The Rumor

The Rumor

A Novel

Book - 2015
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Madeline King and Grace Pancik are best friends and the envy of Nantucket for their perfect marriages, their beautiful kids, their Sunday night double dates with their devoted husbands. But this summer, something's changed, and if there's anything Nantucket likes better than cocktails on the beach at sunset, it's a good rumor.

And rumor has it...

...that Madeline, a novelist, is battling writer's block, with a deadline looming, bills piling up, and blank pages driving her to desperation--and a desperately bad decision;

...that Grace, hard at work to transform her backyard into a garden paradise, has been collaborating a bit more closely that necessary with her ruggedly handsome landscape architect;

...that Grace's husband, successful island real estate developer "Fast Eddie" Pancik, has embarked on quite an unusual side project;

...that the storybook romance between Madeline's son, Brick, and Grace's daughter Allegra is on the rocks, heading for disaster.

As the gossip escalates, and they face the possible loss of the happy lives they've worked so hard to create, Grace and Madeline try mightily to set the record straight--but the truth might be even worse than rumor has it.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316334525
Branch Call Number: FIC Hild
Characteristics: 374 p


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Jul 09, 2019

4 stars. Hilderbrand writes very good beach or plane reads and this is no exception. Madeline and Grace are best friends, living an enviable life in a monied area in Nantucket. Madeline has a perfect marriage and is a famous novelist, but has writer's block and her publishers are pushing her about her new book. Grace has a charmed life with a beautiful home, two lovely twin daughters and a husband who has been a major money maker in the real estate business. Grace is busy designing a stunning garden with her high priced and handsome garden designer. But things aren't always so perfect behind the scenes, and soon rumors are going around town linking Madeline with Grace's husband. But don't believe the rumors, the real affair is between Grace and her gardener, and the perfect kids aren't quite so perfect. And when Madeline's new book is all about Grace and her handsome lover, the friends become estranged. This was quite a fun and easy read and I very much enjoyed it.

Nov 09, 2018

I enjoyed this light read. Felt like if dragged on a bit too long and could have been wrapped up a hundred pages sooner.

Mar 09, 2017

Not my favorite Hilderbrand book. The characters, plot, and dialogue felt forced. Didn't suck me in like The Blue Bistro or The Castaways.

Aug 09, 2016

Elin Hilderbrand's novels are the perfect beach or vacation read - entertaining stories that keep your attention while keeping things light. The Rumor is no exception.

Jun 26, 2016

I can see how Elin Hilderbrand is the Queen of the "beach read." This is a fairly fast-paced story, without a whole lot of depth. I found it interesting that my favorite parts of the story followed the cuckolded Eddie. Although he was wrapped up in some pretty wretched business, I found him to be more interesting than either his wife or her best friend. I'll be sure to pick up another Hilderbrand book the next time I want a fast read without much depth (or reality).

Mar 16, 2016

And then she told someone, and then he told someone, and... yes, that's the way gossip spreads like wildfire and gets a life of its own. "The Rumor," delivers exactly what it promises amongst the life of Nantucketers. Madeline and Grace are best friends forever and their friendship is jeopardized. This is just one of the relatonships that is threatened by inconsiderate gossip.

Erin Hilderbrand has done very good justice to a plot surrounding well drawn out characters and the result is a book which reads well.

We wish her well so that she may keep writing.

Feb 23, 2016

A bit over the top. I don't think two families could be the victim of so much gossip all at once. Also, few of the characters are actually likeable. However, it is a quick read. I prefer many of her other books to this one.

Feb 17, 2016

I found this book to be ridiculous - I didn't even finish it. I have read her books before and have quite enjoyed them but this one didn't strike my fancy.

Jenm7 Sep 04, 2015

Fast fun beach read!

Aug 18, 2015

Interesting read and funny how rumours start!

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