28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand #bookreview #contemporary #romance

Title: 28 Summers

Author: Elin Hilderbrand

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Publication Date: June 16, 2020

Page Count: 433

My rating:  5 stars

About the book:

When Mallory Blessing’s son, Link, receives deathbed instructions from his mother to call a number on a slip of paper in her desk drawer, he’s not sure what to expect. But he certainly does not expect Jake McCloud to answer. It’s the late spring of 2020 and Jake’s wife, Ursula DeGournsey, is the frontrunner in the upcoming Presidential election.
There must be a mistake, Link thinks. How do Mallory and Jake know each other?
Flash back to the sweet summer of 1993: Mallory has just inherited a beachfront cottage on Nantucket from her aunt, and she agrees to host her brother’s bachelor party. Cooper’s friend from college, Jake McCloud, attends, and Jake and Mallory form a bond that will persevere — through marriage, children, and Ursula’s stratospheric political rise — until Mallory learns she’s dying.
Based on the classic film Same Time Next Year (which Mallory and Jake watch every summer), 28 Summers explores the agony and romance of a one-weekend-per-year affair and the dramatic ways this relationship complicates and enriches their lives, and the lives of the people they love.


28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand is a contemporary romance that spans the course of almost three decades. The love runs deep in this couple’s story however I would warn it may not be for everyone as adultery is at play.

The book begins in the present when Mallory Blessing is on her deathbed with her son Link at her side. Mallory asks Link to call a number on a piece of paper to give them the news of her illness. When Link completes his mother’s request he finds the man that pick up is the husband of the current presidential candidate.

We then head back to the summer of 1993 when Mallory had just inherited a beachfront cottage in Nantucket after her aunt’s passing. That summer Mallory agreed to hosting a party for her brother where Jake McCloud his college roommate also attended. Jack and Mallory were both at different places in their lives but couldn’t fight their attraction. That first weekend led to an agreement that no matter what they would then on make that weekend theirs to be together every year to come.

28 Summers is based on the 1978 American film Same Time Next Year which the couple in the book watch while together and come up with their own plan to meet. Now while I’m not normally a fan of cheating there was something just so compelling about this couple that I fell just as in love with their story as they were with each other. Even with the foreshadowning of Mallory’s illness I still broke down and had to grab my tissues when the time came. Elin Hilderbrand definitely wrote an epic love story with this one and it’s easy to see why readers love her work.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  / Amazon

About the author:

Elin Hilderbrand spent her first summer on Nantucket Island in 1993 and has lived there year-round for 26 years. She’s the mother of three, an enthusiastic at-home cook and a six-year breast cancer survivor. 28 Summers is her 25th novel.

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