The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand
Expected Publication: June 16, 2015
Format: NetGalley & Audio Book via Hachette Audio
Publisher: Little Brown & Co.
Challenges: 2015 NG/EW and 2015 Audio
Nantucket writer Madeline King couldn't have picked a worse time to have writer's block. Her deadline is looming, her bills are piling up, and inspiration is in short supply. Madeline's best friend Grace is hard at work transforming her garden into the envy of the island with the help of a ruggedly handsome landscape architect. Before she realizes it, Grace is on the verge of a decision that will irrevocably change her life. Could Grace's crisis be Madeline's salvation? As the gossip escalates, and the summer's explosive events come to a head, Grace and Madeline try desperately to set the record straight--but the truth might be even worse than rumor has it.
First things first I love Elin Hilderbrand’s books! It’s not summer unless I read a book by her. The Rumor is everything a summer read should be. This one focuses on a set of friends Madeline and Grace who with their families are the subjects of rumors around town. However at times the truth is way worse than any rumor could ever be.
Madeline is a writer and she must come up with a draft or return her advance. She is suffering from major writers block but when her best friend Grace confesses to her she is having an affair she decides to use that as her book. Meanwhile as Grace is falling in love with a man who isn’t her husband, her husband is in serious financial trouble. Blind to the fact she must decide if she wants to leave her husband or follow her heart. The towns folk start rumors about Madeline and how they think she is the one having the affair with someone is close to her, they have no clue on how wrong they have it. When these rumors come to the surface and she is in danger of losing her family and friendship once Grace discovers she is writing her story for the whole world to know. I also love the second storyline that of their children. We get to see the children’s aspect of their lives and how they see their parents.
This book continues Elin Hilderbrand’s reign as the queen of the summer reads. It has everything that makes a great book, gossip lies love and relationships. We get to see how others might perceive us and then how things really are. Anyone can be a victim of rumors but its how we deal with them that really shows us what kind of person we are. This is definitely one I recommend everyone to read this summer, do yourself a favor and read this you will be highly entertained.