Elin Hilderbrand Books – The Queen Of Summer Novels

The blossoming romance against a backdrop of sand and sea – Elin Hilderbrand books have everybody’s summer fantasies transcribed into words. Mainly set on the gorgeous Nantucket island where she actually lives, Elin Hilderbrand’s books are summer masterpieces. She’s truly worthy to be called the Queen of Summer Novels and any of these books are perfect summer reads. We can’t pick a favorite because we love every single one of them! And since we’re massive fans here, we collected all of the books by Elin Hilderbrand right here for you to check out!

Elin Hilderbrand was born and grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. She then went Johns Hopkins University, and worked as teaching/writing fellow at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She now lives on the beautiful Island of Nantucket, where many of her books are set.

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Elin Hilderbrand Books List

High Tide Series

books by elin hilderbrand: the beach club


The Beach Club (Book 1)

Mack Petersen, manager of the hotel, has been working at The Beach Club for 12 summers. Only it’s different this year. His boss, the owner Bill Elliot, shows up with a new set of demands. His girlfriend is pressing him to get married and the bellman threatens him in a deadly scene. And then Love O’Donnell turns up, looking for a stranger to father her child.

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books by elin hilderbrand: summer people


Summer People (Book 2)

Every summer the Newton family retreats to their beloved home on Nantucket for three months of sunshine, cookouts and bonfires on the beach. But this summer will not be like any other. When Arch Newton dies in a plane crash on his way home from a business trip, his beautiful widow Beth decides that she must continue the family tradition and go to Nantucket and fulfil a promise Arch made before he died.

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Nantucket Series


A Summer Affair (Book 1)

Claire has a problem setting limits. She wants it all and her friends think that she has it all. A devoted husband, four beautiful children, and a successful career. And Claire knows she can handle chairing the committee for Nantucket’s social event of the year. What she doesn’t know is that it will propel her into the orbit of billionaire Lock Dixon and unexpected sparks fly.

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The Castaways (Book 2)

Greg and Tess MacAvoy are one of the four prominent Nantucket couples who count each other as best friends. The MacAvoys, Kapenashes, Drakes and Wheelers. Important to their friends, neighbours and each other. But just before the beginning of another idyllic summer, Greg and Tess are killed when their boat capsizes during an anniversary sail.

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The Perfect Couple (Book 3)

It’s Nantucket wedding season, AKA summer. The Otis-Winbury wedding promises to be an event to remember: the groom’s wealthy parents have spared no expense to host a lavish ceremony at their oceanfront estate. But everything just seems to go wrong. A body is discovered hours before the ceremony and everyone at the wedding is a suspect.

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Paradise Series


Winter In Paradise (Book 1)

Irene Steele’s beloved husband, away on business, has been killed in a helicopter crash. Before she can even process the news, she must first confront the perplexing details of her husband’s death on the distant Caribbean island of St. John. But there she discovers that he had been living a secret life.

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books by elin hilderbrand: what happens in paradise


What Happens in Paradise (Book 2)

A year ago, Irene Steele had the shock of her life. Her husband died in a helicopter crash and Irene finds that he loved another woman on the island of St. John. So Irene and her sons want to learn the truth about the man they thought they knew.

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Troubles In Paradise (Book 3)

After uprooting her life in the States, Irene Steele has just settled in at the villa on St. John where her husband has been living a double life. But a visit from the FBI makes her learn how little she knows about the one she loves. With the help of friends, Irene and her sons set up their lives while evidence that her husband’s death may not have been an accident comes to light.

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28 Summer Series


28 Summers (Book 1)

When Mallory Blessing’s son, Link, receives deathbed instructions from his mother to call a number on a slip of paper in her desk drawer, he doesn’t know what to expect. And when Jake McCould answers – husband to Ursula DeGournsey, frontrunner in the Presidential election – Link thinks that there must be a mistake.

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books by elin hilderbrand: the sixth wedding


The Sixth Wedding (Book 2)

A postscript to the #1 New York Times bestseller 28 Summers – Jake McCloud returns to Nantucket for Labor Day weekend 2023, this time without Mallory.

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Winter Series


Winter Street (Book 1)

Kelley Quinn is the owner of Nantucket’s Winter Street Inn and proud father of four, all grown and in varying states of disarray. As Christmas approaches, Kelley is looking forward to getting the family together for quality time at the inn. But when he walks in on his Mitzi – his wife – kissing Santa Claus, utter chaos descends. And it might be up to Kelley’s ex-wife, Margaret Quinn, to save Christmas.

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Winter Stroll (Book 2)

A second Christmas on Nantucket finds Kelley Quinn reflecting on the past year as he writes a holiday letter to friends and family. Though there has been misfortune and worry, Kelley is now single and on better terms with his first wife, their son Kevin has a new baby Genevieve with the French housekeeper Isabelle, and Kelley’s daughter Ava is finally dating a nice guy. Now they look forward to Genevieve’s baptism and welcoming Isabelle into the family.

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Winter Storms (Book 3)

After a year apart, Mitzi has returned to rule the roost; Patrick is about to be released from prison; Kevin has a successful new business and is finally ready to tie the knot with Isabelle; and best of all, there’s hopeful news about Bart. But Kelley has recently survived a health scare, Jennifer is addicted to drugs and Ava can’t decide between two lovers. However, Christmas is coming and it’s one holiday that brings the Quinn family together.

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Winter Solstice (Book 4)

It’s been too long since the entire Quinn family has been able to celebrate the holidays under the same roof, but that’s about to change. And Bart’s safe return isn’t the family’s only good news: Kevin is enjoying married life with Isabelle; Patrick is getting back on his feet after paying his debt to society; Ava thinks she’s finally found the love of her life; and Kelley is thrilled to see his family reunited at last. But of course, it wouldn’t be a Quinn family gathering if things went smoothly.

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The Tailgate/Matchmaker Series


The Tailgate (Book 1)

Clendenin Hughes first kissed Dabney Kimball during the Nantucket snow storm freshman year of high school. Ever since that moment, Dabney knew that she and Clen were an unsplittable unit. But with Dabney at Harvard and Clen at Yale, they’re 140 miles apart. And when Dabney goes to visit Clen, there’s a new girl in his life.

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The Matchmaker (Book 2)

48-year-old Nantucketer Dabney Kimball Beech has always had a gift for matchmaking. Some call her ability mystical, while others – her husband and daughter – call it meddlesome. But there’s no arguing with the results: 42 happy couples. Dabney has never been wrong about romance. Except in the case of herself and Clendenin Hughes.Words

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Standalone Books By Elin Hilderbrand


Nantucket Nights

Kayla, Antoinette and Val have performed their own summer ritual for 20 years. They put aside their daily, separate lives to drink champagne, swap stories and swim naked under the Nantucket stars. But on one of those bonding nights, one of their trio swims out and doesn’t return.

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The Blue Bistro

Adrienne Dealey has spent six years working for hotels in exotic resort towns. This summer, she has decided to make Nantucket her home. She is desperate to earn fast money. And when the desirable Thatcher Smither, owner of Nantucket’s hottest restaurant, offers her a job. Despite having no restaurant experience, she cannot refuse his offer.

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The Love Season

It’s a hot August Saturday on Nantucket Island. And two lives will be transformed forever. Marguerite Beale, former chef of culinary hotspot Les Parapluies, has been out of the public eye for over a decade. Until she gets a phone call from her goddaughter, Renata Knox. She has seen her since the death of Renata’s mother fourteen years earlier. Renata wants to know about her mother’s life and death from Marguerite.

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Three women – burdened with small children, straw hats, and some emotional issues – tumble onto the Nantucket airport tarmac one hot June day. Vicki is trying to sort through the news that she has a serious illness. Her sister Brenda has just left her job after being caught in an affair with a student. And their friend Melanie is pregnant at last, only to learn that her husband is having an affair. They want to escape and enjoy the sun, then Josh Flynn steps into their lives.

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The Island

Birdie Cousins has thrown herself into the details of her daughter Chess’ lavish wedding from the floating dance floor in her Connecticut backyard to the color of cocktail napkins. Like any mother of a bride-to-be, she is excited and nervous, with tears and joy. But although she prepares herself for every opportunity, she never expected Chess to announce that she’s cancelling her engagement.

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Silver Girl

Desperate and facing homelessness, Meredith receives a call from her old best friend, Constance Flute. Connie’s had recent worries of her own and the two depart for a summer on Nantucket in an attempt to heal. But there is no complete escape on the island and they’re plagued by new and old troubles.

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A warm June evening, a local tradition, the students of Nantucket High gather for a bonfire on the beach. What begins as a graduation night celebration ends in tragedy after a horrible crash leaves the driver, Penny Alistair, dead, and her twin brother in a coma. The other passengers, Penny’s boyfriend and friend, are physically unhurt, but the emotional damage is overwhelming.

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The Surfing Lesson

Margot’s romantic feelings for her husband Drum are disappearing. But while the family is on vacation in Nantucket, Margot finds an opportunity to regain her love for her husband, in the form of his ex-girlfriend. She hopes that jealousy will reignite their love. But can she save her marriage?

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books by elin hilderbrand: beautiful day


Beautiful Day

The Carmichaels and the Grahams have gathered on Nantucket for a happy occasion, a wedding that will unite the two families. Plans are made according to the wishes of the bride’s late mother, left behind in the Notebook. Everything should be falling into place, but instead everything is falling apart.

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books by elin hilderbrand: the rumour


The Rumor

Nantucket writer Madeline King could not have picked a worse time to have writer’s block. Her deadline is looming, her bills are piling up, and inspiration is in short supply. Her best friend, Grace, is hard at work transforming her garden in the envy of the island with the help of a handsome landscape architect. Before she realizes it, Grace is on the verge of a decision that will change her life.

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books by elin hilderbrand: here's to us


Here’s To Us

Laurel Thorpe, Belinda Rowe, and Scarlett Oliver share only two things; a love for the man they all married, Deacon Thorpe, a celebrity chef with an appetite for life, and a dislike of one another. All three are remarkable, spirited women but they couldn’t be more different. And after Deacon’s tragic death in his favorite place on earth: a ramshackle Nantucket summer cottage, the women gather together to say good-bye.

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books by elin hilderbrand: the identicals


The Identicals

Nantucket is only eleven miles from Martha’s Vineyard. But they may as well be worlds apart for estranged twins Harper and Tabitha Frost. After not speaking for more than a decade, Harper and Tabitha switch islands – and lives – to save what’s left of their splintered family. But lies, secrets and gossip they thought they could outrun can travel between islands just as easily as they can.

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books by elin hilderbrand: summer of'69


Summer of ’69

Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century. It’s 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are changing. Every year, the children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother’s house in downtown Nantucket. But nothing is going to be the same for them or anyone in America.

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books by elin hilderbrand: golden girl

Golden Girl

On a perfect June day, Vivian Howe, author of thirteen beach novels and mother of three children, is killed in a hit-and-run car accident. She ascends to the Beyond where she’s assigned to Martha, who grants her three ‘nudges’ to change the outcome of events on earth during one last summer.

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new book releases: the hotel nantucket

The Hotel Nantucket – Elin Hilderbrand

Release Date: June 14 2022

After a tragic fire in 1922 that killed 19-year-old chambermaid, Grace Hadley, The Hotel Nantucket descended from a gilded age gem to a mediocre budget-friendly lodge to an inevitably an abandoned eyesore. Until it’s purchased and renovated by London billionaire, Xavier Darling. Who hires Nantucket sweetheart Lizbet Keaton as his general manager.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the order of the Elin Hilderbrand books?

The following is the reading order of Elin Hilderbrand books.

Elin Hilderbrand Nantucket Series Reading Order:

  1. A Summer Affair (2008)
  2. The Castaways (2009)
  3. The Perfect Couple (2018)

Elin Hilderbrand High Tide Series Reading Order:

  1. The Beach Club (2010)
  2. Summer People (2010)

Elin Hilderbrand Winter Series Reading Order:

  1. Winter Street (2014)
  2. Winter Stroll (2015)
  3. Christmas on Nantucket (2015)
  4. Winter Storms (2016)
  5. Winter Solstice (2017)

Elin Hilderbrand The Tailgate/Matchmaker Series Reading Order:

  1. The Tailgate (2014)
  2. Matchmaker (2014)

Elin Hilderbrand Paradise Series Reading Order:

  1. Winter in Paradise (2018)
  2. What Happens in Paradise (2019)
  3. Troubles in Paradise (2020)

Elin Hilderbrand 28 Summers Series Reading Order:

  1. 28 Summers (2020)
  2. The Sixth Wedding (2021)

The following titles are standalones and can be read in any order:

  1. The Beach Club (2000)
  2. Nantucket Nights (2002)
  3. Summer People (2003)
  4. The Blue Bistro (2005)
  5. The Love Season (2006)
  6. Barefoot (2007)
  7. The Island (2010)
  8. Silver Girl (2011)
  9. Summerland (2012)
  10. Beautiful Day (2013)
  11. The Rumor (2015)
  12. Here’s to Us (2016)
  13. The Identicals (2017)
  14. Welcome to Paradise (2018)
  15. Summer of ’69 (2019)
  16. 28 Summers (2020)
  17. Golden Girl (2021)
  18. Hotel Nantucket (2022)

What Is Elin Hilderbrand’s next book?

Elin Hilderbrand’s next book is Hotel Nantucket and it will be released on June 14 2022.

Is The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand part of a series?

No, The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand is not part of a series, it is a standalone title.

Is 28 summers by Elin Hilderbrand part of a series?

Yes, 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand is part of a series.  It is the first book in the 28 Summers series, the second book in the series is The Sixth Wedding.

Is The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand part of a series?

No, The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand is not part of a series, it is a standalone title.

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