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Beautiful Day

A Novel

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A summer wedding stirs up trouble on both sides of the family in this beloved bestseller from "the queen of the summer novel" (People).

The Carmichaels and the Grahams have gathered on Nantucket for a happy occasion: a wedding that will unite their two families. 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 falling apart.

While the couple-to-be are quite happy, their loved ones find their 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.

From Publishers Weekly

May 27, 2013 – Hilderbrand's latest (after Summerland) is the perfect beach read down to its Nantucket setting. The Carmichaels and Grahams arrive on the island for the wedding of golden girl Jenna Carmichael to eth-ical banker Stuart Graham. Jenna's mother Beth, before dying seven years ago, prepared a wedding notebook, a guide that approaches sanctity to Jenna, her cynical older sister, Margot, and Douglas, the still-grieving and unhappily re-married Carmichael patriarch. While the notebook gives solace to these three, it also threatens to break apart Douglas's second marriage. As for the groom, his parents Ann and Jim divorced two decades earlier only to happily remarry, but his mother can't resist tempting fate. She invites Helen, the woman her husband left her for back then, to the wedding, and her behav-ior threatens everyone's happiness. The narrative unfolds through Margot, Doug, and Ann's perspec-tives and is aided by entries from Beth's notebook and "outtakes" from family and friends that read like unusually personal wedding video confessionals. The author's straightforward style pulls the reader into the minds of her characters, and all the secrets and sorrows that create the universal messi-ness of major family events.

Customer Reviews


Wow, what a great read. I could not put this down! When is book two coming out?

Beautiful Day

I Pre-ordered this and started reading the day it became available, while ironically, vacationing in Nantucket. Elin Hilderbrand-you never disappoint. Had me laughing and in tears. Don't ever stop writing. Can't wait for your next book. Fan for Life!

Poorly written and trite

One of the worst most soap opera- y things I've read by Elin. Not worth the read

Beautiful Day
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Jun 25, 2013
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 432 Pages
  • Language: English
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