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In this satisfying page-turner from "the queen of beach reads" (New York Magazine), a Nantucket novelist has one final summer to protect her secrets while her loved ones on earth learn to live without their golden girl.

On a perfect June day, Vivian Howe, author of thirteen beach novels and mother of three nearly grown children, is killed in a hit-and-run car accident while
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 1st 2021 by Little, Brown and Company
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Cathy I wondered about that myself, especially given her dedication to her kids saying she would never leave them. I wondered if, God forbid, her cancer had…moreI wondered about that myself, especially given her dedication to her kids saying she would never leave them. I wondered if, God forbid, her cancer had come back. Sorry to read that she’s planning to retire in 2024. 😫 We lost Dorothea Benton Frank summer books. (less)

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Dr. Appu Sasidharan
Jun 13, 2021 rated it did not like it
(Regular Review) I finished rereading The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank a couple of days ago. One of my friends then recommended me this book. He said that there was some controversy related to Anne Frank in it. The plot of this novel was interesting, and the writing was good when the novel started. But every excitement that the author evoked in me was lost when I reached the controversial part of this novel.
"You’re suggesting I hide here all summer?” Vivi asks.
"Like…like Anne Fr
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Ceecee
May 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up.

Vivian Howe is a best selling author of ‘beach novels’. She’s divorced from JP and they have three grown up children. Early one morning she’s killed in a hit and run and she ascends into The Beyond where she is greeted by Hermès scarf wearing Martha. She’s granted 75 VWs (viewing windows) in a limited time period and three nudges to influence outcomes on earth. She has to use them wisely to help her children who have more issues than she knows. The story is told via several persp
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: The song changes to opening guitar chords that seize Vivi's attention. It's 'Stone in Love' by Journey. Vivi almost trips over her own shoes. She stops and stares at her phone's screen. What is this song doing on the Nine Pound Hammer playlist? Did Carson add it? But Carson hates classic rock; she calls it 'music from beyond the grave.'

Vivi is spooked. This song brings back such intense memories of high school that she feels if she turns her head, she'll see Brett Caspian standing in th
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Kay
Enjoyable storytelling if you don't think too deep into it. The audio read by Erin Bennett was really good and she makes 13.5 hours fly by without you knowing.

I like the beginning of this book with whodunit mystery and tight-knit characters. This is a story about Vivi (or is it EH?), an author who died and becomes an angel looking down from heaven. I like Vivi and her angel mentor. But true to form, the story leans towards family drama and infidelity then there are gazillion characters that I st
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Cammie
May 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021
Elin Hilderbrand has done it again...and by "it" I mean written a spectacular novel!
I must admit that I was little bit wary of the premise of Golden Girl when I first heard about it some months ago--the main character was DEAD and watching her family grieve her death. This did not sound like the lighthearted, fun, escapist beach reads that I am used to from my favorite summer novelist. However, Golden Girl still includes the family drama, the romance, the suspense, and the BEACH that are signatu
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Toni
Apr 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
‘Golden Girl’ is a love story, an intelligent beach read, and in my opinion, semi-autobiographical.

Vivian ‘Vivi’ Howe, is a fifty-one-year-old author living on the beautiful of Nantucket, divorced and mother of three children. She’s fit, vivacious and involved with island life and just that right amount in her kids’ lives.

She’s given the privilege of ‘separating herself’ from her life, sort of like an out-of-body experience, and watching her family and friends’ lives go on their course. Don’t wo
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Kendra Rothermel
May 28, 2021 rated it it was ok
I have read every single Elin Hilderbrand book. Shes from my corner of the universe and I love supporting an author that comes from our little region. I met Elin two years ago when Summer of ‘69 hit shelves and she spoke at Ursinus College. She was a lovely woman. When I got an advanced copy of Golden Girl, I was elated as it would be added to my summer reading list anyway and I have truly loved every book. It’s not summer without Elin! I read this one in a day and not because I was so enthralle ...more
Marisa
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
One of the most beautiful, emotional books I’ve ever read. I loved loved loved it. Such a raw way of dealing with grief. I loved these characters. Elins best book yet


Thank you edelweiss Elin and little brown for my advanced copy
Creya
Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love Elin!!! Her books are always so perfect for the summer. In Golden Girl, we follow the not so perfect Howe-Quinboro family. There are two mysteries at hand: who killed best-selling author Vivian Howe, and what is Vivi’s secret past that she chose to keep hidden from her family and friends? Oh, and who the heck is Brett Caspian? With 40 pages to go, I was EXTREMELY NERVOUS about how this book was going to end. It seemed there would be several loose ends and unanswered questions. I’m sorry I ...more
Dallas Strawn
Mar 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"Eventually, all of them are going to have to learn to live without you. This summer is going to end....Summer always ends." -Elin Hilderbrand, Golden Girl

In her twenty-seventh novel, Elin Hilderbrand tries something new....she's written "beach reads" "escapist novels" simple love stories, she tried her hand at a murder mystery a few years ago with The Perfect Couple, and this year, Hilderbrand has decided to tackle a paranormal element....and shockingly, it kinda works. This book is also a murd
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Louise Wilson
May 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 stars rounded up to 4

Vivian Howe, author of thirteen beach novels and mother of three young adults, is killed in a hit and run car accident near her home in Nantucket. She ascends to the Beyond where she is assigned to a Person named Martha, who agrees Vivi death was unfair. Martha allows Vivi to watch what happens below with her children. her best friend and her ex-husband. Martha gives Vivi three "nudges" so that she might influence the outcome of events in the world of the living. Vivi di
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Jamie
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I am still processing this book, this was by far my favorite Elin Hilderbrand book yet. Heartbreaking and tragic yet beautiful and uplifting! I can’t believe the emotions I felt while reading this book. My heart was torn out and then slowly put back together piece by piece.
Vivi is killed in a hit and run accident in the first few pages of the book. She ascends to beyond and is assigned to her person, Martha who explains how things will work and tells Vivi she gets 3 nudges and she is able to wa
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Crystal
It's officially summer now that I've read Elin Hilderbrand's new release Golden Girl-not the95 degree smoldering weather we are currently having.

Vivian Howe is a best-selling author who has 3 adult children who was killed in a hit and run jogging early one morning. As she ascends to The Beyond she is allowed to watch over everyone for one summer and allowed 3 nudges to influence the outcomes on Earth. The only stipulation is the Vivi will have to use the nudges wisely to help her children who ea
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Denise
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
It's officially summer now that I've read the newest EH book! I'm a huge EH fan (she inspired my first trip to Nantucket, and I fell in love with the island and everything about it); but that being said, I've been very critical of her last few books - frankly, they just weren't that great. I'm happy to say though, Golden Girl renewed my love of EH, and left my googling B&B's for a return trip to Nantucket this summer.

Maybe it's because my dad has recently been diagnosed with a terminal illness
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Nadia
Jun 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2021, fiction
4.5 stars

Ever since I've discovered Elin Hilderbrand's books, her novels have become my summer holiday treat. Golden Girl was no exception. I savoured the book, visiting Nantucket yet again with a new cast of flawed characters and their complicated relationships, and an unpredictable plotline. As usual with Elin's books, I was hooked from page 1.

What's the book about? I suggest going into the book blind as it's hard describing the plot. I've tried and couldn't do it justice so I'm going to leave
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Carmen
Jun 02, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf-abandoned
Books that include anti-Semitic jokes are trash. Therefore, this book is trash.
Kate Olson
(free review copy) officially my favorite Hilderbrand stand-alone novel. I LOVED IT ❤️ This and the Winter series are the best of her work.

ETA: there is an issue with a joke about Anne Frank in this book that is sparking a lot of discussion ~ most reviewers seem not have have been totally turned off immediately upon reading it, which is worthy of commentary. I will admit that it struck me as distasteful while I was reading but not enough to comment on at first. I’ve thought a lot about this sinc
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
2.5 STARS

Elin Hilderbrand June book releases are always a highlight of the month, an automatic preorder. I wasn’t sure about the premise, Nantucket writer dying given the opportunity for three nudges to help her family. GOLDEN GIRL is a very light mystery, who was driving the car that killed Vivi. My early guess turned out to be right. I also guessed the content of the mysterious picture and several other predictable events.

But, Hildebrand is a masterful storyteller and GOLDEN GIRL held my inte
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Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Jun 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021
After what I have went through with losing my daughter and my dad this book brought so much to me. I was given a gift with this book. I can't put into words just how much this book means to me. It is Hilderbrands best book ever and It is a 5 star must read! ...more
oohlalabooks
May 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Golden Girl is an emotional, dramatic story about one’s death and the afterlife yet keeping it beachy on Nantucket. World renowned author of beach novels, Vivian Howe, is killed in a hit & run car accident while out running near her home. Vivi is met by Martha, her Person, in the afterlife. Martha allows Vivi to watch how the summer unfolds with her children, ex husband, and best friend. While the accident is being investigated, the children - Willa, Carson, and Leo are dealing with their mother ...more
Emmy Griffith
May 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
For so long, I’ve said that The Blue Bistro is my favorite standalone Elin Hilderbrand; that slot now has a serious competitor with her new release, Golden Girl. When Vivian Howe, beloved author of beach read bestsellers 😉, is killed in a hit and run, she is granted the rest of summer to watch over her (nearly) grown children and use 3 “nudges” to change outcomes.

This book really hit home for me as a mom; how will I be remembered by my children? How will they cope without me? While I have been f
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Zoe
May 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thought-provoking, sentimental, and a touch mysterious!

Golden Girl is a heartfelt, compelling tale that sweeps you away to the idyllic Nantucket Island and into the life of novelist Vivian Howe, a mother of three, who after being killed in a hit-and-run accident is given one last summer to watch over those she loves and granted three small nudges to alter events on earth before she must finally accept her fate and pass over to the other side.

The writing is eloquent and expressive. The characters
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Erin
Jun 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown & Company for an egalley in exchange for an honest review.

Our story begins with the death of beloved novelist, Vivian(Vivi) Howe, killed in a hit-and-run that has all of Nantucket talking. It's perplexing for the police, Vivi's three grown children, her best friend and her ex-husband. But as Vivi hovers above, looking down all those she has left behind, it seems that she is about to learn that the ones she loved had secrets of their own.

A beach novel from
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Tammy
Jun 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: release-2021
☀️🌊 It’s wouldn’t be summer without a Hilderbrand novel in one hand & a margarita in the other. This was incredible - loved it! 🤍
Barbara Schultz
Family Drama with a bit of Mystery
Although it is not quite summer, it is still close enough for “The queen of beach reads” to release a new story. I am a big Elin Hilderbrand fan; this is #21 for me.
Ms. Hilderbrand’s last story “28 Summers” had everyone crying. Her comment about this new story is “Don’t put away those tissues”!
In this story’s man character is Vivian Howe, a 51 year old author of “beach novels” with a new release coming out, entitled “Golden Girl”, and has three children. Whi
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Jodi Golis
May 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite Elin Hilderbrand ever! I was hooked from the beginning. This book, as a woman and as mother especially, was everything I never new I wanted and needed! Famous author, Vivi Howe, is victim of a hit and run but is able to spend the summer watching and “nudging” her loved ones. Elin touched all my mom buttons - What will happen when I’m gone and not able to do everything? And maybe some nostalgic buttons - Does my high school boyfriend think of me fondly (and could possibly have ...more
Dkbbookgirl
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another great book by E Hildenbrand
Highly recommend
Evan Quade
Jun 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A very extraordinary beach read from Elin! And a whole new kind of read as well. The book follows the death of Vivian Howe after she was hit by a car while out jogging. As she ascends away to the afterlife, she is granted a viewing to look down to her three surviving children as they grieve. Since Vivi was a novelist, she had a book set to be released that points out a past secret based on her life.

A very powerful and heartfelt book it had been. I felt emotional and relaxed all at once and learn
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Mandy (Bookishlove85)
Jun 04, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
This was my first read from this author and I didn't know what to expect. I was simply going off the synopsis of the book that really caught my attention. I liked the idea of Vivian having the ability to spend the summer after she passes to view her family and friends lives. The thought of having 3 nudges to be able to adjust outcomes of things for her kids was something I couldn't wait to see play out. While, I enjoyed the narrator and loved that this took place in a small cape cod town (I love ...more
Alex Anderson
Jun 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Queen of summer Nantucket reads! Loved that this was a different type of premise in terms of one of the narrators and really enjoyed it!
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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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