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Elin Hilderbrand Books In Order

Publication Order of Winter Books

Winter Street (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Winter Stroll (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Winter Storms (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Beach Club (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nantucket Nights (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Summer People (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Blue Bistro (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Love Season (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Barefoot (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Summer Affair (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Castaways (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Island (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Silver Girl (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Summerland (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beautiful Day (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Matchmaker (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rumor (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Here's to Us (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories

The Surfing Lesson (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tailgate (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


Elin Hildebrand is a best-selling American author of romance novels. This novel writer attended John Hopkins University from where she graduated prior to teaching and writing at the Writers’ workshop hosted by the University of Iowa. Elin had travelled expansively before finally settling in Nantucket Island. This has grown to become Hilderbrand’s favorite setting for her novels (most of her novels are set in Nantucket besides the Beacon Hill streets of Boston). Elin is now married with three young children who on a light note beg her not to dance in public or sing along to the songs on radio!

She spent most of her childhood in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Summertime was spent in Cape Cod during which Elin loved collecting sea glass, burrowing pools for hermit crabs, swimming and playing touch football in times of low tide. This was before she lost her father at the age of 16 in a horrifying plane crash. The summer after that was spent in a Halloween factory, working; where she pieced costumes together. It was after this summer job that Elin vowed to have a real summer for the rest of the summers of her lifetime. Later on in 1993, Elin relocated to Nantucket where she started off as a classifieds worker for the local newspaper before she began her writing ways.

Hilderbrand is fondly referred to as ‘The Queen of the Summer Novel’. The first among her works is the novel The Beach Club, which she released in 2000. She is the brains behind publications such as The Island and Summer People. On publishing, started out with St. Martin’s Press and after that switched to Little, Brown and Company. These are just two among many summer romance books she has published. Despite having written fourteen novels, Hilderbrand does not have a series under her name. All the publications written by Elin Hilderbrand are standalone novels.
The Island is a fictional story of love in the summer set in the remote yet peaceful getaway of Tuckernuck Island, Nantucket. The family in question has spent most of their summers at this location burying secrets and igniting romance. Without phones, TV or grocery stores, the summer finally unfolds to uncover past secrets where old love is rekindled and new love is awakened.

Summer People is a fictitious tale of the Newton Family. The Newton Family owns a Nantucket beach home where they soak up sunshine, do cookouts and light bonfires for three months almost every other year. However, the book is not about the usual Newton summer. Arch Newton is a well-known New York attorney who dies in a plane crash right before he lands home from a business trip. The widow he leaves behind, Beth, decides to keep the family tradition of going to their family beach home in Nantucket while fulfilling the promise she made to Arch soon before his death.

Books by Elin have received positive criticism from readers who always want more of her stories. Most of the readers deem the stories as touching and thus convincingly conclude that they are personal narrations of Hiderbrand’s past life experiences. This is not the case. Hilderbrand persistently maintains that the stories she recounts are products of her imagination. However, recently she published the book The Matchmaker which in more ways than one painted the picture of her health status.

Characteristic of Elin’s writing style, The Matchmaker is of course a fictional story about Dabney Kimball Beech. This is a 48-year old woman who has a history of successfully pairing couples, 52 for that matter. Her life however changes once she is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Her goal for the remaining part of her life becomes to find a perfect match for the people closest to her. These are her husband, her lover and her daughter. She struggles to do this before time runs out on her and at the cost of her present relationships. Dabney is a however a strong character who does not let cancer take over her life and new mission.

During an interview on “CBS This Morning” in June this year, Elin Hilderbrand shared how her breast cancner diagnosis coincided with the subject in The Matchmaker. She drew comparisons form Dabney and her current health status. She told the audience about how her predicament in trying to relate Dabney’s reaction to the news that she had cancer to that of her own. Eventually, she admitted that for her to write of a character like Dabney, then she must have thought the same way Dabney did. She proceeded to heap praises on Dabney’s resilient character for the strong manner in which she handled the struggle for a better ending of her shortened life.

Following her real life moving story of cancer and a double mastectomy, Elin prays that she will be able to beat the disease in the most heroic fashion, at least for her children. Her children are currently in solidarity for her on social media running the hash tag #mamastrong. Before the disease, Elin spent days on her beach chair, with a scenic view of the ocean, writing away. When lost in thought on how cancer has affected her life, this is the picture that comes to her mind. She dreads not being able to write again, not seeing her children grow, not living.

None of Elin’s fourteen novels have been made into a movie. This is a situation most fans of her work wish would change in the not so distant future. Still on fans, Hilderbrand is set to release a book late this year. This latest entrant to the collection goes by the name Winter Street and is scheduled to be available in bookstores October 14, 2014. The reader is introduced to the exciting life of the Quinn family with four children all scattered in different states. Hence the novel tells the Quinn family story through a love triangle, an unexpected pregnancy, a federal offence among other life changing family situations. The novel serves to remind the readers of the importance of family and its togetherness during the holidays. It is a best seller and a debut Christmas novel by Hilderbrand.

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