The Love Season

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Macmillan, May 30, 2006 - Fiction - 294 pages
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It's a hot August Saturday on Nantucket Island. Over the course of the next 24 hours, two lives will be transformed forever.

Marguerite Beale, former chef of culinary hot spot Les Parapluies, has been out of the public eye for over a decade. This all changes with a phone call from Marguerite's goddaughter, Renata Knox. Marguerite has not seen Renata since the death of Renata's mother, Candace Harris Knox, fourteen years earlier. And now that Renata is on Nantucket visiting the family of her new fiancÚ, she takes the opportunity, against her father's wishes, to contact Marguerite in hopes of learning the story of her mother's life--and death. But the events of the day spiral hopelessly out of control for both women, and nothing ends up as planned.

Welcome to The Love Season--a riveting story that takes place in one day and spans decades; a story that embraces the charming, pristine island of Nantucket, as well as Manhattan, Paris and Morocco. Elin Hilderbrand's most ambitious novel to date chronicles the famous couplings of real lives: love and friendship, food and wine, deception and betrayal--and forgiveness and healing.

Praise for The Blue Bistro

"The Blue Bistro is a wonderful, wonderful love story, the kind that you read, then recommend to many many friends - and so, I recommend it to you. Highly." -James Patterson, bestselling author of Beach Road

"A wonderfully poignant behind-the-scenes journey into the world of high-end restaurants, island life, and the inner workings of the human heart. A great summer story." -Lolly Winston, author of Good Grief

Praise for Summer People

"Summer People is striking not only for the ingenuity of its riveting plot, but also for the acute sense of character and the finely tuned craftsmanship with which Elin Hilderbrand brings its every nuance to life." -Madison Smartt Bell, author of The Stone That the Builder Refused

Praise for Nantucket Nights

"What a perfect summer pleasure Elin Hilderbrand provides...mixing the complexities of family life and friendship with suspense, romance, and moonlit Nantucket nights." -Nancy Thayer, author of Hot Flash Holidays

"Things get more twisted at every turn, with enough lies and betrayals to fuel a whole season of soap operas....Readers will be hooked." -Publishers Weekly

Praise for the Booksense/NEBA Bestseller The Beach Club

"Elin Hilderbrand's first novel holds up as a surprisingly of fiction you're likely to think about weeks after you put it down." -People magazine

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User Review  - KMT01 - LibraryThing

Just who is Marguerite Beale, one time chef of once hot Les Parapluies, a trendy Nantucket restaurant? This novel tells us that and more. The chef has kept herself in her house on the island, until ... Read full review

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User Review  - bearette24 - LibraryThing

This is the story of Marguerite, a woman who is living alone on Nantucket after a mental breakdown some years before. The book begins on an optimistic note, re-introducing the people from her past ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Elin Hilderbrand grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was a teaching/writing fellow. Her short fiction has appeared in Seventeen, The Massachusetts Review, and The Colorado Review. She lives with her husband and their three children in Nantucket, Massachusetts. This is her fifth novel.

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