28 Summers

By Elin Hilderbrand

28 Summers - Elin Hilderbrand
  • Release Date: 2020-06-16
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 3,450 Ratings


A "captivating and bittersweet" novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Summer of '69: Their secret love affair has lasted for decades—but this could be the summer that changes everything (People).

When Mallory Blessing's son, Link, receives deathbed instructions from his mother to call a number on a slip of paper in her desk drawer, he's not sure what to expect. But he certainly does not expect Jake McCloud to answer. It's the late spring of 2020 and Jake's wife, Ursula DeGournsey, is the frontrunner in the upcoming Presidential election.

There must be a mistake, Link thinks. How do Mallory and Jake know each other?

Flash back to the sweet summer of 1993: Mallory has just inherited a beachfront cottage on Nantucket from her aunt, and she agrees to host her brother's bachelor party. Cooper's friend from college, Jake McCloud, attends, and Jake and Mallory form a bond that will persevere—through marriage, children, and Ursula's stratospheric political rise—until Mallory learns she's dying.

Based on the classic film Same Time Next Year (which Mallory and Jake watch every summer), 28 Summers explores the agony and romance of a one-weekend-per-year affair and the dramatic ways this relationship complicates and enriches their lives, and the lives of the people they love.


  • Not one of her best

    By Cj1952
    I did not like this book at all.
  • Take me away….

    By bjccnor
    This book immerses you in another woman’s life…the ordinary, the extraordinary and the sublime! On a rare occasion, I do not want a book to end…this is one of those times!
  • Skip This Book

    By Renee Payton
    If I wasn’t on vacation and desperate for a book to read I wouldn’t have finished.
  • 28 summers too long

    By ElizabethKerns
    Woof. What an unlikeable cast of characters. They became so unbearable I couldn’t finish it. Mallory and Jake are absolute losers. Overall the plot just started to become repetitive nonsense and the narrative choices were confusing. I should have stopped after summer #1
  • 👇

    By lollieo
    Probably the most adolescent book I’ve read since teen-age years.
  • 28 Summers

    By srormy1
    Although extremely frustrating at times, this was a wonderful book. I could not put it down.
  • A Heartbreaking Story that pulls you in from the start

    By Jackie Malbec
    This feels like a Nicholas Sparks story but told well from a woman’s perspective. Elin Hildebrand does a beautiful job creating the characters on the backdrop of Nantucket. Her writing makes you feel like your watching the novel play out through a boat window. It’s sad and happy and much like what life is. It will make you cry if you’ve experienced some of these life events. Good quick read.
  • Beautiful ending

    By Lynne Ji
    Reasonably well-written with an intricate, yet playful plot
  • Can we live on love just 3 days out of the year?

    By Pacers2
    This story makes it seem possible. Good story line and characters, I would strongly suggest this book to readers of all ages!
  • Awesome

    By Jharp51
    I literally could not put this book down. I stayed up all night and the next day. I read all of her books and love them all but this one has been my favorite by far. I’m so sad it’s over. There has never been a better story for me and that is saying so much 5 Stars