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The Love Season

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  4,757 ratings  ·  391 reviews
It's a hot August Saturday on Nantucket Island. Over the course of the next 24 hours, two lives will be transformed forever.
Marguerite Beale, former chef of culinary hot spot Les Parapluies, has been out of the public eye for over a decade. This all changes with a phone call from Marguerite's goddaughter, Renata Knox. Marguerite has not seen Renata since the death of Rena
Hardcover, Large Print, 451 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Thorndike Press (first published May 30th 2006)
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So far I’ve read five other Elin Hilderbrand’s books and I generally enjoy her stories set on Nantucket. Hilderbrand’s writing style is fluent and very pleasant. In my opinion, she’s quite good in creating cozy atmospheres. So, I have not (yet) grown tired of this author, and maybe I never will. Eventhough I didn’t like “The Love Season” as much as her other books, it was still an okay read and I was interested to get to the end.
The reason why I wasn’t enthralled with this story has everything
I dunno who the (expletive) titled this book, but they were on crack.

A frustrating read. Hilderbrand apparently operates under the delusion that a book takes only a few stock characters and a hint of mysterious mystery that isn't explained until the very end, bake at 500 degrees for fifteen minutes stir twice, success!
Why, Elin? (Can I call you Elin?) You had the ingredients for creme brulee au chocolat and you settled for microwave brownies. WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO YOURSELF? & more import
Carol Brill
Hard not to admire an author who can write a 294 page novel that takes place in one day. Not my favorite Elin Hilderbrand novel. Liked the last quarter better than the rest of the story.
Margie Rogers
It's hard to finish a book when you don't like the characters you are reading about. I did finish, but even then I was disappointed at the abrupt ending.
I was very dismayed at the behavior of Renata. How much in love with Cade could she have been if she was eying Miles from the minute she meet him? Not what you would expect of a newly engaged 19 year old, where is her depth? The tantrum in the kitchen was so far over the top, that I almost put the book down right there. The only reason I kept r
The Love Season is another great one by Ms. Hilderbrand! I really love her books. This one took place over the course of two days but flip flopped between current happenings and past recollections from the characters so it was like two stories in one. The character development was exquisite and I couldn't wait to learn their secrets. The only thing I wished for while reading was more.... more development, more story, more background..... but what she gave her readers was still good.
Amanda B
It took me a while to commit to this book, I'm truly struggling. I don't find most YA books completely stimulating any more, and this seemed like a more mature read. After finishing it, I neither felt love for my characters, or apathy. It's just finished and it wasn't terribly moving. All in all it was a nice story. As a woman in my twenties I can relate in a way about that best friend you love with your whole heart. How marriage and family forges a fork in the midst no one speaks of, and how it ...more
Sarah jpsn2429
This novel was somewhat difficult for me to read. I have not read a book in a long time where the storyline is backwards. I would not say there were a lot of ups and downs however I do feel that there were many details that lead to a life of depression and anxiety. You took the main character who blamed her best friend's death on herself in many different ways. And to think she told her story to her goddaughter. It was amazing the feats that were overcome within such a minute part of the book. I ...more
Kathy Saunders
This early story of Hilderbrand's takes place in one day and spans decades.
Marguerite Beale, former chef of a culinary restaurant on Nantucket, has been out of the public eye for more than a decade. This all changes with a phone call from Marguerite's godchild Renata. Marguerite has not seen Renata since the death of her mother, Candace, fourteen years earlier. Now that Renata is on Nantucket visiting the family of her fiance, she takes the opportunity against her father's wishes,to contact Marg
Of the books I've read my Hilderbrand this one I didn't like. Marguerite meets Porter in Paris. They are a couple in Marguerite's mind. His sister, Candace is her best friend. After 15 years, Porter tells Marguerite he is marrying another. (It shouldn't be a shock, he sees Marguerite only in the summer and is pictured in the newspapers with many other women.) Candace is killed by a drunk driver while trying to console Marguerite. Renata, Candace's daughter returns to Nantucket after 15 years and ...more
Jul 11, 2008 Jenny marked it as stopped-reading  ·  review of another edition
I had to put it down because I just can't get into it at this point. I hope to pick it up again soon.
Ah, kind of sad, definitely.
The story is told over a 24 hour time span. It's also split into two stories, Renata who has just gotten engaged and decides to visit her godmother who she hasn't seen since her mom died 15 years earlier.
Then, Marguerite, who is Renata's godmother. Renata's father has forbidden her to contact Marguerite her entire life. But Renata is 19 now and feels like it's time she has questions answered about her mom and her mom's death.

Renata contacts Marguerite about meeting up
If you enjoy cooking this book is a perfect recipe!!
One of her best twists at the end. Loved it!
Molly Ahonen
Well this was the third or fourth Elin Hilderbrand book I've read but I didn't love this one. It was a unique plot and the characters were well developed but I just never fell for them the way I have in previous books by her. The whole book was a two day span of time. And usually I like when a book jumps from past to present and character to character but this book just felt bogged down by getting to what every character was thinking and doing at each hour of those two days. Overall, not the bes ...more
Elin Hilderbrand does not disappoint in delivering a fun summer chick lit book! But wait, her books are not the typical "summer" reads you may see around...she actually writes very well, beautifully descriptive! The characters are interesting and each well developed. The plot is also interesting. I wanted to make that distinction that is more than the average "beach" read!

With that said, I enjoyed Love Season, I really enjoy books with 2 stories being told simultaneously. They hold my attention
Jackie Stanton
The more I read of Hilderbrand's novels, all set in Nantucket, the more I appreciate the diversity of her storytelling. "The Love Season" takes place over a 24 hour period and is told from the viewpoints of the two main characters, Marguerite and Renata (godmother and goddaughter) after a 14 year separation. Thought it contains some themes common to Hilderbrand's other novels (the restaurant business, the sea, Nantucket social life, etc.), it focuses on Marguerite's struggle to maintain her sani ...more
While I wouldn't describe Love Season as a great piece of fiction, I found it to be a fast, okay read. I easily transitioned to place, time, and characters. The narrative toggled back and forth between the 2 main female characters and added depth and suspense to story.

My biggest gripe was my disappointment and irritation with both Renata and Marguerite for allowing themselves to be treated so poorly by their significant others. In hindsight, after her secret is unveiled at the end of the story,
Just who is Marguerite Beale, one time chef of once hot Les Parapluies, a trendy Nantucket restaurant? This novel tells us that and more. The chef has kept herself in her house on the island, until her godchild, Renata, calls to announce that, while on the island meeting her newly affianced parents, she wants to visit Marguerite (or Daisy, as she is known by familiars) to find out anything she can about her mother, who died when she was about five. This is the story of Renata’s day on the island ...more
Elin Hilderbrand's is one of my favorite authors! This being said, she doesn't disappoint in The Love Season. This novel takes place on the lovely Nantucket Island. The story spans only twenty-four hours, yet covers decades of information. In those twenty-four hours, the main characters Marguerite Beale and Renata Knox will face their past as well as each other.

The story introduces nineteen-year-old Renata Knox who hasn't seen her godmother, Marguerite Beale, since the death of her mother, Cand
Gloria Bernal
This is like a good recipe - full of enticing ingredients, a few unexpected flavors, and a lot of meaty satisfaction. I savored it as only Hilderbrand can provide it. I bet she is a really interesting person to know. Admittedly, she herself states at the end of the novel that cooking is one of her passions, and that she sees some similarities in herself with the central character of Marguerite, a self-exiled reclusive ex-chef in Nantucket who hasn't cooked a meal in 14 years. The pending arrival ...more
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Cynthia Davidson
Never would have picked this one up if it had not been selected for our book club, but i am grateful to have been introduced to this author, and would definitely read more of her work now.

You'll have to guess when The Love Season was, for each of the characters, after you read about them. They were quite believable without being too predictable. Hilderbrand is good at maintaining suspense too, and i loved the structure of using one full day in which to tell the story of many years, as the hours
Barbara Canten
Former chef and restaurant owner, Marguerite Beale closed the restaurant and dropped out of society for over a decade. Her goddaughter, Renata Knox, who Marguerite has not seen since the death of Renata's mother, Candace Harris Knox, fourteen years earlier. Renata is on Nantucket with her fiance and his family and wants to see Marguerite. (Her father has suggested Renata avoid Marguerite) Renata wants to know the story of her mother's life and death. Marguerite was Candace's best friend.
The story is set all in one day. Marguerite plans a fabulous dinner to re-unite with her goddaughter after 14 years. The last time she saw Renata was the day Renata's mother died after being struck by a drunk driver. Marguerite is a talented chef on Nantucket. She closed her popular restaurant right after Candace's death. There are many questions surrounding the events of that day. Renata herself is going through changes. Only 19 years of age and engaged to one of Nantucket's fabulously wealthy ...more
Ever used the expression, a day in the life, when describing a book, play or movie? Well, this book can be described that way. One day in the life of a young girl seeking the story of her long ago dead mother. As is true with all stories of this nature, a day in the life is rarely as simple as that and is rarely just about one life. An enjoyable story about life, love, and friendship that seems to touch on so much. Enjoyable, touching story.
Jul 18, 2007 Sherrie rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cry as* white people.
Shelves: 2006booklist
I’m sorry, but the theme for my book reading this year includes books about cry-ass white women. What is up with that? I’m usually not a fan. This one was sort of it had that going for it. Marguerite is a lonely legendary chef on Nantucket Island who hasn't cooked for anyone since she sold her restaurant 14 years ago, following the death of her best friend Candace and her own brief stint in a psychiatric hospital. One night, her goddaughter…Candace’s 19 year old daughter, Renata Knox, ...more
Reading the novels of Elin Hilderbrand makes me want to visit Nantucket. In The Love Season, chef and celebrated restaurant owner, Marguerite Beale, comes to terms with tragic events of her past over the course of one day as she prepares for a special dinner with her goddaughter, Renata Knox. Although I was entertained by the story and related to both Renata and Marguerite, I was disappointed with the ending. Not one of my favorites by EH.
In Elin Hilderbrand’s “The Love Season”, the author explores the story of one woman’s quest for love and family connection. This tale takes place over a two-day period on the island of Nantucket, but through flashbacks for the primary characters, the past is revealed in stages, until finally, we have the full story.

Marguerite Beale is a chef who formerly owned a restaurant on the island – a popular hangout for many locals – until something tragic occurs. A woman – Marguerite’s best friend Candac
Leah Proudfoot
I read this yesterday, I could not put it down! (As is the case with all Elin Hildebrand books for me!) I fell in love with her characters, and I wish they all had sequels so I could know what happens in their lives next. Marguerite/Daisy was such a sweet character. Insecurities we all have, she was real. Complicated relationships seemed to be on of the major themes of the book, they are fun to follow. I think we need another story about Marog and Dusty, some Evan follow up in there too!
J. Ewbank
This book by Hilderbrand is the first I have read of hers. The characters were very well sketched out, so well you thought you knew them. The plot was a little unusual, but interesting. I enjoyed it.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley,Natural Man, and the Ism" "Wesley's Wars" and "To Whom It May Concern"
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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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