The moral of this story: Families are complicated, messy, and sometimes, wholly dysfunctional. In abundance are love, friendship, and resentment.
When the family of Deacon Thorpe goes to Nantucket to celebrate his life, problems arise. After all, the present and former wives of the man gather together for the first time in the home that was once their own, and of course, the claws come out. Animosity runs deep between Laurel, Belinda, and Scarlett, which perhaps is as it should be as we come to discover that Deacon left the Nantucket house to the three of them to share, but left the house in such debt that it is about to be foreclosed upon.
Then there are the children of Deacon Thorpe. Angie, and Hayes, each has their own issues, and are simply trying to survive the mess they’ve made of their lives.
Elin Hilderbrand’s novels are always filled with trials and tribulations, and “Here’s to Us” was a prime example of exactly that. Out of all of the characters here, Laurel was my favorite, kind, caring, and down-to-earth. The friendship she had with Deacon throughout their lives and the relationship she had with others, including Buck, Deacon’s best friend, made her the clear favorite.
Although this wasn’t my favorite of Elin Hilderbrand’s novels, I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading/listening to more of her books.
Thank you to my local library for loaning me a copy of this audiobook.
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