Guest Post and Giveaway: Elin Hilderbrand talks about A Summer Affair

The awesome and generous Hatchette Book Group has joined up with Books on the Brain to give away TWO beautiful beach books by Elin Hilderbrand!  One lucky winner will receive A Summer Affair, her latest, and Barefoot, which was just released in paperback this month.  All you need to do is leave a comment here by July 15th for a chance to win.  If you blog about the contest and link back here, you’ll get an extra chance!

In this guest post, Elin Hilderbrand talks about her new book, A Summer Affair, which is being published TODAY!! Congratulations, Elin!   

A Summer Affair is a novel about a woman named Claire Danner Crispin, the mother of four children who has an artistic career and who, because of some old guilt and her inability to say no, agrees to chair a huge summer benefit concert for a local Nantucket charity…and as she does so, her life slowly falls apart. 

Where did I come up with such an idea, you ask???  I myself (with only three children and an artistic career) sit on the Board of Directors of no less than three Nantucket non-profits.  I have chaired 5 major summer events in the past 5 years; much of the fodder for this novel came from my own experience…in meetings, and more meetings, and more meetings.  However, meetings alone do not make up a novel.  The drama that unfolds as various personalities collide over this band or that caterer does not a best seller make.  And so although Elin Hilderbrand the Board Member/Event Co-Chair donated the seed of the idea for the book, Elin Hildebrand the author of six previous novels about love and betrayal and friendship between women and sex and regret and healing took over. 

A Summer Affair is a novel about all of these things, but primarily it is about one woman, our darling Claire, and her struggle to balance what is best for everyone else with what is best for herself.  It is about veering off the path and then correcting oneself.  It is about pursuing one’s forbidden fantasy and then taking comfort in the security of home and family.  It is about food and drink, rock and roll, work and play.  It is about me, yes, and it is about all of us.

Blogger Bio: Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children. She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for her five previous novels. Hilderbrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa.

57 Responses

  1. Count me in!!! Actually I already have Barefoot so if I win the giveaway maybe you can pick a second winner for that one🙂 I would love a Summer Affair though!

  2. I would like to be entered into the drawing for both selections. I’m crossing my fingers.

  3. sign me up, please! 🙂

  4. I would love to read either (probably both) of these books. I think I relate to A Summer Affair in that I have an inability to so no to things like chairing events. Please enter me in the drawing.

  5. I’d love to be entered! I linked to your post on my blog. Thanks!

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  7. Oh, I’ve been eyeballing Barefoot recently and would LOVE a copy!

  8. Haven’t read her yet and would a chance to win:)

  9. I need a good book to sink into for all the travel time we will be doing this summer!

  10. Please enter me in this great giveaway. I have posted about your contest at my site: Random Wonder link

  11. Please throw my name in the hat for these great looking/sounding books!!
    I hope you have a lovely vacation!! See ya on the flip side!
    XOXO-K

  12. Your post caught my eye because I am wondering why there are so many feet and legs on book jackets these days. Is it a trend?

  13. I have not read either yet and both sound wonderful! Thank you for the giveaway!

  14. I would love to read either one. Thanks for sharing!

  15. I’d love to read these books… thanks!!

  16. I hope I win! Thanks for the contest.

  17. Please enter my name.

    Hope you have a wonderful vacation at the lake. Our vacation starts at the end of the month & a couple books you mentioned would be perfect beach reading. Thanks!

  18. Okay, okay… I’ll comment and give this contest a try too!🙂 Thanks for the fun contests and posts!

  19. Sounds like a nice read! Please enter me!🙂 Thank you!

  20. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me for these summer reads🙂.

  21. Sounds like an interesting read. Count me in, too.

  22. No need to enter me, Lisa. I’m just letting you know I’ve posted this on Win a Book.

    And huge congratulations to Elin on the new release. May the sales be huge!

  23. Would love to read them both:) Thanks!

  24. Oh, I love Nantucket (what’s not to love?!) . I’m sure I’d enjoy reading her books set there.

    I liked Elin Hilderbrand’s guest post – always interesting to hear a writer’s perspective on writing and what inspires her work.

    p.s. Lisa – enjoy your family vacation at the lake … hope you find lots of quiet time for reading.

  25. The heroine in the book sounds interesting– the type to always want to help, but ends up getting in trouble.

    Please enter me in the contest. Thanks.

  26. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

  27. Ooooh, sign me up – both sound like good summer reads.

    I’ll link it on my blog.

    Thanks!

  28. Elin Hilderbrand is one of my favorite authors! Enjoyed the interview! Thanks for a great giveaway.

  29. I would love the opportunity to win, thank you for such an awesome contest!!! 🙂

    I’ve blogged about this contest here:
    http://melsysplace.blogspot.com/2008/06/book-giveaways.html

    Thanks again!!! 🙂

  30. Count me in!

  31. I’ve heard of the “Summer Affair” all over the place online, recently, so it’s really piqued my attention!

    If you allow people from Canada to participate, please enter me in the contest to win these 2 books! They look really good!🙂

    Thanks!

    MizB

  32. Sounds interesting. Sign me up for a chance to win!

  33. I’d like to win this!

  34. I’d love to enter!

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  35. I’ve not read this author before – but these look fun! Please enter me in the giveaway🙂 Thanks!

  36. Count me in! I’ve only read one of her books (The Love Season), but hope to read more. Just need to find the time!

  37. I have 4 of her other books Nantucket nights, The Beach Club, Summer People and the Blue Bistro I would love to win this contest! Please count me in photoquest@bellsouth.net

  38. I’d love to be entered. I posted on my blog as well. Thanks!

  39. Sign me up I’ve been wanting to read Barefoot! Also, I posted about this contest on my blog.

  40. Oh, please count me in…I’m a sucker for good books; Thanks so much!!!

  41. Thanks for this great giveaway. Sounds intriguing and lovely. I did read one of her books and would enjoy this new release.

  42. I would love to be read these beach books. I think Barefoot would be a perfect book to accompany me on my trip to Cape Cod in August! I’m off to post about this contest on my blog!

  43. I would love a chance to win some good books to read for the summer!! And I linked my blog to the contest.

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  45. Please enter me in this contest. I would love to read both books. Thanks.

  46. Hi, Sounds like a wonderful summer read! Please enter me in your book drawing. Thanks, Cindi

  47. I would love to be in this drawing! Elin’s books are awesome!

    Thank you!

  48. Count me in!
    I do not have a blog so I put it on my myspace page instead!

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  50. Please add me to your contest. I don’t usually read beach reads but for some reason the book looks like it has some substance, And the location is Nantucket one of my favorite places. I will add the contest to my blog as well.

  51. I would love a chance to read these books!

  52. Please enter me in your contest. I love Elin Hilderbrand’s books.

  53. Oooooh, I want to win both of those! I read Barefoot and loved it and am waiting for the A Summer Affair.

  54. Hm. I thought I’d already entered this, but I guess I didn’t. There are so many giveaways going on right now I can barely keep track! Thanks for the opportunity. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed!

  55. YAY… I WON!

  56. Elin draws from her life for her novels. All of them. She is the star in an idealized way. This book is based on her affair with her best friend’s husband. He is an electrician in real life but that doesn’t sizzle. The Island is buzzing with the news. All of the people, generally good, whom she vilified in her books (self included) are having a good laugh. Good that she was caught; too bad about all the human wreckage she left in her tracks. Chip is a good guy and deserves better

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