Friday, August 30, 2013

Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand

by:  Elin Hilderbrand
published by: Reagan Arthur Books
publish date:  June 25, 2013

The Carmichaels and 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.

This was one of those wedding stories for people who are wealthy.  The elite that have the money to spend nearly $200,000 on a wedding.  While that part of the story was crazy and amazing, the rest of it was more like all us regular folks.   Some relationships were perfect, some were falling apart, some were just beginning and all of it was taking place in the shadow of this wedding that planned many years earlier.

Jenna was the baby of the family, so she was much younger and unmarried when her mother was dying of ovarian cancer.  Her mother's big regret was that she was going to miss Jenna's wedding.  So, she wrote The Notebook planning out Jenna's wedding on her deathbed.  That notebook became the bible for planning the wedding.  It worked perfectly until the actual wedding weekend, when everything started falling apart.

I love everything Elin Hilderbrand has written, this book included.  I'm not a big chick-lit fan, but to me her books just don't feel like they fall into that category.  Her books are great beach books, so if you're trying to hold on to that last little bit of Summer check out Beautiful Day.

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