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Book Review: Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand

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Meredeth Martin Delinn is a woman who has lost everything because of her marriage to a sleazy Wall Streeter of the Bernie Madoff variety.  She comes off in the beginning of Elin Hilderbrand’s Silver Girl like Madoff’s wife Ruth.  You quickly find out she is not.  She comes from an average kind of family you can relate to with a father who simply adored her.  Her best friend Connie O’Brien and she are the beauties of the school, Meredith a smart jock who is pretty enough and Connie the gorgeous sort of home coming queen.  Meredith has a brief relationship with Connie’s brother who eventually is brought back into the story. He is not an old Wall Street guy either but a sexy free spirit. She eventually heads to college and meets Freddy.  The story takes you back and forth through early high school years to the present.

The reader will find that Silver Girl is not only about Meredith.  The story weaves through the relationship of two friends who after years of not speaking to each other come back into each others’ lives. I love this because as 45-year old woman I am now meeting friends who I connected with so many years ago. There is a certain amount of pain in some relationships that most seem to forget about, so trying to develop or reestablish a relationship can be difficult. 

The friends do have an enormous amount of pain in their relationship but when Meredeth had absolutely no one to help her she called the first and only friend she truly had.  Connie O’Brien Flute is Meredith’s oldest friend who comes to the rescue in a cleverly written way.  It’s a reunion not of hugs and kisses but one met with no-nonsense pronouncements to “get in the car and don’t say a word until we get to the beach house.” 

Connie is a beautiful woman who has experienced a loss of her own which leads the reader through another woman’s journey of self discovery.  She is headed to Nantucket for the summer with another friend with whom she had previously lost touch. The ladies find themselves putting Meredith under a sort of house arrest because there are many folks on the island her husband cheated out of millions — and who think Meredith know where money is hidden. Indeed, trouble does come around a few corners for the ladies. On the other hand, did I mention there is page-turning romance intertwined throughout the novel?

One of my favorite settings in Silver Girl is Nantucket Island. I love it — ocean, sand, and clam bakes.  The ponzi scheme that Meredeth’s husband was involved in is a perfect setting for our times, and her glam social life had everything under the sun. It was all taken away quickly, so watching her remember the things that made her who she was and the woman she will have to become makes for an enjoyable read.

Hilderbrand is the author of the bestsellers Barefoot and The Island which I have sitting on my desk ready to read. She lives on Nantucket with her husband and three children.

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