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Silver Girl

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  36,874 ratings  ·  2,309 reviews
Meredith Martin Delinn just lost everything: her friends, her homes, her social standing - because her husband Freddy cheated rich investors out of billions of dollars.

Desperate and facing homelessness, Meredith receives a call from her old best friend, Constance Flute. Connie's had recent worries of her own, and the two depart for a summer on Nantucket in an attempt to he
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Reagan Arthur Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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*3.5 stars*

Five full days of sun, sand, and surf—could there be a more fitting companion than an Elin Hilderbrand novel? Considering she reigns as the “beach read” queen in my world, I think not.

Soaking up the vestiges of summer, on my last beach vacation of the season, seemed like the perfect excuse to indulge in a novel from Hilderbrand’s lengthy backlist. One, in particular, that’s been accumulating dust in my home library for far longer than I’m willing to admit.

While Silver Girl failed to
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
The truth is that I didn’t have high hopes for this book because:

1.I am a bit tired of the “Victim of XYZ retreats to Nantucket to lick her wounds with her former BFF” premise, and

2.The title and cover of this book are a bit too reminiscent of Danielle Steel to appeal to me.

But since it’s Ramadan and I need all the distraction I can get, I decided to overlook these two strikes and I checked this book out from the library.

Silver Girl is the story of Meredith – a woman dealing with the aftermath
Jane Stewart
Meredith was clueless about more than just her husband. She has no curiosity. Mediocre story. I wanted it to be over.

This book was inspired by the Bernie Madoff financial disaster. People gave money to Bernie who created fake reports telling them they were earning huge profits, but in reality he was stealing their money. For many people this was their life’s savings. Bernie went to jail.

In this story Freddy Delinn is the Bernie character. His wife is Meredith. They have two sons in t
Apr 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
I really don't like to give bad reviews but this book was not good. Maybe it would be ok for a beach read but other than that I probably wouldn't bother. I have to admit that I listened to it on CD which may have swayed my opinion, but I did think about half way through that the only reason I wish I had been reading it was so that I could've skimmed the second half and finished faster.

Most of the women in this book are not very smart and see themselves only through the eyes of the man that they'
I loved this book -- definitely one of my favorites by Elin Hilderbrand.

The biggest thing that I love about Hilderbrand's books is that they are set on Nantucket Island. There's just something about the island, even though I haven't been there, that really speaks to me. A summer on Nantucket seems like it would be something magical and sweet that you know you would always remember and that you would never want to end, like a summer romance or your first love. In fact, those types of things often
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Meredith Delinn has turned to her oldest friend Connie Flute in a time of desperation. Meredith's husband Freddy has cheated investors out of millions of dollars, and Meredith is also being investigated though she claims to know nothing of her husband's shady business dealings. Connie and Meredith spend the summer on Nantucket at the home Connie shared with her late husband Wolf.
Meredith is literally hiding out from the press and everyone who believes she played a part in her husband's schemes.
First Thoughts after finishing book: I'm glad that I didn't end up hating Meredith!!

What I liked about this book:

The story is very relevant to what has been occurring in corporate America and Wall Street. Greed, selfishness, and amassing "things" is the main agenda for many in this country.
Meredith's best friend Connie- if not for this character I would have stopped reading this book as I really couldn't take another minute trying to feel sorry for someone who wouldn't think twice about dropping
Silver Girl started out so well. I took it out from my library and was really looking forward to vicarious lifestyles of the rich and famous morality tale. Setting: Nantucket Island where the wife the greatest financial scoundrel of the 21st century *yes, you are supposed to think Bernie Madoff* has come to lick her wounds and get away from the press. The ruined lives, suicides even -- all victims of her husband's Ponzi scheme -- come fast and furious. Meredith Martin Delinn is an innocent: perh ...more
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Reading the new Hilderbrand every summer is a guilty pleasure for me -- they're silly, fun books, perfect for warm weather. Sadly, the writing in this one was so bad that the usual Nantucket-porn descriptions (light-filled, gray-shingled cottages, rugged beaches, dripping lobster dinners) and the shocking plot twists couldn't hold my interest. The two main characters, middle-aged (but hot! of course!) ladies, are constantly on the edge of hysteria. Here are a few sentences at random. "It was as ...more
I have never been able to get my head around the breadth of Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, the wide net cast over so many victims, the far reaching consequences. I have also never spent a moment thinking about the man or his family.
Yet, such a scheme and the family involved are what drive the plot of Hilderbrand’s latest novel, and I was immediately drawn in to the felon’s wife’s character and believe in her innocence from the beginning. Meredith asks her long-time best friend, Connie, from whom
Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
Meredith DeLin has just found out that her husband has stolen billions from their friends and his business associates. Now she and her son are being investigated by the Federal Government as well, although Meredith has told them, she didn't know anything. With no where else to turn, she calls her friend Connie and asks to stay with her. Connie is on her way from Maryland to Nantucket for the summer and feels even though her relationship with Meredith hasn't been the best in the past few years, s ...more
May 04, 2012 rated it liked it
OK, first of all, I am a total snob because I didn't want to like this book, because I could tell immediately it was a total beach read, chick lit type of book. But then I ended up liking it--shame on me and my snobbery! However, I was right about one thing, and that's that it really seems aimed at a traditional, upper-middle-class, conformist type of reader, particular a female reader. There were a couple places in the book where really antifeminist things were said (at least I thought) and jus ...more
Allie Smith
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-women
I won this book from an author’s blog, so that is always fun. I've enjoyed each of Hildebrand’s books that I've read, but I was hesitant about this one, since it was based on the whole Madoff saga. But, once again, Hildebrand did not disappoint.

She wrote a sympathetic and likable heroine, who I couldn’t help but route for. I do not know enough about the real Mrs. Madoff, to know if they are similar (but I’m assuming they're not). The story was compelling - and made you stop to think about what h
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, audiobook
I had to take a few days to think about this one. I have come to the conclusion that this one just OK for me. I'm not sure I can totally pinpoint why I didn't care for it. I think it came down to the characters. None of them appealed to me. I didn't like Meredith at all. I didn't feel badly for her situation one bit. Nobody can be that blind for 30 years. I wasn't even really convinced that she had changed that much in the end. I also didn't care for Constance. She could have made more of an eff ...more
PacaLipstick Gramma
Oct 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
Another time I wish we could half stars! This would be one and a half.

I am torn about this book. Maybe it is just too close to the Madoff scandal. The author paints us a picture that the wife of the Ponzi master is caring, sweet, lovely, and just oblivious to what her husband has done. I don't buy it, but then, I get it. It's only a book.

But maybe that is the part that makes me so torn. Bernie Madoff was real. The damage he did was real. His son committed suicide. He stole billions of dollars fr
Lynn Gardner
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I pretty much know I'll enjoy any book by this author, but I felt a sense of satisfaction with this one that is singular to this story.

Here's one about forgiveness, friendship, the end of relationships, the beginning of relationships, lasting friendships, and a million other things. I loved reading about Connie and watching her life develop as she learns how to be without her husband, who recently died of brain cancer. I loved reading about Meredith, a woman so in love with her husband that she
Nov 17, 2013 rated it liked it
I considered this a beach read. I read it for a lark and it is one of those 'rich girl loses her money and her lifestyle' stories. I found the main character Meredith to be clueless and selfish in the beginning. She went through a lot of self-pity until she finally woke up to the facts of her marriage to a crook. And her good as gold friend who took her in is part of the formula, too. Still, the story was right out of the headlines and it took the reader on a path less travelled. It was not abou ...more
Aug 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
I love this author’s beach reads, but feminists: self immolate before reading.
This is an easy chick lit read! I like these as my go-to when I do not want to think about what I am ready, and just enjoy the story being told. 

Two women who have been friends since school have fallen out over the adult years and one now desperately needs the other. Can the two reconcile their differences from years ago and both understand why the other acted as they had. Will the truth and secrets come out to be finally laid to rest, or will these past events continue to linger in their lives,
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think this has been my favorite Elin Hilderbrand book. Friendship, love old and new, loss, mystery and of course Nantucket. Sigh. I’m sad to finish the book and say goodbye to my friends.
May 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
To be alone in a world where she was once idolized and held up as a shining example of success is not something Meredith Delinn thought would ever happen. Having been swindled out of not only her money, but her life including her friends and family she’s finding it hard to believe she ever knew the man who caused it all; her husband Freddy. In an attempt to escape the media frenzy surrounding her husband’s discovered Ponzi scheme she connects with her childhood friend, Connie, whom she hasn’t sp ...more
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was looking through my posts today and noticed that it has been quite awhile since I was able to give a book a "5" rating. The authors I normally love, such as Jodi Picoult (a "2" for Sing You Home???) and Jennifer McMahon just didn't put out the work that I expected from them this year. I love, love, love Bethenny Frankel, but she can't really write a book. The last "5" I gave was to Jane Green on June 2 for the lovely Promises to Keep. I was getting a little discouraged. Then came Silver Gir ...more
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Sail on Silver Girl. Sail on by. Your time has come to shine. All your dreams are on their way.” Page 341

Meredith Delinn certainly didn’t feel like any dreams were coming true after her husband was arrested for stealing millions from investors.

Being the wife of an investment thief definitely was not pleasant. Freddy had cheated investors out of millions, was finally caught, and made his family's life miserable. He wouldn't talk to authorities about anything and wouldn't tell them that his wife
Gloria ~ mzglorybe
Updated review 2019
Originally read in 2013
3.5 stars for this one.

I've been on a marathon of Hilderbrands works. This isn't one of my real favorites but I liked it very much. It's contemporary fiction based on events we can clearly relate to in today's world. This fictional work parallel's the actual events surrounding the arrest of financier Barry Medoff's... but in a fictional novel that focuses on what it must be like for the wife of a man who is arrested for bilking many out of millions, in
Leah Hortin
Jun 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library, audio
This was just ok. I waffled between being irrationally irritated by rich middle aged women acting like hormonal teenagers and wanting to know what was going to happen. Everything was wrapped up a little too neat and tidy for me.
Shannon Singleton
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Kept my interest for sure. Made me want to know more about the Bernie Madoff story. And of course visit Nantucket. Someday...
Kayla Rivoli
Jul 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: paperbacks, bbbc
3.25 stars.

Another BBBC Nantucket Nights read! I enjoyed that this book was a bit different from other Elin books in that it was more about friendship than love (although there was still some of that throughout!) and I liked that it had some mystery elements to it!

I read a few other reviews that brought up good points so I’ll share some things that resonated with me:
1. There wasn’t too much action. There were a LOT of flashbacks. And there was a lot of repetition
2. Meredith was a super dull cha
Feb 20, 2018 added it
Shelves: dnf
Not gonna rate it right now. I tried on this one. I just didn't enjoy it. I'd like to know the ending but I can't muddle thru anymore of this plot. I do not like either of the main characters. Too many books to read to continue on with this one. I'm dropping it at 65% to move on to other entertaining reads.
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up
Dottie Legatos
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
I can't believe I let this wonderful book sit on my bookshelf since 2011, even though I've read all of her other books. So good!! I'd love to read a sequel to see what happens to everyone.
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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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