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The Beach Club

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  7,200 ratings  ·  439 reviews
The Beach Club

Elin Hilderbrand

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
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 18th 2001 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published June 1st 2000)
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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.
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
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
Denise Gianelli
Most of the characters were immature and unlikeable. The ending was very convenient and way too tidy.
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
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
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
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).
A good, easy Spring/Summer read. Really gets you in the mood for warm days at the beach. Lots of characters and character development.

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 first Elin Hilderbrand book I read. Don't think you can go wrong with a book by her
The perfect beach read! I really enjoy this author.
I really enjoyed this book! Lots of emotions!
Brittney McGonagill
I have read:
Beautiful Day,
Silver Girl, &
A Summer Affair
And I loved them all but I just started the beach club and I am struggling to get through the first chapter. I love all her work it just seems like this one has way to much going on already and I'm only on page 15. I finished most of the above books in just a day or 2 but this one i dont know if I'll get through it before I start another. It's just not grabbing me like the others did.
Maybe my view will change duri
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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  
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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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