Linda Sullivan recommends errant novels

Susan EspirituOur Town Readers

Book Whisperer Linda Sullivan recommends two “sinful” novels this week: 28 Summers and Mother May I.

The week’s first recommendation is 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand, author of more than 30 novels and one of my favorite authors. If you tend to get hooked on an author, watch out, because she is one that keeps you coming back for her next book! (Trigger warning from Linda though: lots of her plots include infidelity.)

Linda cues this novel’s plot: “Have you ever watched the 1978 film, Same Time Next Year (also a 1975 romantic comedy play by Bernard Slade)? 28 Summers has the same storyline: a couple continues an affair for years by meeting one weekend a year no matter what. Elin Hildebrand’s novels are hit or miss for me. This one hit.”

After a short stint working in publishing and teaching in New York City, Elin Hilderbrand moved to Nantucket permanently in 1994. She published her first novel, The Beach Club, which of course was set in Nantucket in the summer of 2000. She is the mother of three children and loves riding the Peloton, cooking and going to the beach. She will retire with her summer of 2024 book and plans on becoming a book influencer.

This week’s second recommendation is Mother May I written by Joshilyn Jackson who is the author and narrator. Linda says she has enjoyed all her books, giving this one a top rating and recommending the audiobook version.

Linda says the main character, Bree Cabbat, is living the American dream until sins from the past threaten her family. Now, are they her sins or someone else’s? How far will she go to protect herself and those she loves?

​A former actor, Joshilyn Jackson reads the audio versions of both her own novels and other writers’ books. Her work in this field has been nominated for the Audie Award, included on AudioFile Magazine’s best of the year list, won three Earphones Awards, made the Audible All-Star list for highest listener ranks/reviews, and garnered three Listen Up Awards.

Remember: Knox County Online Library to search for Linda’s recommendations each week.

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