The Rumor

The Rumor

A Novel

Book - 2015
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"Nantucket writer Madeline King couldn't have picked a worse time to have writer's block. Her deadline is looming, her bills are piling up, and inspiration is in short supply. Madeline's best friend Grace, is hard at work transforming her garden into the envy of the island with the help of a ruggedly handsome landscape architect. Before she realizes it, Grace is on the verge of a decision that will irrevocably change her life. Could Grace's crisis be Madeline's salvation? As the gossip escalates, and the summer's explosive events come to a head, Grace and Madeline try desperately to set the record straight--but the truth might be even worse than rumor has it" - from publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316334525
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 25 cm


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Aug 03, 2020

This was not one of my favorites by Elin Hildebrand. It was ok, but it really was too long for what the book was about. I will still read her books, though.

Jul 09, 2019

4 stars. Hilderbrand writes very good beach or plane reads and this is no exception. Madeline and Grace are best friends, living an enviable life in a monied area in Nantucket. Madeline has a perfect marriage and is a famous novelist, but has writer's block and her publishers are pushing her about her new book. Grace has a charmed life with a beautiful home, two lovely twin daughters and a husband who has been a major money maker in the real estate business. Grace is busy designing a stunning garden with her high priced and handsome garden designer. But things aren't always so perfect behind the scenes, and soon rumors are going around town linking Madeline with Grace's husband. But don't believe the rumors, the real affair is between Grace and her gardener, and the perfect kids aren't quite so perfect. And when Madeline's new book is all about Grace and her handsome lover, the friends become estranged. This was quite a fun and easy read and I very much enjoyed it.

Nov 09, 2018

I enjoyed this light read. Felt like if dragged on a bit too long and could have been wrapped up a hundred pages sooner.

Mar 09, 2017

Not my favorite Hilderbrand book. The characters, plot, and dialogue felt forced. Didn't suck me in like The Blue Bistro or The Castaways.

Aug 09, 2016

Elin Hilderbrand's novels are the perfect beach or vacation read - entertaining stories that keep your attention while keeping things light. The Rumor is no exception.

Jun 26, 2016

I can see how Elin Hilderbrand is the Queen of the "beach read." This is a fairly fast-paced story, without a whole lot of depth. I found it interesting that my favorite parts of the story followed the cuckolded Eddie. Although he was wrapped up in some pretty wretched business, I found him to be more interesting than either his wife or her best friend. I'll be sure to pick up another Hilderbrand book the next time I want a fast read without much depth (or reality).

Mar 16, 2016

And then she told someone, and then he told someone, and... yes, that's the way gossip spreads like wildfire and gets a life of its own. "The Rumor," delivers exactly what it promises amongst the life of Nantucketers. Madeline and Grace are best friends forever and their friendship is jeopardized. This is just one of the relatonships that is threatened by inconsiderate gossip.

Erin Hilderbrand has done very good justice to a plot surrounding well drawn out characters and the result is a book which reads well.

We wish her well so that she may keep writing.

Feb 23, 2016

A bit over the top. I don't think two families could be the victim of so much gossip all at once. Also, few of the characters are actually likeable. However, it is a quick read. I prefer many of her other books to this one.

Feb 17, 2016

I found this book to be ridiculous - I didn't even finish it. I have read her books before and have quite enjoyed them but this one didn't strike my fancy.

Jenm7 Sep 04, 2015

Fast fun beach read!

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