Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand

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It’s not summer without a juicy new book from Elin Hilderbrand. She is the queen of the beach read. She writes chick-lit with substance.

In “Here’s to Us,” Deacon Thorpe, celebrity chef, had a heart attack and died. All three women he has been married to, along with all his children and his best friend meet at the Nantucket home that Deacon adored to mourn him and spread his ashes.

Laurel was wife number one. She and Deacon had Hayes together. Hayes is addicted to heroin. Belinda, famous actress, is wife number two.  They adopted Angie together. Angie is having an affair with a married man.  Scarlett, wife number three, used to be the nanny when Belinda and Deacon were married, and she was still married to Deacon when he died.  Buck, long time best friend of Deacon, who is secretly in love with Laurel, is present to break it to them that Deacon left the Nantucket home to all three wives.

Everyone adored and idolized Deacon, but he was a very sad person and no one was able to save him.  With each wife, he tried to fill the hollowness and emptiness inside him but he could never quite rid himself of it.

This family has a lot of unresolved issues and there is a lot of underlying tension. They all struggle with anger, jealousy, bitterness, and grief.  The drama unfolds as they spend a few days in Nantucket to say goodbye to their beloved husband, father, and friend.  As usual, Nantucket is always a charming setting. You can almost feel the ocean air and hear the waves crashing as you read.  This is the perfect summer read!

 

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