Monday, December 12, 2011

Review: Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand

Even better than I had anticipated!

Meredith Delin's husband, Freddy, was convicted of stealing billions of dollars from his investment firm's clients, and was sent to jail for 150 years.  Meanwhile, Meredith's home, clothes, cars and bank accounts have been possessed by the government.  No matter that she lived in an elite section of Manhattan or that she had custom made couture gowns in her closet.  She is left with nothing except a small savings from before her marriage, one suitcase of clothes, and a small box of personal possessions including a cherished record her father gave her as a gift.  Still under investigation, no one will speak to her except for her lawyer. She can't even get her hair done, because she has been blacklisted, not that she could afford her regular cut and color anyway. 

Meredith made the only call she could - to her childhood friend, Connie.  Even though it had been quite some time since the two friends spoke, and as strained as that last meeting was, Connie invited Meredith to stay with her at her Nantucket home for the summer.  It is here the two friends reconnect and Connie realizes just how lonely she was before Meredith came to stay.  Unfortunately for the two friends, trouble follows Meredith.  The two women may be sharing the same house, and they may have shared a past, but they have their own challenges, their own family problems and their own inner turmoils to battle.  In spite of it all, love manages to find its way in to the friends' summer plans.

Not only do I enjoy Elin Hilderbrand's writing, I have come to anticipate the releases of her novels with fervor. She writes the quintessential summer book. The setting is always Nantucket in the summer, her writing is smart and fast-paced, and her storyline grabs a reader's attention and keeps the pages turning. 

Even though this book is not written in the first-person, the stories alternate between those of Meredith and Connie.  For this reason, the audiobook has two narrators, both of which read their parts beautifully.  This switch in narration allowed me to feel more empathetic toward these characters, root for them, and cry for them.


We may be too far to add this to your summer reading list, but if you are planning on escaping the winter chill, take SILVER GIRL on vacation with you!



Book Extras: Elin Hilderbrand website, Facebook, Twitter

About the Book:
  • Hardcover: 416 pages 
  • Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books; 1 edition (June 21, 2011) 
  • Language: English 
  • ISBN-10: 031609966X 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316099660



  • About the Audiobook:
    Janet Metzger (Narrator), Marianne Fraulo (Narrator)
    Audible Audio Edition 
  • Listening Length: 14 hours and 28 minutes 
  • Program Type: Audiobook 
  • Version: Unabridged 
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio 
  • Audible.com Release Date: June 21, 2011 
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005745HHK

  • About the Author: (from HBG)
    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.

    Disclosure:  I purchased the audio version of this book under no obligation to the publisher, author or bookseller.

    7 comments:

    The Book Snoop said...

    I may have to pick this one up to read in the middle of winter. I like to escape to warmer climates when I can - even if it's in a book!

    Zibilee said...

    This sounds excellent, and although I had heard several people mention this book in passing, I never really knew what it was about. It sounds like a lovely read to invest in during this time of year! Great review today!

    Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

    I have this but have yet to read it. After reading your review I will have to get it out and read it.

    Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

    I just brought this one to the vote for our Book Club choice for January. If did not win but it is still on my radar as a book I hope to read soon.

    Meg @ A Bookish Affair said...

    I'm anxious to read this one!

    Anonymous said...

    I have read all of ELin Hildenbrand's books and they are all great reads...not just "fluff stuff". Though her writing is highly accesible, her level of detail and emotional authenticity put her the same catagory as so many of the fine graduates of the Iowa writer's workshop. Plus, who doesn't love Nantucket style?! We get to live vicariously.

    Anonymous said...

    I am new to Elin Hilderbrand and cannot read them fast enough. My sister gave me Silver Girl and I honestly was ready to be disappointed. Well, I was wrong - loved it. But I am having trouble with Blue Bistro. I like the restaurant aspect of the book but the main character is such a brat!! I will finish it only because I like the restaurant part.

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