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From New York Times bestseller Elin Hilderbrand, a new novel set on Tuckernuck, a tiny island off the coast of Nantucket.
Four women-a mother, her sister, two grown daughters-head to Tuckernuck for a retreat, hoping to escape their troubles. Intead, they find only drama, secrets, and life-changing revelations.
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Published July 6th 2010 by Hachette Audio (first published 2010)
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Jo Anne B
A typical beach read with a lot of drama in women's lives.

I did not like the characters at all. I even didn't like their names-Birdie, India, Chess, Tate. These were rich spoiled women who didn't deserve the men in their lives. But, ofcourse everything works out perfectly for them and everyone lives happily ever after. Bleh!!
Annie
I'm reading this book and I really don't know why. OK. Actually I do: I reserved it months ago at my library and the waiting list is hundreds of people long. I feel an obligation!

About twenty pages in and I'm already exasperated with the story. Hilderbrand has a unique (and mildly annoying) habit of not having chapters in her books. Why? There are long stretches of disjointed prose separated with a heading for a different character.

All of Hilderbrand's books that I've read seem geared for commer...more
Cara
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This is just a sappy soap opera set on Tuckernuck Island off Nantucket. Everyone is wealthy. Everyone is unhappy in love, OR, has fallen instantly in love (possibly with the wrong person). Everyone behaves like a 3-year-old or at their best like they’re in junior high.

Here’s a sample:
They had officially been “together” for only nine days, but every day on Tuckernuck was a lifetime, and so it felt like forever. They had made love sixteen times, they had shared ele...more
Anne
Easy and fun beach book.

The women were a little over the top with their issues but I loved how they enjoyed
their cocktail hour every evening.....very funny!
The thing I got out of this book is I want to try the wine they drank....Sancerre....heard it
was delicious.

Fun read that is forgetable when you leave the beach!
Denise
Elin Hilderbrand's latest novel, The Island, tells the story of 4 women over one month on Tuckernuck Island. Birdie's daughter, Chess, is about to marry the perfect man. To celebrate and try to reconnect with Chess, Birdie invites her to spend a week in the old family vacation home on Tuckernuck Island. When Chess calls off the engagement and shortly after the ex fiancee dies in a freak climbing, the accident, the week turns into a month and Birdie invites her other daughter Tate and her own sis...more
Bookworm
The relationships in this novel are both heartfelt and multi-faceted. At the heart of the story are the relationships between mothers, daughters and sisters. This is also a story about soul searching and reconnecting.

At fifty-seven years old and after thirty years of marriage, Birdie Cousins finds herself divorced and wanting to move on with her life. Her ex husband Grant is a lawyer who was always more involved with is work than with his family.
Birdie's two daughters, Chess and Tate, are all...more
Jessica
At first I thought that I would put this book away unfinished. I wasn't totally into it and I really didn't care for the characters. After about 75 pages though, I couldn't put it down! The author makes you love and hate each of the characters.

Birdie was not my favorite character at all. There were times when I thought she was pathetic, boring and just let people walk all over her. Then, halfway through the book, she changed and I liked her more. She still wasn't my favorite in the book but she...more
Barbara Sissel
I really liked this story of four women, two sets of sisters a generation apart, spending a month together on an island off the coast of Nantucket. The setting is one of the things that brought the novel alive. Elin Hilderbrand knows this tiny island. She takes the reader by the hand and leads them all over it making them see it, vividly. You can nearly feel the sand give under your feet and smell the salty air. She knows these two pairs of sisters, too, and the particularly layered and mysterio...more
Betsy
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Erin Martin
Mar 28, 2011 Erin Martin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those that love books about relationships
Recommended to Erin by: Bob, Mollianne and Meisey gave it to me for Christmas
Shelves: own-a-copy
There was not a single thing that I didn't love about this book. Wonderfully written with characters that I truly cared about - I couldn't ask for anything more. I loved how the author spoke from the perspective of the four women this book centers around - Birdie, the matriarch; India, her sister; Chess, her oldest daughter; and Tate, her youngest daughter. We watch these four women as their lives completely change and how each of them react to it. I loved the symmetry between the two sets of si...more
Holli
I could hardly put this book down. It was that good. I really love this author and she outdid herself with this novel. It had mother-daughter relationships, sister relationships, marriage, divorce, death, new love.... hurt, anger, excitement, hope..... what a book! Loved it!
Susan Bright
Tuckernuck is a small island off the coast of Nantucket. The island has no grocery stores or stores of any kind for that matter. It is a quiet island with beautiful beaches and most of all solitude. Birdie Cousins’ family had owned a house on Tuckernuck for generations. It was a simple cottage with no phones, no televisions, minimal electricity and no hot water. It was built in 1935. The furniture was old and the beds creaky. For Birdie, it was the perfect get away.

Every year Birdie and Grant wo...more
Ruth
Chess is reeling after she breaks her engagement, Birdie, her mom has finally met someone that she cares about after her 30 year marriage has ended, Aunt India has experienced major problems with her most promising art student who has decided to withdraw and attend Parsons Art Institute instead, and Tate, is just Pollyanna but has never been in love and spends all her days fixing computer systems and her nights in a minimalist apartment, which is describing it nicely. With Chess hurting so much,...more
Karen
I always think of Elin Hilderbrand as my guilty pleasure reading, then question why I have to feel guilty about it. This is the second of her novels I've read, and she seems to specialize in character-based contemporary tales set on Nantucket, a place I now crave to visit. Told in third person from four points of view, The Island tells the tale of two pairs of sisters from two generations. Thirty-two-year-old Chess, the golden child, was to be married when suddenly, after expensive and extrava...more
K
This is a solid three-star chick lit book. And I mean that in the nicest way.

I find that, with chick lit, sometimes it's about timing. If I've felt taxed lately by demanding reading and/or life stress, my need for light entertainment can make me more forgiving than I otherwise would be of cliches, convenient plot contrivances, etc. With that said, although I was ripe for some chick lit I quickly abandoned two other light reads that I didn't even bother reviewing here because they were just too o...more
Scargosun
Being a lover of all things Cape and The Islands related, I dove into this book. I found the premise very interesting; secrets, devastation, coming together in a family summer place, healing. These issues are introduced right away in the first few sections (the book is really divided into sections focusing on the different family members that go to Tuckernuck Island for the month). Then later the book really starts to delve into the character development I went between being annoyed with their i...more
Traci Haley
I always find Elin Hilderbrand novels hard to get into. Her stories are about rich, white characters with whom I can't relate. They live lives that, as far as I can tell, they SHOULD have been happy with...yet they are usually miserable with their lot. But then something happens as I continue reading... I fall in love with the location (usually Nantucket, but in this case, Tuckernuck Island)...and then because of the characters' relationship with the location, I start to fall in love with their...more
Nette
Yeah, it's embarrassing, but it's become part of my summer ritual: every July or August I read Hilderbrand's latest book, always featuring bare feet on the cover and a cast of good-looking and mildly tormented women spending time on a Nantucket-adjacent beach or island, working out their problems with the help of sparkling water, beach glass, seafood, and the local version of the Old Spice Man. This particular island is called Tuckernuck and the natives greet each other by calling out, "Life is...more
Jennifer
From My Blog (3.5 stars)....


The Island by Elin Hildebrand is a month-long soap opera in written form, about four women, their secrets, desires, insecurities and hidden passions. Birdie is divorced and concentrating on her daughter's upcoming wedding when she begins to date Hank, who happens to be married yet they both feel it is fine since his wife has Alzheimer's and is in a special facility. Birdie's sister India enjoys imbibing as well as a good joint, has a high opinion of herself and her th...more
Shonda
Birdie Cousins is starting over…in her fifties. She’s recently divorced from her husband Grant and is about to embark upon a new relationship. Chess, Birdie’s oldest daughter, has always gotten what she wanted. She’s engaged to Michael and appears to be very happy. When she abruptly ends their engagement, it leaves everyone wondering why. Tate, the youngest, is a computer genius. She’s not a “girly-girl” by any means and is her sister’s complete opposite. She’s single and successful, but there’s...more
Carrie
Oh, to be born in to a family with a summer house on Tuckernuck--complete with no electricity or hot water....and a caretaker to bring you fresh food and the daily newspaper each morning, and return with the clean laundry and crab salad and cold wine for each afternoon....

Newly divorced Birdie Cousins is planning the wedding of her daughter, Chess, (short for Mary Francesca-how cool is that?) complete with hand made paper invitations and a floating island in her pond for dancing at the reception...more
January
I have to admit that when I read the synopsis of this book I didn't think I was going to like it, but it is set in Nantucket and I was planning a trip to Maine and wanted a book that took place around that area and the reviews were good so I thought I would try it out. I have never read any of Elin Hilderbrand's novels so I wasn't sure what to expect. I am so glad I did! I loved this book!

This book is about 4 women that go to an Island and stay at a house that has been in their family for decade...more
Alison
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Brenda
This book is about two sets of sisters from two different generations, Birdie Cousins, and her two daughters Chess and Tate along with Birdie's sister India. They decide to spent the month of July at the family home on Tuckernut Island.

Each woman woman has a story to tell and each of their stories revolve around love. Birdie divorced after thirty years of marriage is developing a relationship with Hank, a married man. They justify this relationship because Hank's wife has Alzheimer's and is in a...more
Diana
Towards the end of this book, I started getting a deja vu type feeling that I had read a book very similar to this one but for the life of me, I couldn't remember what it was. I finished the book and saw on the inside of the cover that the author had written Barefoot, a book that I loved and read last year. So, now that I have that out of the way, I will tell you why I loved this book. The family is a typical family but their flaws are out there for us to observe and possibly judge until we real...more
Kristy
After thirty years of marriage, Birdie Cousins has left her husband Grant, and is refinding herself. She has hobbies, a new boyfriend, and is busy planning her oldest daughter Chess' wedding. Mysteriously, Chess suddenly calls off the impending nuptials and quits her job; a job she was quite successful in. Birdie decides it would be good for the both of them to visit their house on Tuckernuck Island. Before departing, Chess' sister Tate invites herself along, and Birdie invites her sister India...more
Jenesis
This book is about four women named India, Birdie, Chess, and Tate who decide to take a mini vacation to their family owned vacation home on the island of Tuckernuck. The desire to break away from the havoc of life is formed when Chess' fiancee, Michael, dies in an attempt to climb a dangerous mountain without a harness. This unexpected tragedy leaves Chess in a mournful state as she grieves over her loss and a secret that no one else knows. Over the course of the book old memories are rekindled...more
Ellen Moore
This was not my favorite book, but it kept my attention. I wasn't sure how it demonstrated empowerment of women when everyone was so miserable. One was divorced and breaking up with her new and married boyfriend, one was depressed because she did not love her fiance' and he had died after she had broken their engagement, one had started dating someone she had loved for many years but was tormented that he was in love with her sister or involved with a woman he was working for, and one was a wido...more
Kepanie
At first, I was zoomin' along to just finish the book so I could move onto my library ones. But then the book started reaching out to me. It got a hold on me and held on tight.
It is always easy to judge someone. But every person has a story. These four women who came together each had issues - insecurities and old ghosts. It was like each character circled around her baggage, left it to the side for awhile, and then slowly came back around to open it, reexamine it, and then clean house. I found...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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