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The Love Season

A Novel

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It's a hot August Saturday on Nantucket Island. Over the course of the next 24 hours, two lives will be transformed forever.

Marguerite Beale, former chef of culinary hot spot Les Parapluies, has been out of the public eye for over a decade. This all changes with a phone call from Marguerite's goddaughter, Renata Knox. Marguerite has not seen Renata since the death of Renata's mother, Candace Harris Knox, fourteen years earlier. And now that Renata is on Nantucket visiting the family of her new fiancé, she takes the opportunity, against her father's wishes, to contact Marguerite in hopes of learning the story of her mother's life—and death. But the events of the day spiral hopelessly out of control for both women, and nothing ends up as planned.

Welcome to The Love Season—a riveting story that takes place in one day and spans decades; a story that embraces the charming, pristine island of Nantucket, as well as Manhattan, Paris and Morocco. Elin Hilderbrand's most ambitious novel to date chronicles the famous couplings of real lives: love and friendship, food and wine, deception and betrayal—and forgiveness and healing.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 10, 2006 – Hilderbrand's fifth book is a fulfilling tale of familial self-exploration. Marguerite is a chef on Nantucket, Mass., who hasn't cooked for anyone since she sold her restaurant 14 years ago, following the death of her best friend, Candace, and her own brief stint in a psychiatric hospital. A quirky, endearingly insecure recluse, Marguerite is startled from her comfortable solitude by a late-night phone call from Renata Knox, Candace's 19-year-old daughter and Marguerite's estranged goddaughter, who is visiting the island with her wealthy fianc . Renata's question, "Aunt Daisy?" sends Marguerite scrambling to come to terms with her past. The novel takes place over the day Marguerite spends preparing a lavish meal, for the first time in years, to welcome Renata, whose own problems include an overbearing mother-in-law-to-be and an incomplete sense of her own mother. Desperate for nurturing and guidance, Renata turns to Marguerite, who knew her mother best, and whom her father has forbidden Renata to see her entire life. The story is crafted as expertly as Marguerite's dishes, seasoned with well-measured flashbacks and convincing details of island life and the restaurant business. It's a refreshing, resonant summertime treat.

Customer Reviews

Typos galore

A bit more melancholy than her other books but still a nice read.

The iBook version was full of typos; they became quite annoying. Quality control please!!


Typos typos typos, I want my money back.

The Love Season

Did anyone proofread this book? The book may be good, but I can't get past the errors on every page. If I did my job like this, I would be fired. Shame on you for publishing a book with so many errors. Please tell me you aren't outsourcing your proofreading duties to non-English speakers, because it certainly reads that way. I'd return this if I could.

The Love Season
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  • $8.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Apr 01, 2010
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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