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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-
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Kindle Edition, 433 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by Little, Brown and Company
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Melissa
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Crumb
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
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Erin
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love modern family drama
Shelves: netgalley
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
Amy
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
All of my reviews can be found on www.novelgossip.com

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
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Stacey
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
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Suzanne
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!
Sarah Jane
Dec 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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.
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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 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 to ...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.
Danielle
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the perfect way to really dive into my summer!
Lisa
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A dazzling setting and great writing about a frustrating dysfunctional sibling relationship makes for yet another tempting summer beach read.


SUMMARY
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 and
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Brandice
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kristy
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
Zoe
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
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Robin
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ann
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Marla
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.
Susan Crowe
If I read the last page of one of Elin Hilderbrand's books and I have tears in my eyes, I know it was an awesome book.
What a great book this was!
I laughed. I cried. Sometimes I was laughing while I was crying. Highly recommended!
Sam (Clues and Reviews)
If I had to describe The Identicals, the newest release by the Queen of Summer Novels, Elin Hilderbrand, I would have to say drama.

 Drama, drama, drama.

 Estranged sisters, wild teenaged daughters, love affair, family betrayal, loss and good ol’ fashion gossip surrounds the core of this plot making it a delicious summer, beach read!

 When Billy dies in Martha’s Vineyard, his daughter Harper is forced to call up Tabitha and Eleanor. Her identical twin sister and mother, whom she hasn’t spoken to in
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Eva • All Books Considered
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: beach-reads
Review originally posted at All Books Considered: 4 STARS

I've read every single story and book that Elin Hilderbrand has ever published. I've also re-read many of her books and I look forward to each one; she now has a winter series that she publishes in the late fall in addition to the book she writes every summer but, still, her books are the start of summer for me. That being said, her last few books have been hit or miss for me. A few I've loved (The Matchmaker, The Rumor) but more often h
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Gill Brown
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really good read perfect for reading on holiday. I really enjoyed it.
Mary Catherine
Good summer read. Not a must read.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Identical twin sisters Tabitha and Harper have been estranged for the past 14 years, when Tabitha's infant son died. Prior to that, when the girls were 17 their parents divorces. Harper went to live with their father, Billy on Martha's Vineyard and Tabitha went to live with their mother, Eleanor in Boston and on Nantucket. The other main character is Ainsley, Tabitha's precocious sixteen year old daughter. All three of these females are flawed and as the story unfolds we find out what happened i ...more
Debbie
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Remember that cute little girl on Bewitched named Tabitha and how she would twitch her nose and be so adorable. Well, this Tabitha is nothing like that. This Tabitha is not a nice person. She's very snooty, condescending and selfish. And she dislikes her twin sister, Harper, a LOT!

Harper and Tabitha are identical twins who were separated in their teens when their parents got divorced. Their mother decided she didn't want to be living alone and made the girls pick which one was going to live with
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Jen
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beach, contemporary, women
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.

Melissa Borsey
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. While I was very excited to receive a copy of this ARC, I must admit to being a little disappointed with the story. I did not like the characters and they never did "grow" on me and the whole one island over the other got old real quick. It's an easy read just not one of my favorites.
Heidi
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Four and a half stars: An addictive story about two twin sisters who are both floundering in life and love, then a chance to change places arises, and they learn a thing or two about each other and their pasts.

Tabitha and Harper are identical twins who have been estranged for over ten years despite the fact that they live only eleven miles apart. One lives on Martha’s Vineyard, the other Nantucket. Both girls’ lives are a mess, they are failing in life, love and their careers. When their father
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Julie Barrett
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The identicals by Elin Hilderbrand
Have read many books from this author and have enjoyed them.
This was start out with the identical twins and each lives on an island off the coast of MA. One living with their mother, the other with their father. Identical twins and they have pulled their pranks on teachers and boyfriends over the years.
You get a lot of the back story as to how they ended up there and how one had a daughter who's a teen now in the story.
Alternating chapters from them and also oth
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Tammy
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: release-2017
You get a summery vibes feel with the beautiful coastal islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard as its backdrop. That is where you meet the Frost twins and how their family drama, and plenty of it, intertwine's between the two islands. Through personal and business loss, lies, illicit drugs, sex escapades, small town gossip (that ruins reputations) and (possibly?) redemption, the story line offers its readers more substance I feel than your average chit lit novel. Two thumbs up for being a pe ...more
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