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Summary

Sheila Crispin Cook, mother of four young children and nationally renowned glassblower, bites off more than she can chew when she agrees to co-chair a huge benefit concert on Nantucket. Sheila is asked to chair the Nantucket's Children Summer Gala, at least in part because she is the former high-school sweetheart of world-famous rock star Max West.

Max agrees to play the benefit and it looks like smooth sailing for Sheila - until she agrees to create a "museum-quality" piece of glass for the auction, pre-emptorily offers her best friend the catering job, goes nose-to-nose with her Manhattan socialite co-chair, and begins a "good-hearted" affair with the charity's executive director, Lockhart Dixon.

Hearts break and emotions stretch to the point of snapping in this in-depth look at one woman's attempt to deal with loves past and present, raise a family, run a business, and pull off a charity event unlike any the island of Nantucket has ever seen.

Sheila discovers that doing good and being bad are not mutually exclusive - and that nothing is ever as simple as it seems.

©2008 Elin Hilderbrand (P)2008 Hachette Audio

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A Summer Affair

This was ok but mostly I was offended by the terrible Oirish accent that Siobhan was given. Otherwise 'twas ok.

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  • Monika L. Sullivan
  • 19-08-08

a long winded affair

This book would have been much better if it were half as long. It was an okay story and the narrator was good, but it seemed to drag on and on. That may have been due to the author's habit of using repeating phrases throughout the story. Overall, just an average listen.

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  • Rebecca
  • 07-09-10

a summer drag

Tediously long with unlikable characters of weak dispositions, poorly written, repetitious sentences altogether unenjoyable and the first audio book of over one hundred I have listened to that I failed to finish due to boredom.

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  • Melinda
  • 22-03-11

disappointed in story line

The lead character's name in the description is wrong! Get it right. It's not Sheila Crispin Cook; it's Claire Danner Crispin. When reading the description, I didn't see that Claire has an affair. My mistake. Therefore, I was very disappointed, as I believe in fidelity. SPOILER ALERT (so quit reading if you don't want to know) - There were no repercussions, other than her guilt. Sadly, that mirrors real life sometimes. Narrator was great!

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  • Joyceba
  • 03-08-18

Boring

Wish I could give it back Can’t finish reaffirm it. Never felt this way about any of her books

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  • Risa
  • 25-07-18

Love Elin, but not this one.

I’ve read/listened to all of her books and I think the problem with this one is that you never really gain any sympathy for the mail character. I don’t hate her but I certainly don’t love her, hence I don’t really care what happens either way. Narrator was great at multiple voices though.

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  • Len Simonis
  • 14-07-18

Not entertaining - made me upset

I was irritated with the characters actions - it made me feel angry.

Not my cup of tea ☹️

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  • Lora Jean
  • 16-05-18

Lovely story

Definitely didn’t see some of that coming the way it did. Lovely story. Definitely a must read.

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  • Beata
  • 12-04-18

Great story but horrible narrator

If you could sum up A Summer Affair in three words, what would they be?

Another Hilderbrand hit

What didn’t you like about Isabel Keating’s performance?

Her Irish accent was awful, also whenever she did the voice of Claire's husband Jason I cringed. He sounded like he had a mental disability, it was borderline offensive.

Any additional comments?

I love Elin Hilderbrand and all of her books. Anyone looking for a fun, emotional, easy beach read or if you want to travel to Nantucket via book can always count on her.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-02-18

Story was a little long, but it held our interest.

narrator s good, struggled with the New England accent. left is hanging on Gavin's demise. Wish we could have found out what happened to all the characters in the end.

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  • Marti
  • 31-12-15

I loved all her other books I was very disappointe

I loved all her other books I was very disappointed. it seemed very predictable and had no suprises. I am sad a spent a credit.