Saturday, August 14, 2010

Book Giveaway: The Island

Romantic. Interesting. Funny. Tragic. Hopeful. The words describing Elin Hilderbrand's latest summer novel are varied and sundry. I have been reading Ms. Hilderbrand religiously since the publication of her first book, The Beach Club, ten years ago. All of her stories are set on the beautiful island of Nantucket, off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, a place I really should have visited by now, being a native New Englander myself. With The Island, Elin dips her toes into the Atlantic and takes readers on an even more magical summer escape, Tuckernuck Island, a half-mile and 80 years from Nantucket.
After thirteen years, the recently divorced Birdie Cousins is returning to her family's summer home on Tuckernuck, accompanied by her two adult daughters, Chess and Tate, and her widowed sister, India. They will spend the month of July taking cold showers and cooking over a camp stove, an almost Thoreau-like existence repeating the happy summers of their childhoods. This bonding time is ostensibly to support Chess, who has just experienced three life-changing events, breaking off her engagement, the death of her former fiance just weeks later, and walking out on her career as the youngest editor ever at Glamorous Home magazine. The downward-spiraling depression has completely engulfed Chess who sublets her apartment, moves to her mother's home, and after shaving all of her hair off, stays in bed for days at a time.
But Chess's supporters each have their own demons and ghosts traveling with them, unbeknown to the others. India, a successful museum curator in the Philadelphia art world still re-hashes the suicide of her husband fifteen years earlier. Now she potentially has a new romance, with a young female artist half her age. Birdie, while excited and thrilled to be back at her beloved Tuckernuck with her sister and daughters, has wistfully left Henry, her first beau since her divorce, behind in Connecticut. For Tate, the month at Tuckernuck will bring her back to Barrett, the golden boy of her teenage dreams, against whom all other men have come up short.
Tate spends her days in exercise, while Birdie and India take up the smoking habit of their youth, as they chat and needlepoint. Chess, in her attic hideaway writes in a journal, putting down the story of her relationship with Michael Morgan, and giving herself a better perspective on both Michael's actions and her own. As each woman works through her quandries and memories, they begin to share their stories with each other, creating a bond that will be stronger than the old New England blood running in all their veins.
Told through the eyes of each of the women, the story of their significant Tuckernuck summer makes readers want to leave television, cell phones, and laptops behind and spend a month taking walks, lounging in the sun, drinking wine and reading, on an island with no paved roads or public utilitles. Although I don't know if a die-hard blogger could handle that!
I loved The Island so much that the folks at Hachette Publishing have given me a copy to giveaway!! As always, I'll make it simple and give you several chances to win.
  • Leave a comment saying you'd like to win. Be sure to include a way for me to contact you.
  • Become a Follower of this blog, or of @ebogie on Twitter, or let me know you're already a follower.
  • Tweet about the giveaway. You can tweet once a day!
  • Leave a separate comment for each entry, for a total of 4+ entries.
  • Winner will be announced Wednesday, September 1.
If you're a fan of audio books, visit Sheila at Book Journey. She has 3 audios of The Island to give away!
This review is linked to Cym Lowell's Book Review Party Wednesday. There's lots of great books to discover, and he's giving away some great books, too!

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42 comments:

Loui♥ said...

Hi..
sure hope being #1 is magical for me!!
I'd love to win this book!!
Hugs..
Loui♥
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Loui♥ said...

Hi again..
and yes.. am an avid follower of this blog!
hugs,,
Loui♥

Sandra K321 said...

I would love to read this. I love the Cape and the Islands.
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Sandra K321 said...

I follow you via google friend connect.
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Dragonlady said...

I would love to win this book, you have intrigued us with..
hugs
Brenda

Dragonlady said...

I am a follower!
Brenda

Anonymous said...

Ooooo... this sound like a good one. Count me in! ~Kari of Atlanta :-)

Becky said...

Hiya Elizabeth! I haven't been around here in a while and I must tell you that I really, really like your newest "mugshot." You look fantabulous!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Thanks for linking Elizabeth, I linked you as well :D

SPLENDEROSA said...

Hi Elizabeth...this book sounds wonderful and I would be thrilled to receive it. I always have many books stacked around me of every kind of subject. I'm already a follower/friend. Love your posts.
xx's Marsha

Susan said...

She is a great author. Would love to read this.

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Susan said...

I'm a follower via GFC.

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Becky said...

I am a follower and I blogged about your giveaway too!

mindy said...

this sounds fabulous thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

This sounds like a winner. Please count me in for the giveaway!

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Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I am also a follower. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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Pamela Keener said...

I'd absolutely love to win this book as I love beach reads.
Love & Hugs,
Pam
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Pamela Keener said...

I am a new follower to this blog via GFC.
Love & Hugs,
Pam
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Pamela Keener said...

I follow @ebogie on Twitter/@pam4290
Love & Hugs,
Pam
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Pamela Keener said...

I tweeted this giveaway.
http://twitter.com/pam4290/status/21351813115
Love & Hugs,
Pam
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kakihara said...

Yes please, I would like to win.
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snoring solutions said...

I haven't been around here in a while and I must tell you that I really, really like your newest "mugshot".I'd absolutely love to win this book as I love beach reads.

Nickolay said...

What a incredible book. Thanks for the chance

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Nickolay said...

Twitter follower

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Nickolay said...

Tweeted

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Nicole C. said...

I would love to win this book!

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Nicole C. said...

I follow on gfc.

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wendy said...

I would like to win!

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Mia J. said...

I would like to win.

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degood said...

I just finished the castaways and loved it. I would really like to win The Island.

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degood said...

I follow your blog as degood with google friend connect

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ellie said...

Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway.
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ellie said...

I follow via GFC
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Ruthie said...

What a great way to end the summer with a wonderful book like this! Please enter me, thanks.

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Sarah Z said...

Would love to win!
Thanks - Sarah Z
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Sarah Z said...

Follower on GFC!
Thanks - Sarah Z
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Marianna said...

Thanks for the chance to win!
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Marianna said...

I follow you on twitter @mannabsn

allisonsbj3 said...

I'd love to read this book!

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allisonsbj3 said...

Blog follower

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allisonsbj3 said...

Twitter follower

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Lisa said...

I loved this book.