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Review: Silver Girl

September 18, 2011

When Meredith Delinn’s husband is arrested for stealing millions from investors with a Ponzi scheme she loses her luxurious lifestyle and all of her possessions.  Her friends abandon her and, desperate, she’s forced to call Connie, an estranged childhood friend.  Connie is recently widowed and estranged from her own daughter, but she doesn’t hesitate to help her old friend and brings her to her summer home on Nantucket.  Over the course of the summer, the two friends try to heal their friendship and put their lives back in order.

With a storyline that’s been snatched out of the headlines, Silver Girl, by Elin Hilderbrand, is an endearing story of friendship.  I don’t think I’d go so far to say that I loved the book, but I sure did like it a lot.  On the surface, it’s a light fluffy read, but deep down, it’s a story of friendship, love, and loyalty.

As you would expect in one of Hilderbrand’s novels, the characters in this book are fantastic.  I found Meredith a little annoying at times, and I had to give her a little talking to once or twice, but to me, that’s a sign of a well-written character.  Connie’s a great character, too – I loved that she was able to take the high road and help a friend in need.  That’s not to say she’s perfect – she has her share of issues too.  I found myself attached to both women and I was anxious to see if they could work things out.  Things didn’t turn out exactly the way I thought they would but, in the end, I was satisfied.

The setting of Nantucket is fabulous too, and it’s a big part of the story.  I have to admit that I dreamed of visiting there as I read the book.

I found Silver Girl to be both touching and humorous.  Don’t dismiss it as a beach read because of the setting and cover – it’s a book you can enjoy any time of the year.

Challenge: Reagan Arthur Books Challenge

Review copy provided by Hachette Books. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
36 Comments leave one →
  1. September 18, 2011 4:36 am

    Yep, I luv a Nantucket setting.

  2. September 18, 2011 7:54 am

    It’s been a while since I read this author. My favorite was Nantucket Nights an early one of hers. Glad this turned out to be a good one for you Kathy. Hope your weekend is going well too.

  3. September 18, 2011 8:49 am

    I have seen quite a few readers who have said Meredith was annoying. I have yet to read this book but have it sitting here. Maybe it will make a nice escape for me during the winter months! I am glad to hear you enjoyed this.

  4. September 18, 2011 9:05 am

    I enjoyed this book too but didn’t love it. Agree with your review, it’s not just a beach read.

    I’m heading to the Hampton’s this week and hope to see something as quant as Nantucket (although completely different).

    Great review!

  5. Veens permalink
    September 18, 2011 9:15 am

    I have not read any book by this book, but I think it would be a great read. Thanks for a good recommendation.

  6. September 18, 2011 9:38 am

    I have been wanting to read this one! I do enjoy Hilderbrand’s style and how she makes Nantucket almost like a character in her stories. A real presence. The friendship and loyalty aspects are things we can all relate to…and that Ponzi scheme. Yes, definitely ripped from the headlines, which makes the story something we can connect with, even if it didn’t happen to us.

    Thanks for the great review, Kathy.

  7. September 18, 2011 9:43 am

    I have been seeing reviews of this all over the place. I am not sure if it is my type of book, but people have made it sound good!

  8. September 18, 2011 10:37 am

    Ponzi schemes and reinventing life after the fall. Seems like this one will test her strength and this is the one time where she will know where true friendships will be tested. Adding it to reading list. Kathy you’re making my reading list grow too long 😉

  9. September 18, 2011 10:42 am

    I haven’t been to Natucket in ages! I love the idea behind this and it sounds really well executed. Thanks fo the beautiful review!

  10. September 18, 2011 11:05 am

    Good to know that you don’t think of it as a beach read — it’s still in my TBR pile and I don’t want to wait till next summer!

  11. September 18, 2011 11:39 am

    Yours is the first review I am reading of this book even though I have seen it around a few times. It does sound good. I like that Nantucket is a big party of the story. I have read one other book set in that place and it made for wonderful reading.

  12. September 18, 2011 12:02 pm

    Very wonderful review! You always manage to capture the essence of a book in such a concise manner that it always sparks my admiration! And glad to hear from Sandy’s post about the great time you all are having at SIBA!

  13. September 18, 2011 12:38 pm

    I think I would really love this one. Ponzi schemes are so heartbreaking, many times the family is blind sighted and they loose everything. Adding this one to my wishlist.

  14. September 18, 2011 2:29 pm

    I really enjoy her books too. They are enjoyable reads that almost always capture my attention. I have this one on my tbr pile, just need some time to pick it up. Glad you enjoyed it.

  15. September 18, 2011 3:02 pm

    I agree…not a beach read. But…..oh so good.

    THANKS for the great review.

    Elizabeth

  16. September 18, 2011 3:46 pm

    Loved your point of view…I felt exactly the same way…and I learned how to make better creamy soups from this book!!!

  17. September 18, 2011 4:00 pm

    She seems to do a lot of books with beaches on the cover. It’s good to know it’s not just a beach read though.

  18. September 18, 2011 4:08 pm

    I have not read a book by her but I have sure seen them around and it does sound good too

  19. September 18, 2011 4:21 pm

    She writes a lot on Nantucket! I was glad to see you review and think this is still one i would like to try.

  20. September 18, 2011 5:25 pm

    Terrific review, Kathy! I think I’d enjoy this book a lot.

  21. September 18, 2011 6:27 pm

    I’m glad that you enjoyed this one. I haven’t seen many reviews for it…but then again, it’s hard for me to keep track these days.

  22. September 18, 2011 6:33 pm

    I knew it was one her books when I saw the cover. Her covers are always ones I want to walk right into. And I would love to hear you giving a character a good talking to!!

  23. September 18, 2011 7:37 pm

    I am with you, didn’t LOVE LOVE LOVE it, but I LIKED it a lot. Having narrated a non-fiction about Bernie Madoff (Too Good to Be True by Erin Arvedlund) and therefore knowing more about him than I’d like to, it was fascinating to follow a fictional “what if” story of someone so intimately connected with such a person.
    Blue Bistro is still my favorite of hers, but I will at least try any of her books!

  24. Staci permalink
    September 18, 2011 8:10 pm

    While you liked this one more than I did, I totally concur with you about the setting and wanting to go there…like now!

  25. September 18, 2011 9:32 pm

    sounds good.

  26. September 18, 2011 10:48 pm

    I’ve read just one of her books and liked it very much. This too will go on to my TBR. Thanks for the review.

  27. September 19, 2011 6:10 am

    I always enjoy her books and the setting. Glad this one held up for you.

  28. kaye permalink
    September 19, 2011 8:19 am

    So agree about annoying characters being a sign of a well written one. Who wants a book with all sugar- sweet likeable characters anyway. There has to be some balance in there. I like Hilderbrand just for that reason, her characters seem so real they could be anyone you know.

  29. September 19, 2011 8:38 am

    I really need to read something by this author.

  30. September 19, 2011 10:31 am

    This is my next audio book. I’m looking forward to it.

  31. September 19, 2011 11:22 am

    This sounds like a good book about women’s friendships and learning lessons about how to treat people. The settings of Elin Hilderbrand’s novels, Nantucket I just love. I spent some weeks on Nantucket, with my family, every summer while growing up, so Nantucket holds wonderful memories and feelings for me and so much of that comes back to me when reading her books.
    Elin also writes characters very well. She doesn’t make all of them stunning or everyone’s best friend. She has some characters who are annoying or flawed which I like..sounds like Meredith is one of them and I’m glad you gavce her the talking to she needed…I just hope she listened! I have found that some of her novels tend to be on the long side with the story drawn out a bit too much.

    I enjoyed your review, Kathy! Thank you :o)

  32. September 19, 2011 11:24 am

    Fantastic! I’m not the only one who talks to characters in books, especially when they’re doing something exasperating. Must tell Dave. He thinks I’m nuts; of course he has other reasons for thinking so but . . .

  33. September 19, 2011 11:37 am

    Sounds like an enjoyable read.

  34. September 19, 2011 9:01 pm

    Does Hildebrand live in Nantucket? All her books seem to be based there so I am curious. I have never been there, but it sounds like a cool place to visit.

  35. September 20, 2011 1:04 am

    I read a book set on NAntucket last year and wanted to takea trip there immediately! I still haven’t read Hilderbrand, but she’s waiting on my shelves.

  36. September 22, 2011 9:08 am

    I read these books for an escape. I thought this one was pretty entertaining but the characters did annoy me at times.

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