Elin Hilderbrand

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Elin Hilderbrand is an American writer mostly of romance novels.[1] Hilderbrand's novels have all been set on and around Nantucket Island where she lives with three children.[2] She was born and raised in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, and was previously a teaching/writing fellow at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.[3][4]

The New York Post called Elin Hilderbrand "The queen of summer beach read".[5]


Hilderbrand spent her summers on Cape Cod, "playing touch football at low tide, collecting sea glass, digging pools for hermit crabs, swimming out to the wooden raft off shore," until her father died in a plane crash when she was sixteen. She spent the next summer working, doing piecework in a factory that made Halloween costumes; she promised herself that the goal for the rest of her life would be that she would always have a real summer. She moved to Nantucket in July 1993, took a job as "the classified ads girl" at a local paper, and later started writing.[6]

Her first novels were published by St. Martin's Press.[7] With A Summer Affair, published in 2008, she moved to Little, Brown and Company.

She had a double mastectomy in June 2014. "Hilderbrand on double-mastectomy recovery".

The Perfect Couple Elin Hilderbrand's first murder mystery was published in 2018.



  1. ^ The Nantucket Independent, 13 June 2007. "for the ARTS record". Accessed 24 November 2008.
  2. ^ "Huffington Post" - [1]. Accessed 24 November 2008.
  3. ^ "The Love Season" - (back flap). Accessed 24 November 2008.
  4. ^ "A Summer Affair: A Novel". amazon.com. 1 July 2008. Retrieved November 24, 2008.
  5. ^ "The 29 best books of the summer". New York Post. May 24, 2014. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  6. ^ Elin Hilderbrand (June 23, 2011, 2013). "What I Know for Sure about Sand in My Sheets". "Oprah". Retrieved April 26, 2013. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ "How Hachette Grew Elin Hilderbrand". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved 2016-01-23.