Review: 28 Summers

5258807828 Summers
By Elin Hilderbrand
432 pages
Published June 16, 2020
Little, Brown and Company
Source: Purchased for myself
ALC copy from

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.


 From the moment I read the blurb of this book and Elin's thoughts as she was finishing writing the book (I follow her on Instagram) I KNEW this would be one of my most anticipated books of 2020. I couldn't wait to hold this book in my hands. Elin is one of my auto buy authors, and I've loved her books for years. I LOVED last summer's Summer of '69, and have been loving the Paradise series. Another previous favorite of hers was The Blue Bistro. But now....28 Summers is hands down my favorite EH read BY FAR.  It's even made it to my list of favorite books of all time. This one is absolutely fantastic and a summer must read!

I loved everything about this book. The characters, the Nantucket setting (dreamy!) the format and plot for the book. Each chapter was a different year (Summer #1 was 1993, Summer #2 was 1994 and so on). At the beginning of each chapter, there is a paragraph that starts with "What were we talking about in ____ year?" and goes on to list the major historical and pop culture events, from major news to popular songs to popular books. I was age 10 in 1993, so I remembered those things at the beginning of each chapter and it was this beautiful nostalgic part of the book that really helped you relate to the characters and what life was like for them during that time. It made you get SO attached to Mallory and Jake--you went through 28 YEARS of their life with them. Be ready with tissues for when you read the ending. It's perfect and wonderful and emotional.  Another fun part of this book is how Elin ties characters and places (like The Blue Bistro) into the current book. This doesn't mean you have to have read her previous books--it just makes it more fun if you have.

Though you're desperate to know what happens in the end, this is a book to read slowly and savor. I didn't want this book to end.  I had a major emotional book hangover after this one. Elin is in her prime--I can't wait to read her next book!


  1. I loved Summer of 69, so I'm really looking forward to this one too! The way the book progresses each year through a different chapter is also a really cool approach to telling a story. I can't wait to read it!

    1. It's so, so good!!! I can't say enough about how much I loved it!!! Can't wait to hear what you think!


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