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The Identicals

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  65,802 ratings  ·  4,792 reviews

From New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand, a summertime story about identical twins who couldn't be any less alike.

Nantucket is only two and a half hours away from Martha's Vineyard by ferry. But the two islands might as well be worlds apart for a set of identical twin sisters who have been at odds for years. When a family crisis forces them to band together
Hardcover, Large Print, 581 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by Little, Brown and Company
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Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me, Elin Hilderbrand has become synonymous with summer. Her new release means it’s time for my annual trip to Nantucket—okay, not really, but a girl can dream, right? Or remind her husband incessantly, for the entire time it takes to read said book, that they need to find time to take an actual trip to the island. So, I’ll just go with, my proverbial bags are packed instead—bikini, flip-flops and floppy hat—and I’m ready to stick my toes in the sand, bask in the sun and let everything, other ...more
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who love modern family drama
Quite honestly, there is something about Elin Hilderbrand's writing that makes a reader just want to sink their toes into the sand. This is the third book of the author's that I have read, but it was certainly not my favorite. The Identicals refers to 40 year old twin sisters, Harper and Tabitha. The two sisters have held a tense stand off for many years, but their father's death and their mother's ill-health brings them into reluctant contact with each other. Not to mention that Tabitha's si ...more
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Nancy Thayer
A quintessential beach read. Yes, I know it is October, but hey, it's always a good time for a breezy, summery read according to ME! I am a little ashamed to admit this, but this was my first encounter with Elin Hilderbrand. What was I waiting for, I do not know..maybe hell to freeze over. Thankfully, I took the plunge..and I am so glad I did!

This story is as old as it is new..a tale about two identical twin sisters, whom are estranged. Tabitha, prim and proper and uptight.. and Harper, easy and
Sarah Jane
Dec 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
There are a lot of unbelievable plot lines in this book, but the idea that a sixteen year old girl living in the United States has never heard of rock/paper/scissors takes the cake.
Susanne  Strong
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Estranged Identical twin sisters, living separate lives, 11 miles apart. One on Martha’s Vineyard, one on Nantucket.

How different can twins really be? Is their relationship really all that complicated? The answer is a resounding yes!

Tabitha is a single mother who runs a gorgeous boutique on Nantucket. She’s totally chic and appears to have it all together. Except when it comes to raising her sixteen year old daughter, Ainsley, who is hell on wheels.

Harper is a courier on Martha’s Vineyard whos
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good. I actually enjoyed this book a lot. The dynamics between the twins and the rest of their family and friends is one so complex and drenched in drama that you cannot help being pulled in. This is my first Elin Hilderbrand book but will not be my last. I will be looking into some of her other books so if you have any suggestions on any please let me know!
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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Summer isn’t official to me until I’ve read Hilderbrand’s latest book and when I saw that The Identicals was a book about sisters, I was pretty excited. Sister relationships always intrigue me, but a book about twin sisters is even more appealing to me, there’s just something fascinating about the bond they share and the unspoken connection between them. Full of Hilderbrand’s trademark style, this book delivered on all levels and I think it’s
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can always rely on Elin Hilderbrand to take me away…usually to the beach. Although I’m reading The Identicals in the dead of winter, I like the warm feeling I get from reading this novel.

Tabitha and Harper are identical twins, but their personalities couldn’t be more opposite. They are estranged and living on different islands, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. They loathe each other and aren’t on speaking terms. Harper has had an affair with a well known and respected doctor and when the affai
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-4
Whenever I pick up an Elin Hilderbrand novel, I know I am going to get: a wonderful beach read (literally set on a beach somewhere!) with delicious foods from Nantucket, or Martha’s Vineyard, or her most recent set of books set in St. John. And most importantly, I’m going to get a twisty, character-driven novel that takes me a while to unravel and leaves me wanting to spend more time on the page with her characters with every chapter I read.

In “The Identicals” we have twins, Tabitha and Harper.
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For an easy, breezy beach read, look no further than the works of Elin Hilderbrand—her latest is so evocative you can almost hear the sound of the waves and feel the sand between your toes. Set on the elite islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, The Identicals follows twin sisters who, after years of estrangement, trade lives in order to save their relationship. Mistaken identity hijinks and plenty of romance ensue.
— Book of the Month

Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
A dazzling setting and great writing about a frustrating dysfunctional sibling relationship makes for yet another tempting summer beach read.

A story about identical twins who couldn’t be any less alike. Nantucket is only two and a half hours away from Martha’s Vineyard by ferry. But the two Islands might as well be worlds apart for a set of identical twin sisters who have been at odds for fourteen years. Now 39, Tabitha, lives on Nantucket and runs her mother’s high-end dress boutique an
Lisa-Books Smiles
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Toni Aliskowitz
Dec 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
When I first started listening to this book, I found it to be difficult to tolerate the narrative style. Hearing "Harper said," or “Ainsley said," after every simplistic character utterance was driving me crazy. I knew I wasn't in for a literary read, I wanted a fluffy chick-lit style story to carry me into my holiday break. Was it the audiobook reader, or the story itself? So I kept going.

While I kept going, I was looking for reviews of the author, and this book. It's hard to find a negative El
Sherri Thacker
It took me awhile to get “into” this book. The first 1/2 of the book was so S-L-O-W for me that I almost put it down but thanks to my friends on Goodreads and others that have read this book, said to give it a chance and I’m so glad I did. The second ½ of the book was GREAT!! And it made up for the first half that I just didn’t love. This is my 6th book I’ve read by Elin Hilderbrand and it won’t be my last. I've always wanted to visit Nantucket AND Martha's Vineyard and this book makes me want t ...more
Sarina Bowen
This is my favorite Elin HIlderbrand, I think! She has a lot of fun with the differences between Nantucket & the Vineyard. And the twins' premise is really fun. ...more
Harper and Tabitha Frost--identical twins--grew up thick as thieves, the best of friends. But their parents' divorce at seventeen cruelly separated the girls, with each being allocated to a parent and sent off to live with them on a separate island. Harper goes with their more laid-back father, Billy, to Martha's Vineyard, while Tabitha goes with their formidable and exacting mother, renowned fashion designer Eleanor Roxie-Frost. The twins' relationship is then further destroyed by a tragic even ...more
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Just Pleasant

I basically enjoyed Elin Hildebrand book, "Identicals"

It has some fun plot points but was basically average. Two sisters who are lifetime rivals have serious difficulties that are the main thesis of the book. Lots of family secrets and misbehavior break them apart. Guess what happens in the end...... happily ever after! Zzzzzz

Characters are well developed and probably whatade me enjoy the book.

I guess it would be a good beach book for some but we have a foot of snow and I am not ve
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Identicals is the first of Elin Hilderbrand's books I've read. I was expecting and hoping for a light summer read, and that's what this was. While many parts of the story were somewhat predictable, it was interesting and engaging, and I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened next.

The story is about two twin sisters who are almost 40, Harper and Tabitha, and their distant relationship that has built up over many years, despite living only 11 miles apart on The Vineyard and Nantucke
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absorbing, enchanting, and absolutely irresistible!

This story is set on the picturesque islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard and gives us a glimpse into small-island living, complete with alluring beaches, endless sun, infinite gossip, and competitive rivalry. It is told from three different perspectives; Harper, a free spirit who is fun and kind but often impulsive and reckless; Tabitha, Harper’s mature, responsible, workaholic identical twin who struggles with underlying grief; and Ainsl
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I've read many Elin Hilderbrand books over the years but I have to admit this is my least favorite. The story is good, identical twins who were split by their parent's divorce. I didn't like any of the women characters but they did become a little more likable toward the end of the book. They all appear to be selfish and lack some character, especially the school girl bully. Each chapter was narrated by one of the twins, Harper or Tabitha, Tabitha's daughter, Ainsley or Fish, Harper's dog. I thi ...more
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: btb-2019, 2019
Reviewed on: Ashes Books & Bobs.

I decided it was time to jump on the Elin Hilderbrand train when the audiobook for The Identicals became available through my Overdrive app through my library. Her books are super popular all the time, but I especially start seeing the covers frequently during the summer and winter. She’s captivated the beach read crowd and cornered the cozy winter market with her beautiful covers and great branding. I decided to see what the fuss was all about with one of her lat
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Whenever I hear Elin Hilderbrand, I automatically think summer, picturesque islands, breezy beaches, sunshine and bikinis and love. She’s a perennial favourite of mine and her books are always enchanting and absorbing, and full of complex and compelling characters.
The story of The Identicals takes place in the exotic islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyards and is about family drama and dynamics of a dysfunctional relationship between two sisters with lots of spice.
I soaked up every page of
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I'm always a big fan of Elin Hilderbrand and she doesn't disappoint. This is a great summer beach read about sisters who have been separated most of their lives when their parents divorce and decide one daughter will go with the Mom and one will go with the Dad. Events ruin their relationship and now they must find a way back to each other and heal their relationship. The audiobook was very good. The narrator did a great job. ...more
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
This is Hilderbrand's usual entertaining story of family dynamics filled with the tastes and scenery of Nantucket, but in this book she adds Martha's Vineyard to the mix. Despite finding the characters pretty much unlikable in the beginning (which almost turned me off from continuing but GoodReads reports were so positive I decided to keep reading), they redeemed themselves as the story progressed. There were no big surprises during the course of the story and it ended up pretty much the way I s ...more
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: women, beach, contemporary
Not my favourite of her books. I'm getting frustrated in general with the contemporary/women genres where everyone would rather stew in misery for a few decades rather than spent a couple of hours with a therapist, or, horror of horrors, not lie :-)

Still not a bad book even with the rather silly characters- it's an okay way to start off the summer reading.

Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was my 1st stand alone book from her. It was okay. I like it at the begining then got confused what twin was who then figured it out. The story was good. love, hate, family drama.
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand tells the story of identical twins Tabitha and Harper Frost. Though identical, these sisters seem to be incredibly different from their personalities (Tabitha uptight; Harper laid back) to their career paths (Tabitha assisting their mother with her clothing line/boutique and Harper taking random low-paying, sometimes illegal, jobs) to where they live even (Tabitha with their mother on Nantucket and Harper on Martha's Vineyard with their father).
Their lives are
Mary Catherine
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Good summer read. Not a must read.
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
About the author:

Let me start by saying I am obsessed with Elin Hildebrand’s novels. Everyone has a go-to author for summer reads and for me it’s her. The setting is always Nantucket, MA, though her novel, The Island, takes place on Tuckernut Island, a small island off the coast. She writes about summertime on the beautiful, historic island (and recently published a winter series, which I also adore).

Her writing style is unique because, instead of using riveting plots, she creates depth in her c
Theresa Alan
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Identical twin sisters Tabitha and Harper and Tabitha’s sixteen-year-old daughter are the primary story tellers of this novel. None of them are particularly likeable at the beginning. Tabitha is upright and not good at expressing her feelings; Harper is laid back but doesn’t have a real career and is having an affair with a married man; and Ainsley is a spoiled brat. The changes in their circumstances transform all of them over the course of the book—for the better.

Tabitha and Harper haven’t rea
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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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