Thursday, August 14, 2008

A Summer Affair

A Summer Affair by Elin Hilderbrand

What was this book about?

Claire Danner Crispin has a loving (although dictoral) husband, loving children, and a teenage love who is now world famous. She is an artist who has a wonderful career creating art that is world renowned. And yet she feels like something is missing.

When multimillionaire Lockhard Dixon asks her to be the chair of the annual benefit his charity runs she can’t say no – even though she knows she should. She is instantly attracted to him. She has a fear of him – as she is somehow connected to his wife’s instability after a drunk driving accident. She does it no matter what.

What follows is an affair that both seem addicted to – and cannot stop. But what does it mean for their futures – independently or together. Add to that the complication of creating an event for the wealthy and a visit from Claire’s rocker teenage love and she really must figure out what is most important in her life.

What did you think about the book?

I liked Claire and the book. You can’t help but identify with her feelings. Her husband isn’t bad – just not great. Her life is good but she is missing things since she quit her art. She feels guilt for things that are beyond her control. And somehow all of this seems to be relegated to the background when she meets Lock. Her attraction takes all the pain out of so many things.. Whether it should or not.

What genre would you consider this?

Summer Read


Spoilers: The only thing that stopped it from getting 4 stars was the ending. It wasn’t that it was bad – it just wasn’t sufficient. I think it is hard for me to see people just floating back together after something like this happens. The story of the telling, the working it out (or not) is an important piece. I also believe it isn’t right to go back to a relationship with this secret still between you. Someday, somehow this secret will haunt you.

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