This is one of those books that make me glad I use half stars in my ratings. I can’t say I love it and stamp it with a four star but it’s just MORE than a three star. So I’m rating it slap bang in the middle with a very respectable 3.5 stars.Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand
Published by Hodder & Stoughton Genres: Contemporary Women, Emotions & Feelings, Family Life, Love & Romance
The Carmichaels and the Grahams have gathered on Nantucket for a wedding. Plans are being made according to the wishes of the bride's late mother, who left behind The Notebook: specific instructions for every detail of her youngest daughter's future nuptials.
Everything should be falling into place for the beautiful event--but in reality, things are far from perfect.While the couple-to-be are quite happy, their loved ones find their own lives crumbling. In the days leading up to the wedding, love will be questioned, scandals will arise, and hearts will be broken and healed.
First Line of Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand
“I have finally reached the point with my prognosis where I accept there are certain things I will not live to see.”
My Thoughts on Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand
This book is a bit of an escapism read for me. Do I know anything about the lifestyle these characters lead? One where they have a holiday home on Nantucket, one where they can splash 150K plus dollars on a wedding, one where they know the price of everything and the value of nothing. Nope, I don’t. Do I love reading about it and the tantalising glimpses I get of a privileged lifestyle? Hell, yes!
The book revolves around the letters that Jenna’s mother left before her death to help her daughter organise a wedding that she would one day have. It did make me wonder what Jenna would have felt if she never got married but that’s not the story so we’ll let that thread go.
At first I thought the letters were sweet and would be lovely to read for any daughter. But then they got ridiculous as her mother micro managed everything from beyond the grave. No detail was too small for these letters – the type of glasses to used, what dress she should wear, what vegetables should be served and exactly how they should be cooked. Gah, if she were around her daughter would be screaming BACKOFF, IT’S MY WEDDING. Or maybe that’s just me! Diva brides are one thing, diva-dead-mother’s-of-the-bride are another thing altogether.
But as much as this annoyed me, I also loved it! It was compulsive reading, perfect for a lazy afternoon or a day at the beach. The characters while undeniably shallow have interesting storylines and I loved all the drama that surrounded the lives of all the bridal party. There was loads going on to keep my attention and I found the story was thoroughly entertaining.
Overall I really enjoyed it in much the same way as I like watching an episode of the TV Show Revenge. Manipulative characters, screwed up family dynamics, champagne lifestyles and confetti all added up to a messy and compelling read.
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Who should read Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand?
I’d recommend this to those who like family drama, wedding commotions and luxury settings. And I know summer is over now but if you want to bring a little flavour of summer fun back into your life; turn up the heat, pour a glass of wine and put your feet up with this book.
Thanks to Bookbridgr and Hodder & Stoughton Ltd for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.