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The Love Season

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  10,862 ratings  ·  730 reviews
It's a hot August Saturday on Nantucket Island. Over the course of the next 24 hours, two lives will be transformed forever.

Marguerite Beale, former chef of culinary hot spot Les Parapluies, has been out of the public eye for over a decade. This all changes with a phone call from Marguerite's goddaughter, Renata Knox. Marguerite has not seen Renata since the death of
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Published April 1st 2010 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2006)
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Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, books-i-own
It should be a universal rule that one should not let summer pass without journeying to Nantucket with Elin Hilderbrand. The Love Season is one of the author's earlier novels and focuses on one weekend where long buried secrets are finally confessed and forgiveness is in the air

I really enjoyed Marguerite's story about disappointments in love and how she really wants to help her dearest friend's daughter. I didn't care for everything in Renata's storyline but it held enough of EH's charm to
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, 2-star
I dunno who the (expletive) titled this book, but they were on crack.

A frustrating read. Hilderbrand apparently operates under the delusion that a book takes only a few stock characters and a hint of mysterious mystery that isn't explained until the very end, bake at 500 degrees for fifteen minutes stir twice, success!
Why, Elin? (Can I call you Elin?) You had the ingredients for creme brulee au chocolat and you settled for microwave brownies. WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO YOURSELF? & more
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: elin-hilderbrand
So far I’ve read five other Elin Hilderbrand’s books and I generally enjoy her stories set on Nantucket. Hilderbrand’s writing style is fluent and very pleasant. In my opinion, she’s quite good in creating cozy atmospheres. So, I have not (yet) grown tired of this author, and maybe I never will. Eventhough I didn’t like “The Love Season” as much as her other books, it was still an okay read and I was interested to get to the end.
The reason why I wasn’t enthralled with this story has everything
Margie Rogers
It's hard to finish a book when you don't like the characters you are reading about. I did finish, but even then I was disappointed at the abrupt ending.
I was very dismayed at the behavior of Renata. How much in love with Cade could she have been if she was eying Miles from the minute she meet him? Not what you would expect of a newly engaged 19 year old, where is her depth? The tantrum in the kitchen was so far over the top, that I almost put the book down right there. The only reason I kept
Oct 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Love Season is another great one by Ms. Hilderbrand! I really love her books. This one took place over the course of two days but flip flopped between current happenings and past recollections from the characters so it was like two stories in one. The character development was exquisite and I couldn't wait to learn their secrets. The only thing I wished for while reading was more.... more development, more story, more background..... but what she gave her readers was still good.
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was by far the least enjoyable Elin Hilderbrand book. I found myself bored and not caring for the characters. Don't recommend, she has so many wonderful novels! This is not one of them!
Carol Brill
Hard not to admire an author who can write a 294 page novel that takes place in one day. Not my favorite Elin Hilderbrand novel. Liked the last quarter better than the rest of the story.
Yvette (hooked on the nook)
In my opinion the way Erin captured Margo's character as a chef and the delightful description of all the different food variations that swirled in her head constantly as a way of describing emotions and events of life made this a good read.
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I figured out what I like about this author. She makes you really feel like you know the characters...and you start to care about them.
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It appears I enjoyed this book more than most readers. Typically, I hate books that take place in one 24 hour period...I find them drawn out, contrived, and tedious. But this book, written from several viewpoints and bouncing back and forth in time, didn't bother me as much as most. The Love Season isn't a typical Elin Hilderbrand book, although it does still go in depth about her beloved Nantucket. Is it one of her best? No. Is it as awful as some reviewers say? No. It's just an average story ...more
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy her books, and tend to neglect chores when reading them. This one was no exception!
Ineke van Mackelenbergh
A comfortable read since the author has a pleasant and fluent writing style.
The storyline is pretty much predictable - “over the course of 24 hours, two lives will be transformed forever”... and towards the end the author even rounds off the storyline for two very minor characters. Meh.
Apr 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars - Interesting story, though dragged a little in places. Interesting twist I wasn't expecting at the end.
Not the greatest. Wanted to quit reading several times but wanted to know how it would be wrapped up. I did enjoy the end but man it was way longer than it needed to be.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marguerite Beale was once a chef of great popularity. She owned her own restaurant on Nantucket Island. It was out of the norm, cozy and intimate, and exclusive at the same time. That was where she first met Candace. Candace was the niece of Marguerite's summer lover (that's a whole other story) and the two young women formed an instant friendship. When Candace married and had her daughter, Renata, Marguerite was the godmother.

Unfortunately, a tragic accident took the life of Candace. Renata,
After discovering the wonderful Nantucket tales of Elin Hilderbrand in the summer of 2017, I've been systematically worked my way through all of her books. When reading the descriptions of her past works, I decided to pass on The Love Season and The Matchmaker. Due to a possible Hulu Nantucket series involving The Matchmaker coming along and my friend Rachel finding a copy of The Love Season at a used book sale, I decided to finally add them both to be read. With The Matchmaker, it was a miss ...more
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went to the library and asked for a beach read. This was perfect.
Not my favorite by this author, but it was readable and kept the pages turning. The entire book covered just one day in the life of the characters, but the main character did a lot of flashing back, so we got the whole back story. The main character, Margo, used to be a chef with her own restaurant in Nantucket. It is her story, as well as her best friend, Candace (who is dead), Candace's husband, Dan, and Candace's brother, Porter (who was Margo's lover). It is the story of their friendships, ...more
Gayle Cappelluti
Have you ever felt like you loved your best girlfriend more than the man in your life? Or perhaps, that she understood you more? That the two of you shared more honesty, more intimacy? Have you ever dedicated your life to a relationship with a man despite never really getting your needs met? These are just some of the questions faced by the characters in The Love Season. And while Hilderbrand doesn't necessarily give answers to the why's behind the questions, she does broach them openly and ...more
Oct 05, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Of the books I've read my Hilderbrand this one I didn't like. Marguerite meets Porter in Paris. They are a couple in Marguerite's mind. His sister, Candace is her best friend. After 15 years, Porter tells Marguerite he is marrying another. (It shouldn't be a shock, he sees Marguerite only in the summer and is pictured in the newspapers with many other women.) Candace is killed by a drunk driver while trying to console Marguerite. Renata, Candace's daughter returns to Nantucket after 15 years and ...more
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Elin Hilderbrand book. I loved the premise of reawakening a soul through creating a meal, but there were too many complications, especially in the day Renata had, to focus on the key themes that should have been the focus of the book. The simplicity of the progress made toward discovering yourself through connecting with others was overshadowed by the Renata/Cade/Action/Will/Sallie/Clair/Nicole love pentagon that unfolds within a matter of 8 hours in a day. I wish it could be ...more
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had high hopes for this book based on others I've read in the past by Hilderbrand, but it unfortunately didn’t meet my standards, mainly because of the style it was written in. If Hilderbrand chose a different approach the story could have been very moving. While some parts I struggled to read through, the looming mystery got me to the end, which ended up extremely unsatisfying.

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May 31, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I could only give this one an ok. It had some elements I do like -- such as peculiarity in characters, but overall it was depressing. The author has written other books I've enjoyed quite a bit more. I guess there was just too much regret in the reminiscing in this one.
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
eh... Hilderbrand can rank herself up there with all the children's and YA authors who love to have a motherless protagonist. This one was just so-so. I do like all of the food she includes in her books. I gave it an extra star because of the food.
Gill Brown
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really good book I thoroughly enjoyed it. Draws you in from first few pages.
Christine Savukinas
Not bad for a quick summer read. - definitely not her best.
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy cooking this book is a perfect recipe!!
May 31, 2008 marked it as stopped-reading  ·  review of another edition
I had to put it down because I just can't get into it at this point. I hope to pick it up again soon.
Not her best, but I did enjoy 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.

“It was like we had known all along that the sky was going to fall and then it fell and we pretended to be surprised.” 9 likes
“Jeu de Paume. C'est un petit gout, he'd said. A little taste. The hostel knew Marguerite was a gourmand; he saw the treasures she brought home each night from the boulangerie, the fromagerie, and the green market. Bread, cheese, figs: She ate every night sitting on the floor of her shared room. She was in Paris for the food, not the art, though Marguerite had always loved Renoir and this painting in particular appealed to her. She was attracted to Renoir's women, their beauty, their plump and rosy good health; this painting was alive. The umbrellas- les parapluies- gave the scene a jaunty, festive quality, almost celebratory, as people hoisted them into the air.
It's charming, Marguerite said.
A feast for the eyes, Porter said.”
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