable heroine, who I couldn’t help but route for. I do not know enough about the real Mrs. Madoff, to know if they are similar (but I’m assuming they're not). The story was compelling - and made you stop to think about what h...more
I have never been able to get my head around the breadth of Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, the wide net cast over so many victims, the far reaching consequences. I have also never spent a moment thinking about the man or his family.
Yet, such a scheme and the family involved are what drive the plot of Hilderbrand’s latest novel, and I was immediately drawn in to the felon’s wife’s character and believe in her innocence from the beginning. Meredith asks her long-time best friend, Connie, from whom...more
Vannessagrace Vannessagrace

Silver Girl is the typical romance novel where girl meets bad boy. Girl falls in love with bad boy. Girl is told that bad boy won’t change and will probably get worse. Girl doesn’t listen and marries bad boy. Bad boy commits a crime that can take down Girl and their children. Girl has problem severing ties with Bad Boy when he goes to prison.

Bad Boy Freddy Delinn pulls a ponze scheme on anyone and everyone, friends, family and strangers unbeknown to his wife. It takes good girl Meredith Martin D

OK, first of all, I am a total snob because I didn't want to like this book, because I could tell immediately it was a total beach read, chick lit type of book. But then I ended up liking it--shame on me and my snobbery! However, I was right about one thing, and that's that it really seems aimed at a traditional, upper-middle-class, conformist type of reader, particular a female reader. There were a couple places in the book where really antifeminist things were said (at least I thought) and jus...more
I was looking through my posts today and noticed that it has been quite awhile since I was able to give a book a "5" rating. The authors I normally love, such as Jodi Picoult (a "2" for Sing You Home???) and Jennifer McMahon just didn't put out the work that I expected from them this year. I love, love, love Bethenny Frankel, but she can't really write a book. The last "5" I gave was to Jane Green on June 2 for the lovely Promises to Keep. I was getting a little discouraged. Then came Silver Gir...more
I had to take a few days to think about this one. I have come to the conclusion that this one just OK for me. I'm not sure I can totally pinpoint why I didn't care for it. I think it came down to the characters. None of them appealed to me. I didn't like Meredith at all. I didn't feel badly for her situation one bit. Nobody can be that blind for 30 years. I wasn't even really convinced that she had changed that much in the end. I also didn't care for Constance. She could have made more of an eff...more
PacaLipstick Gramma
Another time I wish we could half stars! This would be one and a half.

I am torn about this book. Maybe it is just too close to the Madoff scandal. The author paints us a picture that the wife of the Ponzi master is caring, sweet, lovely, and just oblivious to what her husband has done. I don't buy it, but then, I get it. It's only a book.

But maybe that is the part that makes me so torn. Bernie Madoff was real. The damage he did was real. His son committed suicide. He stole billions of dollars fr...more
Reading the new Hilderbrand every summer is a guilty pleasure for me -- they're silly, fun books, perfect for warm weather. Sadly, the writing in this one was so bad that the usual Nantucket-porn descriptions (light-filled, gray-shingled cottages, rugged beaches, dripping lobster dinners) and the shocking plot twists couldn't hold my interest. The two main characters, middle-aged (but hot! of course!) ladies, are constantly on the edge of hysteria. Here are a few sentences at random. "It was as...more
I could not stop reading this book.... the characters were fascinating to me. I love how this author can put me inside the novel within the first chapter to where I feel like I'm friends with the main characters and I've known them my whole life. Definitely a GREAT read!!
I really enjoyed this book just for a nice summer read. It had the right touch of romance without being explicit, and the financial mystery playing out in the story was interesting. Perfect for a light, easy, entertaining read.
Fun summer beachy read! Definitely take it with you on vacation. In fact, take all of Elin's books on vacation because you'll want to read one every day.
Jayme VA
Silver Girl was just okay. I enjoyed it in the beginning but couldn't wait for it to be over. I think it probably could have been about 25% shorter.

Meredith DeLind is living the high life, multi million dollar yacht, vacations wherever she hopes to go, and $20,000 bed linens. Like her yet? Turns out her husband Freddie has been running a Ponzi scheme and Meredith is left with nothing. Unable to talk to her children, she turns to her childhood friend, Connie for help. The pair head to Connie's va...more
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Sail on Silver Girl. Sail on by. Your time has come to shine. All your dreams are on their way.” Page 341

Meredith Delinn certainly didn’t feel like any dreams were coming true after her husband was arrested for stealing millions from investors.

Being the wife of an investment thief definitely was not pleasant. Freddy had cheated investors out of millions, was finally caught, and made his family's life miserable. He wouldn't talk to authorities about anything and wouldn't tell them that his wife a...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
While I've read more than my fair share of Elin Hilderbrand's breezy, easy summer novels (Barefoot, The Castaways, A Summer Affair, The Island, Summer People, Nantucket Nights) this was by far the most emotional and affecting yet. Usually, along with Jennifer Crusie, Hilderbrand is my go-to gal for a light, beachy, often romantic read I can finish in a couple hours. This novel was a slight change in tone from the previous novels I'd read, because those books too dealt with heavy, tough issues, t...more
Maya Hollinshead
When I saw the opportunity to preview Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand, I decided to take a chance on it. First, I wanted to read something that was out of my comfort zone. I was also curious to read the book that caused Tayari Jones to change the name of her book. (And if you haven’t read Silver Sparrow, please go and read it ASAP. You will thank me for it.)

This story is about two friends, Meredith and Connie, who have both recently lost their husbands. Meredith was living the lap of luxury unti...more
Cheryl "Mash"
SILVER GIRL by Elin Hilderbrand
Published by Reagan Arthur Books/
Little, Brown and Company, Hachette Book Group
ISBN-13: 9780316190428
At the request of The Hachette Book Group, an ARC TPB was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.

Synopsis (from publisher): Meredith Martin Delinn just lost everything: her friends, her homes, her social standing - because her husband Freddy cheated rich investors out of billions of dollars.
Desperate and facing homelessness, Meredith receives a call from he...more
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
My first experience with Elin Hilderbrand and I was more than thrilled about this heart-wrenching tale of two woman who are the same age, but struggling with their husbands' absences in completely different ways. What starts with a Ponzi scheme which could mimic the well-known Bernie Madoff catastrophe, ends with a story of friendship that can defy the test of time.

Switching between the two women's perspectives worked completely well in this book, from the simple aspect of labeling each chapter...more
Pamela Pickering
I always have a hard time evaluating Elin Hilderbrand's books. I really enjoy her writing, and she can draw me quickly into a story which is not an easy task for an author. The hard part for my review is that I often don't like the story or the characters. Such as the case with Silver Girl. Although I did like Connie well enough, I just wanted to shake Meredith and say "Think for yourself!" All in all I guess that's a true compliment to the author to invoke that type of emotion. I appreciated th...more
It's difficult to imagine that anyone in the US hasn't heard of Bernie Madoff or his Ponzi scheme that bilked thousands of people out of billions of dollars. For some people it is still difficult to presume that his wife, Ruth Madoff knew nothing about his business dealings. Ms. Elin Hilderbrand has tackled this very touchy subject in a fictionalized account of Meredith and Fred Delinn.

Meredith is a society wife and mother that lived a glamorous life style with multiple homes, cars, etc. Even s...more
Michelle Reynoso
My thoughts on Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand

I love discovering new writers. Let me rephrase that by saying, 'new writers to me', because often they are not new to the writing game, I have just never read any of their books previously. That is the case with my latest read, Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand.

Silver Girl looks like a typical "beach read" from the cover with a slim blonde gazing out over the ocean, but delve into the pages and you'll find more than just a book about romance, or lust,...more
Kimmel Tippets
This is my first experience with Elin Hilderbrand and it won’t be my last. This book was amazing. Elin truly has a way with capturing the things that cause people the most pain. As I read, I ached for both Meredith and Connie. I was driven to read on in the hope that everything would be resolved. I wanted Meredith to be cleared with the FBI, to admit that her husband was a creep.
I wanted Connie to admit that it was okay to love again and to finally receive her phone call from her estranged daugh...more
Elin Hilderbrand's Silver Girl is the story of a woman whose life is turned completely upside down by her husband's actions--and of friendship, redemption, and love.

Meredith Delinn faces complete ostracism from society when her husband Freddy's financial ponzi scheme is busted wide open. Needing to hide her face (and shame) from everybody, she calls up her childhood best friend and is whisked off to Nantucket for the summer. Not that everything's great between Connie and Meredith... And Connie h...more
Elin Hilderbrand's latest novel is called Silver Girl. I would give this book 4.5 stars if I could. This author has been one of my favorites since last year when a friend recommended I read The Castaways. Needless to say I loved it! Next a friend recommended I read Barefoot and again I loved that book too! Due to those great books I have added this author to my "must read when released" list and I now consider myself a fanI This is a great book to take with you to the beach or on vacation!!

The m...more
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Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children. She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for her five previous novels. Hilderbrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa.
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