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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  12,306 ratings  ·  943 reviews
Sheila Crispin Cook, mother of four young children and nationally renowned glassblower, bites off more than she can chew when she agrees to co-chair a huge benefit concert on Nantucket. Sheila is asked to chair the Nantucket's Children Summer Gala, at least in part, because she is the former high school sweetheart of world famous rock star, Max West. Max agrees to play the...more
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Published July 1st 2008 by Hachette Audio (first published 2008)
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Heidi
It's hard for me to give it more stars even though it was compelling to read. I felt weighed down as I read about Claire having an affair with Lock and her seeming lack of concern for how deeply it would effect her children and husband. I think I was more concerned for them than she was! Claire was characterized as the "good person," but I found it hard to see her as anything but selfish. Her husband was shown as flawed, but I saw him as the better person because despite his flaws he was a famil...more
Jennefer
A Summer Affair was a good enough read but not one of my favorites by this author. It was a page turner but not because it was THAT GOOD but because I was apprehensive about where the story was going to go and to find out what was going to be the final outcome.

I was having a hard time relating to the main character, Claire, a mother of 4 and wife to a husband that seems absolutely wonderful with his only downfall being that he watches a little too much TV rather than talk to her. I couldn't fin...more
Clare
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Kathleen
This is a book I have been waiting to read since learning of its publication. I discovered the author two years ago and read through her previously written books within a few weeks relishing each one. The relationship of the wealthy summer residents to the local residents and maintaining the integrity of Nantucket's beauty and history are aspects of the books that are always of interest to me. While I like the internal conflicts of her main characters, their gutsiness and longings, the main char...more
Bridget
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Jess
This is my first book by this author. I've heard many good things, and the book I originally intended on reading first was Barefoot. My library didn't have the copy at the moment, so I started with this one instead.

At first, the book seems to be about an affair that the main character Claire is having. This affair is introduced early on, so this is not a spoiler. She's a wife, a mother, an artist and frankly she's bored. As the plot moves along, I found it to be less about the affair in particul...more
Kyle Moore
Speaking of trainwrecks...

When I first saw the cover of the book, I assumed it was going to be some innocent summer romance, but no. This was anything but, and halfway through, I just... I just could not read anymore.

The main character, Claire Danner Crispin, was supposed to be a devoted Catholic... and yet she is worse than many of the atheists that I know. Mainly because, she just slept with some random guy that she in reality barely knew, someone that was not as cool as her husband (who I tho...more
Liz
In all fairness, I only read the first 50 pages of this book, and I would've never picked this book up if it weren't for it being a Book Club choice. That being said, the whole premise of this book disgusts me. The title. The cover. The synopsis on the back. The first 50 pages. A woman "who has everything", but is dissatisfied with her husband (the way the author writes about this poor dude is appalling), decides to have an affair with a billionaire. Ack. How can this possibly be interesting for...more
Linda Bouley
I really liked this book. It navigates the waters of relationships and in particular those of Claire Danner Crispin, a talented glass blower artist. Her affair with the Lock Dixon, director of an organization that aids local children's lives in affluent Nantucket MA is sudden and passionate. Years earlier Claire felt that she had not tried hard enough to keep Lock's wife Daphne from driving drunk and a resulting accident left her without the ability to filter her thoughts and Claire filled with...more
Rene
Surprisingly, I'm dissapointed. I didn't think I ever would be with a Hilderbrand book but I find myself stunned. Most likely, a combination of things gives me the opinion of distaste. I couldn't really relate with any of the characters in this book and they all made me mad at some point. The main character, Claire is a mother of four and is a professional Glass Blower. I have no idea what that entails and when the story got into her work I was lost. It was interesting though I just wish I knew...more
Sandra
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Jessica
I can generally enjoy a book regardless of the likability of the characters - in fact, unlikable characters often make a book more interesting. But Claire, the main character in this book, was unbelievably annoying. She had a guilt complex, no backbone, and very little personality. She never let anything go, which means we had to read about her guilt triggers over and over and over.

As far as other characters went, the book often overly focused on their flaws as well, which meant there was prett...more
IronyOnHighHeels
Oh boy! This must be the first easy-read book that I've ever struggled to get through. Maybe even the first were I decided halfway through that I would cave in, read the last page and then put it away.
Though the last page wasn't as informative that I felt I could. So I read it through after all.
I don't know if was me or the way it was written. Let's say it was me.
I never connected with any of the characters, at times rather being infuriated by them. As in "Gesh!! Get a grip! You got yourself in...more
Jkdaun
I enjoyed this book. It was a perfect summer read: entertaining, light, transporting. I found the characters to be engaging and funny although a bit difficult to understanding their (actually just her) decision-making. Maybe, they were too human for a work of fiction where I expect them (again, her) to make the right choices easily. Poor Matthew/Max...he's just the type of guy you want to save. That's why women are so attracted to the rock star. But really, you have to feel even worse for the hu...more
Bethany Dalley
This was my first time ever reading a book by this author, and I have to say I was utterly disappointed. Due to the fact that I've never read anything by Hilderbrand before, I can't pass judgement on whether it was her writing style or the plot that was frustrating to me. I am normally a fast reader, but this novel took me almost 3 weeks to finish, which is very uncharacteristic.

I found the plot to be slow-moving, but I will admit I wanted to know what was going to happen at the end. I assumed...more
Alissa
really enjoy novels by Elin Hilderbrand. And this was no exception. The first part of the book was told from Claire's point of view and the second part moved around from Claire, to her best friend, her high school boyfriend, and the secretary of the foundation. That made it move quickly and interestingly.

Claire lives on Nantucket with her four children and husband. She is a glassblower, although she stopped working after an accident when she was pregnant. She is asked by Lock Dixon to chair the...more
Karen
My Review of A SUMMER AFFAIR by Elin Hilderbrand

Elin Hilderbrand is back at Nantucket for another summer treat for readers. This time, we meet the main character, Claire Crispin, who is so much like someone all of us know, or even like ourselves. Claire is a wife, mother, and an artist so we recognize from the start that this is one busy lady. And yet, as so many readers will be able to relate to, we find that Claire just can’t say no when asked to get involved in something.

So Claire agrees to c...more
Corey
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Robert
This book was good enough to keep me reading, but it’s not one where the characters will stick out in my mind, other than probably Max West. He’s the quintessential troubled artist, and despite his level of fame, he seemed surprisingly human. Other than Max, many of the characters appeared like they were wrapped in nice packages and tied with bows, but none of them ever tried to break out of the box, fight the herd, and certainly none of them bothered to scream “Look at me. I’m different.”

Not to...more
Mahinui Gail
In reading over some of the other reviews, I am noticing readers tend to experience the guilt they believe the hero, Claire Danner Crispin, should be feeling for having become involved in the Summer Affair.

Interesting. Maybe it is a sign of the success of the writing that people feel the character within themselves that way. I sort of did not. It was not guilt I was missing, but more a wish that the woman would be brought to her knees by the ludicrousness of her choices. Not that I wanted her to...more
Julie Barrett
A Summer Affair by Elin Hildenbrand
Claire is not one to say no. She's married with 4 kids and she wants to chair the gala for the summer.
The women had met at the bar and Daphne had way too many that night. Many had blamed themselves for her driving herself home and getting in an accident. They set up meals to be delivered to the family. Lock is her husband and Claire feels guilty.
Claire is a glassblower and I love watching them do their art. She's to meet Lock to plan the children's gala for the...more
Christi
I like the chapter headings - simple, short, interesting.

One thing that stuck out was the use of the word capitulate twice on one page early in the book - she "captiulated and pulled out the vacuum" and "I capitulated like a soldier without a gun."

I didn't care for the main character, Claire. She was whiny and insecure and selfish. She didn't realize how much support got her to the life she had. I kind of wanted her to get caught having the affair. Then she'd have to deal with all the lives she...more
Kelly (TheWellReadRedhead)
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Kelly Keefe
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Just - The romance reader
Overall, A Summer Affair was a pretty good book. I read it in a little less than 2 days - mostly because I found myself filled with enjoyment in certain parts and filled with annoyance in other parts. Therefore, I kept wanting to keep going, keep going, through the parts that irked me to get to the good parts.

I was enamored with Claire, the main character, yet totally put off by others, such as Isabelle and Gavin. I would have enjoyed the book more if there wasn't so much back and forth skippin...more
Stephanie
I picked this up randomly as I passed the new books section in the library, probably because it was -20 in Cleveland and the beach scene enticed me. I don't even think I read the inside cover, I just grabbed it. Which is odd, by the way, because I am kind of a book snob and I don't generally read books that have covers looking like this. HOWEVER, I was pleasantly surprised by a story that kept me extremely interested, characters that I liked and disliked at the same time (I love when authors mak...more
Karen
While I enjoyed this author's writing, I didn't find myself engrossed in the plot/characters. The main character, Claire, was hard to sympathize with and there were bits and pieces of other characters that, in my opinion, were never fully developed. It was also quite long but since I read most of it on the beach, it went by quickly. I'd like to try another book by this author.
Donna Givens
I love the setting of Nantucket in her books. the writing is clean and fluid. she creates characters and draws you into their lives. the plot seems pretty simple but you don't know where the characters are heading so you can't put the book down! she my new favorite author for entertainment reading.
Linda
I read two of Elin Hilderbrands books this summer....I chose them as "summer reads" meaning, for me, they were not going to be very involved but they would be easy reading. The first one I read, Barefoot, I liked a lot. This one, the second, was good...it kept me reading...but I had many unanswered questions about what happened to certain characters in the end. Claire must have been some bombshell in Elin's mind since she had 3 men who wanted her is all I can say!
Since I labeled this a light su...more
Eileen
This book started out with a tragic car accident after a girls' night out. The accident victim was encouraged to take the cab home with everyone else, but she declined. The woman had the kind of brain injury that alters her personality (no filter, says just what's on her mind). Skip to years later. . .
Clair, the main character, who extended the initial invitation, has agonized over the experience and feels ultimately responsible, so why are you getting involved with her husband? It's like watch...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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“Guilt and no guilt: these were the worst things. The only thing worse than the guilt was the fear of getting caught.” 31 likes
“All her life, Claire had had a problem figuring out where other people ended and she began. All her life, she’d taken on the world’s hurt; she held herself responsible. But why?” 11 likes
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