The Perfect Couple

The Perfect CoupleThe Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand
on June 19th 2018
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four-stars

Ahhhhh Nantucket in the summer is bliss! It is a lovely place to vacation. It also serves as the perfect place for a wedding, the beach and a murder!

The Otis-Winbury is going to be one to remember! The groom’s family has arranged for the wedding to be the event of the season. A wedding that people will be talking about for years to come! And it will be remembered but not for the reasons they want it to be. In the early morning hours on the day of the wedding, the maid of honor is found dead. Chief of Police Ed Kapenash is leading the investigation and everyone in the wedding party is a suspect.

The story unfolds through various character’s perspectives and timelines. It becomes clear that almost everyone in this book has a secret – BIG scandalous secrets. But just because one has a secret doesn’t make them guilty of murder, or does it?

This may be the quintessential beach read of summer 2018. There are secrets, family secrets, lies, deceptions, suspense and mystery. This was a very fast read that had me guessing along with Chief Kapenash as to the identity of the “murderer” . This book is pure enjoyment. As the investigation unfolds and the stories and backstories are told, the reader may suspect several characters of murder in this whodunnit. This book doesn’t involve a lot of thinking, again, it’s pure entertainment which makes it perfect for a summer/beach/poolside read. Another plus is that there is nothing graphic in this book, which means most readers will be able to read and enjoy this book!

Thank you to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions in this review are my own.

four-stars

Winter Solstice

Winter SolsticeWinter Solstice (Winter #4) by Elin Hilderbrand
on October 3rd 2017
ISBN: 0316435481
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three-stars

***If you have not read the previous books in this series, do not bother reading this one. You really need to read the first three to enjoy this book.

This is the fourth book in the series and the last in the Winter series. Most books work as a stand alone novel when I have not read the previous ones. This one did not. I have not read the previous books in this series and I absolutely believe that if I had read those books, I would have enjoyed this book more. I can only say that if you have not read the previous books in this series, do so prior to reading this book!

The winter solstice is approaching as the Quinn Family gathers for the holidays. One of their family members has a terminal illness and will not be around much longer. The family gathers to say goodbye and to begin new paths of their lives. I found the ending to be emotional even though I did not know all of the characters well or their history.

Even though I have not read the other books in this series, I found the book to be a fast read. I wished I had read the other books as I felt there was something lacking. I am sure that fans of this series were happy (yet saddened) with the ending. The writing was solid and the pacing was good. The story had redemption, a war hero returning hone and coping with PTSD and survivors guilt, there is romance, a chance for new beginnings, a chance to say goodbye, and a chance to be a family.

I received a copy of this book from Little, Brown and Company and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

three-stars