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The Beach Club

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  8,800 Ratings  ·  525 Reviews
In The Beach Club, the juicy first novel by Elin Hilderbrand, a series of personal dramas are played out during one summer at a Nantucket Beach Club. It's about the love of summer, summer love, and the special feelings we all have for that special summer place--in this case, a hotel and an island.

Mack Petersen, manager of the hotel, has been working at The Beach Club for 1
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 18th 2001 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published June 1st 2000)
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Brooke Moss
This was an interesting book.......I really enjoyed it, but struggled. I think I am spoiled because the first book by Elin Hilderbrand that I read was The Blue Bistro, and I was completely captivated by it. So The Beach Club was sort of a struggle for me. Too many characters, not enough H.E.A. for my taste. But excellent, solid story line set in a beach club/hotel I pictured perfectly in my mind, and with enough drama to make me anticipate my reading time each day with a grin on my face. I recom ...more
Aug 07, 2010 Heidi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I read her books I want to send all of her characters to see Dr. Phil or Dr. Laura. None of her characters seem to have any idea what is the best or the right thing to do. Her endings are really abrupt in the sense that you don't ever find out what the consequences of her characters' choices are. This is the last Elin Hilderbrand book I will read.
I have recently fallen in love with the works of Elin Hilderbrand and have read several now in the last month or so. This is the first of her Nantucket books and while I really enjoyed it, I have loved her more recent ones more.
The beach club started as just that, a beach club for the wealthy to rent,to be able to use a beautiful beach. It has now expanded to also be a 20 room hotel. This novel gets into the lives of the people who work there and those that stay there. Elin's books are all juic
Jun 14, 2015 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall enjoyable, but not as good as her more recent books. My complaints about the book are:
1) It didn't make sense for Vance to pull a gun on his boss. It was also an unnecessary plot twist. The description on the back of the book says, "Vance has his African-American pride," but it is not a good description of the character.
2) The appearance of the school custodian was weird and even more weird when she gave the daughter money.
3) Why are the hotel owners encouraging their 18 year old daughte
Denise Gianelli
Most of the characters were immature and unlikeable. The ending was very convenient and way too tidy.
First off, I should admit this genre of book is not my usual read, so take this rating with a "grain of salt". Also, I have never read anything by this author, who I understand is very popular, so I cannot judge this book based on any of her other works. I can only judge it on my reading it, and I read it to participate in a discussion of the book in a group here on Goodreads.

I will admit that I enjoyed the story almost all the way through. It is an easy read, which didn't take a lot of effort,
Tia Bach
Jul 20, 2011 Tia Bach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up Beach Club, Hilderbrand's first Nantucket novel. It's the story of Mack Peterson, a man whose parents died way too soon and sent him adrift on a journey to find himself. Problem is he's taking his sweet time much to his girlfriend's chagrin. Maribel wants Mack to grow up, make some decisions, and ask her to marry him. Yet neither of them really know what they want.

Bill and Therese Elliott own the hotel Mack loves, but they plan to retire soon and pass the hotel on to their only child
I enjoyed this story because it was about owning and running a beach club and the many guests and employees made for some interesting stories. However, I found myself questioning the authors choices in some places (like the small, tiny, itty-bitty part involving the gun) because they seemed irrelevent and mindless. Thankfully those places were rare but enough to make me go, "hmmm". I liked the main character, Mack, although I felt he made some stupid life decisions and found myself rolling my ey ...more
Jan 18, 2011 Rene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous! Elin Hilderbrand is my new favorite author with her charming stories centered on the Island of Nantucket. I love picturing the beaches, people and other places around the island and setting myself right in the middle of it! Hilderbrand creates characters that you will remember for a long time. Although she seems to always use a lot of characters in her books, she focuses on each equally enough so that you aren't confused and you feel as though you know these people. I look forward to r ...more
Jun 07, 2016 Peaches rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: entertainment
Finally, a decent Hilderbrand "beach read." I think the multiple perspectives really helped this book, which is a technique that Hilderbrand seems to either really get or miss the mark on. Basically, it's a book about people who work and attend an exclusive beach club. The history and opulence of the club helped peak interest and made me feel like I was learning more about Nantucket, but it did become difficult to feel for any of the characters, as there were so many perspectives and the charact ...more
Meg Beaulieu
I would like to belong to a beach club. I would like to live on this island.
Jun 01, 2016 Marleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: elin-hilderbrand
***3,5 stars*** Having read Blue Bistro by this author, I knew Ms. Hilderbrand to be a talented writer. She simply does an excellent job depicting characters and places and making them come alive. As it turns out, I genuinely enjoy reading about the ins and outs of the hotel business as a working place (or the restaurant business as a working place - like in Blue Bistro). The fact that this author picks Nantucket Island to set her books in adds so much charm and enchantment to them. I have never ...more
Sonia Cristina
Um livro de leitura fluida. Não é uma história assim que nos prende, não é nada de especial, é daqueles livros que sabe bem ler na altura certa, para descontrair. Adequado para leitura de Verão (ainda não chegámos ao Verão mas já cheira lol).
Mar 31, 2015 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good, easy Spring/Summer read. Really gets you in the mood for warm days at the beach. Lots of characters and character development.

3.5- an interesting story that kept me hooked, although I wanted a bit more from the ending.
Oct 12, 2010 F rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my third Hilderbrand novel. I have read "Nantucket Nights" and "Castaways". Out of the three novels, I enjoyed "Beach Club" the most even though this was Hilderbrand's debut novel. Entertaining read with true-to-life human roller-coaster emotions. One very small triviality I noticed was that Maribel was reading "The Collected Stories of John Cheever" at the end of Chapter 3 of "Beach Club". Delilah in "Castaways" read "Complete Stories of John Cheever" as a runaway teenager. Hilderbrand ...more
Vicki Moreno
Interesting story about the lives of people of different ages and backgrounds, as they come together each summer at The Beach Club in Nantucket. This book was an easy read and the characters seemed very real to me. There were so many storylines going; however, that I thought there were a few that left me wondering - whatever happened to that person,or that storyline? For example, the tapping on the window at the proprietor's property may have been a ghost. But, this was never explored. Overall a ...more
Jackie Stanton
Jun 08, 2011 Jackie Stanton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elin Hilderbrand is in love with Nantucket, and it shows in this, her debut novel. Set at a posh boutique resort and over the course of an eventful summer, Hilderbrand brings to life a diverse set of characters, each unique and believable. I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would, and was surprised at the author's depth of understanding of people, the choices they make, and the effect those choices have on their lives. She's a deft, insightful writer, and I look forward to reading more of ...more
Nov 12, 2015 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mack, a guy from Iowa has owned a gorgeous hotel called the beach club for 12 years now. He is considering to share the owner ship of the hotel with his gorgeous girl friend Maribel Cox. Maribel hints to Mack all the time that they should get married but he also hits thats its just not the time due to some mysterious anonymous offers on the hotel, putting him in danger. His crazy 18 year old daughter Cecily is trying to be taught how to take care of the beloved hotel, but she refuses, so it's up ...more
Jun 17, 2014 Meryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book revolves around one summer at the Nantucket Beach Club and what happens to the people there that season.There are Bill and Therese Elliott who own the club and thier daughter Cicily.They always wanted Cicily to tale over the club like Bill did from his father,but Cicily has her own ides.Bill doesn't have a son to leave it to since thier only son was stillborn.
Mack Peterson runs the Club and has for 12 years,he is from Iowa wheere he owns a farm he inherited when his parents died in a
Jun 20, 2012 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was one of the best book I've read in a long time. At first I thought there would be too many characters to remember, but there was enough information given about each that it wasn't confusing at all. It took me a good 20 pages to decide if I was going to like the book or not. Once I got past that, the book just sucked me in. The characters were wonderfully developed and the setting of Nantucket made me feel as if I was staying at the Beach Club myself. Very well written book.
Carla Eischeid
Dec 01, 2015 Carla Eischeid rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have read all of Elin Hildebrand ' s books and have never failed to be captivated....until now. I am happy I didn't read this one first because I would have never picked up another one. There Was zero depth to the characters and some of the scenes didn't even make sense. Vance just randomly pulls a gun on Mack? The school custodian shows up on Nantucket and gives Cecily money? Then the abrupt and predictable ending. I actually skimmed the 2nd half of the book. Painful.
Apr 30, 2011 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoy Elin Hilderbrand for undemanding character based stories set on beautiful Nantucket Island. This was (I think) her first, and it was my favourite so far, focusing on the management team and guests at the Beach Club and hotel. Really good strong characters, several absorbing story threads, and a beautifully tied up ending. Reminded me tremendously of Arthur Hailey's Hotel, but that's not a bad thing. Perfect summer reading.
Laura Lysiak
Jun 07, 2012 Laura Lysiak rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly and completely enjoyed reading this book. Ms. Hilderbrand is fast becoming one of my very favorite authors. She never disappoints. It is hard to believe this was her first novel! What a treat! I was completely invested in these characters and could not wait till the end to see them find their ways. But of course, now I am sad because I miss them. Please read. So much more than your typical "beach read".
Shelly Ellis
Nov 18, 2014 Shelly Ellis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I gave this book two stars. I wasn't able to finish it (and I usually don't rate books I DNF)but this was a DNF for the worst reason so I HAD to write a review. (Spoilers ahead.) I read The Blue Bistro by Hilderbrand and really liked it so wanted to follow it up with The Beach Club, the precursor. I was getting into the novel. The characters weren't perfect and had odd ways of justifying their questionable behavior but I was fine with that. (Its basically an upmarket soap opera that takes place ...more
Another really great one by Hilderbrand. I think it was a little obvious that this was her first novel, just because I've read some of her newer books and her writing style and character development seem a bit more refined. I really did enjoy this one, though -- and must admit, after now reading 3 of her books, I really want to visit Nantucket! :)
False Millennium
The first of Hilderbrand's work. I was studying her jacket photograph. She's dropped weight, fixed her teeth, possibly her nose and her hair is much blonder. All necessary in working the image. A rootless woman set adrift on an island. She immediately finds work! As if. The staff and guests lives in a deluxe hotel with all beach views. A non-commital male (they have turned up more than a few times in her books,) money money money (ALWAYS turns up in her books with at least one brand name product ...more
Anna Mcfadden
For the people at Nantucket Beach Club and Hotel this is b a summer that changes everyonew. We have Mack Peterson who been the manager for 12 years, then we have his girlfriend Mariel is pressing marriage, then we have the 12 years, we have Bill Elliott the owner going through his own personal hell, then we have Vance who is an African American who hates Mack 100%. He fells Mack stole his job cause he got off the ferry 30 seconds first, then we have young Jem who is young and a model for Novembe ...more
Jun 17, 2014 Roew1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this off a "Summer Beach Reading List". I'm being on honest this was my first Hilderbrand book. I fought to finish it. Normally, I can finish a book in a week. This took me two.

We have Mack with the tragic parents killed in an accident. Maribel who's mother had a one night stand and became pregnant with her. Cecily a spoiled teenager away at a border school having and affair with a sexy Brazilian guy who is angry at her parents for wanting to give her her future. Vance the disgruntled
Aug 05, 2016 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Beach Club is a novel by Elin Hilderbrand. It is simply a wonderful read and one that you can’t put down. It takes place on Nantucket Island. Elin Hilderbrand makes you feel like you are right there with the characters.
Mack Petersen has returned to open The Nantucket Beach club and Hotel. He has done this for years. Now the owners are being courted by someone who wants to buy the Club and Hotel. At the same time, Mack’s girlfriend is pushing him to asking for a percentage in the profits of
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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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