When Mallory Blessing's son, Link, receives deathbed instructions from his mother to call a number on a slip of paper in her desk drawer, he's not sure what to expect. But he certainly does not expect Jake McC ...more
I felt it was a necessary part of the reader liking Ursula. Mallory might be the protagonist, but she's not the good guy. Ursula also has faults, but she doesn't carry on an affair for nearly 30 years behind Jake's back. It's important that by the end we see Ursula as the complicated woman that she is, and I think that humanizes her in another layer. Over the whole book Ursula has the most personal growth. She evolves from a frigid workaholic to a woman who cares deeply for her daughter and wants to see a better world for her daughter. In the beginning, she never would have voted against it because it would have impacted her professional plans. By the end, she's got the biggest conscience and pushes herself to act accordingly. (less)
If she really wanted to do a modern take on Same Time, Next Year, she should have written the characters as already being deeply entrenched in other relationships that they couldn't extricate themselves from. Like maybe it would have made more sense if Ursula had already been elected to Congress when they met and or Mallory had already had several children and was happy enough with her husband. Something more realistic that would explain why they were never willing to try a real, committed relationship beyond Jake's quasi commitment to a woman he wasn't in love with.(less) (hide spoiler)]
“This is for you, Mal. My hardheaded woman.”
Captivating and poignant, 28 Summers provides a thought-provoking look at what happens when the heart’s desires are given free rein for three glorious days a year. No matter what. A storyline this longtime Elin Hilderbrand fan found to be an emotional powerhouse, stacking up as one of her best yet. I smiled, I cried, I swooned, I dared to hope. My adoration accompanied by one little caveat; this book decimated my heart.
Hilderbrand continues her un ...more
She does a great job, as always, of describing summer days and nights, including descriptions of summer meals, ...more
I always enjoy Hilderbrand books, taking you a marvelous tour around Nantucket: she can sell me house with her photographic, detailed descriptions, help me smell the salt coming from the sea, the hot sand covering my feet, soft breeze brushing my shoulders, make me h ...more
Inspired by the film Same Time, Next Year, 28 Summers tells the tale of Mallory Blessing and Jake McCloud who meet one Labor Day weekend in Nantucket, the chemistry is instantaneous but each person recognizes they are different places in their lives and agree that each year they will reunite in that last week of August. As ...more
I don't ever read books of this genre so my review should be taken with a grain of salt - or sand! -since I have nothing to compare 28 Summers to.
I adored Mallory and Jake's secret relationship! It was so touching and uplifting! I found them both somewhat emotionally stunted and I doubt their love could have survived beyond their Labour Day bubble but it was perfect for them.
I enjoyed watching the progression of all the characters over three decades, and ...more
Summer is here when Elin Hilderbrand has a new book out!
28 Summers is a different story and not my favorite one of hers.
Unpopular opinion here-->
I've some very mixed feelings about Jake McCloud. I got mad at him a lot of times. Why did he marry Ursula DeGournsey? More than half the time they had nothing in common. To me, he married a memory of a girl that at some point was nice.
Jake didn't respect his marriage or Ursula enough to tell her the truth and leave her or divorc ...more
It’s like a fairy tale. It’s like a game of Would You Rather? Would you rather have perfect bliss for only three days or a solid but dull relationship all year long? Mallory would choose Jake every time.
Okay. WELL. I don't even really know where to start, since 28 Summers left me with so many conflicting thoughts and feelings that I'm having a hard time disentangling and making sense of them all, leaving me at a total loss for words.
But first things first, I guess. Don't let the title of the ...more
You’ll travel along on the life journey of both Mallory and Jake. Beginning from the time they were teens, all the way through adulthood. 28 summers, to be precise.
Malory, along with her brothers best buddy Jake, embark on a Same Time Next Year affair that may have begun innocently, but gets rather compli ...more
I just read 28 Summers , my first book by the amazingly popular Elin Hilderbrand, and almost immediately fell in love with it. I'm ready to read all of her books now!
Mallory Blessing is about to die from cancer, so she asks her son Link to call the number written on a piece of paper in her desk drawer. He can't believe who answers: Jake McCloud, who may very well become America's first First Gentleman, as his wife, Senator Ursula de Gourns ...more
As soon as I saw a new release coming, I pre-ordered it without even reading the blurb or any reviews - my first mistake. 28 Summers is based on the classic movie "Same Time Next Year" (which the main characters i ...more
Emotional and tear-jerking “28 Summers” by Elin Hilderband is a story that is captivating, compelling and all consuming.
The love affair between Mallory Blessing and Jake McCloud begins in 1993, when Mallory’s brother, Cooper and his two best friends Fray and Jake visit Mallory in Nantucket on Labor Day weekend. Left to their own devices, romance ensues between Mallory and Jake. It is then that a promise is made ala “Same Time Next Year” wherein the two make a pact ...more
What are we talking about in 2020? Australian fires, potential war with Iran, Harry and Megan, the impeachment trial, Kobe Bryant, Covid-19, Harvey Weinstein, Corona beer, China and Italy, Tom Hanks, Tiger King, hand washing, ventilators, TOILET PAPER, Kim Jong-Un, UFOs, locust swarms, murder hornets, monkeys stealing vials of Covid-19, asteroids, George Floyd, Black Lives Matter, MASKS, statues, Sahara dust clouds...and it's only July.
If you can't get to the beach this summer, bring the ...more
In 1993, Mallory inherits a beach cottage on Nantucket and hosts a bachelor party for her brother, Cooper on Labor Day weekend. There she meets his fraternity brother, Jake, changing everything as the two of them instantly hit it off.
Mallory and Jake decide to make Labor Day weekend their thing, every year — No matte ...more
.....This was my first experience reading (listening) to a book by Elin Hilderbrand.
I finally got curious because “28 Summers” has been the number one best seller on the New York Times list for weeks—- maybe months!
I’ve only read a few of the 33,000+reviews....
I was wondering if other readers thought ‘The Blazer’ ( car, not jacket)....
was an underdog rockstar, character? Ha! I kinda did.
The ending was sad—
The entire book was kind of sad—but.....e ...more
28 Summers is a story of unfulfilled love between Mallory Blessing and Jake McCloud who meet one summer in the Nantucket island and fall in love. Their romance doesn't last long as Jake has to return to his life in Washington while Mallory stays on the island where she now lives after inheriting a cottage from her aunt. Before they say goodbye, Mallory and Jake promise to each other t ...more
It's no secret this story doesn't end well (from book summary) and we know the storyline is based on a "Same Time Next Year" movie scenario so perhaps that's why 28 Summers made me feel kind of down. I think not disclosing the ending up front would have worked better (for me) in this one.
As for the characters, I was ticked at Jake bc (view spoiler)[ he didn't dump the self-absorbed Ursula who treated him like crap throughout their relationship...even though she was nice to his sick si...more
What a great holiday read, totally engrossing from start to finish. Well plotted and cleverly done .... Hilderbrand skilfully manages to holds your attention across the time span.
Mallory and Jake spend one blissful Labor Day weekend together. When they go back to their lives, they promise each other that every Labour Day weekend will be special and they will spend that time together on Nantucket. This lasts for 28 su ...more
This was the perfect end of summer book to read for me. With a great setting on Nantucket, this romance is the star-crossed tale of Jake and Mallory. They meet up every Labor Day on Nantucket and have a lifelong love affair. Can it count if it's just one weekend a year?
I thought this would be predictable, but there were some surprises and a few tears shed at the end. This was a good escapist read from the realities of life right now.
I listened to the audio of this amazing book (thank you librofm) and I was smitten with Mallory and Jake. Listening to their love story unfold over one magical long weekend in Nantucket, year after year, for 28 years both broke my heart and filled it up.
Based on the film 𝘚𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘛𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘕𝘦𝘹𝘵 𝘠𝘦𝘢𝘳 , we are captivated by their love story, despite the fact they can never tr ...more
“I’m happy the dog chased the cat that chased the rat.”
So am I Jake! So. Am. I.
I am super late to the Elin Hilderbrand party and am pretty sure this is only the third book of hers that I’ve read. I started with the first book in the “Paradise” series due to its timely release date during a Snowpocalypse when I wanted nothing else but to escape to a place like St. John. Oh wait, immediate edit because this is my fourth book of hers ...more
What is good:
The author does a great job describing evocative summer scenes in Nantucket. And it was interesting to read the "What we are talking about this year" segments at the beginning of each chapter. But, that walk down memory lane could have been just as easily satisfied by a quick google search.
What does not work:
The off putting premise (meeting up once a ...more
This book is about Mallory and Jake, who meet and almost immediately fall in love, but the circums ...more
Mallory's aunt leaves her a cottage in Nantucket when she unexpectedly passes away. At a point in her life where Mallory is able to pick up and relocate, she decides to take advantage of the opportunity and move to Nantucket. Once on the island, she falls in love with the beach, the slower pace of life, and the cottage that brings back many happy memories.
Mallory's brother Cooper is getting married and he wants to ha ...more
The book begins in the present when Mallory Blessing is on her deathbed with her son Link at her side. Mallory asks Link to call a number on a piece of paper to give them the news of her illness. When Link completes his mother’s request he finds the man that pick up is the husband o ...more