Review of Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand

Published: 31st July 2014
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Pages: 416


The Carmichaels and 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…


Thank you to BookBridgr for kindly sending me a review copy.

The narrative opens with the first page of a notebook, written by Jenna’s mother and it follows up with thoughts surrounding the big day from close members of the wedding party. It was a bitter sweet opening but it allowed me to really get a sense of how the plot would continue.

The book is split into the days leading up to the wedding as well as after, which I thought was a refreshing change after chapters. Elin’s use of several view points was a surprising element as the wedding day tends to be all about the bride and groom – in this case, it was more about the bride’s older sister who in my eyes did steal the show. The view points from both sides of the family showed us their daily lives, their goals and their struggles. I wasn’t fond of Pauline (the evil step-mother) and I thought the plot would have been a lot more pleasant if she wasn’t around.

Beautiful Day has the ability to take readers on a real wedding journey. There’s plenty of drama, what-if moments and the sight of being in love once more. I really enjoyed this summer read – it’s ideal for an upcoming family wedding!

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