The Rumor

The Rumor

A Novel

Book - 2015
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Madeline King and Grace Pancik are best friends and the envy of Nantucket for their perfect marriages, their beautiful kids, their Sunday night double dates with their devoted husbands. But this summer, something's changed, and if there's anything Nantucket likes better than cocktails on the beach at sunset, it's a good rumor.

And rumor has it...

...that Madeline, a novelist, is battling writer's block, with a deadline looming, bills piling up, and blank pages driving her to desperation--and a desperately bad decision;

...that Grace, hard at work to transform her backyard into a garden paradise, has been collaborating a bit more closely that necessary with her ruggedly handsome landscape architect;

...that Grace's husband, successful island real estate developer "Fast Eddie" Pancik, has embarked on quite an unusual side project;

...that the storybook romance between Madeline's son, Brick, and Grace's daughter Allegra is on the rocks, heading for disaster.

As the gossip escalates, and they face the possible loss of the happy lives they've worked so hard to create, Grace and Madeline try mightily to set the record straight--but the truth might be even worse than rumor has it.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780316334525
Characteristics: 374 pages ;,25 cm


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Mar 09, 2017

Not my favorite Hilderbrand book. The characters, plot, and dialogue felt forced. Didn't suck me in like The Blue Bistro or The Castaways.

Aug 09, 2016

Elin Hilderbrand's novels are the perfect beach or vacation read - entertaining stories that keep your attention while keeping things light. The Rumor is no exception.

Jun 26, 2016

I can see how Elin Hilderbrand is the Queen of the "beach read." This is a fairly fast-paced story, without a whole lot of depth. I found it interesting that my favorite parts of the story followed the cuckolded Eddie. Although he was wrapped up in some pretty wretched business, I found him to be more interesting than either his wife or her best friend. I'll be sure to pick up another Hilderbrand book the next time I want a fast read without much depth (or reality).

Mar 16, 2016

And then she told someone, and then he told someone, and... yes, that's the way gossip spreads like wildfire and gets a life of its own. "The Rumor," delivers exactly what it promises amongst the life of Nantucketers. Madeline and Grace are best friends forever and their friendship is jeopardized. This is just one of the relatonships that is threatened by inconsiderate gossip.

Erin Hilderbrand has done very good justice to a plot surrounding well drawn out characters and the result is a book which reads well.

We wish her well so that she may keep writing.

Feb 23, 2016

A bit over the top. I don't think two families could be the victim of so much gossip all at once. Also, few of the characters are actually likeable. However, it is a quick read. I prefer many of her other books to this one.

Feb 17, 2016

I found this book to be ridiculous - I didn't even finish it. I have read her books before and have quite enjoyed them but this one didn't strike my fancy.

Jenm7 Sep 04, 2015

Fast fun beach read!

Aug 18, 2015

Interesting read and funny how rumours start!

booklady413 Jul 31, 2015

A great summer read about relationships, gossip and the ties that bind us one to the other. The alternating chapters moving from one character's point of view to another is reminiscent of Liane Moriarty.

karcoldelharvic5 Jul 27, 2015

one of her best. Read it in less than a day

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