A review by katkinney
A Summer Affair by Elin Hilderbrand


Elin Hilderbrand is one of my favorite authors and I always enjoy her summer beach reads set on Nantucket. In A SUMMER AFFAIR, Claire is asked by Locke, a local billionaire who runs a children’s charity, to co-chair the yearly summer gala. When she agrees, they start having an affair.

I found the cast of characters to be terribly interesting. I loved the descriptions of the setting, the foods, and the day-to-day details of the character’s lives. The author always does a fabulous job with descriptions as well as making you feel like you’re really on Nantucket. I thought having Claire, the main character, be a glassblower, was an especially cool touch. These characters had so many problems that were so intricately twisted up within their histories with each other that it made for a really juicy story. I particularly enjoyed the sister-in-law/best friends relationship between Claire and Siobhan.

This book contains a lot of cheating by multiple prominent characters in the story, including Claire, who has four young children at home. I really like Elin Hilderbrand, think she’s an amazing writer and I found the novel to be an interesting character study. I listened to the audiobook version and couldn’t wait to come back and read a little more each night. That said, if infidelity is a plotline you aren’t crazy about, you may want to skip this one.