Beautifully and poetically written, Hilderbrand's latest immerses readers into the lives of her very real characters. They may be separated by time and circumstance, but they're throbbing with emotion.

Marguerite Beale was once a chef at a popular Nantucket restaurant and enjoyed her summers with her lover, Porter Harris, a New York academic.

After Candace, Porter's half-sister and Marguerite's best friend, died in an accident, grief-stricken Marguerite closed her restaurant and became a recluse.

Now, almost two decades later, Candace's college student daughter, Renata, visits Nantucket with her fiance, Cade, a Columbia grad with a bright future and wealthy family. Though Renata's father has forbidden her to contact Marguerite, she does so to learn about the mother who died when she was a child. Renata's visit is bittersweet. She comes face to face with the site of mother's death and begins to have second thoughts about marrying Cade.

(Jun., 294 pp., $24.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick