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Silver Girl

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  25,803 Ratings  ·  1,757 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Reagan Arthur Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Aug 06, 2011 Ameena rated it really liked it
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
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
Apr 09, 2012 Etcetorize rated it did not like it
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'
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
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
Allie Smith
Jan 04, 2012 Allie Smith rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-women
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
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
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
Jul 27, 2011 Nette rated it it was ok
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
May 14, 2011 Danielle rated it really liked it
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
Aug 17, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing
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
May 04, 2012 Katie rated it liked it
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
Sep 12, 2011 Kari rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook, 2011
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
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Oct 29, 2012 PacaLipstick Gramma rated it did not like it
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
Nov 20, 2012 Dianna rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed
I have enjoyed a lot of Elin Hildebrand's novels including this one. She does a nice job with the flashbacks to keep my interest. A nice beach read. A solid 3 stars.
Jayme VA
Jan 20, 2014 Jayme VA rated it liked it
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
Michelle Reynoso
Jul 24, 2012 Michelle Reynoso rated it really liked it
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,
Vannessa Anderson

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

Jul 10, 2013 Holli rated it really liked it
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!!
Jul 31, 2016 Susanchitter rated it liked it
I needed a "summer read" and this author is always a good one to read for that. Using a "Madoff "event as its premise, set in Nantucket, with two women Meredith and Connie who have been friends since forever the book is a fun read.
Aug 16, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
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.
Leah Hortin
Jun 28, 2011 Leah Hortin rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio, library
This was just ok. I waffled between being irrationally irritated by rich middle aged women acting like hormonal teenagers and wanting to know what was going to happen. Everything was wrapped up a little too neat and tidy for me.
Oct 03, 2011 Meghan rated it liked it
Interesting book loosely based on the Madoff scandal and what life might be like for his wife. It got a bit predictable, but overall a good read.
May 30, 2011 Miriam rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 11, 2013 Cyndy rated it it was ok
Where do I begin? This is a story of well-to-do people who are astonished when life happens to them. Meredith, I guess the main character, is actually beyond rich--or was. Hubby is serving a 150-year sentence in federal penitentiary for a failed ponzi scheme, which our poor little rich girl never knew about. Sure. Although it must be pointed out, whenever her socialite friends dared to mentioned to her that they were suspicous of hubby's dodgy scheme, they were appropriately punished. Blackballe ...more
Jun 17, 2011 Vivian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 21, 2016 Peaches rated it it was ok
Shelves: entertainment
This book is just okay. I get that it's a "beach read" and, true to genre, I read it quickly, but it came off as lacking for me. In some ways, it was similar to The Rumor: Lots of description of the scenery, food (Hilderbrand must've desired to be a chef at one point), and clothes. It's Real Hoursewives without enough honest conversation and drama.

What was decent:
Meredith's fall from materialism
Connie struggling with her grief
The motivations for Freddy's choices
Samantha's character (seriously no
May 07, 2011 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2011
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
Jul 08, 2011 Jennefer rated it really liked it
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
Kimmel Tippets
Jul 30, 2011 Kimmel Tippets rated it really liked it
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
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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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