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The Carmichaels and the Grahams have gathered on Nantucket for a wedding. Plans are being made according to the wishes of the bride's late mother, who left behind The Notebook: specific instructions for every detail of her youngest daughter's future nuptials. Everything should be falling into place for the beautiful event--but in reality, things are far from perfect.

While the couple-to-be are quite happy, their loved ones find their own lives crumbling. In the days leading up to the wedding, love will be questioned, scandals will arise, and hearts will be broken and healed. Elin Hilderbrand takes readers on a touching journey in BEAUTIFUL DAY--into the heart of marriage, what it means to be faithful, and how we choose to honor our commitments.

Beautiful Day: A Novel

by Elin Hilderbrand

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After reading this book, I have come to the conclusion that I want a summer home on the island of Nantucket. One where I can relax, walk on the beach, enjoy simple meals...sounds like a dream, right? Unless, of course, you are planning a wedding--a wedding that seems intent on self-destruction. Beautiful Day is a book about family drama, multiple weddings, and missing a beloved parent. It did a great job of making me fall in love with the idea of a pretty island and spending time with family, but I am fairly sure I will avoid any weddings on Nantucket.


Of course, this is a fictional book, I know that. But it does a fantastic job of capturing the days surrounding a wedding and the planning that goes into one. Some parts are humorous, and others quite dead serious. I think women of all kinds will appreciate this well-written story of family, and what being a family entails. I know I enjoyed being able to live vicariously through the characters, that way I could avoid the stress involved in the wedding planning, but feel almost as if I was on the guest list just the same.

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Profanity/Language:  19 religious exclamations; 41 mild obscenities; 3 religious profanities; 10 derogatory names; 8 anatomical terms; 1 offensive hand gesture; 9 F-word derivatives


Violence/Gore:  A character considers suicide; a character has a severe allergic reaction to food, one brief violent scene.


Sex/Nudity:  Women mention lap dances in conversation; a woman's body is described in a sexual way; an unmarried couple is mentioned to be sleeping together; a man describes making love to his wife briefly, with some explicit detail; a man is mentioned to be having an affair multiple times; a man is cheating on his wife, this is mentioned multiple times; a woman and man are briefly mentioned to have sex several times, no explicit detail is given; a man briefly describes watching his wife undress; a couple is said to "screw"; a man is mentioned to be addicted to porn; a man recalls having a one-night stand; a group of women talk about a hypothetical affair; rape is mentioned hypothetically; a group of women talk about a man's sexual attributes; a couple is mentioned to "hook up"; a woman is mentioned to "seduce" a man.

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Divorce; death of a parent.

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Adults drink; characters mentioned to be drunk; a teen boy is mentioned to grow pot; adults are mentioned to smoke.

Reviewed By Lydia
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