Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Genre: Chick Lit
Three romantic rivals. One crowded house. Plenty of room for jealousy.
Laurel Thorpe, Belinda Rowe, and Scarlett Oliver share only two things; a love for the man they all married, Deacon Thorpe–a celebrity chef with an insatiable appetite for life–and a passionate dislike of one another. All three are remarkable, spirited women, but they couldn’t be more different. Laurel: Deacon’s high school sweetheart and an effortlessly beautiful social worker; Belinda: a high-maintenance Hollywood diva; and Scarlett: a sexy southern belle floating by on her family money and her fabulous looks. They’ve established a delicate understanding over the years–they avoid each other at all costs.
But their fragile detente threatens to come crashing down after Deacon’s tragic death on his favorite place on earth: a ramshackle Nantucket summer cottage. Deacon’s final wish was for his makeshift family to assemble on his beloved Nantucket to say good-bye. Begrudgingly, Laurel, Belinda, and Scarlett gather on the island as once again, as in each of their marriages, they’re left to pick up Deacon’s mess. Now they’re trapped in the crowded cottage where they all made their own memories–a house that they now share in more ways than one–along with the children they raised with Deacon, and his best friend. Laurel, Belinda, and Scarlett each had an unbreakable bond with Deacon–and they all have secrets to hide.
Before the weekend is over, there are enough accusations, lies, tears, and drama to turn even the best of friends–let alone three women who married the same man–into adversaries. As his unlikely family says good-bye to the man who brought them together–for better or worse–will they be able to put aside their differences long enough to raise a glass in Deacon’s honor?
It isn’t summer for me until I’ve read Elin Hilderbrand’s latest novel. Now if I could just figure out a way to read one of her books while I’m actually on vacation in Nantucket, my experience would be complete.
One of my favorite parts about Hilderbrand’s books is that I get a glimpse inside the lives of the fabulously wealthy while they’re dealing with tragedies, problems, and drama. Here’s To Us provides all this and more as you’re taken into the personal life of celebrity chef Deacon Thorpe and this crazy and complicated family he’s created.
Hilderbrand holds true to her pattern of showcasing a colorful cast of characters where they each tell the story from their own viewpoint. There’s the three ex wives; Laurel, Belinda and Scarlett, their children, Hayes, Angie and Ellery, and Buck who was Deacon’s lifelong best friend.
The drama is abounding as the three ex wives of Deacon Thorpe all deal with their own feelings and issues after his untimely passing. The story unfolds over a weekend with each section focusing on one day of said weekend. Interspersed throughout are the stories of Deacon’s version of events about his relationships with his wives. Since this book focuses so much around food, there are also some absolutely mouthwatering recipes provided. I loved this and thought it was a clever thing to add.
Hilderbrand is synonymous with summer and once again, she has crafted a sinfully delicious novel that her fans will devour. Her descriptions of the island of Nantucket are beautiful and after reading each of her novels I always find myself longing to visit there so I can visit the markets, eat some fresh seafood and relax on the beach.
Overall rating: 4/5