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Tour & Giveaway: 109. The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand...

July 8, 2009
Today's tour is for Elin Hilderbrand's The Castaways...

About the book:
Greg and Tess MacAvoy are one of four prominent Nantucket couples who count each other as best friends. As pillars of their close-knit community, the MacAvoys, Kapenashes, Drakes, and Wheelers are important to their friends and neighbors, and especially to each other. But just before the beginning of another idyllic summer, Greg and Tess are killed when their boat capsizes during an anniversary sail. As the warm weather approaches and the island mourns their loss, nothing can prepare the MacAvoy's closest friends for what will be revealed.

Once again, Hilderbrand masterfully weaves an intense tale of love and loyalty set against the backdrop of endless summer island life.
elin hilderbrandAbout the author:
Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children. She grew up in Collegeville, PA, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for her seven previous novels. Hilderbrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa. She can be found online at elinhilderbrand.net.

drey's thoughts:
Who knew that dying would cause so much confusion? Consternation? Guilt? Pain--well, that's given. In any case, Greg & Tess MacAvoy's deaths while sailing to celebrate their 12th anniversary, definitely opens up a can of worms for their close-knit group of friends. Everyone has secrets. Everyone has regrets. Some more than others. Without giving the whole story away, The Castaways was a well-written and engrossing look into the lives of this close-knit group of friends, and how they deal with the loss of two of their own. Along the way, hidden secrets reluctantly come to light, and forgiveness lets the living carry on.

Loved the book. Now I'm wishing I'd signed up for some of the giveaways of Elin's A Summer Affair! =)

Fun stuff!
Read an excerpt of The Castaway!
Original THE CASTAWAYS cocktail recipe.

Giveaway!
Thanks to Hachette Book Group, I have one copy of The Castaways for you...
Rules:
-- Contest is open to US and Canada residents, no PO Boxes please!
-- To enter, comment and share: I LOVE the idea of living in an island community, but am wary that the small-town atmosphere will drive me nuts (I'm a city girl!)... What about you?
-- Follow for 1 extra entry.
-- Share for 2 extra entries (let me know what & where, please).
-- Do it all before 6:00 pm CST July 21st. Good luck!

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97 comments:

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a great read and a good explanation of why I think secluded places are best left for vacationing!

sara
ihpie at yahoo.com

Jo-Jo said...

I think I would love living the Island Life. I kind of like to be left alone to do my own thing.
joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

AmandaSue said...

I dont think I'd like Island life to much since I love big towns, and usually its really hot on islands and I'm not much for the heat!

And I'm a follower thanks.
unforgetable_dreamer_always(at)hotmail.com

Anna said...

Glad to hear you liked this one. It's on my shelf, and I can't wait to start it.

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

Melissa - Shhh I'm Reading said...

I really like small towns, but an island miht be a little too small for me. Thanks for the giveaway!

I also follow

shhhimreading[at]hotmail[dot]com

Sheila DeChantal said...

I love the recipes inside the book - that is so fun and what a great idea for a book club to enjoy the recipes during their meeting.... hmmmm... I amay need to suggest this for book club. :)

Good morning Drey!

Jo-Jo said...

I'm also a follower.
joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

Melissa said...

My family and I would have no problem with the small town living. I get so tired of all the crowds and traffic everywhere .

MelissaLN at verizon dot net

Melissa said...

I'm a follower.

MelissaLN at verizon dot net

Melissa said...

#1 tweet: http://twitter.com/LilahBean/status/2533023903

MelissaLN at verizon dot net

Melissa said...

#2 tweet: http://twitter.com/LilahBean/status/2533023903

MelissaLN at verizon dot net

Scott said...

My husband and I always talked about moving to a vacation community on the ocean, and opening up a breakfast/lunch diner, with a used bookstore. Spend our mornings and early afternoons working, then off to the beach. We may do this when we retire. :)

laruediane2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

Diane La Rue said...

I blogged about it here :
http://bookchickdi.blogspot.com/2009/07/castaways-giveaway-from-dreys-library.html
Somehow my last comment ended up under my husband Scott's name- gotta be more careful when I sign in!

laruediane2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

MJ said...

I'd love living on an island. I've always been a small town gal!

I follow.

mj.coward[at]gmail.com

Pam said...

Being from a smaller city myself, I don't think I could live anywhere smaller. Although it is nice to think that it would be great to live somewhere where you know everyone, that's the downfall as well. Everyone knows everyone's secrets, etc. So I think islands are great to visit but unless we're talking New York or Singapore (where I have lived), I don't want to live on one.

melacan at hotmail dot com

Pam said...

Follower

melacan at hotmail dot com

Diane La Rue said...

I tweeted too- @bookchickdi

Diane La Rue said...

And I facebooked!
http://www.facebook.com/ext/share.php?sid=98290349565&h=1SjWg&u=FIKg6&ref=nf

laruediane2000(At)yahoo(com)

Melanie said...

After living in a big city we decided to move to a small rural town not unlike the towns be both grew up in. We are close enough to the city for the resterauntes, entertainment and shopping.

Julie said...

After watching LOST I'm not sure I would be brave enough for Island life although a nice quiet holiday is always welcome!

Cheers,
julie.sherritt[at]gmail.com

Julie said...

I follow,

julie.sherritt[at]gmail.com

Kat Bryan said...

Having been a rural, midwestern person all my life, I can't think of living anywhere else. I like visiting the beach, the mountains, or big cities - LOVE San Frncisco and Chicago - but don't think I could ever be happy there.

Kat Bryan said...

Follower

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nfmgirl said...

I'm a small town girl. My dream is to have a little cabin out in the middle of nowhere. So I'd love a little island community!

+1 I follow

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

tina werner said...

i'm a small town girl, the smaller the better! i'm afraid of large cities and would never dream of living in one.

+1 i'm a follower

+2 i have you linked on my blog on my side bar under book blogs... http://www.tinawerner.blogspot.com

thanks!!!
tina

tina werner said...

oops... forgot my email...

stampitchick at yahoo dot ca

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

No need to enter me, darling. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book.

MoziEsmé said...

I like small towns. I just wish mine had a grocery store!

I'm a follower, too.

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

ChristyJan said...

I LOVE the idea of living in an island community! I'm a small-town girl (I get claustrophic driving on the freeway) ;)

hawkes(at)citlink.net

ChristyJan said...

I follow

hawkes(at)citlink.net

thebun said...

I would love to be someplace very isolated. If I need to go to the city, I would once a month...I love the idea.

dorcontest@gmail.com

thebun said...

I subscribe by email

dorcontest at gmail dot com

Beth said...

I live in a very small town now and love it. I could easily live on an island. I like to get to know everyone around me! The book sounds very good. Thanks for the chance.
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

Bill and Lorie Shewbridge said...

I live in a small type community now, and come from a community a little bit bigger than this one. There is some "back-biting" that can go on, and clicques, plus since some in this community are a little bit more well-off, and they look down on those of us who are struggling.

Bill and Lorie Shewbridge said...

I follow on Google.

cqueen2 said...

i think i would love to live the island life!!
wadesherry@hotmail dot com

throuthehaze said...

i like my private too much to live in a small town where people tend to know everyone elses business
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

throuthehaze said...

follower
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Amy said...

I adore Nantucket and would definitely love to try living there! I grew up in the suburbs but have lived in a BIG city for a decade and, although there's much about it that I love, it's also stressful and not very relaxing. My only hesitation about living in a place like Nantucket full-time is that it's an island so you can't take a long drive if you need to or visit a long-distance friend without a plane ride or a long ferry ride. Still....lol

Amy
Aimala02@yahoo.com

Amy said...

I'm a new follower!

Thank you for hosting this wonderful giveaway =0)

jwx4 said...

I would love small island living. My only set back is the drive into town to shop.

jwx4 at yahoo dot com

jwx4 said...

I follow.

jwx4 at yahoo dot com

Nicole said...

I would love to live on an island.
+1 follow

Rebecca Cox said...

I am a city girl too, and my husband and I bought a lot on a small island about 10 years ago thinking we would retire there. Every year we would rent a place on the island to get used to it and see how we liked it. Well, we loved visiting, but decided we couldn't live there full time and sold the lot.
rebecca dot cox at charter dot net

Rebecca Cox said...

I follow your blog
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Rebecca Cox said...

I tweeted at ccqdesigns

Lee said...

I would just love to win this book. It sounds like a good one. Thanks for this giveaway and please count me in

chinook92(at)gmail(dot)com

Lee said...

I follow your blog

chinook92(at)gmail(dot)com

Jo-Jo said...

I blogged about your contest here.
joannelong74 AT gmail DOT com

budletsmom said...

In some ways I would love to sneak away to a deserted Island but in reality I know that if I was really that isolated I would really miss modern conviences like the internet. It would be nice for a day or two but after that I think I would go nuts.

budletsmom at yahoo dot com

budletsmom said...

I follow.

budletsmom at yahoo dot com

Upper West Side Writer said...

I think I'm the same as you (about living in a small island community). Oddly, I grew up in a small town--even though now I live in a huge city--so I should be okay with it!

Thanks!

lesleymfan(at)gmail(dot)com

Upper West Side Writer said...

And I follow via Blogger--thanks again!

lesleymfan(at)gmail(dot)com

Upper West Side Writer said...

I just Tweeted about your giveaway:

http://twitter.com/uwsreader/status/2562639350

Thanks again!

lesleymfan(at)gmail(dot)com

Debbie said...

I am not sure I could live in a very small town. I need a little bit of anonymity!
fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail(dot)com

nfmgirl said...

I blogged it:
http://cerebralgirl.blogspot.com/2009/07/book-giveaways-in-blogworld-07-11-09.html

CherylS22 said...

I couldn't survive in a small town - I'm a city girl thru & thru!

megalon22 at yahoo dot com

CherylS22 said...

I follow

megalon22 at yahoo dot com

sharon54220 said...

I've always lived in small towns or cities so I don't think I would like island life.

sharon54220@gmail.com

sharon54220 said...

I am also a subscriber.

sharon54220@gmail.com

Sue said...

I'm a small(ish) town girl. Love the sense of community! Thanks for sharing~

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

Debs Desk said...

I would love to be included in your giveaway. I would love to live in a small town.
Thanks
Debbie
debdesk9(at)verizon.net

Debs Desk said...

I am a follower.
Thanks
Debbie
debdesk9(at)verizon.net

Belinda M said...

I am a city girl. I love that you can go out no matter what time of day or night and there is something open. I would go crazy in a place where most things close at 6 at night


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I follow


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Trish said...

I currently live in a small town and an island sounds divine to me!!

Trish said...
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Trish said...

I am a follower!

Darcy said...

I like the small-town life -- don't like to be in the middle of crowds.

dlodden(at)frontiernet(dot)net

Darcy said...

I am a follower.

dlodden(at)frontiernet(dot)net

Allison said...

Small towns are a whole different kind of gossip. Pass!

allygotts567 at hotmail dot com

Allison said...

I follow via email.

allygotts567 at hotmail dot com

Anita Yancey said...

I would love living in a small island town. Small towns are so nice. This book sounds so good. Please enter me. Thanks!

ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

Anita Yancey said...

I am a follower!

ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

elaing8 said...

please enter me in the giveaway.

I live in a small town and I like it. The city is only half hour away and we have smaller ones around us too.

elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

elaing8 said...

i'm a follower

elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

Debbie said...

I would love to live on an island! I prefer the quiet!

Thanks!

dcf_beth(at)verizon(dot)net

Debbie said...

I follow via Google Reader

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Debbie said...

I posted this on Twitter

dcf_beth

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Esme said...

Sign me up for this.

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Esme said...

I follow

Esme said...

tweeted: Castaway giveaway: http://bit.ly/2lGMPO

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DCMetroreader said...

I could live on an island in a heart beat -- in fact I think I'll pack my bags.

Thanks for the giveaway!
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DCMetroreader said...

Follower

DCMetroreader said...

Blogged about giveaway here http://metroreader.blogspot.com/

etirv said...

I'm a city person as well but when I watch sows like Gilmore Girls, it makes me yearn for small town life!

deliah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

herblady said...

I think I could adjust to island life quite well, as long as it was a moderate climate. I'm a bit of a loner so as long as I had plenty to read I'd be happy. I considered retiring to Hawaii but the prices there are so high that I couldn't afford to! :)

herblady said...

I'm a follwer.

ossmcalc said...

It's not so bad living in a small community. Even though everyone knows your business, there is always someone there to help.

Thank you,

Christine
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

ossmcalc said...

I follow.

Thank you,

Christine
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

ossmcalc said...

I shared on Facebook under the name of ossmcalc.

Thank you,

Christine
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Victoria said...

I'd love to read this! Thank you!
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Cindy said...

I love small town living and enjoy the fact that I live in a small, close-knit community. But, I also live near a larger city and not too far from the beach and islands too. So, I love small towns and islands, as long as they aren't too far away from a city's conveniences such as shopping and restaurants!

This sounds like a great giveaway! Please include me!

Cindy
Socmom213@aol.com

Cindy said...

I follow your blog on Google.

Cindy
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Cindy said...

I also subscribe by email.

Cindy
Socmom213@aol.com

Cindy said...

I follow you on Twitter. Username is Soccermom213

I tweet about your blog and giveaways and will do so again!

Thank you for a great blog and super giveaways!

Cindy
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