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The Rumor


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The following rumors about Elin Hilderbrand are true: She writes her novels longhand, she is a good cook and a terrible gardener, and she is fighting breast cancer. Everything else is up for speculation. THE RUMOR is her 15th novel.


"[The Rumor] explores human nature and the truth behind the gossip that people love to be the first to share."--Laurie Higgins, The Cape Codder
"A sensitive glimpse into the lives of damaged people groping their way toward healing."--Kirkus Reviews
"A wedding readers won't be able to resist crashing."--Kirkus Reviews
"Be forewarned: scandal and swirling tension aside, Elin's descriptions of the idyllic setting in this perfect beach read may inspire readers to book a getaway." --Eric Cupido, Hello! Canada
"Elin Hilderbrand, queen of the romance novel, never disappoints her readers--and here she is at the top of her game once again. She details every character superbly, her themes and plotlines are well thought out, and you can picture every scene in your mind so vividly. I read The Rumor quickly because I needed to know what ultimately happens and had no idea how it was going to end...Rumor has it that you will enjoy this book as much as I did."
--Vivian Payton, BookReporter
"Hilderbrand has once again written an engaging story wonderfully illustrating the often complex lives of young people struggling toward adulthood."--Booklist
"Hilderbrand weaves a thrilling tale of friendship and betrayal."
--Us Weekly
"Hilderbrand's latest is the perfect beach read....[her] straightforward style pulls the reader into the minds of her characters, and all the secrets and sorrows that create the universal messiness of major family events."--Publishers Weekly
"It wouldn't be summer without a breezy, sensual Nantucket tale from Hilderbrand, and her latest...doesn't disappoint. Intricately plotted and filled with fast-paced dialogue, it's as sweetly satisfying as a glass of Sancerre." --Kim Hubbard, People
"One of the reigning queens of the summer beach book." --The Connecticut Post
"The detail is authentic...Expect to find it filled with all the ingredients of a great chick lit read: many characters with intertwined lives, a handsome guy (in this case a landscape architect), complicated romance, and lots of wine." --Georgea Kovanis, The Detroit Free-Press
"The story is packed with the details of the wonder that is summer on the small, chic island off the coast of Massachusetts." --Catherine Mallette, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"The Queen of the Summer Novel...Hilderbrand blends real-life issues - depression, teen alcoholism, bullying - with her signature soapy twists and illicit romances."--Joanna Powell, People

"A perfect summer read."--Ladies Home Journal

"Summerland is as readable as any beach book, but with a much bigger heart."--Boston Globe

"We've said it before and we'll say it again: Hilderbrand is the queen of the summer. Rich people behaving badly--perfect poolside."
--Susannah Cahalan, The New York Post
"Queen of the beach read, and her latest [The Rumor]...is nothing short of a gift."--Lynsey Eidell, Glamour.com

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