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The island : a novel
Elin Hilderbrand
Adult Fiction HILDERB

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Denice Hicks effectively sets the tone for Hilderbrand's latest crowd-pleasing beach tale exploring the ups and downs of sibling rivalry, divorce, and the rekindling of long-dormant romantic passions. Admittedly, keeping track of the back-and-forth flow of dialogue between protagonist Birdie Cousins and her sister India and also between Birdie's two young-adult daughters, Chess and Tate, may not always be easy for the listener; however, Hicks does bring distinctive touches into her vocal depictions when specific plot points or scenes allow. In particular, she excels in her portrayal of the villainous-and generally inebriated-socialite Anita Fullin, Tate's rival for the affections of hunky young widower and vacation-home caretaker Barrett Lee. A Little, Brown hardcover (Reviews, May 17). (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Two generations of women come together off the coast of Nantucket as they spend the summer in the family beach cottage. They're all there for different reasons: Chess is trying to mend her broken heart after her ex-fiance dies in a tragic accident; her sister, Tate, is eager to escape boredom and figure out what she really wants from life; their mother, Birdie, is still coming to terms with her divorce; and Birdie's sister, India, is trying to help them all-while dealing with her own secret pain. VERDICT For those looking for a slower-paced novel to savor, this latest by Hilderbrand (The Castaways) will fit the bill. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/10.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Birdie Cousins
Spending the summer with her two daughters and sister in her family's beach cottage.

Chess Cousins
Birdie's oldest daughter; grieving over the accidental death of her ex-fiance; spending the summer at her family's beach house with her mother, sister, and aunt.

Tate Cousins
Birdie's youngest daughter and Chess' sister; trying to figure out what she wants out of life; spending the summer at her family's beach house with her mother, sister, and aunt.

Birdie's sister; spending the summer at her family's beach house with her sister and nieces.

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