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Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand is a story about two families, the Carmichaels and the Grahams have gathered for a wedding in Nantucket. The bride's late mother left behind a Notebook. The Notebook contains specific wedding instructions (covering every detail of her youngest daughter's wedding). The book dives into the lives of many guests; guests who lives and relationships are crumbling in many ways. The book explores the meaning of marriage and what it means to be faithful and to honor our commitments, despite the various obstacles life throws our way.
The book was well written, however it is not one of my favorite Elin Hilderbrand books. I enjoyed how the book looked into the lives of many couples attending the wedding. The many intricacies of what makes a good relationship is always fascinating. However, I wasn't totally sold on the premise of the Notebook and the very specific, detailed plans the mother made for her daughter's wedding day. The story had a solid premise, however, I felt it dragged on in many spots and I was ready to finish the book by the time I was nearly half way through. The characters were hard to attach to- as I didn't connect with any of them.
If you enjoy contemporary romance novels and are a fan of Elin Hilderbrand, you may want to give this one a try. However, I wouldn't recommend choosing this novel as your first Hilderbrand book.
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