Sunday, August 2, 2009

Review: The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand

Oh. I get it now! THIS is what someone means when they talk about a great "summer read."

The Castaways: A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand was a great book. It begins with a tragedy, as most good books do. A couple dies in a sailing accident off the coast of Nantucket. They not only leave behind their twin 7 year-olds, but they also leave behind their friends, three other couples, together known as the Castaways.

Hilderbrand takes us up down and backwards into the lives of these 8 friends - how they met, how they fell in love, and how they are each going to get passed this awful tragedy. This group of Castaways that lived on Nantucket was the epitome of the saying "friends are the family you choose."
Each of the 8 characters was different enough from the others that I didn't have to look very far to identify with one of them, yet it was easy to see how they all became and stayed friends. Hilderbrand was able to give each of her characters his/her own identity without falling into stereotypes. This made the whole book so much more believable for me.

[I only had one problem with this book, and it was an editing situation, which I need to check out in the final copy (I read the ARC) before I comment. It was something sloppy which I really really hope the editors fixed before it went to print. I'll get back to you all on that. ]

The Castaways was the first book I have read by Elin Hilderbrand, and I don't think it will be the last. I really enjoyed this book, and recommend it to anyone looking for a good summer read (now that I'm learning what exactly a summer read is! I need to put down the vampire books, huh?). I'm also looking forward to reading more of Elin Hilderbrand's work. Based on the titles of her other novels, I do believe that her books have found their way into many beach bags this summer!
Check out Elin Hilderbrand's Website.

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1 comment:

DCMetroreader said...

This sounds like a great beach read!

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