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The Rumor

The Rumor
Elin Hilderbrand
Little, Brown and Company, 2015
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Adults, Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Madeline King and Grace Pancik are best friends and the envy of Nantucket for their perfect marriages, their beautiful kids, their Sunday night double dates with their devoted husbands. But this summer, something's changed, and if there's anything Nantucket likes better than cocktails on the beach at sunset, it's a good rumor.

And rumor has it...

...that Madeline, a novelist, is battling writer's block, with a deadline looming, bills piling up, and blank pages driving her to desperation--and a desperately bad decision;

...that Grace, hard at work to transform her backyard into a garden paradise, has been collaborating a bit more closely that necessary with her ruggedly handsome landscape architect;

...that Grace's husband, successful island real estate developer "Fast Eddie" Pancik, has embarked on quite an unusual side project;

...that the storybook romance between Madeline's son, Brick, and Grace's daughter Allegra is on the rocks, heading for disaster.

As the gossip escalates, and they face the possible loss of the happy lives they've worked so hard to create, Grace and Madeline try mightily to set the record straight--but the truth might be even worse than rumor has it. 

My first Elin Hilderbrand book! It was as light and summery as I expected. However, I didn’t connect with the characters at all. They came off as a bunch of self-absorbed rich people that created their own problems. I didn’t feel bad for any of them; I just felt frustrated with them. I did like how the gossip was presented and seeing how it warped from the truth or was exactly right. Most importantly, I liked how the friendship between Grace and Madeline was presented. Not all women are in competition, but friends can make mistakes and make each other angry, and still forgive each other. It was well done and I’m glad that I read it.