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This book is set in the end of 2017 on Nantucket island. It opens just before Halloween and ends just before Christmas, on the Winter Solstice. We've read other Elin Hilderbrand novels (The Identicals, The Island) - this one was my least favorite. Perhaps because it's a sequel, the end of a series but I don't think so. Hilderbrand does a competent job of fully introducing each character and providing enough back story to understand the dynamics of each situation - but I just didn't feel hooked into caring about any particular character until I was more than halfway through. There is a very broad canvass of characters so there was plenty of potential - but nobody really stood out to me.
I suppose if you have direct experience with a former prisoner of war, or a recovering pill addict, or a former insider-trader, perhaps you could find a connection. And speaking of the war hero, he often mentioned the "Bely" as if it was a common term but I've never heard it and Google is no help. The meaning is clear but the annoyance was real.
I found it strange that of the twenty of so characters two of them were recently released from jail/prison for insider trading and for leading a prostitution ring (yes on Nantucket island).
On a scale of 1 - 5 (5 being a lot of examples/instances):
Sex - The closest mention of sex is two adults going up to their room for some "much-needed alone time". (p. 105)
Religion - the characters prepare for Christmas but there is no mention of church
Gruesome - nothing gruesome
Suspense - if you managed to get really invested in a character, then you might have had some minor suspense wondering how their storyline would work out
Morality - the backstories of several characters include illegal activities and addictions but they are all trying to put their pasts behind them
Traditional - several divorced couples and blended families
How important was your first experience living alone? (Ava, p. 17)
Which story thread were you most interested in? Least interested in?
Make a point NOT to serve chicken - for Bart's sake. (p. 178)