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A Summer Affair

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  19,197 Ratings  ·  1,155 Reviews
Claire Danner Crispin, mother of four young children and nationally renowned glassblower, bites off more than she can chew when she agrees to co-chair the Nantucket's Children Summer Gala. Claire is asked to chair the benefit, in part, because she is the former high school sweetheart of rock star Max West. Max agrees to play the gala and it looks like smooth sailing for Cl ...more
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Published July 2nd 2008 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2008)
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Aug 01, 2010 Heidi rated it liked it
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
Dec 17, 2011 Jennefer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 10, 2010 Clare rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: someone-cheats
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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
Kyle Moore
Jul 19, 2013 Kyle Moore rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 16, 2011 Bridget rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 22, 2010 Liz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-reads
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
Jun 21, 2010 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2010
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
May 03, 2014 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 06, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like Elin Hilderbrand's books. I grew up on the Jersey shore, I've been to Wildwood Crest. Love the beach settings. The family dynamics.

The characters are really different, well developed, interesting. I liked Claire, I got Claire. I loved the way the affair was described emotionally, the euphoria, the guilt, the lack of guilt, then the judgement. Claire's glass blowing was a very different career to have, and it was definitely an asset to the story. As a lover of all things food, I als
Mar 02, 2011 Rene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 21, 2010 IronyOnHighHeels rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 28, 2009 Jkdaun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 03, 2012 Gina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My least favorite book by this author. I felt no connection to the characters and the guy she was having an affair with seemed old and "icky" to me.
Nov 18, 2010 Sandra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Nov 13, 2010 Corey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010, kindle
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Kelly Keefe
Jul 27, 2009 Kelly Keefe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 25, 2016 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am so completely done with this. I haven't finished and you can't make me. This book is about terrible people who are terrible to each other. I don't need to love every book character out there, but this book is filled with a bunch of annoying classist and slightly racist mean girls and I can't even. I wish I could give this negative stars.
Mar 07, 2017 Gillian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Complete rubbish
Aug 31, 2008 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 04, 2015 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a pit in my stomach through the majority of this book due to the mixed emotions brought on by seeing all sides of the different relationships portrayed. There was the internal guilt Claire and Lock carried for starting and continuing a love affair, the understandable frustrations in their respective marriages--some of which was just common disenchantment after being married for many years, some was more involved due to more tragic circumstances. There was the honesty of their feelings for ...more
Julie Barrett
Jul 18, 2013 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 27, 2012 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Bridget Bailey
Jul 23, 2015 Bridget Bailey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read many books by this author so I know what I am getting myself into. I love the way Elin writes her novels and how you get to know each character. This book was a little different than her other novels but the way she captures the cheating spouses and how it feels to be in it, is so spot on that I admire that about this author. She writes these books in a way that makes you feel like you can relate that it's not all unrealistic and fluff. I truly enjoyed this book up until the end. I f ...more
Nov 23, 2008 Alissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, 2008
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
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Mar 09, 2015 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eh I feel bad rating something of Elin Hilderbrand's two stars.
I just didn't like the story very much and I didn't have much love for the characters.
I will give the author all the credit for the fact that I enjoy her books so much that sometimes I buy a book of hers that I wouldn't buy based on the description alone if it had someone else's name on the cover. But my goodness, she just has a way of writing that makes her characters seem glamorous yet relatable , and sometimes they are people with
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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.” 40 likes
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