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The Beach Club

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  6,203 ratings  ·  376 reviews
The Beach Club


Gorgeous Nantucket is an island where memories are made, friendships begun, passions ignited. Now, during one unforgettable summer, the exclusive Nantucket Beach Club and Hotel will shape the fates of the men and women who walk through its doors...

Mack Petersen escaped the past and started over in a hotel that has become his life. This summer h
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
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.
Tia Bach
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
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,
***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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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! :)
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
Lynettemountaincloud Fox
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! This story revolved around Mack Peterson who has lost his parents and finds himself escaping to Nantucket where we works as a manager of a beach club. He ...more
I am on a Nantucket summer here in California. I have read four of her summer books about Nantucket. I went there on my honeymoon 30 years ago and a few names of restaurants I still remember. Amazing
I can honestly say I enjoyed every page in this novel clear through to the end.... I would LOVE a sequel to it!!
Bridget Conroy
Yet another book I have read by Elin hilderbrand. The great thing about her books is that you know what you are getting when you read them. You know you will be reading a chick lit beach read which is great for the summer and always gets you in the mood for the beach or Nantucket as all of her books are based there. This one was a little different as it followed many people not just one main character or two main characters. I liked it but felt there was not enough character development as there ...more
The perfect beach read! I really enjoy this author.
I really enjoyed this book! Lots of emotions!
Bethany Clark
Where do I begin? What a great book! I loved it from beginning to end!

What an interesting set of story lines...they are all connected in some way yet the author did a great job in seperating them and giving them their own spotlight. It makes me want to spend the summer at the Nantucket Beach Club myself!
This book is summer love at it's finest - from new loves, to rekindling loves to everything in between, there was always something new right up to the very last page. Mack Petersen is the manage
This should probably be closer to three and a half stars. I've read enough of Elin Hilderbrand's books to recognize her style immediately, and I have found I often forget which title goes with which plotline. This story revolved around Mack Peterson who has lost his parents and finds himself escaping to Nantucket where we works as a manager of a beach club. He struggles in his decisions as to how to move forward in life- sell his parents farm or go back and run it, marry the girl he's been with ...more
Gloria Bernal
I've been reading a lot by Hilderbrand in recent months, so when I saw a copy of this, her first novel, I grabbed it to see how she was writing when she started out thirteen years ago. I wasn't disappointed. She has a way of making you feel as if you personally know her characters and care what happens to them.

This revolves around the owners and staff of the resort in Nantucket Bay called the Beach Club. They each have their own history with the hotel and the island. Some have been there for yea
Elin Hilderbrand was an author I knew nothing about until I discovered she grew up in a neighboring town. I started off reading Silver Girl last year and then continued with Summerland this year. Even though she is a great summer read, she is by no means a frivolous one. Her stories revolve around characters you truly grow to care about. More than possibly any other author I’ve read, you can get completely lost in her books, with hours passing before you realize you read half of the novel alread ...more
I picked this based on the title and author. I'd read Hilderbrand's Blue Bistro and expected more of the same ... a glimpse into the lives of the the beautiful, rich, famous... perhaps all three ... what's not to like about spending a summer on Nantucket? I even took it with me on a beach weekend. So I was surprised to come away a bit disturbed, a little sad and, overall, disappointed. Repeatedly, the characters encounter life's challenges, from the small to the large. They understandably feel h ...more
Heidi Smith
I realize that this book got very mixed reviews. I enjoyed the book and am always impressed with the way that Hildebrand draws the reader into the book. Her ability to create such rich characters, characters that are completely bare for the reader, is lovely. This book was particularly good because it took place at a beach club and there were many different characters. I will continue to read and hopefully enjoy Hilderbrand's work.
Amy Ziari
Another quintessential Hilderbrand book filled with scenes of Nantucket, family drama and summer love. On the negative side: This book has a lot of cliched language and poor character development in parts, and you will probably be able to tell this was Hilderbrand's first novel. Still, worth a read for any Hilderbrand fan.
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Chicks On Lit: The Beach Club, by Elin Hilderbrand, our June 2014 Group Read 55 43 Jun 29, 2014 07:43AM  
Ending 1 10 Oct 29, 2013 06:48PM  
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  • The Summer Of Us
  • Beach Trip
  • Beach Colors
  • LoveHampton
  • The Art of Keeping Secrets
  • Ten Beach Road (Ten Beach Road, #1)
  • Monarch Beach
  • Beach House Memories
  • Summer Blowout
  • Distant Shores
  • The Beach House (The Beach House #1)
  • The Silver Boat
  • Another Summer
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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