1 Sept 2014

Book Review / Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand

A summer wedding stirs up trouble on both sides of the family in this new novel from bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand.

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.

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. Elin Hilderbrand takes readers on a touching journey in BEAUTIFUL DAY--into the heart of marriage, what it means to be faithful, and how we choose to honor our commitments.

Published:     31st July 2014
Publisher:  Hodder & Stoughton
Author Website:  Click here
Goodreads :  Click here
Series:  Not part of a series
Source:  Review Copy from Publisher
Review:    4 out of 5

My Review

What I loved about this story...
What a great story.  Elin Hilderbrand is a newish author to me and I am really enjoying her writing style.  I loved the fact that this story had quite a few characters in it but I had no problem keeping up with each of them once I learned who they were and and their own stories.   You have characters who are happy but hit a bump in the road and then you have characters who are a bit down in luck and things get better.  The story really centres around the wedding of Jenna and Stuart and the notebook that was created by Jenna's mother who died a while ago. 

What I was not fond of with this story... 
I have to admit that it did take a while for me to get into this story.  There were quite a number of different characters being introduced in this story that it did take me a bit to get used to each one and follow but it was definitely worth sticking with it.  Once I got to grips with who each person was and their story, I really enjoyed seeing what happened next with each of them.      

About the Author

Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children. 

She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for her five previous novels. 

Hilderbrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa.