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The Rumor

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  53,706 ratings  ·  3,855 reviews
Madeline King and Grace Pancik are best friends and the envy of Nantucket for their perfect marriages, their beautiful kids, their Sunday night double dates with their devoted husbands. But this summer, something's changed, and if there's anything Nantucket likes better than cocktails on the beach at sunset, it's a good rumor.

And rumor has it...

...that Madeline, a novelist
Hardcover, 370 pages
Published June 16th 2015 by Little, Brown and Company
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Meh, this wasn't one of her best. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't really good, either. The plot was pretty predictable and unimaginative, and it just didn't have that spark that made me want to dig in and devour the story and the characters.

What it did have, which I noticed early on and then became fixated on, was an over-abundance of ridiculously-named characters. I get really annoyed when authors use names that are difficult to spell, pronounce, or remember, as it seems like an unnecessary hardsh
Susanne  Strong
Sep 08, 2020 rated it liked it
It’s those Pesky Little Secrets that’ll Getcha!

Best Friends Madeline King and Grace Pancik share everything, including their secrets. Little do they know, it’s their secrets that are going to wreck havoc in their lives.

Madeline is a successful novelist who has writer’s block, until she uses her best friend’s love life as inspiration for her new book.

Grace is married to Eddie Pancik, a successful Real Estate Agent/Developer on Nantucket. She has everything she’s ever wanted, but fulfillment escap
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
As the title implies, this is a novel about gossip and scandal among a tight knit group of friends and neighbors on Nantucket. For 80% of the novel, I was repulsed by the selfish, short-sighted, immature behavior of the adults, (I could excuse the bad behavior of the teens), When the proverbial shit hit the fan and the awful consequences of this behavior became apparent, the immerging of humble goodness in the main characters felt inauthentic, as if the author was grasping for an ending appropri ...more
Nov 04, 2017 rated it liked it
There never was any way to predict who would be our subject. But if someone had told us, in the frigid, steel-skied middle of April, that most of our summer would be spent whispering about Grace and Eddie Pancik.. and Trevor Llewellyn and Madeline King.. and about the renowned landscape architect Benton Coe...our mouths might have dropped open in shock. No way. Not possible. They were some of the loveliest people we knew.

A nice light fall that read just like those weekday soap operas that I use

I think I can say with certainty that we all have been the topic of a rumor at some point. If not, just wait. When it happens, just remember that it will all be OK. Keep your head held high... you're obviously important enough to be talked about, right?

Author Elin Hilderbrand's newest women's fiction novel: The Rumor is themed with examples of age-old gossip. In addition to watching misinformation spread like wildfire, The Rumor incorporates issues related to friendship, parenting, business,
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nantucket is full of gossip this summer and most of it sounds like the childhood game of Telephone, nothing true but maybe people's names. While rumors usually have a kernel of truth to them, some of the rumors circulating around Nantucket are just complete fiction, made up to make someone feel like they had the latest news on someone else. Some of the gossip on Nantucket is true and leads to hurt feelings, ruined reputations, spoiled friendships, lost chances...
Madeline King and Grace Pancik ar
Feb 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
This read like a bad over drawn soap opera.
Time to turn the channel for good.
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Grade: C

Every June I look forward with eager anticipation to another five-star Elin Hilderbrand Nantucket beach read. Until this year, each novel has been more nuanced and delicious. Hilderbrand was going through surgery and radiation for breast cancer, I'm also a survivor, and had similar surgery and chemo. I couldn't have written a novel, some days I could barely brush my hair. That's why I feel bad giving s less than great review to one if my favorite writers.

THE RUMOR is filled with big and
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Want a good beach read – a.k.a. weekend read, vacation read, or fireplace read? Here’s one. Elin Hilderbrand has made a name for herself penning novels set on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Several years ago, I read one of hers, Summerland, and, while it was scenic, it was also thought-provoking.

I enjoyed The Rumor, but more for fun than thought. It is filled with sympathetic characters – teens, parents, friends – who make bad choices until they get caught, at which point they atone. Tying it
Aug 28, 2015 rated it liked it
The fluffiest beach read ever. Is there a template for these novels; there must be. Affairs, minor tragedies, betrayals, broken hearts, on and on. All on the mostly beautiful, playground of more wealthier people who summer on Nantucket . Amusing though the many descriptions of food and settings are reminiscent of the 1990s than present day even though this book was released this year. Disappointed in my first Elin Hildebrand novel. Too simple, obvious and predictable.
I'm revising my stars from o
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Not a bad read. Kept my attention and told an okay story Good character development but lacked the emotional depth I expect. The beginning started off promising but kind of fizzled as it went along. I made it to the end but somewhere in the story it went from enticing and unexpected to predictable and lackluster. I listened to the audio and I think the readers made it a little more enjoyable than it otherwise might have been. This is my second Hilderbrand book and I felt the same way about the f ...more
Alissa Patrick
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked this one!! It had lots of humor and small-town backstabbing and gossip, much like Liane Moriarty's novel Big Little Lies.

Set yet again in Nantucket, where everybody knows everyone, all who live there feel like they belong in anyone's personal business. The Rumor is about friendship, love, and all of the messiness that hides beneath the surface. It's about marriage and best friends and sisters and forbidden crushes. It is tied all together in one big messy ribbon with the phrase "
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I really enjoyed this book. It shows how rumors can fly around a small community even if they might not be true. Both of these families have issues and as the story goes along, they slowly unravel. I enjoyed the different characters. There were a few I wanted to slap and a few I wanted to comfort. It was an enjoyable audiobook. Great beach read.
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I really enjoyed this novel. Elin managed an entertaining summer read involving friendship, betrayal, and love set in Nantucket.
Elle G.
Release Date: June 16, 2015
Genre: Women's Fiction
Actual Rating: 5 stars

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Filled with juicy gossip and a whole lot of scandal, this is a must have bead read! How I let this author slip by on my radar is downright horrendous. I want to grab all of her books and nestle them on my bookshelf. I want to pack them all up, go to Nantucket for the week, and read them all one by one. I feel like I have been missing so much by not reading them and am slapping myself because of it. If
Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)
Title: the Rumor - stand alone novel that takes place on Nantucket, but some familiar characters do make brief cameos.
Author: Elin Hilderbrand
Published: June, 2015
Format: ebook via Samsung Galaxy 4 Nook ereader
Read: June, 2015

Genre: fiction, drama, chick-lit, nor a "light" read yet still a fast one.

My Goodreads rating: 4.5 "whoa, that was gooood", stars.

Brief remarks:

I always anticipate the release of a new novel by Elin Hilderbrand. This novel was especially anticipated by me personally as it
Gina *loves sunshine*
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015, audiobook
this is the 3rd book I have read by this author and I haven't loved any of them?!? I think I'm done. Cringeworthy characters.....this book was just not for me! ...more
Jul 22, 2015 rated it liked it
A pretty typical beach read: Lots of people making terrible choices and everything turns out all right in the end.
Judy D Collins
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Elin Hilderbrand returns with her annual Nantucket summer beach read THE RUMOR - A contemporary chick-lit, with tantalizing scandals, lustful affairs, hidden secrets, financial ruin, writer’s block, desperation, greed, prostitution, town gossip, and rumors which turn this beach island upside down. 3.5 Stars

With a page taken from a series of Wisteria Lane’s Desperate Housewives, we meet a cast of characters, whose lives connect in many ways for some wit, summer fun, and naughty mischief.

Stephanie Kline
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was just really, really fun. I like Elin Hilderbrand's writing style, and I hadn't read her in a while. I'm so glad I picked this up, because it reminded me that she is one of the queens of "beach reads". This story had every element of the ultimate light, fun summer novel, and I really enjoyed it!

Set in Nantucket, we meet a pretty likable cast of characters right off the bat: Madelyn and Trevor Luellen, as well as their son, Brick; Grace and Eddie Pancik, and their twin girls, Allegra and
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Rumor: a currently circulating story or report of uncertain or doubtful truth.

This story contains quite a few rumors. Unfortunately most of them are true.

The two main characters are Madeline King and Grace Pancik. Madeline is an author with writer's block. Grace is her best friend who is having an affair. How do you think the block becomes unblocked? Will the friendship survive?

There are other sub-plots describing Eddie Pancik's side business and the rocky romance of Brick King and Allegra Panci
Apr 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Another Hilderbrand novel perfect for packing in a beach tote. The author's descriptions of the restaurants, houses, and beaches of Nantucket make me want to jet across the country to spend a few weeks vacationing on the island. Told from multiple viewpoints (including the island itself), this compelling story had me racing through the pages.

As always, perfect for those who like novels filled with women and their relationships with friends and family such as Nancy Thayer, Mary Alice Monroe, and
The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand was ok. I love the island of Nantucket as a setting but I really disliked the plot. It was as if I was reading a memoir of someone's high school years. Cheating, rumors, drinking, etc. I really like the author but this was just not for me.

Go Cards! L1C4!!
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilderbrand's characters are spot on!

Love how Hilderbrand nailed the true & ridiculous way rumors start and take a life of their own. I love her books and how she makes her characters just like one of my own friends. Love, love this book! I just wished I hadn't read so fast, I didn't want it to end.
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
(Please note: a two-star rating does not mean this is a bad book. In the Goodreads rating system a two-star rating means that "it was okay" and that is my intention in using it.) ...more
Claudia Silk
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Elin Hilderbrand has done it again! The Rumor is a compulsively readable novel that of course takes place on Nantucket. Grace is married to Fast Eddie, a successful real estate broker on the island. They live with their twin teenage daughters in a beautiful house with three manicured acres overlooking the harbor. Grace's main goal for the summer is to have her beautiful gardens featured in the Boston Globe Sunday section. This means working closely with her handsome landscape architect Benton Co ...more
May 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
2.5 stars for being very readable chick lit with very little substance. When I think of a Hilderbrand book I think classic chick lit - fluffy, predictable - perfect beach read material. That's pretty much exactly what this book is - it's very readable but it's total fluff. Told from multiple POV's in short chapters, and again set in Nantucket we follow the stories of Grace and Madeline and their families. The Nantucket setting works well here - small island, plenty of money and plenty of gossip, ...more
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This may be my favorite Elin Hilderbrand novel of all time! It was so fun to go along for the ride while others got involved in clandestine affairs, illegal activities and teenaged angst. I thought the characters were well drawn for such a fast paced and addicting plot. There were beautiful descriptions of plush gardens, and some scenes conjured up images for me of Mellors the gardener (Lady Chatterly's Lover). A garden shed will never again be just a garden shed! Several couples in Nantucket ar ...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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