Friday, July 29, 2016

It's Not You, It's Me (17)


It's not you, it's me."  Some books just don't work for me, whereas other readers may have really enjoyed them.  This feature will be showcasing books that I never finished or reviewed; you know…...the dreaded DNF.


Here's to Us by Elin Hilderbrand

Goodreads says, "Laurel Thorpe, Belinda Rowe, and Scarlett Oliver share only two things; a love for the man they all married, Deacon Thorpe--a celebrity chef with an insatiable appetite for life--and a passionate dislike of one another. All three are remarkable, spirited women, but they couldn't be more different. Laurel: Deacon's high school sweetheart and an effortlessly beautiful social worker; Belinda: a high-maintenance Hollywood diva; and Scarlett: a sexy southern belle floating by on her family money and her fabulous looks. They've established a delicate understanding over the years--they avoid each other at all costs.  But their fragile detente threatens to come crashing down after Deacon's tragic death on his favorite place on earth: a ramshackle Nantucket summer cottage. Deacon's final wish was for his makeshift family to assemble on his beloved Nantucket to say good-bye. Begrudgingly, Laurel, Belinda, and Scarlett gather on the island as once again, as in each of their marriages, they're left to pick up Deacon's mess. Now they're trapped in the crowded cottage where they all made their own memories--a house that they now share in more ways than one--along with the children they raised with Deacon, and his best friend. Laurel, Belinda, and Scarlett each had an unbreakable bond with Deacon--and they all have secrets to hide.   Before the weekend is over, there are enough accusations, lies, tears, and drama to turn even the best of friends--let alone three women who married the same man--into adversaries. As his unlikely family says good-bye to the man who brought them together--for better or worse--will they be able to put aside their differences long enough to raise a glass in Deacon's honor?"

My Thoughts:
Ok, normally I love Hilderbrand's novels, especially in the summertime, but this one didn't work for me. I couldn't stomach a bunch of insufferable women fighting and squabbling over every damn thing. I get that they were all once wives of Deacon, but I just couldn't.do.it. I am so tired of reading about women that don't support other women and quite frankly the first 75 pages of this book depressed me. I'm sure the story ends up happily, but I didn't want to take the journey to get there. I want summertime fluff that puts a smile on my face. If I want to be depressed, all I need to do is read the most recent headlines. This book just isn't for me.


What do you guys think? Have you read this book? Let me know your thoughts. What's the latest book that you added to your did-not-finish pile?


10 comments:

  1. I don't blame you for setting this aside. I wouldn't be able to stand the constant drama and bickering. Definitely not conducive to a relaxed reading experience. I will be skipping this one too. Thanks for your review!

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    1. Yes, and all I wanted was to relax a bit! The vibe felt different than her other novels. Thanks for visiting, Christina!

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  2. I haven't read a book by hers, so I'm not all that familiar with her writing. Sorry it didn't work for you, but I think I'll feel the same way about this one in particular. Constantly squabbling characters is not my idea of a good time.

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    1. Yeah, like you said in your last post...I want to read books that make me feel good and that is very true in the summer. I am ok with reading a mystery or thriller, but if it's a contemporary novel, it better not be too depressing. :( Thanks for visiting, Joy!

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  3. I had this from the library but never got to it. I think I'll pass. I've read a couple of her books and enjoyed them, but didn't love them. Hope your next read works better.

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    1. I don't think it is one of her best novels for sure...very disappointing. You are probably better off for skipping it. Thanks for visiting, Natalie!

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  4. I read The Matchmaker and really loved it...then jumped right to Beautiful Day and had to stop...couldn't get through it...just so boring! lol Guess she is hit or miss.

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    1. I have The Matchmaker on my TBR list. I hope to read that one soon. I thought Beautiful Day was ok. My favorite of hers is The Island. You are right...very hit or miss! Thanks for visiting, Melissa!

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    1. Yeah, very disappointing! Thanks for dropping by!

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