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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  26,839 ratings  ·  1,337 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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Heidi
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
Jennefer
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
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Clare
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
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Kathleen
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
Liz
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
Jessica
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
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Bridget
Dec 16, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Jess
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
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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
Mary
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
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Gina
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.
Sarah
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.
Sandra
Nov 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Corey
Nov 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, read-in-2010
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IronyOnHighHeels
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
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Jkdaun
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
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.
Sarah
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.
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
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
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Kelly Keefe
Jul 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Eden Voelker
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Kelly
A Summer Affair by Elin Hilderbrand
2008

Claire Danner Crispin can't seem to forget that night back in 2003 when Daphne's car hit that deer. She had been very drunk when she got behind the wheel that night. Claire has always felt some responsibility for not insisting she take a cab with the rest of the ladies.

Although Daphne was fortunate to survive the tragedy, she was still left with a traumatic brain injury. Claire doesn't know what to expect when Lock, Daphne's husband, approaches her in 2007
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Vicky
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the title makes it obvious, this a book about an affair. Claire is overwhelmed with raising her kids and running the household, feels guilty that her youngest son was born prematurely after she collapsed while while working in her glass blowing studio. Her husband Jason is your stereotypical clueless oaf who doesn't give her enough help around the house. Then a wealthy man (Lock) who's in charge of a local charity talks her into chairing a benefit gala and also donating a new work of her glas ...more
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 f ...more
Shelleen Toland
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 the Nantucket's Children Summer Gala. Claire is asked to chair the benefit, in part, because she is the former high school sweetheart of rock star Max West. Max agrees to play the gala and it looks like smooth sailing for Claire-until she promises a "museum-quality" piece of glass for the auction, offers her best friend the catering job, goes nose ...more
Joy
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I hated the premise of this book. So much of an affair is justifying your behavior to yourself, and looking for faults in your spouse because if they are awful enough then it's ok to have an affair. So I hated that aspect of it. And Claire and Lock weren't the only ones behaving atrociously and rationalizing. Ugh.

But I love how this author writes characters with all their imperfections and all their emotions. Claire experienced guilt throughout, which was appropriate but also made her seem very
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Christy J
Another good one! But took me “forever” to get through!
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“Guilt and no guilt: these were the worst things. The only thing worse than the guilt was the fear of getting caught.” 43 likes
“All her life, Claire had had a problem figuring out where other people ended and she began. All her life, she’d taken on the world’s hurt; she held herself responsible. But why?” 15 likes
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