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A Summer Affair

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  30,979 ratings  ·  1,540 reviews
Claire Danner Crispin, mother of four young children and nationally renowned glassblower, bites off more than she can chew when she agrees to co-chair a huge benefit concert on Nantucket. Claire is asked to chair the Nantucket Children Summer Gala, at least in part, because she is the former high school sweetheart of world famous rock star, Max West. Max agrees to play the ...more
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Little Brown and Company
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Aug 01, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's hard for me to give it more stars even though it was compelling to read. I felt weighed down as I read about Claire having an affair with Lock and her seeming lack of concern for how deeply it would effect her children and husband. I think I was more concerned for them than she was! Claire was characterized as the "good person," but I found it hard to see her as anything but selfish. Her husband was shown as flawed, but I saw him as the better person because despite his flaws he was a famil ...more
Dec 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
A Summer Affair was a good enough read but not one of my favorites by this author. It was a page turner but not because it was THAT GOOD but because I was apprehensive about where the story was going to go and to find out what was going to be the final outcome.

I was having a hard time relating to the main character, Claire, a mother of 4 and wife to a husband that seems absolutely wonderful with his only downfall being that he watches a little too much TV rather than talk to her. I couldn't fin
Apr 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: someone-cheats
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Kyle Moore
Jul 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
Speaking of trainwrecks...

When I first saw the cover of the book, I assumed it was going to be some innocent summer romance, but no. This was anything but, and halfway through, I just... I just could not read anymore.

The main character, Claire Danner Crispin, was supposed to be a devoted Catholic... and yet she is worse than many of the atheists that I know. Mainly because, she just slept with some random guy that she in reality barely knew, someone that was not as cool as her husband (who I tho
Lisa Leone-campbell
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Claire and her husband Jason live on Nantucket Island. Jason owns a company and Claire is a well-known glassblower artist. They have four children and although not one of the very rich elite, lives pretty comfortably. She is a cautious happy, always trying to make sure everyone else is ok.

Locke Dixon, a wealthy resident is the head of a local charity called Nantucket's Children which is an organization that assists the children of the locals who live on the Island all year. When Locke asks Clai
Aug 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: book-club-reads
In all fairness, I only read the first 50 pages of this book, and I would've never picked this book up if it weren't for it being a Book Club choice. That being said, the whole premise of this book disgusts me. The title. The cover. The synopsis on the back. The first 50 pages. A woman "who has everything", but is dissatisfied with her husband (the way the author writes about this poor dude is appalling), decides to have an affair with a billionaire. Ack. How can this possibly be interesting for ...more
May 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
I can generally enjoy a book regardless of the likability of the characters - in fact, unlikable characters often make a book more interesting. But Claire, the main character in this book, was unbelievably annoying. She had a guilt complex, no backbone, and very little personality. She never let anything go, which means we had to read about her guilt triggers over and over and over.

As far as other characters went, the book often overly focused on their flaws as well, which meant there was prett
Dec 16, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 18, 2009 rated it liked it
This is a book I have been waiting to read since learning of its publication. I discovered the author two years ago and read through her previously written books within a few weeks relishing each one. The relationship of the wealthy summer residents to the local residents and maintaining the integrity of Nantucket's beauty and history are aspects of the books that are always of interest to me. While I like the internal conflicts of her main characters, their gutsiness and longings, the main char ...more
Rene Glendening
Mar 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Surprisingly, I'm dissapointed. I didn't think I ever would be with a Hilderbrand book but I find myself stunned. Most likely, a combination of things gives me the opinion of distaste. I couldn't really relate with any of the characters in this book and they all made me mad at some point. The main character, Claire is a mother of four and is a professional Glass Blower. I have no idea what that entails and when the story got into her work I was lost. It was interesting though I just wish I knew ...more
May 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Buddy read on Instagram @gingerbookclub.
Not my favourite Elin Hildebrand. Didn’t like any of the characters they we’re all into themselves. Gavin had nothing to do with the story. The part I couldn’t stand was the long chapters I am not a fan at all of authors making long chapters.
I say an ok! Read but nothing much. Hope my other reads will be better! The Winter series I loved!
Read it to make your own opinion.
Marisa Bisaccia [book whisperer]
I’m a little conflicted on this book. I started off loving it, then disliked it because of what started to happen. Then I started to like it again but, the ending wasn’t all that wonderful for me. I was going back and forth deciding if I should give it three or four stars but, since I like this author I went with four. Still a great and easy read.
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
My least favorite book by this author. I felt no connection to the characters and the guy she was having an affair with seemed old and "icky" to me.
Jun 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, fiction
This is my first book by this author. I've heard many good things, and the book I originally intended on reading first was Barefoot. My library didn't have the copy at the moment, so I started with this one instead.

At first, the book seems to be about an affair that the main character Claire is having. This affair is introduced early on, so this is not a spoiler. She's a wife, a mother, an artist and frankly she's bored. As the plot moves along, I found it to be less about the affair in particul
Aug 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
I am so completely done with this. I haven't finished and you can't make me. This book is about terrible people who are terrible to each other. I don't need to love every book character out there, but this book is filled with a bunch of annoying classist and slightly racist mean girls and I can't even. I wish I could give this negative stars.
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really like Elin Hilderbrand's books. I grew up on the Jersey shore, I've been to Wildwood Crest. Love the beach settings. The family dynamics.

The characters are really different, well developed, interesting. I liked Claire, I got Claire. I loved the way the affair was described emotionally, the euphoria, the guilt, the lack of guilt, then the judgement. Claire's glass blowing was a very different career to have, and it was definitely an asset to the story. As a lover of all things food, I als
I've been spending almost every weekend poolside this summer, since temperatures have been in the 90s for weeks in PA and there aren't really safe going out options right now. With the weight of everything happening in the world, I wanted to intersperse some of my (emotionally) heavier reading options with some escapist beach books. Elin Hilderbrand seemed like a natural choice for that, given Zach's love for her and her reputation for writing women's fiction where the characters might be wealt ...more
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
What a fun read! The title of this book explains it all, it’s about A Summer Affair! From the moment I start this book I was sucked in.
Nov 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Mahinui Gail
Oct 02, 2013 rated it liked it
In reading over some of the other reviews, I am noticing readers tend to experience the guilt they believe the hero, Claire Danner Crispin, should be feeling for having become involved in the Summer Affair.

Interesting. Maybe it is a sign of the success of the writing that people feel the character within themselves that way. I sort of did not. It was not guilt I was missing, but more a wish that the woman would be brought to her knees by the ludicrousness of her choices. Not that I wanted her to
Nov 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, read-in-2010
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Aug 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It was a perfect summer read: entertaining, light, transporting. I found the characters to be engaging and funny although a bit difficult to understanding their (actually just her) decision-making. Maybe, they were too human for a work of fiction where I expect them (again, her) to make the right choices easily. Poor Matthew/Max...he's just the type of guy you want to save. That's why women are so attracted to the rock star. But really, you have to feel even worse for the hu ...more
Mar 21, 2010 rated it did not like it
Oh boy! This must be the first easy-read book that I've ever struggled to get through. Maybe even the first were I decided halfway through that I would cave in, read the last page and then put it away.
Though the last page wasn't as informative that I felt I could. So I read it through after all.
I don't know if was me or the way it was written. Let's say it was me.
I never connected with any of the characters, at times rather being infuriated by them. As in "Gesh!! Get a grip! You got yourself in
Cameo Tarver
Aug 31, 2019 rated it liked it
I had a hard time reading this book. The main topic of affairs was just a lot harder for me emotionally to take in. There were multiple points I thought about putting down this book because of the topic point. However, I wanted to finish the book to see what happened in the end with the affair and Claire and Jason. In conclusion, this book isn't for everyone especially if you are like me and don't like the topic of cheating on your spouse.
Heather Thompson
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. Meh, not my favourite Elin Hildebrand book, but I will continue to read her books. This one was just a little too blah compared to some of her other reads. I think there was just a little too much infidelity and selfishness in this one for my taste. Hoping the next one brings me back to a higher star rating.
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the writing style, I will try more from this author. Didn’t love the storyline though, the main character felt super selfish to me, and the chapters were soooooo long.
May 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
wow i kind of hated this and yet i still read the whole thing. the characters were intolerable and there was nothing romantic or sexy about the affair in the least. i picked this up because i heard someone describe elin hilderbrand as beach read with a more literary flair, thanks to that mfa from the iowa writers workshop, but my god. i also could not believe the casual mention of siobhan worrying about "illegal staff"-- WTF? the thailand stuff was so gross. the one real plus is that i liked rea ...more
Linda Bouley
Dec 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It navigates the waters of relationships and in particular those of Claire Danner Crispin, a talented glass blower artist. Her affair with the Lock Dixon, director of an organization that aids local children's lives in affluent Nantucket MA is sudden and passionate. Years earlier Claire felt that she had not tried hard enough to keep Lock's wife Daphne from driving drunk and a resulting accident left her without the ability to filter her thoughts and Claire filled with ...more
Kelly Keefe
Jul 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Sophie Brookover
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This one was really bittersweet, which is kind of perfect to read as summer starts to inch closer to fall. The protagonist is a really accomplished and talented glass artist, and is kind of a frazzled mess. It turns out everyone in her orbit is kind of a frazzled mess, too, and they're all lurching forward one difficult step at a time, oblivious to the frazzled messiness of everyone else, until it's shoved directly in their faces just how frazzled & messy they all are. I'm an absolute fool for t ...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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