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28 Summers - Elin Hilderbrand

28 Summers

By Elin Hilderbrand

  • Release Date: 2020-06-16
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 3,203 Ratings


A "captivating and bittersweet" novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Summer of '69: Their secret love affair has lasted for decades—but this could be the summer that changes everything (People).

When Mallory Blessing's son, Link, receives deathbed instructions from his mother to call a number on a slip of paper in her desk drawer, he's not sure what to expect. But he certainly does not expect Jake McCloud to answer. It's the late spring of 2020 and Jake's wife, Ursula DeGournsey, is the frontrunner in the upcoming Presidential election.

There must be a mistake, Link thinks. How do Mallory and Jake know each other?

Flash back to the sweet summer of 1993: Mallory has just inherited a beachfront cottage on Nantucket from her aunt, and she agrees to host her brother's bachelor party. Cooper's friend from college, Jake McCloud, attends, and Jake and Mallory form a bond that will persevere—through marriage, children, and Ursula's stratospheric political rise—until Mallory learns she's dying.

Based on the classic film Same Time Next Year (which Mallory and Jake watch every summer), 28 Summers explores the agony and romance of a one-weekend-per-year affair and the dramatic ways this relationship complicates and enriches their lives, and the lives of the people they love.


  • 28 Summers

    By srormy1
    Although extremely frustrating at times, this was a wonderful book. I could not put it down.
  • A Heartbreaking Story that pulls you in from the start

    By Jackie Malbec
    This feels like a Nicholas Sparks story but told well from a woman’s perspective. Elin Hildebrand does a beautiful job creating the characters on the backdrop of Nantucket. Her writing makes you feel like your watching the novel play out through a boat window. It’s sad and happy and much like what life is. It will make you cry if you’ve experienced some of these life events. Good quick read.
  • Beautiful ending

    By Lynne Ji
    Reasonably well-written with an intricate, yet playful plot
  • Can we live on love just 3 days out of the year?

    By Pacers2
    This story makes it seem possible. Good story line and characters, I would strongly suggest this book to readers of all ages!
  • Awesome

    By Jharp51
    I literally could not put this book down. I stayed up all night and the next day. I read all of her books and love them all but this one has been my favorite by far. I’m so sad it’s over. There has never been a better story for me and that is saying so much 5 Stars
  • Repetitive

    By FlashJW
    28 summers - imagine a summer romance with the same people doing the same things - just way too repetitive and never really delivers
  • One of My Favorites!

    By Ricecho
    This review contains a spoiler~ I always love how Elin name-drops in her stories! She gives her readers wonderful recipes, top fashion designs, trendy restaurants, and beautiful vacation destinations worth researching. 28 Summers excels here as well! As for the storyline, the ending caused big tears to well up and spill down my face. It is so sad....However, I am so thankful that Elin left Mallory’s “transition” up to the reader to imagine. She spared us by not using words to describe the physical pain, the gut-wrenching loss, the what-now. Once again, Elin, an awesome story. ricecho 3/1/21
  • No good

    By kingallie
  • Great book and definitely a page turner

    By _ellie979_
    This book made me want to be in Nantucket the whole time. I could practically smell the ocean while reading this book. I could hardly put the book down, I was so intrigued by Mal and her life. While I wished to see her end up with Jake, sometimes the endings we least expect make the best endings. A wonderful book with great detail and beautiful writing.
  • It was okay...

    By tayfletch
    I loved reading l the paradise series by Elin. So I thought this was the next perfect book. There was not enough in the story of Jake and Mallory. I guess I wanted/needed more. Very predictable book.