The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand

The Rumor

Madeline King and Grace Pancik are best friends and the envy of Nantucket for their perfect marriages, their beautiful kids, their Sunday night double dates with their devoted husbands. But this summer, something’s changed, and if there’s anything Nantucket likes better than cocktails on the beach at sunset, it’s a good rumor.

And rumor has it…

…that Madeline, a novelist, is battling writer’s block, with a deadline looming, bills piling up, and blank pages driving her to desperation–and a desperately bad decision;

…that Grace, hard at work to transform her backyard into a garden paradise, has been collaborating a bit more closely than necessary with her ruggedly handsome landscape architect;

…that Grace’s husband, successful island real estate developer “Fast Eddie” Pancik, has embarked on quite an unusual side project;

…that the storybook romance between Madeline’s son, Brick, and Grace’s daughter Allegra is on the rocks, heading for disaster.

As the gossip escalates, and they face the possible loss of the happy lives they’ve worked so hard to create, Grace and Madeline try mightily to set the record straight–but the truth might be even worse than rumor has it. 

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I find that it is best to read Elin Hilderbrand’s novel when you are on a beach or poolside. I was poolside reading The Rumor and I had a great time as I got lost in the world of the wealthy families of Nantucket.

The Rumor is about how rumors got spread around one Nantucket summer around our not so perfect two main families. These characters are not likable at all.

On one hand, you have Madeline, the Nantucket writer, who is struggling to come up with a storyline for her next novel. And then you have Grace, who is falling for her handsome gardener/architect. It was actually kind of fun watching their seemingly perfect lives implode. And don’t get me started about their teenagers in the novel!

3 calculators out of a potential 5. A light easy to read trashy novel! Exactly the type of book that I wanted poolside!


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