The Five-Star Weekend

Little, Brown. Jun. 2023. 384p. ISBN 9780316258777. $30. F
Hilderbrand (The Hotel Nantucket) gives readers a front-row seat to all the drama as Hollis Shaw invites four friends from different eras of her life for a weekend at her Nantucket home, months after losing her husband in a car accident. She also hires her daughter Caroline to film the weekend—to preserve the memories and to make content for her Hungry with Hollis blog. But each woman arrives with more than a weekend’s worth of baggage: Tatum is awaiting the results of a breast biopsy; Dru-Ann has just been canceled online and faces a wrecked career; Brooke’s husband is being sued for sexual harassment; and Gigi has a devastating secret. As the weekend progresses, their secrets will come out, and their friendships will be tested against the idyllic backdrop of Nantucket. Hilderbrand deftly writes of the ups and downs of relationships, from friends to lovers to children. She will have readers laughing, crying, and sighing in satisfaction as all is resolved. Filled with tantalizing descriptions of the food that Hollis makes and all of the lush details of her home on Nantucket, the novel will fully immerse readers in the weekend.
VERDICT Beach-read perfection.
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