Monday, July 6, 2009

Blog Tour-The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand

Thanks to Miriam Parker at Hachette for allowing me and my humble blog participate in this blog tour!

About the Author:
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.

Book Description:
Greg and Tess MacAvoy are one of four prominent Nantucket couples who count each other as best friends. As pillars of their close-knit community, the MacAvoys, Kapenashes, Drakes, and Wheelers are important to their friends and neighbors, and especially to each other. But just before the beginning of another idyllic summer, Greg and Tess are killed when their boat capsizes during an anniversary sail. As the warm weather approaches and the island mourns their loss, nothing can prepare the MacAvoy's closest friends for what will be revealed.

Once again, Hilderbrand masterfully weaves an intense tale of love and loyalty set against the backdrop of endless summer island life.


My Review:

This book was very different than what I was expecting. What I was thinking I was was getting into was a light and fluffy summer novel that I most likely wouldn't enjoy but I was VERY wrong. (Shame on me for making a snap decision!) I blame the happy go lucky artwork on the cover, for my intial opinion. This book is anything but light and fluffy. It's emotional and at times heartbreaking. I found myself plunged into a group of people that have been close friends for many years. The secrets that they share and hold back from each other are juicy. Sadly their friendship is ripped apart by tragic event that leaves two of them dead and the others picking up the pieces. The way the survivors work their their feelings of anger, grief, and guilt are so honest and deep. You really feel for these people! Their lives are torn apart by a freak accident that pretty much rips the bandages off of old (and new) wounds bringing repressed feelings to the surface in sometimes destructive ways! While I read I felt as if I was part of the group. The fly on the wall listening in to their confessions and arguements. The secrets and lies told between them all between them were big but in the end its the love that they share for each other that is bigger. In the end this is a book about strong friendship. No matter what happens they are still connected and they are still friends. The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand will surprise you! I felt this was a great read!

Participating blogs will be:
July 6
July 7
July 8
July 9
July 10


  1. Yes, by the end of the book, you it does seem like you know the inner workings of each of the characters. I agree the cover is deceiving.

  2. I honestly cannot say enough good things about this book! It was honest and raw! I loved it! I'm glad I'm not the only one that thought that about the cover. Thanks for reading my review!

  3. I loved that fly on the wall feeling as well! :)


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