Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Review: The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand

Title: The Identicals
Author: Elin Hilderbrand
Published: June 2017, Little Brown & Company
Format: ARC Paperback, 432 pages
Source: Publisher
Identical twin sisters who couldn't look more alike...or live more differently.
Harper Frost is laid-back, easygoing. She doesn't care what anyone thinks of her. She likes a beer and a shot and wouldn't be caught dead wearing anything fashionable. She's inherited her father's rundown house on Martha's Vineyard, but she can't hold down a job, and her latest romantic disaster has the entire island talking.

Two beautiful islands only eleven miles apart.
Tabitha Frost is dignified, refined. She prefers a fine wine and has inherited the impeccable taste of her mother, the iconic fashion designer Eleanor Roxie-Frost. She's also inherited her mother's questionable parenting skills--Tabitha's teenage daughter, Ainsley, is in full rebellion mode--and a flailing fashion boutique on Nantucket in desperate need of a cash infusion.

One unforgettable summer that will change their lives forever.

After more than a decade apart, Harper and Tabitha switch islands--and lives--to save what's left of their splintered family. But the twins quickly discover that the secrets, lies, and gossip they thought they'd outrun can travel between islands just as easily as they can. Will Harper and Tabitha be able to bury the hatchet and end their sibling rivalry once and for all? Before the last beach picnic of the season, there will be enough old resentments, new loves, and cases of mistaken identity to make this the most talked-about summer that Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket have experienced in ages.

My thoughts: It's the start of summer and I have my favorite summery read in hand - a new Elin Hilderbrand book!!! I was fortunate to pick up this gem at BookExpo this year and even more exciting - I got to see Elin in person and get the book signed! I just love seeing her - she is such a delight and while it was a very quick hi and thanks for writing these fun, summery reads, I loved it all the same! Plus, she was giving away cocktails at her signing - how could you not love that?

One of my favorite things about Elin's books is that they are always set on Nantucket - my favorite summer reading destination...but this time, she brings in a new setting! She also sets part of the story in Martha's Vineyard - another place I am sad to admit I have never been to...but hope one of these days to visit. I loved the descriptions in the beginning of the book where the two islands are compared...this helped me to put things into perspective a little bit.

So, about this book - it reminded me a little bit of The Parent Trap - oh how I adored that movies - the original of course with Hayley Mills as the twins. Of course, this book has much more substance than The Parent Trap, but with the twin story and Harper and Tabitha switching islands for the summer - how can you not think of that?

This story also made me think of the bond between sisters...how strong that bond really is. Yes, there is always going to be some sibling rivalry, but when push comes to shove, your sister will be there for you no matter what. Of course, these sisters let that rivalry play out a bit long, much like the rivalry that exists between the two islands, but it turned out it worked to their favor in the end. 

This is an enjoyable summer read, filled with the usual gossip and fun characters that is the trademark of an Elin Hilderbrand book, times two if you take the two islands into account! My only complaint is that now I have to wait another whole year before the next summer book comes out...



  1. I gave up on her previous book so I have high hopes for this one. I'm a fan!

  2. I like family stories and this one sounds very intriguing.


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