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.
“In a juicy peach of a summer tome, Hilderbrand again alchemizes her three favorite elements—food, love, and Nantucket—with eminently readable results….Season is so gratifying.”
–Entertainment Weekly (Grade: A-)
“[S]ummer fare that’s a cut above the usual beach provisions…Hilderbrand, who wrote 2002’s Nantucket Nights, serves up a mouth-watering menu, keeps the Veuve Clicquot flowing and tops it all with a dollop of mystery that will have even drowsy sunbathers turning pages until the very satisfying end.”
–People (four stars)
Five stars by OK! Weekly
“Hilderbrand’s fifth book is a fulfilling tale of familial excavation and self-exploration….It’s a refreshing, resonant summertime treat.”
“Hilderbrand’s sensitive portrayal of a young motherless woman on a journey of self-discovery, and her guilt-ridden godmother’s attempt to find the courage to confront the past, is very moving.”
“A good page-turner.”
“As a storyteller, Hilderbrand ranks among the best, and she has ingeniously constructed this foray into the past around a meal….This is a don’t miss novel.”
–The Star-Ledger (Newark)