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Here's to Us

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  36,535 ratings  ·  2,634 reviews

An emotional, heartwarming story from New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand about a grieving family that finds solace where they least expect it.

Celebrity chef Deacon Thorpe has always been a force of nature with an insatiable appetite for life. But after that appetite contributes to Deacon's shocking death in his favorite place on earth, a ramshackle Nantucke
Hardcover, 410 pages
Published June 14th 2016 by Little, Brown and Company
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Sarah You may mean Laura Hillenbrand, the woman who wrote Unbroken. Elin Hilderbrand writes light books usually centering about around a woman and including…moreYou may mean Laura Hillenbrand, the woman who wrote Unbroken. Elin Hilderbrand writes light books usually centering about around a woman and including some romance. (less)

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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
I mean, even for a "summer read" i.e. so fluffy and insubstantial that "brain candy" is an insult to other books deemed as such, this book was utter crap.

Not much of a plot (as evident in the summary). More of a tour guide to Nantucket than anything. The most entitled, stupid, vapid, annoying cast of women I have encountered in a chick lit. Insultingly simple resolution to major events, i.e. "Oh my god I'm so sorry I'm a drug addict. I've come to see the light and I will quit right now."

I'm chuc
Sometimes a book turns out to be so much more than I initially give it credit for. I settled in for a light summer read, but what I ended up with was a cast of characters I fell hard for and a story I didn’t want to end. I can’t say I loved everyone (I’m looking at you Belinda), but I didn’t want to let them go. There was more depth than expected, if that makes sense.

Life is messy and complicated and there isn’t always a happy ending. Sometimes life just sucks. People suck. Deacon learned that a
Here's to Us is a standalone, women's fiction novel written by the well-loved Elin Hilderbrand. The story focuses on three women and their marriages to the same man...but not at the same time - it's not that juicy! I couldn't find an ounce of care for any of these characters. The only character I liked was the owner of a house that one of the wives wanted to buy and her appearance was like five seconds long. There's really no plot or ongoing storyline in this book. We just meet these three women ...more
Dec 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: hated-it
DNF on page 152. This book was so boring, I kept confusing the characters and absolutely nothing happened. I normally like Elin Hilderbrand but this was was a really bad book.
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Susan Becraft

I have always enjoyed spending time with Elin Hildebrand on her beloved island of Nantucket and looked forward to her latest book. Here's to Us missed the mark for me. The story of three vapid women who had been married to Deacon Thorpe, a celebrity chef, now deceased, did not engage me. The story, initially related by Thorpe as a child, intrigued me, and the reunion of his wives and children in the much loved Nantucket home held promise, but to quote an old saw, there was no meat on
Cathy Branciforte
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well, my summer can officially start! Loved this book! Could be one of my favorite Elin Hilderbrand books. Binge read it this weekend- I thought it was a good story with a bunch of likable (and some not so likeable) characters. I always like the way Elin goes back and forth with the story and fills in the background, everything neatly tied up in the happy ending. A highly unlikely story, but hey, just enjoy the visit to Nantucket. I have never been to Nantucket (will be going in September for th ...more
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story Here's to us is sad and brilliantly fast paced. Elin Hilderbrand is skilful adapting brilliant story lines. I enjoyed reading about the characters and I found myself having great sympathy for a dysfunctional family. A popular television chef Deacon Thorpe was found dead at the age of 53 from a heart attack in his summer cottage named America Paradise on Nuntucket Island. He was married to his high school sweetheart Laurel they had a son Haynes Thorpe. Then Deacon married an actress Bel ...more
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Ok, normally I love Hilderbrand's novels, especially in the summertime, but this one didn't work for me. I couldn't stomach a bunch of insufferable women fighting and squabbling over every damn thing. I get that they were all once wives of Deacon, but I just couldn' I am so tired of reading about women that don't support other women and quite frankly the first 75 pages of this book depressed me. This ex-wife will get the much coveted master bedroom at the Nantucket house, this wife will ...more
Jun 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2016
I'm actually shocked at how bad this was. I've been a huge fan of Hilderbrand for years and I've read all of her books. Every summer I get excited to see what else she releases because I find her books so easy to read and fun - the definition of summer reading.

As a fan, I thought I knew what I would be getting myself into: rich, white, self-absorbed people on Nantucket, who would somehow be likeable or at least interesting (or both). Not with this one.(view spoiler)
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Following his death, the family of Deacon Thorpe gathers at the family summer home on Nantucket, American Paradise, to scatter his ashes and celebrate him.
Deacon is a celebrated chef with his own TV show and restaurant, three children, a third ex-wife in the works, and a bad boy image, but he's heartbroken. The story opens with Deacon on Nantucket as a boy with his father and the epilogue closes the story with Deacon on Nantucket where he dies, realizing the brokenness in his life from three fra
Mar 14, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars ⭐️
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: womens-fiction
Deacon Thorpe was well-known for his career as a tv-chef and the owner of an elite restaurant in NYC. Deacon was equally known for his social life as he was his career. He’s been married 3 times and had a child with each wife. Deacon struggled with alcohol and substance abuse and the fidelity of marriage. When Deacon passes away unexpectedly, his best friend and agent, Buck, is left to handle his affairs. To make matters worse, Deacon had more money troubles than he ever lead on, and now it’s Bu ...more
Samantha  Rada
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, arc
I have loved everyone of Elin Hilderbrand's books. Some more than others...But Here's to Us is one of my favorites. I highly recommend it to anyone that wants a "beach read" that isn't all fluff. ...more
May 31, 2016 rated it liked it
What could be more perfect than a Memorial Day weekend and a new book from Elin Hilderbrand. Deacon Thorpe, the highly successful chef and star of Pitchfork dies of a sudden heart attack at his beloved summer home on Nantucket Island. His "family" which is composed of two x-wives and one current wife who was going to file for divorce plus their 3 children gather to spread his ashes and remember the complicated man that Deacon was. Naturally, there are complications--the most significant of which ...more
Jul 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2016
What a massive group of dysfunction. I really only liked 2 of the characters, the rest were just unlovable and never did redeem themselves. And once more, infidelity runs rampant. Not sure what it is with this author's love of that subject but I very well may be done trying to figure it out. ...more
Susan Crowe
So good!! Highly recommended!
Sep 17, 2018 rated it liked it
“It's not a house to us. It's a home. And it's not a home, it's a way of life. Our summertime happens here. This house is part of our past, it's our present, it'll be our future. It's who we are.” ...more
I'm sitting here on the island of Mauritius, famous for being the home of the dodo, and wondering if my love of Elin Hilderbrand books has gone the same way because I really didn't enjoy this book.

Of all of Hilderbrand's many books, this is one of the most read and highest-rated. But I just didn't care for it.

As far as dysfunctional family stories told from multiple viewpoints, I much prefer the Winter Street series. For a stand-alone Hilderbrand, my favorite so far is A Summer Affair.

Although Hilderbrand is one of my favorite contemporary, women's fiction authors, this book was not my favorite. Not even in my top 10 of this author's books. It's extremely repetitive and could have been written in 1/2 the pages if all the repeated details of Deacon's, the father and/or ex- husband of all of the characters in the book, life were in the 400+ book. Deacon is a successful celebrity chef but he has his demons. He has frequent bouts of alcoholism, he uses drugs on and off, and has c ...more
Tamara Lane
Feb 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This wasn't my favorite Hilderbrand novel but it was more than "ok". Best line in the book, I think, was "look how we have grown". ...more
Mahoghani 23
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very good read. This family is brought together, under one roof, to celebrate the passing of someone they loved dearly. The time spent together is full of arguments, laughter, regrets, and honesty. I like the writing style of this author. She takes the reader from the present to the past to define how things got this way. It's a drama full of people who have real feelings of hatred toward another person in the family but within the three days spent on Nantucket Island, will change the hearts o ...more
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Here's To Us is Elin Hilderbrand at her best! I got lost in the Thorpe family, and as dysfunctional as they could be, I wanted to be a part of them and their Nantucket home. This book packs quite as emotional punch as the family members deal with their grief and loss, and as they revisit and come to terms with past hurts and betrayals.

The characters were well developed and really came to life for me for the most part. I loved Laurel, hated Belinda, and found Scarlett to be silly and an
Cindy Walker
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love Elin Hilderbrand's books - I am always anxious for a new one. It seems I always fall in love with her characters and the lives they lead and I would love to visit Nantucket!!! This has nothing to do with the fact that my maiden name was Hilderbrand (no relation) and I live in Michigan and we have spent many a summer in the Eastern UP of Michigan which has many characteristics of Nantucket and that beautiful summer life. I hated to leave these characters and reading about Deacon. I hope th ...more
Bowen Tibbetts
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
I don't think this book passes the Bechdel Test. The only time it might is on page 226 (in the ARC) where two women fight over the master bedroom, but one of them is thinking about her ex-husband during the conversation. Does that count? Ending's a little too neat, which is a shame because Hilderbrand finally gets everything crashing into each other near the end but doesn't really pay off to anything. Come for the Nantucket references, stay for the manufactured drama.

I really liked the flashbac
Lisa Montanaro
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book by this author and I really loved it! What a wonderful surprise. The writing was really great, the plot was very interesting, the characters were well-developed, and I found the book just being extremely real. It dealt with real life in all of its messy beauty. I liked that it was told from each character's perspective and that there were interesting flashbacks that added to the story but didn't pull you away from it too much. ...more
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I loathed most of the characters, the ex wives are a miserable bunch and the kids are not a whole lot better. The plot is weak, I found myself rolling my eyes repeatedly.
This was my first Elin Hilderbrand book and it was pretty disappointing. It won't stop me from reading another one of her books though. I know she is well loved and maybe this particular book did not click for me.
I'm a fan of this author, unfortunately this book was not good. I don't mind flawed characters, but this cast was really awful. The theme throughout was cheating, it was pathetic. I felt like I was reading a Jackie Collins novel instead of a beach read, it was odd.

Needless to say, I would not recommend. This was a miss for me.

2.25 Stars
Here's to Us by Elin Hilderbrand was a new author for me to venture into with the book club at the library that meets on the third Wednesday of the month. It was a lighter version of a Jackie Collins title, but nevertheless a juicy gossip tale of three women who had all loved the same man and married him at different times of his life. He had children with these women, loved life and loved to cook except he had a dark side. A side that he fed drugs and alcohol to, where he wallowed in self pity, ...more
Lily Dunn
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5. Elin Hilderbrand has become my go-to rich white people in Nantucket with dysfunctional families author. It’s basically it’s own genre.
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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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