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Title:
The identicals : a novel
Author:
Hilderbrand, Elin, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
Physical Description:
423 pages ; 25 cm
Summary:
Nantucket is only two and a half hours away from Martha's Vineyard by ferry. But the two islands might as well be worlds apart for a set of identical twin sisters who have been at odds for years. Just because twins look exactly the same doesn't mean they're anything alike - and Tabitha and Harper Frost have spent their whole lives trying to prove this point. When a family crisis forces them to band together - or at least appear to - the twins come to realise that the special bond that they share is more important than the resentments that have driven them apart.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780316375191

9780316476492

9780316375214
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Book

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The Instant New York Times and USA Today Bestseller

Identical twin sisters who couldn't look more alike...or live more differently.

Harper Frost is laid-back, easygoing. She doesn't care what anyone thinks of her. She likes a beer and a shot and wouldn't be caught dead wearing anything fashionable. She's inherited her father's rundown house on Martha's Vineyard, but she can't hold down a job, and her latest romantic disaster has the entire island talking.

Two beautiful islands only eleven miles apart.

Tabitha Frost is dignified, refined. She prefers a fine wine and has inherited the impeccable taste of her mother, the iconic fashion designer Eleanor Roxie-Frost. She's also inherited her mother's questionable parenting skills--Tabitha's teenage daughter, Ainsley, is in full rebellion mode--and a flailing fashion boutique on Nantucket in desperate need of a cash infusion.

One unforgettable summer that will change their lives forever.

After more than a decade apart, Harper and Tabitha switch islands--and lives--to save what's left of their splintered family. But the twins quickly discover that the secrets, lies, and gossip they thought they'd outrun can travel between islands just as easily as they can. Will Harper and Tabitha be able to bury the hatchet and end their sibling rivalry once and for all? Before the last beach picnic of the season, there will be enough old resentments, new loves, and cases of mistaken identity to make this the most talked-about summer that Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket have experienced in ages.


Author Notes

Elin Hilderbrand grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa. Her first book, The Beach Club, was published in 2000. Her other works include The Blue Bistro, Barefoot, A Summer Affair, The Castways, The Island, Summerland, The Matchmaker, Winter Street, The Rumor, and Winter Stroll. Elin's novels, Here's to Us and Winter Storms, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2016.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Booklist Review

The magic of a Hilderbrand novel is that any problem can be solved by some time on an island. In her latest, she takes on twice the problems, but don't worry she's got twice the islands. Identical twins Harper and Tabitha Frost split up when they were 17: Harper went with their charismatic, blue-collar dad, Billy, to Martha's Vineyard, and Tabitha with their controlling fashion-designer mother, Eleanor, to Nantucket. As they grow up, apart, things happen that make the separation permanent. That is, until the summer before their 40th birthday, when Billy's death and Harper's affair with a married doctor make life on the Vineyard untenable, and Tabitha's 16-year-old daughter, Ainsley, grows beyond her Tabitha's control over on Nantucket. Despite their reluctance, the sisters switch places Harper takes on Ainsley, as well as Eleanor's failing Nantucket boutique, while Tabitha remodels Billy's house so they can sell it for a much-needed profit. High jinks, emotional reckonings, a little romance, and a dog named Fish. Just go ahead and put this one in your beach bag; it's a perfect summer escape.--Maguire, Susan Copyright 2017 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Tabitha and Harper are identical twins yet as different in nature as the rival Massachusetts islands they inhabit. But this wasn't always the case. After their parents divorced, and Tabitha stayed with their mother on Nantucket and Harper moved to Martha's Vineyard to live with their father, the siblings grew apart. Then Tabitha blamed Harper for the loss of her baby son and their relationship deteriorated even further. When their father dies unexpectedly and their mother is suddenly hospitalized, they end up working together out of desperation. Tabitha needs someone to care for her teenage daughter, and Harper's life is such a mess that she needs to leave town ASAP, so they essentially switch lives. The realization that each twin could benefit from becoming a bit more like the other is soon apparent but isn't enough to mend their relationship. That will take an even greater force. VERDICT Engaging family relationships mixed with vivid landscape descriptions create an effortless read. For fans of Hilderbrand's other novels as well as other novels with a beach setting such as those by Nancy Thayer. [See Prepub Alert, 1/8/17.]-Karen Core, Detroit P.L. © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.