“The Rumor,” “Beautiful Day,” “Winter Street,” “The Matchmaker” and “Winter Stroll” are books by Elin Hilderbrand. She has also written “The Castaways,” “Barefoot,” “Summerland,” “The Blue Bistro” and “Silver Girl.” “The Island,” “The Beach Club,” “A Summer Affair,” “Nantucket Nights” and “The Love Season” are other popular titles by Hilderbrand.
Elin Hilderbrand is a New York Times bestselling author of novels and short stories known for her frequent use of Nantucket summer settings. As of 2015, “The Rumor” is Hilderbrand’s most recent novel. The book is about Madeline King, a Nantucket writer who looks to the juicy rumor mill of her gossip-laden community to overcome her writer’s block. Unfortunately, Madeline’s married best friend, Grace, may be at the center of the local gossip. Grace is facing a life-changing dilemma as she finds herself attracted to the landscape architect who is helping her create magazine-worthy gardens.
In “The Castaways,” married couple Greg and Tess MacAvoy are killed in a boating accident on their anniversary, leaving their two children behind. As three other Nantucket couples mourn the MacAvoys, unexpected secrets and conflicts surface, driving the friends to question the events of the boating accident.
“Beautiful Day” tells the story of two families, the Grahams and the Carmichaels, who are gathering for a Nantucket wedding. The bride is using the instructions of her deceased mother to create the perfect wedding, but in the meantime, the couple’s friends and relatives confront the problems in their unhappy lives.