Golden GirlElin Hilderbrand

Golden Girl

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Golden Girl by Elin Hilderbrand Book Summary

In this #1 bestselling page-turner from "the queen of beach reads" (New York Magazine), a Nantucket novelist has one final summer to protect her secrets while her loved ones on earth learn to live without their golden girl.

On a perfect June day, Vivian Howe, author of thirteen beach novels and mother of three nearly grown children, is killed in a hit-and-run car accident while jogging near her home on Nantucket. She ascends to the Beyond where she's assigned to a Person named Martha, who allows Vivi to watch what happens below for one last summer. Vivi also is granted three “nudges” to change the outcome of events on earth, and with her daughter Willa on her third miscarriage, Carson partying until all hours, and Leo currently “off again” with his high-maintenance girlfriend, she’ll have to think carefully where to use them.

From the Beyond, Vivi watches “The Chief” Ed Kapenash investigate her death, but her greatest worry is her final book, which contains a secret from her own youth that could be disastrous for her reputation. But when hidden truths come to light, Vivi’s family will have to sort out their past and present mistakes—with or without a nudge of help from above—while Vivi finally lets them grow without her.

With all of Elin’s trademark beach scenes, mouth-watering meals, and picture-perfect homes, plus a heartfelt message—the people we lose never really leave us—Golden Girl is a beach book unlike any other.

Golden Girl (Elin Hilderbrand) Book Reviews

Great summer readI will admit, I heard so many good things about this book, I couldn’t wait to read it. Vivian Howe, an author, living in Nantucket, is killed by a hit and run driver while out on her morning jog. She leaves behind three grieving children, all with their own issues and now having to deal with the loss of their mother. She also leaves behind her best friend Savannah, an ex husband JP and a novel getting ready to be published. The story has several different narrators, but stays consistent with what’s going on within the story. The hit and run, though it is part of the story, is actually not the crux of it. The crux of the story is when Vivi arrives in the Beyond, she is given three nudges to assist the people she cares about and is only given the summer to use them, but she must use them judiciously. Fortunately for Vivi she’s given someone to aid her through the process. Each one of the characters within the story have their own flaws, their own secrets, grieves in their own way, and handles adversity differently which keeps the story interesting and keeps the reader engaged. Also threaded within the story is the fact that Vivi herself had a secret she never shared with any of them. Elin Hilderbrand has woven a story so enthralling that you will have a hard time putting this book down. Hildebrand’s characters are people most readers can identify with and relate to. This is the first book book I’ve read by this author and definitely plan on reading more. This is definitely a great summer read, but truly is just a really good book to read anytime..Score: 4/5

Beautiful readReady to re-read. So many points, so many stories happening. I cannot wait for the next one. Hopefully picking up with Vivi’s kids or Savannah Hamilton and her life..Score: 5/5

Summer is overThis is the author that defines summer! I love her books and this one is Golden!.Score: 5/5

Not the best....Huge fan but didn’t enjoy this as much as her other books. Found the “crossing over & flying around” just a bit weird..Score: 3/5

Wonderful story!I really love the authors writing style. The book was a great read and very entertaining. The characters were are well developed and interesting..Score: 5/5

A Story to Remember!So different, but yet the perfect book for us all. I hope I have a “Martha” when the time comes! Chuckles and tears! A great read! Thank you!.Score: 5/5

Another BestsellerI will admit I hesitated before buying “Golden Girl” as I felt the plot sounded so different from all the other novels by EH. However, one of the reviews of “Golden Girl” touched me so deeply, describing the story as “full of love, family, and EH famous lovable characters “; well I purchased it and am so thankful I did. It is definitely a different type of plot, but it is still a typical EH novel, filled with unforgettable characters, family situations that most people can relate to. It is a page-turner and another best-seller. I found myself reminiscing about the past, of lost love, of new beginnings, and most of all about choices made and paths taken. “Golden Girl” is a book that truly is remarkable. I hope we will see more of Elin’s characters; Vivi, Willa, Carson, Leo, JP, Savannah, Amy and Dennis..Score: 5/5

Juvenile and bestNot sure what to say..Score: 1/5

Pretty goodDifferent storyline that I wasn’t expecting! Was a bit predictable in the end though. Overall it was an entertaining book..Score: 4/5

Another winner by Elin!Couldn’t put this one down..Score: 4/5

GoldenI did not want this book to end. Vivi, and the others, will stay with me for a while. Yet ANOTHER great book by a fabulous author. Thank you for the ride..Score: 5/5

Awesome read!Started the book and couldn’t stop reading it! So sad that I’m finished already - will miss all the characters and happenings. Thank you Elin for writing such a phenomenal story!.Score: 5/5

Fun summer readingAfter reading this book, I have a desire to visit Nantucket and the green room with its three nudges..Score: 4/5

Elin always deliversAnother easy and entertaining Summer read. Elin never disappoints!.Score: 5/5

Great readAbsolutely loved it..Score: 5/5

BoringThis is the 4th book I’ve read by this author. The others were fairly entertaining; not great. This one was far too boring and just plain strange to me. It will be the last I read by Elin..Score: 2/5

CaptivatingFrom page 1 until the end.Score: 5/5

One of my favorites!Extremely well written, creative and endearing. I will think about this book for a very long time! Thank you!.Score: 5/5

Golden GirlOne of EH’s very best…I picked it up on a self indulgent Saturday afternoon and binge read the entire book. And I have to say that I loved every non-guilty minute of it..Score: 5/5

Golden GirlLoved it!.Score: 5/5

OkNot my favorite of her novels but still a good read..Score: 4/5

Golden GirlGreat book so far. The only negative is that the reader has an annoyingly choppy and fast voice. I wish I had not bought the audio book..Score: 4/5

Horrible!Just downloaded after eagerly awaiting…and after reading the sample, which seemed ok. BUT this is HORRIBLE. Can’t get on board with the hurried writing, shallow character development and shaky plotline. If you expect the Hilderbrand of Silver Girl and Blue Bistor, let me save you the money and tell you this is NOT even close in quality writing and storyline..Score: 2/5

Golden Girl gets and OscarI have read all of Elin’s books. She is my favorite author. This one, however, takes the cake. So many parallels to my own life I was awestruck several times while reading. As usual the character development (and food description!) is so good it’s hard to walk away from my new friends. Can’t wait to read it again!.Score: 5/5

A MUST READ!!!Absolutely Amazing!! From the beginning to the end!! A special book indeed!! I will definitely be recommending this book to all my friends!!.Score: 5/5

Ok bookDid not find it as good as her other books. Long and drawn out. Once you get about 3/4 thru it, it starts to get better and I was glad I did finish it..Score: 3/5

MehDidn’t make me love Nantucket.Score: 3/5

Where has Elin gone?Such a disappointment. I wanted the Summer of ‘69 and got a messy sitcom. Absolutely zero character development. Only 14.99 but what a waste of my time. Like a Lily Pulitzer dress in all the wrong colors. Really? What a waste of talent. Bring your game again..Score: 2/5

Loved it!This book was a nice change from Erin’s other books. I absolutely loved it! Thank you Erin for another awesome book!.Score: 5/5

Heaven can’t waitAbsolutely genius!.Score: 5/5

Golden GirlGood read! Abrupt end..Score: 5/5

I loved the titleI found characters well defined and the premise novel. Bitter sweet. Especially, if you’re in the winter of your life and facing your own mortality. It’s an easy read and keeps your attention. I really enjoyed this book..Score: 5/5

Wonderful summer readThis book was just what I needed to kickstart my summer!.Score: 5/5

Fun readGood book - fun read for summer.Score: 4/5

Wow.Stupid and ridiculous..Score: 5/5

Golden GirlAlways a writer of people and personalities! Enjoy the summer feel and beauty of Nantucket (especially if you’ve been there). Elin Hilderbrand always weaves a tale of families and relationships that are interesting and curious..Score: 5/5

Golden GirlVery different from her other books It was tragic at times but still so good..Score: 5/5

BoringI lost interest long before it ended..Score: 2/5

Best of her booksAbsolutely the best book of hers I have read and I have read them all!!!.Score: 5/5

Very predictable story lineI’ve read most of Elin Hilderbrand’s books and this was the least enjoyable. The characters are not endearing and the plot is transparent..Score: 3/5

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