cover image The Five-Star Weekend

The Five-Star Weekend

Elin Hilderbrand. Little, Brown, $30 (384p) ISBN 978-0-316-25877-7

In this stunning, sun-drenched mix of romance and women’s fiction from bestseller Hilderbrand (The Hotel Nantucket), famous food blogger Hollis Shaw gathers one important woman from each decade of her life for an unforgettable girls’ trip to Nantucket. Reeling from her husband’s sudden death in a car accident, Hollis is trying to make sense of their marriage, which had been failing; cope with her teen daughter’s resentment; and figure out plans for her upended future when she stumbles across the idea for a “five-star weekend” online and sets about recruiting friends. Her best friend from childhood, Tatum, who still lives on Nantucket, is reluctant to renew their friendship, particularly when she knows that Hollis’s college roommate, Dru Ann, a high-powered sports agent whom she fought with at Hollis’s wedding, will be in attendance. Meanwhile, Hollis’s friend from her 30s, Brooke, always tries too hard to fit in, filling her with anxiety that colors her interactions with the other, seemingly more self-confident women. Hollis also invites an internet friend whom she connected with through her blog and has never met in person. Hilderbrand makes the most of gathering these big personalities in Hollis’s small, photograph-ready abode; as they navigate their differences, the women discover things about themselves—and may even find love along the way. This should become a beach bag staple. Agent: David Forrer and Michael Carlisle, InkWell Management. (June)