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Publication Order of 28 Summers Books

Publication Order of Nantucket Books

A Summer Affair (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Castaways (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Perfect Couple (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Swan Song (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Winter Books

Winter Street (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Winter Stroll / Christmas on Nantucket (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Winter Storms (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Winter Solstice (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Paradise Books

Winter in Paradise (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
What Happens in Paradise (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Troubles in Paradise (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Summer of Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Surfing Lesson (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tailgate (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Natural Selection (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Endless Summer (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Reunion Beach: Stories Inspired by Dorothea Benton Frank(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
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.

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.

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15 Responses to “Elin Hilderbrand”

  1. Janie: 8 months ago

    I just finished The Rumor! It’s great!! I had to finish before I could get myself out of this chair to clean my house for my extended family Thanksgiving dinner next week. I tried to clean first, but couldn’t do it! I LOVE YOUR BOOKS!

  2. Sharon W: 10 months ago

    Read the Winter books and the end of Winter Solstice made me cry big time!

  3. Joyce: 1 year ago

    I love your books I have read almost all of them can’t wait til next ones come them.

  4. monica nickolaou: 2 years ago

    I have read many of your books. Last week I bought thr Paradise series, read the first one in a day, couldn’t put it down. Have guests today, as soon as I can, on to the next one. and BTW, I live in Cedar Rapids Iowa, enjoined you including Iowa in your book, surprised me. Love, Love, your work. Monica

  5. Brenda: 2 years ago

    I started reading your books about two weeks ago, I have finished four books and have enjoyed each one. Look forward to reading all your books.

  6. KATHY B: 2 years ago


  7. Kathie: 2 years ago

    Just read my personally signed book The Hotel Nantucket. Omg. One of my favorites. Couldn’t put it down. I’ve been to Nantucket 2021 and 2022 after reading all of Elin’s books. Didn’t have time to visit the Hotel, but plan on going back.

  8. Diane Boatman: 2 years ago

    What is the name of the book about the airman who was shot down in the Pacific, survived on a raft for many days, captured by the enemy etc

    • Kon tiki: 1 year ago

      Great story!

  9. marion ponton: 2 years ago

    Just read ‘Winter in Paradise”. I was so interested in the character ‘Russell Steele’, that I wanted to know more about him, his job and how he died, why his so called ‘boss’ destroyed all of Russ’s belongings, even his body etc. I wanted to know more about the ‘FBIs’ findings. Are you going to follow-up with a sequel? Marion

    • Graeme: 2 years ago

      Hi Marion – as per the list above, there are two sequels to Winter in Paradise.

  10. Mary Ellen collenette: 3 years ago

    Over the years I had read all Ann Tyler books and Elizabeth berg . my Liberian suggested your books. I have read every one!! Loved all. Now I am going to read the sixth wedding.keep writingp

  11. Marilyn Andrews: 3 years ago

    I got hooked on your books after I retired from teaching high school senior English! It’s a pleasure to read books that I WANT to read instead of grading papers. Your books are great for escaping to another place, and with the pandemic keeping us away from friends, your books help me escape to Nantucket. Oddly, I actually know a former high school classmate who has a home on the island, but I’ve never visited there. Sure hope you keep writing, and really hope you stay healthy. A++ from this retired teacher to you!!

  12. Colleen Doyea: 3 years ago

    I am hooked on her books. Never was a reader until the Pandemic and started reading her newest novel when she was on CBS This Morning. Now its addiction. A few political books but back to Elin! Thank you so much and best of health to you. Be praying that you stay well.

  13. Olivia McManus: 3 years ago

    I just finished reading The Perfect Couple, it was great. I am trying to get a simple list of all the books you have written from the first to last with the year they were written. Thank you


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