The Identicals (B&N Special Edition)

The Identicals (B&N Special Edition)

by Elin Hilderbrand
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The Identicals (B&N Special Edition) by Elin Hilderbrand

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Identical twin sisters who couldn't look more alike...or live more differently.

Harper Frost is laid-back, easygoing. She doesn't care what anyone thinks of her. She likes a beer and a shot and wouldn't be caught dead wearing anything fashionable. She's inherited her father's rundown house on Martha's Vineyard, but she can't hold down a job, and her latest romantic disaster has the entire island talking.

Two beautiful islands only eleven miles apart.

Tabitha Frost is dignified, refined. She prefers a fine wine and has inherited the impeccable taste of her mother, the iconic fashion designer Eleanor Roxie-Frost. She's also inherited her mother's questionable parenting skills—Tabitha's teenage daughter, Ainsley, is in full rebellion mode—and a flailing fashion boutique on Nantucket in desperate need of a cash infusion.

One unforgettable summer that will change their lives forever.

After more than a decade apart, Harper and Tabitha switch islands—and lives—to save what's left of their splintered family. But the twins quickly discover that the secrets, lies, and gossip they thought they'd outrun can travel between islands just as easily as they can. Will Harper and Tabitha be able to bury the hatchet and end their sibling rivalry once and for all? Before the last beach picnic of the season, there will be enough old resentments, new loves, and cases of mistaken identity to make this the most talked-about summer that Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket have experienced in ages.

This Barnes & Noble exclusive edition includes a bonus short story—a prequel featuring the characters in THE IDENTICALS.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316476492
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 06/13/2017
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 12,571
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

The prolific and bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand — one of the stars of the summer beach read, who more recently has begun writing holiday-themed novels as well — lives on Nantucket Island, where many of her books are set. She is a mother of three and a graduate of Johns Hopkins University. She was previously a teaching/writing fellow at the prestigious University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

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The Identicals: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I at first found the end of this book too abrupt. Then I realized it was because I wanted it to go on. I loved all the characters. They are so believable. If you have never had the opportunity to visit Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket do do. Two specks of heaven on Earth. Than you Elin for this novel which had brought back such great summer memories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book so much, I'm sorry it's finished. Great characters, beautiful family story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great summer read, and now with this we get introduced to Martha! Elin touches 3 generations with this work and is spot on in exploring the angst that we deal with in each season of life. Wouldn't mind catching up with Harper and Tabitha again sometime!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book. I felt like I knew the characters personally and didn't want the book to end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finished in 2 days. Now one of my new favorite author's.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the story and ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've always enjoy Elin's books. This one was super fun for me to read after finishing a Cape Cod vacation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book!!! I did not like that I missed out on a chapter of the story called The country club.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Old school fans of Elin will be extremely disappointed. This is a very simple book with weak characters and a weaker plot. Lots of focus on money and material goods. No substance. Save your money and buy a good book or just buy a Danielle Steele, it's probably better. I was a devoted fan, but she's finally lost me.
jbarr5 7 months ago
The identicals by Elin Hilderbrand Have read many books from this author and have enjoyed them. This was start out with the identical twins and each lives on an island off the coast of MA. One living with their mother, the other with their father. Identical twins and they have pulled their pranks on teachers and boyfriends over the years. You get a lot of the back story as to how they ended up there and how one had a daughter who's a teen now in the story. Alternating chapters from them and also other family members. Due to the parents death they are drawn together and then a medical emergency where the two sisters kinda swap islands to accomplish what needs to be done. Romances and teen problems with drugs and drinking and breakups and finding their one soul mate but it's all a farce as they learn how they are related to the one couple that bring them all together. Lots of drama and I especially liked the island adventures and quiet spots and all about the fashion industry and what works. Also enjoyed the renovations and technical chat about that. Received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).
Anonymous 8 months ago
I really enjoyed this book! It is so important to stay in touch with family, especially sisters! This book touched on such family situations!
Anonymous 8 months ago
Love it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Held my attention. I liked it. First novel by this author and sure there will be others
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first book by this author and I LOVED it! Very entertaining!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Complicated relationships. Beautiful settings. A lovely story evolves. Elin Hilderbrand at her best!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Geeeze, I thought this book was awful! Kept reading to find out what happens and then it is quite a disappointing ending. I'll think twice before I buy a Hilderbrand book in the future. Ugh.
Suzam More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! Loved the characters and the setting. A light read but it held my attention and I wanted more.
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GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Identical twin sisters Tabitha and Harper have been estranged for the past 14 years, when Tabitha's infant son died. Prior to that, when the girls were 17 their parents divorces. Harper went to live with their father, Billy on Martha's Vineyard and Tabitha went to live with their mother, Eleanor in Boston and on Nantucket. The other main character is Ainsley, Tabitha's precocious sixteen year old daughter. All three of these females are flawed and as the story unfolds we find out what happened in their past that contributed to who they are. When Harper and Tabitha were split apart they lived with very different parents. Eleanor was a debutante who became a famous designer. She is haughty, stuck up and a perfectionist. Billy was an electrician who was very good at his job. He is sociable and very laid back. The book opens with Billy dying of congenital heart failure which brings this family back together for his memorial service. This forces many decisions, life changes and confrontations that move the story along once you get past the introductions. When the story begins, the plot is a bit slow, but do not quit reading. Once I got into this story, I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. I also did not like the four main women in this story at the beginning. Again, as the story progressed the transformations they all had were wonderful and believable. There is some drama, some romance and wonderful settings that Elin Hildenbrand is know for. A great family drama that many readers will enjoy. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
suzsays More than 1 year ago
Very good.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
The Identicals is a brilliantly crafted, complex, family drama. Eleanor Frost is a driven career woman. Her success, however, would come at a hefty price. Eleanor sacrificed the love of her family for her business. She divorced her husband, Billy, and insisted that one of their twin daughters live with her, and the other with Billy. Tabitha and Harper, were identical twins, and inseparable until their parent’s divorced. Tabitha stayed with Eleanor, much to her dismay, on Nantucket, and Harper went with Billy to Martha’s Vineyard. Eleanor had no idea at the time of the separation, just how much her selfish decision would cost her daughters. The twin’s relationship would suffer terribly, and they would not see one another, for any length of time, until Billy died, fourteen years later. Tabitha thought her sister had it easy. Harper didn’t have to contend with her mother’s impossible demands. She also didn’t have an out-of-control teenage daughter to raise. Harper had a perfect life, Tabitha thought. She did what she wanted to do and had the matching reputation to prove it. Harper didn’t care about anyone. But, that wasn’t true, Harper cared a great deal. She also carried a heavy load of guilt around with her every day. However, after their father died, Tabitha thought she had the perfect punishment for Harper. They would switch places for the summer. Instead of it being a punishment, however, it turned out to be a positive learning experience for both of them. And for Tabitha, the best thing that could ever happen to her. Love, forgiveness, and healing would touch many lives on those two Islands. Owning up to selfish mistakes was the first step in healing for the Frost family; the second was forgiveness. I loved this book. It’s a well-crafted, complex story, with realistically flawed characters. They all had lessons to learn, and by the end of the book, I knew every character intimately and felt deeply for them. The Identicals completely captivated me until the very last page. I highly recommend giving it a read. Thank you, Little, Brown and Company and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
FrancescaFB More than 1 year ago
EXCELLENT BEACH BOOK!! Beach books should always be easy, fast reads with a great location, and good story lines. You can just smell and taste the salty beach air. It is a perfect book for a laidback, fast read, great for an afternoon at your own favorite beach. It is a great story of love, hope, resiliency, and survival. It has great settings, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, with excellent character development that draws readers, using effortless plotting from the first page of this well-crafted novel. It keeps you wanting more and more until the very end. Elin Hilderbrand pens the best beach books.